General Info


The Department of Dermatology was established in 1960 by Dr. A. Velou, four years after JIPMER was taken over by the Government of India.  Since then the department has steadily progressed, expanded and diversified its activities to contribute to the advances in the understanding and treatment of various dermatologic diseases.

The Heads of the Department, over the years, have coordinated and facilitated all the departmental and inter-departmental activities. The following is the list of the heads of the Department of

Dermatology since its inception:

  • 1960-1968 Dr. A. Velou - Founder of the department
  • 1968-1969 Dr. Sardari Lal
  • 1970-1972 Dr. B.M.S. Bedi
  • 1972-1973 Dr. B.R. Garg
  • 1973-1982 Dr. Sardari Lal
  • 1982-1996 Dr. B.R. Garg
  • 1996-2013 Dr. D.M. Thappa
  • 2013-2017 Dr. T.J. Jaisankar
  • 2017-present Laxmisha Chandrashekar

The department has expanded since its inception and diversified its activities by establishing various services as follows:

  • 1964 Leprosy clinic
  • 1973 STD clinic
  • 1996 Dermatosurgery
  • 2009 Lasers and cosmetic dermatology
  • 2010 Pediatric Dermatology clinic
  • 2010 Imaging facilities (Dermoscopy, Trichoscan, Dermascan)
  • 2016 Subspecialty clinics

The department aims at outstanding clinical service, research, and educational excellence. Good quality medical, surgical and cosmetic treatment is provided to make a significant difference in the patient’s quality of life. Research activities both basic and clinical are being actively undertaken to contribute to the advancement of medical and scientific knowledge of the specialty. Postgraduate training, Post doctoral fellowship training in “Pediatric Dermatology” and “Dermatosurgery and Lasers” and PhD training are provided in a conducive environment with residents and fellows and faculty working closely together in the clinic as well as in other scholarly activities resulting in professional preparation of dermatologists and research scholars dedicated to health care service and research. 

Future Direction Envisaged in the Department:

Clinical Services: Melanocyte culture, Skin substitutes for wound healing, Teledermatology, Support groups for psoriasis and vitiligo, Specialized Genodermatoses clinic; hair transplantation

Research laboratory: Melanocyte culture lab, immunodermatology lab

Courses: Fellowships in Dermatopathology and Immunodermatology