...home of the St. Johns Medical College Community

  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size
Home What's New

Whats new

Rest in peace Dr S A Chinnappa

E-mail Print PDF

Dr S A Chinnappa was from batch 1975.His classmates just came to know of his demise recently, even though his passing was more than a year ago .

Chinnappa passed away on 24th April 2013.He is survived by his wife and three children.His wife is a teacher in a school in Harihar, his eldest son is a dentist, second one dong his Medicine in a East European country and his daughter has just finished her MBBS final year exams.

He worked at Vijaya Marie Hospital, Siruguppa [1987- August 1991] after which he was at Employees State Insurance [E.S.I] Hospital, Harihar for 22 yrs till he passed away on 24th April 2013. Chinnappa also worked part time at Our Lady of Health Hospital, Harihar as his service to the Church.

He is  sadly missed by his family ,friends and classmates.He was much fun and at the same time scholarly and hard working while he was in medical school.

May his soul rest in peace.

Condolences messages

Chinnappa was a really wonderful person.  Very quiet.   Had a good bit of time together for various classes.  Never saw him annoyed.  Had  a brief contact through Facebook about two years ago.  Well difficult to come to terms with the fact that he is no more with us.  My condolences to his family.  May his soul rest in Peace. Mathew Sebastian

He was our source for the weekly phantom and mandrake comics. George Dsouza

I am sad to hear the sad demise of Dear Chinnappa long ago with out any one of us knowing about it. Thanks to Dr.Chinnppa who worked in our hospital of jmj in Vijaya Marie in Siruguppa which is a rural hospital. May God reward him with His eternal bliss for the good work he has done on this earth for the rural and poor. Belated heartfelt condolences to his wife and family with love and prayers Mary Thomas

So sad to hear this news. about 2 or 3 years ago Salais had asked me to add Chinnappa to my Facebook friend list. I did so and also asked Carol to add him to the SJMC Facebook group. I also asked Meenakshi to add him to her friend list.It was so sweet of him to thank me especially for these small things. Gone too soon.
Will miss you Chinnappa.Will pray for repose of his soul.Good to see that his family is well situated Johny Allencherry.
Sad  to hear the news. Remember the quiet guy next to our dissection table. RIP my friend.
Deepest condolences to his family. Chou

Chinnappa's friendship was the ultimate 'home-comfort' I enjoyed in D- block. On a quiet holiday afternoon, he was always there with a comic to lend. Quiet, unassuming and extremely friendly.........
He was a loner like Phantom and like the latter he has no end in our hearts....Sasikumar Louis

Yes , Chinappa was a quiet guy. He could always smile and say hello when ever you met him. Jayan Thomas

albeit late, my condolence to his family. Although I did not know him much, he has a history and legacy known by God and unknown by us .  A quite simple guy , never caused trouble to anyone or harmed anyone. Anotonio Ferrao

Hadn't seen him since the 80s, He was a good soul, My condolences to his family..May his soul Rest In Peace CM


Govt can't force St John's to part with seats: HC

E-mail Print PDF
BENGALURU,Feb 11, 2015, DHNS:

The High Court said on Wednesday that the state government cannot force City-based St John's Medical College, an unaided religious minority institution, to surrender 25 per cent of its medical seats to the government in lieu of granting approval to the college to increase seat intake. DH file photo

The High Court said on Wednesday that the state government “cannot force” City-based St John’s Medical College, an unaided religious minority institution, to surrender 25 per cent of its medical seats to the government in lieu of granting approval to the college to increase seat intake.

Justice B V Nagarathna directed the state government to consider its application for essentiality and feasibility certificate within two weeks.

The court disposed of a petition filed by Catholic Bishops' Conference of India Society for Medical Education and St John’s Medical College.

The petitioners approached the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS) in March 2014 to increase their medical seats from the existing 60 to 150 for the 2015-2016 academic year .

The RGUHS had inspected the medical college and hospital and recommended increasing the seat intake. The state government, which had to provide approval to the college with essentiality and feasibility certificate, however  laid down a condition that the institution should surrender 25 per cent of its seats.


Early Career Johnite Initiative

E-mail Print PDF

The Career guidance cell of the SJMC Alumni Association is conducting an interactive session on the Early Career Johnite Initiative, by Dr Brian Martis, at the SJRI Biorepositry Class room at 4 pm on the 28th of January 2015. All undergrads, Interns, Postgrads are welcome.

Tea will be served.

The session will be recorded and posted online for the benefit of alumni who are out of Bangalore.

Robert Anthony



Dr Salim Yusuf is World Heart Federation's New President

E-mail Print PDF


World Heart Federation announce term of new president, Dr Salim Yusuf of McMaster University, Canada

Geneva – 6th January 2015 – The World Heart Federation is today delighted to announce that Dr Salim Yusuf has begun his tenure as the new President of the organisation, following on from immediate Past-President, Prof. K. Srinath Reddy. Dr Yusuf will hold the role of President for the next two years, supported by Kingsley K Akinroye as Vice-President, replacing outgoing Vice-President Deborah Chen.

Dr Yusuf will continue to focus the World Heart Federation in tackling the global epidemic of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and leading the organisation to support this objective. “Cardiovascular disease is one of the biggest epidemics the world has ever faced and my priorities for the next two years are to continue the success we have had in the key areas that impact it, including reducing hypertension and tobacco use and the secondary prevention of heart attacks and strokes. To do this, as an organisation we need to engage everyone in the fight, from children who can teach their parents about healthy food, to our partners who can influence policy at local level. I look forward to working with people and organisations all over the world to reduce the terrible burden of cardiovascular disease.”

