Department Of Neurosurgery
The Department of Neurosurgery SMS Medical College was started in 1963 under guidance of Dr. MG Sarin with a small ward of fourteen beds under the Department of Surgery.
Dr. SR Dharker joined the Department of Neurosurgery, S.M.S. Medical College on 7th June 1978. When Dr. Dharker joined the department, there were 36 beds, with an output of around 60 surgeries a year. He started Micro-neurosurgery and surgery for intracranial aneurysms and arterio-venous malformations in 1984. In 1987, the Department of Neurosurgery shifted to Bangur Institute, which was a newly constructed building within the precincts of the campus of SMS Hospital.
At present Department of Neurosurgery at SMS Medical College is one of the largest neurosurgery centre in the country.
There are six units with twenty teaching faculty members, which includes ﬁve senior professors and 38 Mch. residents. A Separate neurosurgery OT complex, with six theatres, One of the OTs is an endoscopy suite,one OT for DSA and endovascular surgeries and two more OTs in the Trauma Center. More than ﬁve thousand surgeries a year are being performed, which also includes all kinds of complex endovascular neuro-interventions. The ICU bed strength of 47, of which 24 are for patients with traumatic brain and spine injuries. An inspiring pediatric ward of 23 beds has also been made. A neuro-rehabilitation ward inside the Neurosurgery department has also been established in June 2016. From a humble beginning of 14 beds, the department now has 224 beds.
We are one of the high volume centers for neurosurgery with respect to in patient admission and out patients treated in Asia. We are one of the centres with the highest number of surgeries conducted per year.
With a 24x7 available imaging service utilizing a high-end computed tomographic (CT) 128 slice and 3 tesla magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner. A large teaching hall with a comfortable seating arrangement and with projection facilities was constructed in the basement of the new building with experimental laboratory and a library too.
Contribution to Organ Donation
• 157 patients have been contributed to the team
• 65 patients have been successfully optimized and apnea test conducted
• 14 successful organ retrieval have been done.
Due to the high quality of work and increasing number of patients MCh Neurosurgery course was started in the year 1985 with the permission to register two students per year which increased to 14 seats per year from 2019 onwards.
The Department of Neurosurgery organized many conferences--
-National Symposium on Cerebellopontine Angle Tumours in February 1991,
- the International Symposium on Current Trends in Neurosurgery in February 1994,
- the 46th National Conference of Neurological Society of India in December 1997, and
- the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies Tumour Section Meeting in October 2004.
- 6th Annual National Conference of Neurosurgical Surgeons Foundation of India in 2006;
- the spine 2006 , Sept 2006.
- the international symposium on thoracolumbar disease Sept. 2008
- the International Symposium on Thoraco-lumbar Spine Diseases in February 2008; and,
- the Annual Conference of Neurological Surgeons Society of India in 2013.
-the Neurological Surgeons Society of India(NSSI) teaching course 2013,14,19.
- the 15th Annual Conference of the Neurological Society of India.
- the 18th National Neurotrauma Conference, August 7th -9th, 2009
- the 5th Asian Australasian Society of Neurological Surgeons Neurotrauma Committee
- the 2nd WFNS-Military Neurosurgeons Meeting 2015
- the Neurological Society of India (NSI) teaching course in August 2016
- the Annual Conference of the Skull Base Surgery Society of India, 2016
- the 4th Annual Conference of the Neuroendoscopy Society of India, 2017
- 67TH Annual Conference of Neurological Society of India, 2018.
A large number of national and international neurosurgeons visited the department. Dr. B Ramamurthi, Dr. KV Mathai, Dr. PN Tandon, Dr. SN Bhagwati, Dr. AK Banerjee, Dr. VS Dave, Dr.VK Kak and many others eminent neurosurgeons blessed the department from time to time. Amongst the large number of international stalwarts who visited the department were Dr. William Sweet, Dr. MG Yasargil, Dr. Majid Samii, Sir Dr. GM Teasdale, Dr. Lyndsay Symon, Dr Peter Jannetta, Dr. RP Sengupta, Dr. Donlin M. Long, Dr. S. Mullen, Dr. Franco Sarvedai, Dr. Peter Reilly, Dr. WS Schroeder, Dr. Yoshiyasu Iwai, Dr. Paul A. Gardner and Dr. Carl H. Synderman and many others.
The future plan of the department includes the development of the subspecialties of functional and peripheral nerve surgery and also the creation of a multi-dimensional super-specialty complex under the Prime Minister of India's scheme for enhancing cadaveric transplant. The department has been recognized by the ACNS as an education and training centre.