Nephrology services at JIPMER were offered by the Department of General Medicine from 1980s. Dr S. Chandrasekhar, Professor of Medicine (Retd.), Dr Chiranjeevi and Dr Altaf Basha were instrumental in operationalizing dialysis services at JIPMER under the department of Medicine. Hemodialysis was offered to patients with Acute Kidney Injury, as well as on emergency basis for patients with Chronic Kidney Disease. The dialysis unit was housed in the third floor of Institute block and was equipped with 4 haemodialysis machines.
The independent department of Nephrology at JIPMER was established in January 2010 with Dr Sreejith Parameswaran joining as Assistant Professor of Nephrology, who worked under the stewardship of Dr R. P. Swaminathan, Professor of Medicine and the Acting Head of Dept. of Nephrology to organize the independent department of Nephrology. Dr P. S. Priyamvada joined the department as Assistant Professor on 28th June 2011 and Dr Satish Haridasan joined as Assistant Professor on 11th March 2015. After being promoted as Additional Professor in 2016, On 1st January 2017 Dr Sreejith Parameswaran took over as the Head of Department from Dr R. P. Swaminathan, who was acting HOD from January 2010 to December 2016.
The department has made rapid strides in emerging as a comprehensive Academic Nephrology service at JIPMER.
Important mile stones:
April 2010- Dedicated Nephrology inpatient services started
May 2010 - Therapeutic Plasma Exchange using plasma filter started
May 2010 - Sustained Low Efficiency Dialysis (SLED) for hemodynamically unstable patients requiring dialysis treatment started
1st July 2010 - Started BSc Allied Medical Sciences - Dialysis Technology (BSc AMS DT) course for training dialysis technicians
September 2010 - Renal Pathology Service including Immunofluorescence staining started by Department of Pathology, JIPMER
October 2010 - Recruited three additional dialysis technicians
November 2010 - Started 'Glomerular Diseases Clinic' on Mondays, along with the second OP clinic for Nephrology Dept
6th January 2011 - Started a Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis (CAPD) program where the catheter is placed at the bedside by the Nephrologist
January - February 2011 - Formulated the 'Practical Protocols for Living Donor Kidney Transplantation' - the JIPMER Protocol for living donor kidney transplantation
March 2011 - Inspection of facilities at JIPMER for performing kidney transplantation by the committee appointed by the Director General of Health Services (DGHS), New Delhi
April 2011 - JIPMER given approval to perform kidney transplantation and registered for the same
28th June 2011 - Dr P. S. Priyamvada, joined the department as Assistant Professor
August 2011 - Started performing Charcoal Hemoperfusion for treatment of patients with poisoning and drug overdose
October 2011 - Mr A. K. Saravanan, Dialysis Technician, appointed as Transplant coordinator
3rd March 2012 - Performed first living donor kidney transplantation at JIPMER
March 2012 - Formulated curriculum and syllabus for D.M. Nephrology training course, which was approved by the standing academic committee
1st August 2012 - D. M. Nephrology training program started at JIPMER, with an annual intake of two candidates. Dr Sandeep Morkhandikar (Latur, Maharashtra) and Dr Vijay Shankar (Ranchi, Bihar) joined as the first two academic (D. M. Nephrology) trainees in the department
1st January 2013 - Established formal collaboration with the Division of Nephrology, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, USA, under the Sister Renal Center Program (SRC Program) of the International Society of Nephrology.
November 2013 - Installed 8 more haemodialysis machines bringing the total number of machines to twelve
5th December 2013 - Started Deceased Donor Kidney Transplantation Program in Pondicherry. The first organ harvesting & transplantation was performed on 5th December 2013, followed by harvesting and transplantation from a second brain dead donor on 7th December 2013.
May 2014 - Started Nephrology Subspeciality Follow up Clinics - Glomerular Disease Clinic (Tuesday), Dialysis Clinic (Wednesday), Kidney Transplantation Clinic (Thursday)
June 2014 - "Project Jeevan", in Collaboration with Rotary Club, Pondicherry Beach Town. The Rotary Club of Pondicherry Beach Town, in collaboration with Rotary Club, Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, USA, raised funds and donated FOUR brand new Hemodialysis machines to JIPMER, thus expanding the number of dialysis machines at JIPMER to a total of sixteen.
