Department of Neuro Surgery
Evolution of Neurosurgery in J. N. Medical College
The seed of the Neurosurgery was sowed by the then head of the Department of Surgery Prof. Nasim Ansari. He convinced Dr. Naerendra Kumar to establish the neurosurgery unit after he joined in 1968. This was the pre CT scan era and management of trauma and tumors of the brain was the herculean task. In the same year of 1968 the UGC standing committee headed by Prof . P. N. Tandon sanctioned the posts of professor and reader to establish the neurosurgery speciality in our institute. After twenty years, Dr Mazhar Hussain and Dr Prem Chandra joined the unit in the year 1986 -87 and stayed for a year only. The "Golden Era" of neurosurgical speciality started when Dr V. K. Srivastava joined the department on 20th January 1988 . This was the beginning of a new 'Dawn' in world of neurosurgical specialty at our place. He joined the department after completing his M.Ch. from NIMHANS . He has all the qualities of a good surgical teacher. His perseverance, patience and persistence at last paid and he became the founder Chairman of the newly created Department of Neurosurgery on 30th Oct 2012 after a long wait of 24 years. The sustained effort of Prof. M. A. Khan and Dr. M. F. Huda cannot be ignored. Thanks to the present Vice Chancellor Lt. Gen . Zameeruddin Shah for his vision and special interest in the creation of the neurosurgery department. The neurosurgery specialty got further strength when Dr. M. F. Huda M.Ch. (B.H.U.) joined this specialty in 1998. How to steer the boat in difficult times one can learn from Dr. M. F. Huda. He is the surgeon with strength and a worker with wisdom. A down to earth person put all his efforts to bring this specialty to the present shape. Joining of Dr. R. M. Sharma , M.Ch.(Neurosurgery) from NIMHANS, in 2013 as assistant professor is new feather in the cap of department of neurosurgery. Presently Dr.Sharma is being promoted as Professor Neurosurgery. Things have started moving fast. In the able guidance of Prof.M.F.Huda the department is gradually making progress. Now there are four Faculty with
Dr.Tabish Khan (MCh Neurosurgery from BHU,Varanasi) a young adn dynamic Neurosurgeon joining the Deaprtment in 2018 as Assistant Professor .Dr.Zafar Kamal Anjum (MCh Neurosurgery,Goa Medical College ,Panaji) joined as Assistant Professor in 2018. We also have Dr.Kaushal Deep Singh (MCH from Sher-E-Kashmir Instt, Srinagar) joined us as Senior Resident in Neurosurgery in 2020. The Department has its two separate Neurosurgery Operation theatre now. Number of operation days have also increased from three to five days a week. We also have acquired state of the art equipment like Neuroendoscope,Pentero Microscope,CUSA, and Sterotaxy instruments. It has increased our horizons to start Neuroendoscopy, Sterotactic surgery and other Skull base and Microscopic Neurosurgery. Recently Neuroendovascular procedures are also being done in collaboration with Cardiology department. With increase in the facilities and operative days the work load of the department have also increased. Now more than 500 elective Neurosurgeries and 300 emergency Neurosurgery are being done annually. During the Covid Pandemic the Department has done excellent work by proving the emergency Neurosurgical care.Later on Telemedicine was started and more than 250 cases were operated . Beside it Department also provide OPD sevices, Emergency Care for spinal and Head trauma,Social outreach and awareness. The department is gearing up to start M.Ch. Course in neurosurgery. All the formalities are completed and the MCI inspection is awaited.
We have begun pursuing research on immunotherapy of gliomas in collaboration with biotechnology. It is at a preliminary stage, but the aim is to produce glioma vaccines one day. We are also planning to hold national Symposium/Conference on Immunotherapy of Gliomas which would be first of its kind in the country.
A seperate building for Department of Neurosurgery We have acquired a separate building for the Department through UGC grant of Rs Fifty Lacs. We have shifted to the new building since October 2013. There is scope for further upward expansion. When funds are available ,we plan to built a library and seminar hall.
Though a neurology unit exists in the department of Medicine, no neurologist has yet joined. Our dream is to have Neurology and Neurosurgery under one roof and create an Institute of Neurosciences at AMU Aligarh.