After doing graduation (MBBS) from Govt. Medical College, Jabalpur in 1972, Dr Pradeep Chowbey did his Masters in Surgery (MS) from Govt. Medical College, Jabalpur and was awarded the diplomate in 1979 from National Board of Examinations, New Delhi. Having qualified as a General Surgeon he honed his surgical skills in the city of New Delhi, gratefully accepting and learning from the rich and varied experience that a busy public hospital in Delhi has to offer. He joined Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in 1984 as a Consultant Surgeon. In his quest for excellence, he visited some of the best medical centers in the world viz. Tata Memorial Cancer Hospital (Mumbai), Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Hospital (New York, USA) and Royal Marsden Cancer Hospital (London, UK). During this period, his field of interest was Hepatobiliary, Pancreatic and Breast Surgery. However, all through his brief but blossoming surgical career, there remained a large void within him for his inability to alleviate post-operative sufferings from large surgical incisions. Surgical cure was being obtained at the cost of tremendous post-operative pain and suffering to the patient.
Chairman, Department of Minimal Access Surgery, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi.
Minimally Invasive Surgery for gall bladder removal was tentatively introduced for the first time in France in 1989. It has since fired the imagination of enterprising surgeons throughout the world. Minimally Invasive Surgery offered tiny incisions, less pain, early hospital discharge and earlier return to work for patients. Dr. Chowbey was quick to realise the tremendous potential in it and acquainted himself with the basics of Minimally Invasive Surgery with the pioneers in the field of Minimally Invasive Surgery viz. Professor Mohan Chellappa in Singapore, Prof. Ladwig in Germany and the John Hopkins Institute in USA.
Dr PK Chowbey was one of the first to start Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy (Key hole removal of the gall bladder) in Northern India and he has not looked back ever since. He has extensively traversed the length and breadth of the country, conducting numerous workshops, conferences and initiating many surgeons into the art of Minimal Access Surgery.
He established a department of Minimal Access Surgery in Sir Ganga Ram Hospital which is the first and only one of its kind in whole of Asia. Dr. P.K. Chowbey has done over 12,000 operations of Laparoscopic Surgery with near zero mortality and minimal morbidity. The centre which Dr. P.K. Chowbey is heading has trained a very large number of Indian and foreign surgeons into the intricacy of this high tech, new state-of-the-art branch of modern surgery. A large number of surgeons from all over the world have visited this centre to see Endosurgery being performed at its best. Dr. P.K. Chowbey has been invited to many countries to share his experiences as a faculty member. He currently holds the following positions:-
Chairman, Department of Allied Surgical Specialities, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi.
First Hony. Endoscopic & Laparoscopic Surgeon to the President of India.
President, Indian Association of Gastrointestinal Endo-Surgeons (IAGES)
Governor (India), Society of Endoscopic and Laparoscopic Surgeons of Asia (ELSA).
First Hony. Consultant in laparoscopic surgery to Armed Forces Medical Services of India (AFMC).
Fellow of International Medical Science Academy (FIMSA).
Fellow of International College of Surgeons (ICS)
Fellow of Association of Surgeons of India (FAIS)
Member, National Academy of Medical Science (MNAMS)
Patron, Association of Endoscopic Surgeons, New Delhi.
Associate Editor, Journal of ELSA (Society of Endoscopic and Laparoscopic Surgeons of Asia).
Convenor for the Post Doctoral Fellowship in Minimal Access Surgery, National Board of Examinations.
Chairman of Acadima 2000 – Core Group Committeefor evolving the national guidelines and recommendations in Minimal Access Surgery in India.
Teaching Faculty of 7th World Congress of Endoscopic surgery held between June 1 –4, 2000 at Singapore
He has received the following awards:
Merit in all subjects, Govt. Medical College, Jabalpur (MP) at the MBBS examination in 1973.
Awarded Arya award for Most Compassionate Doctor in 1977.
Gold Medal and Best Performer, Govt. Medical College, Jabalpur (MP) at the MS (Gen. Surgery) in 1977.
Best performer, National Board of Examinations for MNAMS degree in 1979.
Awarded Gold Medal by Indian Medical Association as “Young Investigator of India 95”.
Vocational award 1995-96 by Rotary International for services to mankind through vocational excellence and high ethical standard.
Awarded by Limca Book of Records 2000 for most Minimal Access Surgery (<10,000).
Awarded by Punjab Government for Ratna Award for Laparoscopic surgery in February, 2000.
The following papers have been published in the international and national journals:
Paper on “Laparoscopic Ventral Hernia Repair”. Published in Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques, Volume 10, Number 2, 2000.
Paper on “Laparoscopic Subtotal Cholecystectomy - a review of 56 Procedures”. Published in Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques, Volume 10, Number 1, 2000.
Paper on “Technique of Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy in Situs Inversus Viscerum”. Published in the official online Journal of Endoscopic and Laparoscopic Surgeons of Asia (ELSA), Volume 3 No.4, jl-04-2000
Paper on “Endoscopic Neck Surgery - Expanding Horizons”. Published in Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques, Volume 9, Number 5, 1999.
Paper on “The Management of Mirizzi Syndrome in the Laparoscopic Era”. Published in Surgical Laparoscopy, Endoscopy & Percutaneous Techniques, Dec. 28, 1999.
Paper on “Laparoscopic Groin Hernia Repair”. Published in Indian Journal of Surgery (Millennium Issue), 2000:Vol 61. No. 6(2):429-436.
Paper on “Laparoscopic Ventral Hernia Repair”. Published in Indian Journal of Surgery (Millennium Issue), 2000:Vol 61. No. 6(2):437-440.
Paper on “Endosurgery of the Neck: Parathyroid”. Published in Indian Journal of Surgery (Millennium Issue), 2000:Vol 61. No. 6(2):487-491.
The Department of Minimal Access Surgery under the chairmanship of Dr PK Chowbey is striving to extend the scope of this surgery into all parts of body hitherto unexplored by laparoscopic surgery. He has not only made a name for himself but has also brought the name of his department into prominence as a centre of surgical excellence and added to the respect of the country in the world.
His towering presence in the Endosurgical fraternity today may only be eclipsed by his qualities as a human being. Gentleness, empathy, love and respect are qualities ingrained in his character.