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19TH Edition of Hamilton Bailey's surgery textbook editied by Dr Anil D'cruz and others

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It is approaching a century since the first edition of Demonstrations of Physical Signs in Clinical Surgery was first published, authored by the pioneering surgical teacher Hamilton Bailey. That it has survived is testimony to the continuing need for those learning surgery to be able to elicit physical signs in the patient and to understanding their meaning and significance.

The fully-revised nineteenth edition has been brought completely up to date reflecting current surgical practice in both the developed and developing nations, while preserving Hamilton Bailey's original message regarding the importance of physical signs in clinical surgery. It will continue to provide medical students and postgraduates embarking upon a surgical career with an invaluable and immediate source of distilled wisdom and knowledge, set in the context of current surgical practice around the world.



Dr. Irene Manorama Thomas passes away

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Dr. Irene Manorama Thomas Dear Friends,

We are deeply saddened to inform you that Dr. Irene Manorama Thomas passed away at 12.09PM on 21st February 2016. She had hyper potassemia and consequent to gastro enteritis on an overlyng ILD, cardio miopathy , hypertension and diabetes. She had cardiac arrest at St. John’s Hospital on Saturday 13th February 2016 at the MICU. The ICU staff tried their best to correct the situation.

Well known anatomist and pioneer in Indian human genetics, she set up the only lab of its kind in South India in 1972. She is the recipient of several awards for her research work and includes prestigious Dr. B.C Roy award in Medicine.

She worked at St. John’s from 1966 to 2001 and seen generations of Johnites thru the portals of the College. She was well loved by them as she was by her family, which includes David her son, Yasmine her daughter in law, grand children Yana & Yohan. She was Dr. John A Thomas’s classmate at CMC Vellore and they had been married for 54 years.

Yours Sincerely,

Dr. John A.Thomas,MD,FRCPath, FAMS


Dr. Arthur Pinto passes away

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Dr. Arthur PintoDear Johnites and friends

It is with deep sadness, I regret to inform you of the passing away of Arthur Pinto, batch of 70, early this morning. Arthur had been suffering from pancreatic cancer for the past 6 months. I have fond memories of Arthur with his always present smile walking to the tennis courts through D block .

Arthur was a practicing urologist in Connecticut.

Apparently according to Eddie his brother, 2nd batch, he was not only an accomplished tennis player but had taken up golf and won many tournaments locally. He was surrounded and comforted by his sisters, Eddie, Marguerite, and friends through his illness. May his soul RIP. May God give strength to his family and friends to get through this difficult time.

Funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday Feb. 20th at St. Pius X church on 834 Brookside Dr., Fairfield, CT 06824.

Peter D'sa


Dr Desmond D'souza appointed Assistant Professor of Thoracic Surgery at Ohio State Medical University

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Dr. Desmond D’Souza

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Desmond D’Souza, MD as assistant professor of surgery – clinical in the Division of Thoracic Surgery, effective February 1.

Prior to accepting this appointment Dr. D’Souza was the medical director of minimally invasive thoracic surgery at Baylor University Medical Center.

Dr. D’Souza earned his medical degree at St. Johns Medical College in Bangalore, India. He completed a general surgery residency at Yale University School of Medicine and a cardiothoracic surgery fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. D’Souza specializes in thoracic oncologic surgical treatment of cancers of the lungs, esophagus and mediastinum as well as the management of complex esophageal diseases, motility disorders, hiatal hernias and gastroesophageal reflux (GERD). He has a special interest in minimally invasive techniques including laparoscopic, thoracoscopic, video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) and thoracic robotic surgery. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and is American Board of Thoracic Surgery eligible.

While a clinical instructor at the Cleveland Clinic Dr. D’Souza received several awards and honors for clinical excellence. He has authored several book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles, and presents nationally and internationally.

Dr Bob Merritt



Thanks to first responders and Dr John Fernandes a man attending Christmas eve mass is alive today

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — Three shocks of a defibrillator made the difference between life and death for 67-year-old Brendan Devlin when he collapsed during Christmas Eve Mass at Saint Philomena Church in Livingston.

Off-duty Police Officer Kevin Mullaney and off-duty Livingston Firefighter John Durish rushed to Devlin’s aid as Reverend Monsignor Robert J. Fuhrman called 911. At about 8:50 p.m., Mullaney and Durish began giving CPR to Devlin, who reportedly had no pulse and was unconscious, until the church’s defibrillator was retrieved.

Pastor Fuhrman said that many others rushed to Devlin’s aid, including a cardiologist  Dr John Fernandes who was on site at the time. According to Pastor Fuhrman, Devlin regained consciousness after three shocks, was breathing, and acknowledged that he was all right by nodding his head “yes.”

“I was very touched and impressed by the number of people who took action,” said Pastor Fuhrman. “By the time I hung up the phone from calling 911, they were deep into CPR already. The defibrillator that we keep in the church was used very effectively and that’s what brought him back to life.”

According to police, Livingston First Aid Squad arrived to assist at the scene and transported Devlin to Saint Barnabas Medical Center with paramedics on board. Devlin, who was volunteering to distribute Holy Communion on Christmas Eve, was in stable condition later on that night, but has since been released and is doing well, according to Pastor Fuhrman.

“He woke up, was able to speak and was breathing on his own and that was a great relief not only to me, but to everybody,” said Pastor Fuhrman. “This experience was very upsetting to many in the parish and in the church at the time.”

Durish said later that this was the first time he had ever administered CPR with a successful outcome and was grateful that the man responded.

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