The Department of Pediatrics of JIPMER
The Department of Pediatrics of JIPMER provides patient care, teaching and research with a diverse community of Faculty and Students. The spectrum of healthy and sick children reaching this department for clinical care provides the students with unparalleled opportunities to learn and serve. Problem-solving and Research are central to the academic programs in the department.
Faculty Members, committed to excellence in Pediatric Education, are guiding relevant efforts within each section of the department to foster the next generation of leaders in Paediatric clinical care, teaching and Research. The department has been led by a number of renowned figures in Academic Paediatrics and its stability is being provided by the continuing presence of teachers at Professorial rank.
The Department of Paediatrics housed in the JIPMER Women & Children Hospital(JWCH) has a total bed strength of 160 (General 96, Paid wards 21 beds, A& E beds – 24 beds, PICU 19 beds). Department has three general pediatric units (I, II, III) and one Pediatric Critical Care Unit (PICU).
The Department runs fourteen specialty clinics including Paediatric Infectious diseases, Paediatric Neurology, Child Guidance, Pediatric Nephrology, Paediatric Cardiology, Genetic counselling, Genetic services, Paediatric Gastroenterology, Paediatric Pulmonology and asthma, Paediatric Haematology, HIV etc. The emergency unit runs round the clock and handles all pediatric emergencies. PICU has all facilities including ventilators, Haemodialysis, CRRT, ICP monitoring, HFOV etc.
This department is uniquely placed to train students under teaching and research programs at all (undergraduate, postgraduate and Doctoral) levels. With 11 Faculty Members focusing on specialized aspects of pediatric care, the department guides and trains 2 DM Residents in Pediatric Critical Care, Ph.D. scholars, 17 MD Paediatrics residents annually in addition to MBBS students of 150 per year. The department also supports the Nursing College of JIPMER to run its B.Sc, M.Sc courses and Post-B.Sc specialized training in Pediatric critical care nursing.
Research on health issues with a crying need at the Regional and National level is the priority of the department. The department was instrumental in formulating the National Policy on Management of Snake bites (2007). Continuing research on scorpion and snake envenomations from the department have provided tiered protocols for these neglected rural emergencies.
The department is committed to improving child health care through excellence in patient care, teaching and research. The department has published more than 100 scientific papers in the last 5 years in indexed journals of national and international repute.
The Department owes its current stature to Dr. Satya Gupta, Dr. P.S Balakrishnan, Dr. K.K.Khanna, Dr. Ishwar Chander Verma, Dr.Ramesh Kumar Puri, Dr. Baldev Bhatia, Dr. S. Srinivasan, Dr. B.Vishnu Bhat and Dr S. Mahadevan who provided Leadership at various phases of its growth and development.
Currently, the department is headed by Dr. Niranjan Biswal, supported by a team of ten dedicated Faculty.