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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 28  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 193-194  

Good Bye 'Sir'

Department of Nuclear Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

Date of Web Publication25-Nov-2013

Correspondence Address:
Rakesh Kumar
Department of Nuclear Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-3919.121961

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Dr. Ajit Kumar Padhy MD, FAMS, a Senior Consultant in Department of Nuclear Medicine and PET at Singapore General Hospital, passed away on 22 nd August 2013 after suffering from a massive heart attack.

Dr. Padhy was born on December 12, 1951 in Orissa, India. He did his schooling from Cuttack and passed Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) in 1976 from Maharaja Krishna Chandra Gajapati (MKCG) Medical College, Berhampur, Orissa. He obtained his postgraduate diploma in Nuclear Medicine from Radiation Medicine Centre (RMC) Mumbai in 1978. He joined the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi as a Senior Resident and was later appointed as Professor of Nuclear Medicine at the same institute. He obtained membership of the National Academy of Medical Sciences in 1982. In 1991, he was awarded the Commonwealth Medical Fellowship to study Nuclear Medicine at St. Bartholomew's Hospital in London, where he worked for 2 years under Keith Britton. In 1997, professor Padhy joined the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Vienna and eventually became the Head of the IAEA Nuclear Medicine Division, where he served for a period of more than 7 years. He travelled extensively, making acquaintance with nuclear medicine professionals throughout the world and establishing friendships that would last forever. After fi nishing his assignment at the IAEA, Prof. Padhy joined the Singapore General Hospital in 2005 as a Senior Consultant in Nuclear Medicine and PET where he combined his clinical role with educational activities such as the Annual Singapore Nuclear Medicine Update meetings. He was working there till his last breath.

Dr. Padhy was one of the pioneers of Nuclear Medicine, contributing to its growth and development for many decades, not only in India but worldwide. He played an important role in the establishment of the World Journal of Nuclear Medicine (WJNM) and the World Association for Radionuclide and Molecular Therapy (WARMTH). Dr. Padhy, through hard work and dedication has entrenched Nuclear Medicine in the world on very strong footing. He was a global fi gure in the field.

At a personal level, I met Dr. Padhy in January 1994 at AIIMS, New Delhi when I joined Senior Residency in Nuclear Medicine. I have had the privilege of watching him at close quarters doing what he did with selflessness, passion, and dedication. His personality, demeanor, leadership qualities and above all, humility made him my idol for life. Dr. Padhy's lifelong ideals were hard work, sincerity, honesty, and friendship. I owe him a lot for the role his guidance and constant companionship have had in my successes.

   Some of Facebook/Email Postings Made by His Friends and Colleagues Top

Prof. Padhy was inspirational in the way he encouraged academic and educational pursuit in nuclear medicine. He also brought friendship and camaraderie to the nuclear medicine community. Dr. Ann-Marie Quigley, Royal Free Hospital, London, UK.

Dr. Padhy was compassionate, inspirational, and visionary man. Dr. Andrew Scott, Australia.

He was our community's Messiah and his thoughts and deeds will never die. He was the giant amongst us. Prof Adil AL-Nahhas, Imperial College Healthcare Trust, UK.

Ajit will continue to stay and help our NM community. Dr. Giovanni Paganelli, Italy.

For Ajit Impossible was nothing. Dr. Savvas Frangos, Thyroid Cancer Unit, Cyprus.

He was a bridge between the developed and developing nuclear medicine communities. Dr. Mizanul Hasan, Professor, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Bangladesh.

He has contributed to the promotion of nuclear medicine and opened our eyes to see the bright future of NM. Dr. Henry Bom, President, AOFNMB, Chairman, ARCCNM, S. Korea.

He devoted his whole life for the promotion of nuclear medicine. Dr. June-Key Chung, National Seoul University, S. Korea.

I will always remember his kindness, elegance and the little smile at the corner of his mouth. Dr. Amos Freud, Israel.

Terrible loss for Nuclear Medicine community around the world. Dr. Karin Knešaurek, The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY 10029, USA.

A massive and irreplaceable loss to the Nuclear Medicine community. Dr. Khalid, Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi, Kenya.

We will miss him. Rob Williams, Honorary Fellow, The University of Melbourne, Australia.

Abrupt end to a bright lamp of Nuclear Medicine. Dr. A Velumani, Managing Director, Nueclear Healthcare Limited, India.

We are stunned at the sudden wrenching away from us of a good friend, a decent human being and a warm, friendly committed crusader for Nuclear Medicine. We will miss his warmth. Dr. Vikram Lele, Director, Nuclear Medicine and PET-CT, Jaslok Hospital, Mumbai.

He was like Santa who brings happiness and cheerfulness to everyone that he met. Dr. Alvita Dewi, Indonesia.

A man of few words but a perfectionist and a visionary, he made us to understand that we should always stride to do better and better. A great leader in true sense, he revitalized the programs and activities of Nuclear Medicine. This sudden loss has created a vacuum in Nuclear Medicine. Dr. B. R. Mittal, Head, Nuclear Medicine and PET, PGIMER, Chandigarh.

His life was well spent and his kindness abounds. Dr. Emerita Barrenechea, Philippines.

Iconic symbol of Nuclear Medicine. Dr. Ashraf Fawzy, Bahrain.

We have lost Nucleus of Nuclear Medicine. Ashok Padhy, India.

Ajit was a beacon in the march for all young nuclear medicine physicians. He has left a print of his footsteps for the new generation to follow. Dr. Aban Samuel (NM teacher of Dr. Padhy), Mumbai, India.

He was the HEART of our nuclear medicine community. Dr. Iulia Heinle, Germany.

A true friend, guide and mentor. Most people have vision without action. It remains a dream. Many have actions without vision. A pure waste of time. Vision with action can change lives. Thats exactly what you had and did. It helped in changing the face of our speciality. Dr. Partha Choudhury, India.

Prof. Ajit Padhy was a true friend, teacher, father…to so many of us in Nuclear Medicine community, all over the world. Dr. Rena Demetriadou, Prague.

It is really hard to accept that Ajit is no longer with us. I've read your postings and saw him in Vergolini's "giver", Al-Nahhas's "giant", Sawas's 'for him impossible was nothing', Lele's "committed crusader for Nuclear Medicine therapy", Baum's "constant source of inspiration"…and most of all I saw him as a dear friend to many of us. Dr. Ana Ugrinska, Medical Faculty, Republic of Macedonia.

Dr. Padhy's last massage on Facebook: It is going to be a long week-end. But I am staying put in Singapore to complete a lot of pending work, related to WJNM, ICRT and WARMTH. But before that let me wish all my friends from all over the world "EID MUBARAK". Enjoy life and do just one "good thing" to-day. Tomorrow you will see a better world. God Bless you all. Ajit.

Some time back he wrote on face book: " If God decides that you go - you have to go. So let us do something good as long as we are lucky to be alive in this world ".

His untimely death is an immense loss to the Nuclear Medicine fraternity and a personal loss to me. He leaves behind his wife and two sons, Paritosh and Parivesh. We pray to the Almighty to grant peace to his soul. May God bless his family members and give his near and dear ones enough strength to bear this grievous loss.


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