Dr Sudhir K Gupta
MBBS (Gold Medal), MD (BHU), DNB, MNAMS, FICS (CHICAGO)
Professor & Head, Department Of Forensic Medicine
All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
Dr Sudhir Gupta believes in the dignified management of the Dead through means of legal autopsy and the preparation of the post-mortem report. In the past 27 years as practicing forensic surgeon, Dr Gupta has worked towards sensitization of the doctors working in the mortuaries to handle the deceased, he has inculcated an aura of respect and has taught the doctors how to treat their work with utmost dignity. He is working towards the concept of Virtual Autopsy, this would be a means to prevent unnecessary scalpel use on the dead bodies during post-mortem examination. Ever since he took the mantle of the Head of Department of Forensic Medicine in 2013, he started to work towards converting the AIIMS Mortuary into a Centre of Excellence for Forensic studies. Under his guidance the Institute is entering into collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research for virtual autopsy- a non-scalpel autopsy. Four times he has worked in AIIMS as a member of Dean Committee which decides all medical standards in AIIMS. He also worked with the MCI to develop Post Graduate courses curriculum. He remains member of many State service commission and Union service commission in confidential assignments.
Dr Sudhir Kumar Gupta has been associated with AIIMS for about a quarter of a century and has used the opportunity to promote progress in the field of Forensic Medicine. He has served the Nation and has helped in bringing justice through Forensic investigations in various challenging cases in partnership with the Interpol, CBI, NIA, NHRC, Delhi Police, various state police and all the levels of judiciary. He has served at AIIMS teaching MBBS, MD, PhD students and providing specialized training to National and International doctors.
Below is the list of the prominent cases of National and International repute handled by Dr Sudhir Gupta for CBI and other Investigating agencies:
- The Demise of Mrs Sunanda Pushkar
- Supreme court monitored CBI enquiry in more than a fourty cases of extrajudicial killings in Manipur
- Death of Cabinet Minister Sh Gopi Nath Munde in road traffic accident by CBI.
- Sheena Bora murder case Mumbai. CBI Investigating.
- Death of IAS officer Anurag Tiwari in Lucknow / CBI.
- CBI investigation of Promila Gandhi mysterious death Case Chennai.
- Shimla gang rape and custodial death case, Kotkhai by CBI.
- Suicide by IAS officer DK Ravi./CBI Investigation
- Reinvestigation by CBI in Death of Dr Y S Sachan, an accused in NHRM scam.
- Jessica Lal murder case. The High court of Delhi
- NIA investigation of Vidyacharan Shukla ex Union Minister Bomb blast death
- Scribe Nirupma Pathak Case.
- Uphaar fire Tragedy cases.
- Nitish Katara Murder case.
- BMW Lodhi Road accident case.
- Shivani Bhatnagar murder case.
- Judicial inquiry in Ram Singh death main accused in Nirbhaya case, Tihar Jail.
- CBI Invesigation of Dy SP Mangalore, M K Ganpathy death, Karnataka.
- Child death case in GD Goenka Public school Ghaziabad.
- CBI inquiry in Sara Singh Murder case, Lucknow.
- Deputed by the High Court of Madras to supervise the autopsy in custodial death of P Ramkumar, the accused in public hacking of a female Infosys employee.
- Deputed by the High Court of Madras for third autopsy of Ilavarsana Chenai.
- CBI/Geetanjali Garg, wife of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Gurgaon, death case.
- CBI/Death of journalist Akshay Singh, /VYAPAM Scam in Madhya Pradesh.
- CBI/Puja Mishra Death case.
- CBI /Denisye Carole Sweeney death investigation/British citizen found dead in Goa.
- Death investigation of a teenage couple in a suspected rape/drowning in Jind and Kurukshetra which shocked the entire Haryana State.
- CBI/Suicide of AIIMS Rishikesh Student.
- CBI/Investigation of ganagrape and custodial death of father of victim in Unnao.
