Seth Gordhandas Sunderdas Medical College

Acharya Donde Marg, Parel,
Mumbai 400 012. India.
Tel.: 91-22-2410 7000 Fax: 91-22-2414 3435


Background History

Department of Clinical Hematology

In 1961, Dr.J.C.Patel, Hon. Physician, Seth GS Medical College and KEM Hospital, obtained a grant of Rs.30, 000.00 from Glaxo Laboratories Ltd. to start work in Hematology.  A full time medical officer and technician were appointed to work under the guidance of Dr. J.C. Patel and Prof. .N.M. Purandare.  Over a period of six months, they established most of the laboratory tests necessary for diagnosis of various hematological disorder that were encountered in practice.

The department was named after Dr. J.C Patel in 1977. Medical Council of India (MCI) gave permission to superspeciality course in start DM Clinical Hematology in 2001 and first batch of students got admission from 2002. Then MCI recognized DM course in 2012.

The department is located on 10th floor of multistoried building of this hospital and has dedicated state of art hematology day care centre on 11th floor, specialized hematology laboratory.  There is facility of clean and well maintained ward with total capacity of 28 beds.  The day care facility has started to cater patients of Thalassemia, hemophilia and hematological malignancies.  It was inaugurated by honorable Dean and director, Dr. Avinash  Supe in December 2016 and is funded by NATCO Trust.

The Dr. J. C. Patel Department of Hematology provides hemato-oncology services to the patients that are referred to the King Edward Memorial VII Hospital and caters to the lower strata of the society. This is one of the oldest and most prestigious Medical Colleges in India, with 1820 bed capacity & century old record of superlative patient care in all Departments. It has got one of the biggest Hematology Departments in Mumbai, with the monthly O.P.D. attendance of almost 350 to 500 patients coming from all over India.

The hematology department has easy access to the two main libraries , i.e. the central library of the hospital& the more specialized library of the IIH which is housed in the same building as the department. Besides these the department has its own collection of reference books.


The OPD runs on Monday & Thursday from 9.30 new multistory building first floor new multistory building, where an average 150 patients are seen.

Bone marrow aspiration & biopsies are done daily with CBC & coagulation services.  Thalassemia screening test is also done in the laboratory.

In the day care located on the 11th floor, day care chemotherapy, blood transfusion for Thalassemia and hemophilia patients services available daily.

Dr. J. C. Patel

Department of Hematology
King Edward VII Memorial Hospital & Seth Gordhandas Sunderdas Medical College
Acharya Donde Marg, Parel, Mumbai 400 012. India.

Tel. 91 22 2413 6051
Ext. 2528 [Laboratory]
Ext. 2142 [Ward 42]
Ext 2063 [HOD]
Fax. 91 22 2413 8521

E mail:

Sections Units Branches


Teaching & Non Teaching

Name Designation
Dr.Farah F.Jijina Professor  & Head
Dr.Chandrakala S. Associate Professor
Mrs.Vijaya Nair Lab.Technician
Mrs.Neha Deshmukh Lab.Technician
Mrs.Swati  Limaye Lab.Technician
Mrs.Bhakti  Mayekar Lab.Technician



The department provides training for the residents registered for the following courses:

M.D. (Gen. Medicine) University of Bombay 3 year course
M.D. (Paediatrics) University of Bombay 3 year course
M.D. (Pathology) University of Bombay 3 year course

The Department is awaiting approval from the MCI for registering postgraduates for DM (Clinical Hematology) Thus for the term beginning in August 1999, the following registrations could be available.

  • DM [Clinical Hematology] University of Bombay 2 year course
  • 2 registrations could be available (open merit)

For details regarding application forms, selection criteria, please contact the post graduate section of the J.J. Hospital, Mumbai.

The following is the approximate distribution of the various postings during a two year residency DM [Clinical Hematology]

Hematology Wards [Junior resident]- 6 months
Laboratory Medicine Rotation- 6 months
Blood Bank Rotation- 3 months
BMT Rotation- 3 months
Hematology Wards [Senior resident]- 6 months


Working Schedule of Department

Out Patient Clinic Days Timings
New & Old Patients Monday & Thursday 9.00 to 3.00 pm


  • Department has 28 beds on indoor basis
  • On OPD basis daily 50 to 60 patients are seen in hematology day care.


