Department of Anaesthesia in Christian Medical College started in 1966.
MD anaesthesia course started in the same year. Dr. Susy was the first
doctor who did MD Anaesthesia form this department. Dr. Murphy was the
first head of the department. Then Dr. Forbat for a few years. Next Head
of the department was Dr. Frank N.Prior who served the department till
1983. Dr. Pritam Singh became head of the department for one year
followed by Dr. Daljitam Singh. Dr. Baljinder Kaur became the Head of
the Department after Dr. Daljitam Singh and served the institution till
2007. After that Dr. Lalita Afzal headed the department followed by Dr.
Mary Verghese. At present Dr. Valsa Abraham is the head of the
The department of anaesthesia is well staffed with 15 senior consultants
who take care of the various subunits of the department. 134 MD and 159
DA candidates have been trained in this department till now.
We have conducted two international updates in collaboration with Mayo
clinic, USA during the last 3 years. Department has many publications to
its credit. Prof. Lalita Afzal and Prof. Valsamma Abraham were the
investigators of POISE which is an international study, recently
completed and published in Lancet. Prof. Lalita Afzal and Prof. Valsamma
Abraham are the investigators for the POISE II and Vision study. We also
have ongoing research program for MD trainees.