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Notable alumni

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Abraham, K A 
(Batch of 1960)
Padma Shree Kurudamannil Abraham Abraham is an Indian interventional cardiologist and a medical writer. He is a former Chief Cardiologist at the Southern Railway Headquarters Hospital, Chennai, and Chief Medical Director of the Southern Railways, where he worked for 25 years. Read more

Arole, Mabelle 
(Batch of 1954)
Mabelle Arole, born 26 December 1935 in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, India is a recipient of the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership along with her husband, Raj Arole for the award-winning Comprehensive Rural Health Project. Read more

Arole, Rajnikant Shankarrao
(Batch of 1954) 
Rajnikant Shankarrao Arole, who was born in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra State, India to school teacher parents, received the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership in 1979. He also received the Padma Bhushan and the Mother Teresa Memorial National Award for Social Justice.
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Bardhan, Karna Dev 
(Batch of 1958)
Karna Dev Bardhan was a gastroenterologist who received the Order of the British Empire for his contributions. Read more 

Bharucha, Chitra
(Batch of 1961)
Chitra Bharucha MBE is a former consultant haematologist and former vice chairman of the BBC Trust, the governing body of the British Broadcasting Corporation. She became the first woman and first South Asian ("Asian" in British English) to head the BBC. Read more


Chandy, Mammen 
(Batch of 1967)
Padma Shree Mammen Chandy (rightwas involved in the setting up of the first sustained bone marrow transplant programme in the country and also performed the first bone marrow transplant for Thalassemia in India, at CMC Vellore. He was also awarded the prestigious Dr. B.C.Roy Award in recognition of his outstanding and pioneering work in the category of ‘Eminent Medical Person’. Read more


KadinshawDevanesan, Dayalan 
(Batch of 1963)
Dayalan Devanesan worked as Director of Aboriginal Health in Australia & was awarded the Order of Australia as well as the Indo-Australian Award for Outstanding Achievement.

Dinshaw, Ketayun Ardeshir
Padma Shree Ketayun Ardeshir Dinshaw (right) was a prominent personality in the field of Indian medicine and played a significant role in the evolution of modern cancer care in India, and the development of effective radiation therapy. Read more

Dyalchand, Ashok
Ashok Dyalchand, who has been campaigning for equal rights for girl children and against child marriage, for four decades now, received the World's Children's Prize, known as the Children's Nobel Prize, for the year 2019. Read more


Gupta, Anna 
(Apr 6, 1921 - Nov 5, 2018)
Anna Gupta trained at CMC first as a nurse, and then a mid-wife. She was awarded the title of Professor Emeritus, and subsequently was a recipient of the prestigious Clark Award, for outstanding voluntary service to the University of Windsor. Anna worked at the University for many years, going on to become the Director of the School of Nursing for two terms. Read more


Iyer, Divya 

Divya Iyer IAS (right), currently serving as the sub-collector of the capital city of Trivandrum, Kerala, graduated from CMC. Read more
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John, T Jacob
T Jacob John, after completing his MBBS in Trivandrum, Kerala, came over to do his DCH (Diploma in Child Health) in CMC Vellore, followed by an MRCP in Edinburgh. A recipient of the prestigious Dr. B C Roy award, he served as the chief of Virology services at CMC from 1967 to 1995. During that time, he also spent 10 years as chief of the National HIV/AIDS Reference Centre and 15 years as chief of the Centre of Advanced Research in Virology. Read more 

John, Stanley 
(Batch of 1950)
Padma Shree Stanley John is an Indian cardiothoracic surgeon who was one of the pioneers of cardiothoracic surgery in India. Apart from the Padma Shree, he has also received the esteemed Dr. B. C. Roy award. Read more


Kang, Gagandeep 

Gagandeep Kang (right), the first Indian woman to be elected Fellow of the Royal Society of London, is Professor in the Department of Gastrointestinal Sciences at CMC, and currently the executive director of the Translational Health Science and Technology Institute, Faridabad, an autonomous institute of the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India.

She is a leading researcher with a major research focus on viral infections in children, and the testing of rotaviral vaccines. (Read more

Kuruvilla, Aleyamma

The Aleyamma Kuruvilla (right), who was the Dean of CMC's College of Nursing from 1961 to 1979, was the first Indian to hold that position in the institution. In 1981, the nursing section of the Directorate General of Health Services recognised her outstanding contributions to the nursing profession and awarded her with the 'National Award for Nursing Personnel'.

