Year : 2020 | Volume
: 64 | Issue : 3 | Page : 313--314
Prof. Sandip Kumar Ray
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. Prof. Sandip Kumar Ray.Indian J Public Health 2020;64:313-314
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Professor Sandip Kumar Ray, an eminent public health expert, researcher, renowned teacher, former Secretary General of Indian Public Health Association (IPHA), and a great human being left for heavenly abode on July 17, 2020, at 12 noon in Kolkata after a brief illness following COVID-19 infection.
Prof. Ray was born on April 28, 1947, to Prof. Bidhu Bhushan Roy, former principal of RG Kar Medical College, and Mrs. Manasi Roy, in Sylhet, currently a part of Bangladesh. After completing his schooling in Baranagore Ramakrishna Mission School, he obtained his MBBS degree from RG Kar Medical College, Kolkata, in 1971. He started his career as a medical officer in Kadambini PHC, Monteswar, Burdwan in 1973. After a brief stint in West Bengal Health Services, he joined the Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University in 1977, from where he obtained M.D. (Community Medicine) in 1979.
Prof. Ray was highly active in academics as well as in furthering IPHA interests. He brought a paradigm shift to Community Medicine training in West Bengal, from classroom teaching to field-based training. He is also credited with rekindling the interest of public health community in the IPHA activities and reactivating/initiating the branches of the association across the entire country.
Following postgraduation, Prof. Ray returned to West Bengal Health Services to join the faculty of Burdwan Medical College where he established a field training facility for community medicine, first of its kind in West Bengal. Later, he was shifted to Medical College, Kolkata, as Professor and Head, where he served till his superannuation. Thereafter, Prof. Ray extended his valuable services to strengthening public health education in private sector as professor and head of community Medicine in KPC Medical College and Hospital, Jadavpur, and ICARE Institute of Medical Science and Research and Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy Hospital, Haldia. His services were also sought to strengthen community medicine teaching by Khwaja Bandanwaj Institute of Medical Sciences, Gulbarga, Karnataka, and CMS - Teaching Hospital, Bharatpur, Nepal. As a teacher, Dr. Ray was very popular among his students and won their hearts.
Prof. Sandip Ray was a passionate crusader of cherished ideals of the founders of IPHA. He served the association in many different roles and strengthened and promoted it. He revived and regularized the publication of Indian Journal of Public Health (IJPH) and ensured its financial stability and sustainability while serving it in different capacities –Managing Editor (1984–1995), Editor (1996–1999), and Chief Editor (2010–2012). Owing to his efforts, IJPH stands among internationally respected journals in the discipline of public health. He also served as Secretary General of IPHA from 2000 to 2006. His tireless efforts resulted in expansion of IPHA activities and organization across India. His vision and struggle made IPHA financially sustainable and functionally stable. Among his major contributions to IPHA have been the long-desired and forward-looking reforms in the policies and constitution of the association which are widely acclaimed and gratefully remembered. His contributions to the association are many and unforgettable.
Prof. Sandip Ray was an outstanding public speaker and health communicator par excellence. He had been a regular and valued resource in different seminars and workshops as speaker or chairperson. He authored a manual for field-based training of medical students entitled, “A guide for undertaking family exercises at the community level - For undergraduate medical students.” He was also a contributor to Dr. D K Taneja's “Health Policies and Programmes in India.” He had more than 60 scientific articles and research papers in national and international medical journals and supervised many MD and PhD students.
He was closely associated with many national health programs. He was an important member of the team of experts for the formulation of training modules in immunization for midlevel managers in India. He was involved in National and International Review of Immunization Programme in India in 1989 and 1992. Under his leadership, IPHA organized workshops on RCH Programme and NRHM in different parts of the country. He was a member of central team for HIV Sentinel Surveillance.
Prof. Ray's academic excellence is reflected in the recognition bestowed on him by different academic institutions. His works on Hand Hygiene, Iodine, Rabies Awareness, MCH, RCH, and NRHM were well recognized by many national and international agencies such as IFH, UNICEF, WHO, and ICCIDD. He was a guest professor at Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, Kolkata. He was an examiner for MBBS and MD in various universities and All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi. He also served as an expert on selection panels of Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, AIIMS, Delhi, Indira Gandhi National Open University, etc. He was an enthusiastic lover of football and was a life member and accompanying physician of East Bengal Football Club.
By virtue of Prof. Ray's contributions to academics and public health, many national awards and fellowships were conferred on him. He was a recipient of the Honorary Fellowship as well as prestigious Dr. B.C. Dasgupta Memorial Oration Award of IPHA, Dr. Narsimha Reddy Memorial Oration of AP State Branch of IPHA, Oration of West Bengal Branch of Indian Medical Association (IMA), and Dr. Arun Banerjee Memorial Oration of Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research, Kolkata (delivered at 55th Foundation Day Program). He delivered an invited a talk on “Nutrition, Vision and Research” to International Assembly of Community ophthalmologists. He was awarded “Dr. Deepak Banerjee Award” of IMA for Best Published paper in Journal of Indian Medical Association, Sri R.N. Roy Best paper Award for best published article in IJPH, and Mehera Award of Association of Community Ophthalmologists of India for 2010. He was also engaged as a consultant by various national and international organizations.
Prof. Sandip Ray's untimely and sudden demise has resulted in the loss of an outstanding public health specialist, excellent teacher, and researcher. His loss leaves a void and is mourned by his friends, students, colleagues, and fellow professionals. He will be fondly remembered by one and all.
May his soul rest in peace