Rich tributes paid to Kodandaramaiah

Care Hospitals chairman B. Soma Raju speaking at a condolence meeting in Guntur on Tuesday. —   | Photo Credit: Photo: T. Vijaya Kumar

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Care Hospitals chief lauds role played by former GMC principal in inculcating working culture

Clinical skills can never be irrelevant, says Soma Raju

Statue of the former GMC principal mooted

GUNTUR: Latest medical diagnostic techniques cannot be a substitute for clinical skills, and for medical practitioners clinical skills can never be irrelevant, chairman, Care Hospitals, B. Soma Raju, said at a condolence meeting held on Tuesday in memory of Kongara Kodandaramaiah, retired principal of Guntur Medical College.

Dr. Soma Raju, a noted interventional cardiologist who developed the country’s first coronary stent along with the former president, Abdul Kalam, was trained under the tutelage of Dr. Kodandaramaiah at the GMC, where the former completed his MBBS and MD degrees.

The former principal’s other disciples included cardiologists U. Venkatratnam, Rambabu and P. Lakshmana Rao.

‘Man of character’

Dr. Kodandaramaiah, who hailed from Kakumanu mandal, started his career as an assistant professor in general medicine and served as principal of GMC, besides serving as principal in Government Medical Colleges at Kurnool and Kakinada. He passed away recently.

Leading the tributes paid by a host of doctors, Dr. Soma Raju said that Dr. Kodandaramaiah was an embodiment of noble character, who loved human beings.

What made him stand apart was that he used to offer a working diagnosis of a medial case, which would be useful in managing the patient.

He ignored criticism and inculcated a working culture in the students.

Former MP and an alumnus of GMC Y. Sivaji presided over the meeting.

Memorial lecture

He proposed that a memorial lecture could be held every year in memory of the late principal and a statute be installed on the premises of GMC. Paediatrician Y. Nayudamma, Dakshina Murthy, former principals L.V. Subba Rao Chowdary, K. Nageswara Rao and others spoke.