Dr Yusuf will work closely with World Heart Federation Chief Executive Officer Johanna Ralston, who said: “The World Heart Federation is unique; we are the only global organisation focused solely on cardiovascular disease and as such we need a President who can make an impact at all levels, be it global, national or regional. Dr. Yusuf is passionate about bringing CVD to the forefront of people’s attention and I believe can represent the entire community in important initiatives such as 25x25, the World Health Organisation’s drive to reduce premature mortality from CVD by 25 per cent by 2025. I am delighted to be working alongside him for the next two years, which will include hosting the next World Congress of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Health in Mexico in 2016.”

I would also like to extend my appreciation to Dr. Srinath Reddy as our Past President, for his extraordinary leadership of the World Heart Federation at a transformational time. His leadership in overseeing our new strategy and governance will carry on in the coming years under Dr. Yusuf as we shift to implementing WHO targets at the national level through roadmaps and advocacy, ensuring strong development goals for CVD including rheumatic heart disease and fostering emerging leaders for CV health with a strong focus on Asia, Latin America and Africa.

Dr Reddy is also keen to convey a message to his colleagues in the cardiovascular community as his presidency draws to a close: “The battle has just begun. We have had some success, but the challenge now is to strive to attain our targets at all levels, across policy, communities, professional associations and health systems. I firmly agree with my colleague and our new President Dr Yusuf in that active engagement must be at the centre of everything we do, to complete our ultimate goal of reducing cardiovascular disease globally, nationally and locally. My time as President was inspirational, challenging and fulfilling, but I leave the role knowing that we can continue to make an immediate and strong impact on reducing CVD worldwide.

About the World Heart Federation

The World Heart Federation is the only global advocacy and leadership organization bringing together the cardiovascular disease (CVD) community to help people everywhere lead heart-healthy lives. We strive for a world where there are at least 25% fewer premature deaths from CVD by 2025.

That’s why we and our 200+ members work courageously to end needless deaths from exposure to tobacco and other risk factors, lack of access to treatment, and neglected conditions like rheumatic heart disease which kills hundreds of thousands of children each year. Across 100 countries, with its members, the World Heart Federation works to build global commitment to addressing cardiovascular health at the policy level, generates and exchanges ideas, shares best practice, advances scientific knowledge and promotes knowledge transfer to tackle CVD– the world’s number one killer. World Heart Federation is at the heart of driving the CVD agenda and advocating for better heart health – enabling people to live longer, better and more heart healthy lives whoever and wherever they are.
For more information, please visit:;


A New Year's rocking Dr Thomas Chandy

E-mail Print PDF

A New Year's rocking Eve

Dec 29, 2014:

From the albums

REVELLING: (From left) Thomas Chandy, Malcolm, Adolf and Babu Joseph.

This picture was taken at the New Year’s Eve party on December 31, 1967 at the Bowring Institute. It has me (extreme left) with my team members Babu Joseph and brothers Adolf and Malcolm from the music group called ‘Spartans’ which my friends and I formed in the 1960s.

I was 17 years old in this picture. In college, I also played and sang with ‘The Missing Links’, and from what I earned, I paid for my medical textbooks.

As a group, we used to perform in various clubs, and New Year’s Eve was always special for us. What’s also unique about this picture is that our costume and our haircuts were also coordinated.

The four of us were wearing pastel shade shirt with a polo collar and skinny pants. We got these outfits especially stitched for this New Year’s Eve performance with our pocket money.

That night, we performed a lot of pieces, including a few from ‘The Beatles’, ‘Rolling Stones’, ‘Simon and Garfunkel’, ‘Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’, Cliff Richards, Elvis Presley etc.

We performed at the ballroom of the Bowring Institute which has now been converted into a tambola room. I also vividly remember that the New Year’s Eve those days were lively and colourful. There were just a handful of people at the clubs, very few vehicles on the roads and no traffic whatsoever.

I completed my schooling from St Germain High School, did my pre-university in St Joseph’s College and went on to study medicine at St John’s Medical College. I?then went to New York, to specialise in orthopedics. I returned to India 17 years later and founded the Hosmat Hospital in 1993.

Medicine is my first love and music is a hobby that I’ve carried forward from my childhood. I work very hard and music acts as a great stress buster. There’s a commonality between music and surgery as both require immense practice, concentration, a relaxed mind, and perfect coordination of the eye, hand and the brain.

I am still in touch with the three friends in the picture. Babu Joseph is a blues singer and teacher based in Barcelona, Spain. Adolf and Malcolm Fernandes are based in Australia. We hope to have a reunion of the members of the old group some time next year. I miss those days for they were carefree and wild. We enjoyed every moment of our time together.

Today, even while I am committed to my medical profession and surgeries take up a lot of my time, I still grab some time to spend in my music room which houses over 300 instruments that I have collected over the years. Since 14 years, I am the leader/vocalist of the ‘Jazz Revival’. Singing and playing are great stress busters. I advise every youngster to take up music as a hobby.
Thomas Chandy(chairman and chief of orthopaedics, Hosmat Hospital)
As told to Nina C George


Page 10 of 87