The Christian Medical Association of India (CMAI) conferred on her the Dr. D. W. Mategoankar Award for her outstanding services in the healing ministry, in 2009. 


Lall, Ernest
(Batch of 1949) 
Ernest Lall received the Nazriya Pakistan Council 2010 Award for his service to the people of Pakistan since  September 1957. Read more


Mani, Ganesh Kumar
Padma Shree Ganesh Kumar Mani, who passed his MCh in Cardiothoracic Surgery from CMC Vellore in 1979, is an Indian cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon, reported to have performed over 20,500 Coronary artery bypass surgeries. He is considered as a pioneer of a technique known as Beating Heart Coronary Artery Bypass with autologous blood with minimal to nil usage of homologous blood transfusion. Read more 

Menon, Usha
(Batch of 1979 – 80) 
Gynaecologist who was voted Asian Woman of the Year 2006 (Asian Achievers Awards, UK)

Mukarji, Daleep
(Batch of 1964)
Daleep Mukarji (right), the first Programme Director of CMC's Rural Unit for Health & Social Affairs (RUHSA), was the recipient of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his contributions as Director of Christian Aid as well as the
 Dr. B. C. Roy award for socio-medical relief.
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Nath, Avindra
Avindra Nath, a physician-scientist who specialises in neuroimmunology, attended CMC Vellore. Nath is the intramural clinical director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the United States. He previously served in several research and administrative positions at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Read more


Oommen, Lucy
Padma Shree Lucy Oommen was a gynaecologist. After graduating from CMC Vellore, she joined St. Stephen's Hospital as a surgeon in 1942 and went on to become the director of the hospital in 1961, the first Indian to become the director of the institution, and held the post till her retirement in 1988. Read more


Penumaka, V Ramesh 
Ramesh V Penumaka or P V Ramesh, as he is generally known, has been the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) on the Board of REC (formerly, the Rural Electrification Corporation) since January 5, 2017. Prior to joining REC, Dr. Ramesh was the Special Chief Secretary and State Development Commissioner of Andhra Pradesh Government, apart from being the Ex-Officio Special Chief Secretary to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister. Dr. Ramesh graduated as a physician from CMC Vellore. Read more 


Rao, A Ranganadha
A Ranganadha Rao, who earned a master's degree in Urology from CMC Vellore in 1969, is one of the first Urologists of the country and the first to specialisein Urology from the state of Andhra Pradesh, as well as the first person to perform transplantation of kidney in the State. Read more

Rao, M Mohan 
(Batch of 1955)
M. Mohan Rao (right), Order of Australia, performed the first kidney transplant in India.

Reddy, Kesava
Renowned Telugu novelist who wrote about the nation's social problems, hailing from Andhra Pradesh state in India. Read more


Sen, BinayakBinayak Sen
Binayak Sen (right) is an Indian paediatrician, public health specialist and activist. He is the recipient of several awards including the Jonathan Mann Award, and the Gandhi International Peace Award. Read more


Thomas, Thomas 
T Thomas was trained by Reeve H. Betts in Cardio-thoracic Surgery at CMC. He was India's first or one of the first cardio-thoracic surgeons as well as the first surgeon in South Asia to do a mitral valvulotomy. Read more


Varki, Ajit
Ajit Varki, physician scientist and distinguished professor of medicine and cellular and molecular medicine is co-director of the Glycobiology Research and Training Center at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and co-director of the UCSD/Salk Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA). Read more

Verghese, Mary

Padma Shree Mary Puthisseril Verghese (right) was a paraplegic hand surgeon who headed the country's first department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with an inpatient facility, at CMC, and expanded its services with the establishment of India's first inpatient rehabilitation institute. Read more

Verma, Nitin

(Batch of 1974)
Nitin Verma received the Order of Australia for work among the aboriginal people. 

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Abraham, K A Bardhan, Karna Dev Chandy, Mammen Devanesan, Dayalan  Gupta, Anna   
Arole, Mabelle Bharucha Chitra   Dinshaw, Ketayu Ardeshir    
Arole, Rajnikant Shankarrao