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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 62


Narayana Hrudayalaya, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Date of Submission03-Dec-2020
Date of Acceptance06-Dec-2020
Date of Web Publication03-Feb-2021

Correspondence Address:
B V Murali Mohan
15/1, 4th Cross, Lakshmi Road, Shanti Nagar, Bengaluru - 560 027, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ajim.ajim_96_20

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Murali Mohan B V. Obituary. APIK J Int Med 2021;9:62

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Murali Mohan B V. Obituary. APIK J Int Med [serial online] 2021 [cited 2021 Feb 25];9:62. Available from: https://www.ajim.in/text.asp?2021/9/1/62/308658

We lost another COVID warrior on his 64th birthday, Dr. Raghunath Sharma, a physician par excellence and long-standing API member.

Dr. Raghunath Sharma had a distinguished academic career right from school days. A recipient of the National Merit Scholarship and a rank holder in his BSc, he did his MBBS from Bangalore Medical College (1976–1982 Batch). He completed his DNB (General Medicine) in 1987 from CMC Vellore and started his professional career as Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, JSS Medical College, Mysore. He later joined the Central Health Service and worked as Assistant Director (Clinical) at the Central Leprosy Research Institute, Chengalpattu, Tamil Nadu, and later as Consultant Medical Specialist in the CGHS, both in Chennai and Bangalore. An excellent academician and clinician, he published several papers on leprosy, diabetes and its long-term complications, and other areas in national and international journals. His area of special interest was prevention of limb amputation in diabetics.

Dr. Raghunath Sharma was a member of the Executive Committee, API Karnataka Chapter, for 2 years and Joint Secretary. Dr. Sharma was also a member of the organizing committee of APICON 2018 held in Bangalore and a fellow of the Indian College of Physicians in 2005.

Throughout his life, Dr. Sharma was characterized by his equanimity, a quality much praised in a doctor by Sir William Osler in his book “Aequanimitas.” Dr. Osler emphasized “serenity of mind” and “imperturbability” which he defined as “coolness and presence of mind under all circumstances.” Dr. Sharma was the personification of all these qualities. Even in his final illness, he was calm, cooperative, participatory in his care, and encouraging of the doctors who cared for him. After his passing, his wife, Dr. (Mrs.) Hema Sharma exhibited the same qualities and was keen to donate his body for a clinical autopsy to further the cause of learning about the dreadful disease, COVID-19. On a personal note, to us his batch mates, Dr. Sharma was like a wise elder brother and the glue that bound the class together

We will miss the inspiring presence of Dr. Raghunath Sharma and pray for merger with the Lord. Om Shanti.


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