11th March 2015 - Dr Satish Haridasan joined the Dept as Assistant Professor
30th November 2016 – Inauguration of JIPMER Outpatient Haemodialysis Centre
10th – 12th February 2017 – Hosted the 37th Annual Conference of Indian Society of Nephrology Southern Chapter (ISNSCCON 2017)
August 2017 – Started CRRT service
October 2017 – Recruited eight dialysis technicians (Contract)
Sister Renal Centre of Program under International Society of Nephrology
The Department of Nephrology at JIPMER had official collaboration with the Division of Nephrology, Columbia University Medical Center, New York from 1st January 2013 to 31st December 2017, for a period of 5 years, under the ‘Sister Renal Center Program’ of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN). The collaboration included research, training and patient care services. The collaboration was intended to enhance the quality of patient care services, facilitate clinical research projects of mutual interest and to ensure that the training programs in Nephrology offered by the Dept at JIPMER was of high standards. Under the collaboration, the ISN facilitated mutual visits for training purposes, funded CME programs, provided educational material and travel grants etc.
Conference & CMEs Organized by the Dept
Academic Events Organized by the Dept of Nephrology:
21st January 2011 : CME on Glomerular Diseases
29th August 2011 : CME on Brain Death and Organ Donation Awareness for the state of Pondicherry, ‘Samsaara – The Circle of Life’ in collaboration with Department of Health & family welfare and MOHAN foundation
2nd November 2011 : JIPMER Scientific Society Meeting, with guest lecture by Dr Jai Radhakrishnan on ‘The epidemic of Diabetic Kidney Disease – what can we do?’
06th March 2012 : "From Despair to Hope" - Symposium on Preventive Nephrology, with Dr Rajiv Saran as the main faculty and chief guest.
14th March 2013 : World Kidney Day Celebration and CME on 'Acute Kidney Injury', released video documentary on successful CAPD program among underprivileged patient population created by dept of Nephrology - 'Azhagiya Ulagil Sila Saadhnai Natchathirangal' (Achievers in a Beautiful world)
24th September 2013 : JIPMER Nephrology Update 2013 - Hypertension, one day CME on Hypertension, endorsed & funded by Indian Society of Nephrology, Supported by the Educational Ambassador Program of the International Society of Nephrology and Accredited by Tamil Nadu Dr MGR Medical University as Category II CME Program.
5th October 2014 : Nephrology Update 2014 - Kidney Transplantation,One day CME on Kidney Transplantation, organized in collaboration with Dept of Nephrology, Madras Medical College and Chennai, Columbia University, New York, USA, and Supported by the International Society of Nephrology's Educational Ambassador Program.
15th November 2015 : Nephrology Update 2015 - Critical Care Nephrology, One day CME on Critical Care Nephrology, Organized in collaboration with Division of Nephrology, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, USA and supported by the International Society of Nephrology's Educational Ambassador Program and Sister Renal Center Program.
9th March 2016 : World Kidney Day 2016 - "Kidney Disease and Children - Act Early to Prevent it", Half day CME was organized on 'Childhood Kidney Diseases”
10th – 12th February 2017 : 37th Annual Conference of Indian Society of Nephrology Southern Chapter (ISNSCCON 2017)
9th March 2017 : ‘Kidney Disease & Obesity’, Half day CME was organized on “Kidney Disease & Obesity”
World Kidney Day celebrations at JIPMER
The Department of Nephrology observes the World Kidney Day every year by organizing a CME program along with public awareness programs aligned to the official WKD Theme.
Contributions from JIPMER Alumni
JIPMER has vibrant and proactive alumni all over the world, who maintain strong bonds with their alma mater. The dept of Nephrology was fortunate enough to benefit from the contributions and collaboration from two distinguished alumni, both Nephrologists in the USA.
Dr Jai Radhakrishnan, Professor of Medicine and Chief for Clinical Affairs, Division of Nephrology, Columbia University Medical Center, New York has made significant contributions in designing curriculum for D.M. Nephrology at JIPMER, in designing research projects, and actively participates in CMEs and Symposia organized by the dept of Nephrology, JIPMER. The official collaboration between JIPMER and Columbia University under the Sister Renal Center Program of the International Society of Nephrology was established with Dr Radhakrishnan serving the key contact person at Columbia University and Dr Sreejith Parameswaran as the key contact person at JIPMER.
Dr Rajiv Saran, Professor of Medicine, Division of Nephrology, Associate Director, University of Michigan Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center (UM-KECC), Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, and immediate past president, JIPMER Alumni Association of North America (JAANA), with his keen interest in Clinical Epidemiology, is actively involved with research projects at JIPMER, has been instrumental in taking research done in JIPMER to international conferences and fora. Dr Saran actively participates in CMEs and Symposia organized by the dept of Nephrology and is involved with the JIPMER International School of Public Health.