The Department of Gastroenterology at All India Institute of Medical Sciences was started in the year 1971 with an aim to create qualified gastroenterologists for the country. Prof BN Tandon was instrumental in creating the department of Gastroenterology at All India Institute of Medical Sciences. He was the first head of this department and continued to lead it until his retirement on 31 August 1991. Thereafter, Dr. Rakesh Tandon was Prof. & Head of Gastroenterology from 1991 to 31 December 2002, Dr. MP Sharma was the Prof. & Head of Gastroenterology from 1 January 2003 to 30th April 2004, Dr. SK Acharya from 1st May 2004 to 31st October 2016. At present, Prof. Dr. Anoop Saraya is the Head of Gastroenterology & Human Nutrition Unitfrom February 11, 2017.
By now, the department has produced 121 DM students in Gastroenterology. At present, the chiefs of Gastroenterology in major institutions of the country are alumni of the department of Gastroenterology at AIIMS. Since, the inception of this department it has provided state of the art services and provided training to many physicians in specific areas like luminal gastroenterology, liver diseases and endoscopy.
The department has been consistently ranked as the Best Department of Gastroenterology in India for many years in surveys conducted by leading News Weekly. In Dec 2011 department was awarded as the Best Department of Gastroenterology in India at the CNBC TV18 India Healthcare Awards.
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