- CBI/Suspected gangrape and murder of a minor girl in Haridwar.
Besides India, he has also received recognition for his work in the field of Forensic Medicine by Coroners Association of Europe, America, Scotland Yard Police-UK, FBI and police of other countries like Australia, Taiwan, Singapore, and all Asian countries. He has been recognized by American Association of Surgeons and was invited in USA for training in Emergency and Trauma Care in 2005 with CME credit and was even made a member of technical specification committee for initiating Trauma Centre, AIIMS in 2005.
Dr Sudhir Kumar Gupta excelled as a medical student securing a Gold Medal for securing the first rank in the MBBS examination. He completed his Post-Graduation, MD Forensic Medicine from the prestigious Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, and was awarded Diplomate of National Board in 1997 by the Government of India. He has more than 26 years of Medical teaching experience and standing in Medical Profession as a distinguished teacher and researcher and has also been recognized by the Indian Association of Medicolegal Experts. He has also been awarded a fellowship from the Windsor University, Canada. His work has been internationally recognized across the globe from Australia to the United States of America.
The Forensic Medicine Department has attained new horizons under his stewardship and has been involved in the development of various new facilities such as the 24 hours embalming facility, forensic radiology unit, and modern toxicology laboratory. He has promoted the establishment of cadaver organ retrieval facility for therapeutic transplantation. Several other facilities like modular odourless autopsy suite are also in the process of being established. Recently the Delhi High Court expressed its gratitude and appreciated his efforts for preserving and conducting a third autopsy on an Indian Citizen about 14 months after his death in Saudi Arabia.
He has published more than 100 scientific papers in different National and International Medical Journals and has six Chapters in Books and Textbook of Legal Medicine. He also published more than 1000 medico-legal columns in electronic media to educate the public.
Under his headship, a record number of cornea donations has taken place in the time period of 2013 to 2018 at AIIMS, New Delhi. He is working on a research project to assess the viability of different organs and tissues after death. As a doctor one of his missions is to establish a breakthrough cadaver organ retrieval facility which would save countless lives. He has collaborated with an NGO to provide free hearse Van services to help in the cremation of the deceased who belong to the poor section of society.
1. Dr Sudhir Kumar Gupta holds the record of being the first autopsy surgeon to be awarded fellowship diploma by International College of Surgeons, Chicago.
2. He is an Appointed Visiting professor of AIIMS Rishikesh
3. Dr Sudhir Kumar Gupta holds record of being the youngest Faculty Member to be nominated to various prestigious committees of AIIMS like Deans Committee, Casualty Monitoring Committee and Technical Specification Committee for establishment of JPN Trauma Centre.
4. He had been awarded Certificate of Appreciation by Dr RP Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, AIIMS for Corneal Donation Program in 2007, 2013 and 2017. During his headship record number of corneal donation have taken place in AIIMS.
5. He established a new concept of virtual autopsy with a state of the art Forensic Radiology unit; this is first of its kind in Asia and re-autopsies are being conducted in the cases which were earlier studied by Medical examiners abroad.
6. He has developed an ultra-modern toxicology lab with analytical instruments like GCHS, HPLC, Trace metal analyzer, UV visible double beam spectro-photometry, TLC, Biochemistry analyzer, Microwave digestion unit. The laboratory is currently serving as a nodal centre for alcohol estimation in MLC cases of South and Southeast Delhi and is a registered center for estimation of Mercury in biological samples for global Mercury Lab databank as per UNEP.
7. He has served on the Governing Body of two prestigious Delhi University institutions -- Maharaja Agrasen College and Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, as government nominee.
8. He was awarded Medical Doctor of the year in 2010.
Lead Speaker in International Symposium on Humanitarian Forensics for Dignified Management of Dead organized by International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC), at Gujarat Forensic Science University (GFSU), Gandhinagar, Gujrat, on 21st June 2018