The department of paediatric surgery was started in the year 1976 as a unit of General Surgery with a bed strength of 10 under the care of a part-time consultant Prof.Chatterjee. In 1978, Prof. Chatterjee became a full-time consultant looking after paediatric surgery. The department continued to grow and hence in 1986 two full-time consultants were designated to look after the needs of the department. However in 1990 after the retirement of Prof. Chatterjee, the department went back to having only a part-time consultant to look after its needs until 2009. However, the department continued to conduct undergraduate classes, look after the surgical needs of paediatric patients especially GIT, and training of postgraduates and Senior residents. It is to the credit of the department that at least a dozen post-MS senior residents have gone on to complete their MCh in paediatric surgery.
Currently the Department is situated in the Superspeciality Block and it is a fully functional independent department after the recruitment of four new Assistant Professors, looking after all the surgical needs of children, operating on 10 days a month with daily OPD, a six bedded independent Paediatric Surgical ICU equipped with all modern open care systems for newborns, multi-parameter monitors and three ventilators, a four bedded paediatric burns ward in addition to 20 more in-patient beds.
The Department now takes care of all aspects of paediatric surgery including paediatric thoracic, paediatric gastrointestinal, paediatric genitourinary, paediatric solid malignancies (Cancer) and paediatric endoscopic (laparoscopic, thoracoscopic, etc.,) Surgeries.