He breathed his last on Wednesday, the 29th August, 2018 after battling with an illness for the past 2 years. He had been working as a consultant dermatologist for the past 50 odd years in Kollam and had been the only dermatologist in Kollam – Pathanamthitta districts for many years. He with 6 other dermatologists including Dr BKH Nair was instrumental in starting the dermatology association of Kerala, in 1971 ( before the formation of IADVL in 1973) . He had also served as the president of IADVL Kerala state. He is survived by his wife Mrs Prema, son Dr Rathish T. Pillai (The President, IADVL-K and Professor & HOD, Azeezia Medical College, Kollam), and daughter Dr Deepa (Dental Surgeon)
He joined Trivandrum Medical College in 1955 (5th Batch). Joined Kerala State Health Services as Assistant Surgeon on graduation and served various institutions. Served Armed Forces Medical Services and served as Captain in the Army Medical corps (A.M.C) for 4 years. Had his post-graduation, D.V.D., from Calicut Medical College (1976-77) and served as Dermatologist in District Hospitals Thrissur and Palakkad and retired 1992. He was President of IADVL Kerala, IMA Thrissur and Dermatology Club Thrissur. Served as Consultant Dermatologist in Mother Hospital, Thrissur on retirement. He passed away on 5th December 2018 at the age of 82 at his residence Abhaya Nivas, Punkunnam, Thrissur. He is survived by his wife, Smt. Rajalakshmi, Son Seetaraman, daughters Lalitha and Soumya and grandchildren Nisha , Saikumar and Narayanan.
A native of Pothinakadu, Perumbavoor, he is an alumnus of TD Medical college Alappuzha [1966 MBBS Batch]. Graduated served in ESI medical services from where he retired as the deputy director. He did his post graduation in dermatology ( DVD) from Govt. Medical College, Kozhikode in the year 1990. He breathed his last in his home at the age of 74 after a cardiac event on 11th September 2019. His wife is Mini [Deceased]. He is survived by his children Dr.Abraham George [St. Gregoriose Dental college. Kothamangalam] and Maria [Psychologist]
Dr. Thekkepat Gopinathan - a doyen of our specialty and a Past President of our Association passed away on 13th April 2016 at Kozhikode. He was born on 21st March, 1931 to Kolady Madhava Menon and Thekkeppat Chinnammu Amma in Thrissur. After his schooling at Thrissur he completed his collegiate education at Govt. Victoria College, Palakkad. He graduated in Medicine in the year 1953 from Madras Medical College and later was awarded MS Degree in 1962 from Howard Medical School, USA. Later in 1965, he did his MD in Dermatology from AIIMS New Delhi, one of the premier institutes in India,. He has been trained under great dermatologists like Prof RV Rajam, Prof.Herman, Prof DM Pilsburry, Prof Kandhari, Prof.Ambady to name a few.
He has a vast experience of more than 5 decades in medical education in various designations. He was very instrumental in starting post graduate course in Dermatology in Kerala in 1974. He retired as director and Professor of dermatology from Govt. Medical College, Calicut..
He was the President of IADVL in 1982 and was the recipient of the Ambady Oration at Goa in 1980. He received best doctor award from IMA Calicut in 1997, He was conferred the IADVL Lifetime Achievement award at Mangalore in 2015.Dr. T Gopinathan was one of the active members of the IADVL e-groups and was the founding father of IDOJ [Indian Dermatology Online Journal, the second official journal of IADVL]. He is married to Veliyath Rema and they are blessed with three children The demise of Dr.Gopinathan is a great loss to our fraternity. His deeds and memories will certainly linger on in the times to come.
Dr M. Karunakaran (70 years), the revered dermatologist from Thalassery, Kerala, passed away on 27 January, 2016 around 7 pm surrounded by his loving family. He was fighting a grave illness and breathed his last in the Tely Medical Centre, Thalassery. His death is an irrevocable loss to all who knew him and the dermatology community in particular. His contributions to the specialty are many and varied.
After finishing his MBBS from Calicut Medical College and DVD and MD from KEM Hospital and Seth GS Medical College, he started his practice in Thalassery, Kannur. It marked the beginning of an illustrious innings that spanned nearly 4 decades. He has adorned many positions including the post of IADVL Kerala President (2012-2013), President of Malabar Dermatology Club, former Vice President and founder member of Kannur Dermatology Club. He has also held many conferences, shouldering responsibilities with effortless ease and élan. The conferences that were held under his stewardship include ACSICON 2014, Chrome age Asia 2011, DERMACHROME 2008, to name a few
Beyond the organizational capabilities, he will always be remembered as a thorough gentleman in all his dealings; a true, sincere friend to his contemporaries and a fatherly figure to his juniors. He is survived by his wife, Dr Isha, who is a pediatrician and son, Parthiv, an engineer based in UK. We pray for his aggrieved family to bear with this great loss. We bow our heads in the loving memory of this great man who was an exemplary human being and an inspiration to many...
The song has ended.... But the melody lingers on.