The average OPD attendance patients – visits per year are as follows:

  • New patients – 12000 patients per year.


  • Two Senior Technicians
  • Two Junior Technicians
  • Two Laboratory Assistants


Facilities, Equipments & Special services


  • OPD services
  • Indoor services
  • Bone marrow transplant (Autologous bone marrow transplant)
  • Bone marrow aspiration biopsies.
  • CBC, Coagulation profile and reporting
  • Comprehensive Hemophilia care centre.
  • Transfusion facility for Thalassemia patients.

Collaboration with IIH

ICMR has already recognized the 10 th floor hematology inpatient facilities of the Dr. J. C. Patel Hematology Department at the KEM Hospital as its clinical wing for the conduct of various research activities and drug trials. The following facilities are available to the Dr. J. C. Patel Department of Hematology from IIH [ICMR] for various collaborative projects

  1. Evaluation of routine hematology workup with automated particle counter for the study of various hematological disorders.
  2. Evaluation of Haemolytic Anemia, red cell enzyme studies and haemoglobinopathies including prenatal diagnosis.
  3. Evaluation of all bleeding and thrombophillic disorders including carrier detection and prenatal diagnosis.
  4. Evaluation of platelet function disorders, aggregometry and receptor studies.
  5. Evaluation of transfusion transmitted disorders, diagnosis of Hepatitis B, C and HIV 1+2 [Elisa & Western Blot]
  6. HLA tissue typing & cross-matching.
  7. Molecular biology techniques applied to different hematological disorders like PCR, Reverse Dot Blot Hybridization, etc.
  8. Haemopoietic stem cell isolation, invitro culture in semisolid and liquid media, long term one marrow culture.
  9. Hybridoma technology.
  10. Autoimmune disorder screening and detection of antiplatelet antibodies.
  11. Flow cytometry and surface marker studies for various hematological malignancies as well cell cycle studies of leukemic cells
  12. Red cell serology and grouping & crossmatching studies in the investigation of mismatched blood transfusion.
  13. Evaluation of Autoimmune Hemolytic anemia, screening and diagnosis.
  14. Intrauterine red cell transfusion in mothers with Rh sensitization.
  15. Study of chromosomal abnormalities in haemopoietic disorders.
  16. Evaluation of Iron overload with Serum Iron and ferritin studies.
  17. Evaluation of Megaloblastosis with Serum B12/Folate and DU suppression studies.

The IIH has a well equipped library with a good number of books, periodicals and Journals. It also has Medline on CD ROM as well as an Internet connection [TCP/IP account] for online search. It also subscribes to the Current Contents which are available on floppies for ready reference on the IIH computer network. It has an excellent audio visual conference hall facilities that are being used for interdepartmental teaching programmes.

For Student

  • Three years DM Clinical Hematology
  • Participation in National & International Conference & CME
  • Multicenter research project participation.
  • Multiple Clinical Projects
  • Postings in ICMR for specialized laboratory services
  • Bone marrow transplant posting.


For Patient




1-3 months observership is available.
For details regarding eligibility criteria, application process etc.

Qualified personnel should send in a an application on plain paper with a photocopy of their postgraduate diploma/degree certificate to the following address: (Residents in training should forward their application through their head of department/institution}.

The Dean,

G.S. Medical College and K.E.M. Hospital,
Parel, Mumbai 400 012.

In the application please indicate the number of weeks you would like the observership to be (minimum 4 , maximum 12 weeks) as also the subspecialty/ies you would like to observe.

You will be notified the acceptance or otherwise of the application along with the allotted time slot.

On the day of the commencement of the course, observers will have to pay a fee at the rate of Rs.3200/- per month. Residents in training could seek waiver of this fee in their application form.

Unfortunately, it is not possible for the institution to arrange for accommodation and observers from outside town are advised to arrange for the same before their arrival in the city.

Besides access to clinical work, observers will be able to make free use of the department teaching files and , books and electronic media library.

On successful completion of the course, an appropriate certificate will be issued by the Department/Institution.


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