Noted Nephrologist Dr Kirpal Singh Chugh passed away in Chandigarh

Dr Kirpal Singh Chugh, 85, passed away in Chandigarh, today. Dr Chugh was suffering from blood cancer since last two years and was admitted to the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) here a few days ago, his family said. He is survived by his wife Harjeet Chugh, 80 and two sons — Sumeet and Sumant, both doctors and settled in the US. IndiaMedToday send deepest condolences to the family and friends of Dr Chugh.

Dr Chugh was born on December 12, 1932 in Patti, Amritsar, India. He did MBBS from the Medical School in Amritsar, in 1955. His first paper in nephrology in 1958, was the first systematic study in the field of kidney diseases in India. He passed MD (Medicine) with kidney diseases in 1961 and became the first qualified nephrologist of India. He set up the first Department of Nephrology in the PGIMER, Chandigarh in 1963. He initiated the dialysis program at the PGI in 1963 and renal transplant program in 1973. He started the first super-specialty course in Nephrology for the award of DM degree at the PGIMER, Chandigarh in 1969 and the first batch of students passed out in 1971, one year before …

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