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Background History

Anaesthesia essentially was considered as freedom from Pain. Over the years, numerous developments in this field have changed this perception and Anaesthesiologists have evolved from the four walls of the operating room to become Critical care physicians as well as Pain Medicine Consultants. The department of Anaesthesiology at KEM Hospital has kept up with the ever growing technology and responsibilities which comes with it and has branched into many sub specialities. Fellowships programmes available in Neuro, Gastroenterology, Pain and Regional Anesthesia services. Fellowships in Difficult Airway and Obstetric Anaesthesia are also in the pipeline. 12 bedded Perioperative Intensive Care Unit is now functional. Pain OT is going to start soon. Anaesthesiology at KEM hospital has progressed from a very small department to one of the biggest departments not only in the institute but also in Asia.

Cardiac and Paediatric Anaesthesia are now separate departments and run their own courses and fellowships.

Dr. Moksha Madan Desai was the first honorary anaesthesiologist to join this institution in 1925 followed by Dr. B. N. Sircar, Dr. G. S. Ambardekar and Dr. Y. G. Bhojraj who contributed tremendously towards the growth of this department. In 1963, due to increasing demands for full-time faculty members, Dr. A. J. Dhruva was appointed as 1st professor, to head full time department of Anaesthesiology in India. Since then, following people have been heads of this vast department viz; Dr. A. J. Dhruva, Dr. M. M. Bhatt, Dr. D. B. Deval, Dr. A. M. Katre, Dr. L. D. Naik, Dr. L. S. Chaudhari, Dr L. V. Dewoolkar, Dr. Sarla Pandya. Dr. M. B. Garasia and presently by Dr. Indrani Hemant kumar Chincholi. Currently the department is headed by Dr Amala G. Kudalkar

At present, the department caters to 43 operation tables/areas simultaneously.



Strength of Department:

Sections Units Branches


Sr. No. Designation Strength
1. Professor 05
2. Professor (Emeritus) 01
3. Professor (Additional) 06
4. Associate Professor 03
5. Associate Professor(Additional) 03
6. Assistant Professor 04
7. Assistant Professor (Contract) 15
8. Senior Registrars 13
9. Post Graduate Residents 74
10. BPMT Interns 4
11. BPMT Students/td> 27
12. Technicians 02
13. Technician (Contract) 01
14. Administrative Staff 02


1. Dr Amala G Kudalkar Professor & Head
2. Dr R D Patel Professor (Emeritus)
3. Dr Deepa G Kane Professor
4. Dr Sweta V Salgaonkar Professor
5. Dr Prerana Nirav Shah Professor
6. Dr Manali M Nadkarni Professor (Additional)
7. D Shashikant S Shinde Professor (Additional)
8. Dr Aarti D Kulkarni Professor (Additional)
9. Dr Shrikanta P Oak Professor (Additional)
10. Dr Yogita S Patil Professor (Additional)
11. Dr Pallavi V Waghalkar Professor (Additional)
11. Dr Sanjeevani R Zadkar Associate Professor
12. Dr Vaishali P Chaskar Associate Professor
13. Dr Nirav M Kotak Associate Professor
14. Dr Priti S Devalkar Associate Professor (Additional)
15. Dr Sunil P Chapane Associate Professor (Additional)
16. Dr Shraddha D Devrukhkar Assistant Professor
17. Dr Yogesh B Naik Assistant Professor
18. Dr Shamala D Yashod Assistant Professor
19. Dr Isha Singhal Assistant Professor
20. Dr Uma P Kamat Assistant Professor

Equipments Available:

All OT complexes are equipped as per minimum monitoring standards like defibrillator, anaesthesia work station, multi-parameter monitor, Respiratory Gas Monitor (RGM), Cardiac Output monitor, Peripheral Nerve Stimulator (PNS), Nerve locator, Portable Ultra sound, difficult airway carts, Peri-operative anaesthesia record sheets, Student’s logbook.

Educational facilities:

  • Departmental library is well equipped with all latest more than 500 books
  • Computer with free Internet facility
  • LCD projector for lectures

Central library of the Institute has more than 450 books on Anaesthesiology and periodicals like:

  • Anesthesia
  • Anaesthesiology
  • British Journal of Anaesthesia
  • Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Pain
  • Pediatric Anaesthesia
  • Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia

Student & Staff facilities:

Student’s logbook
  • Departmental library is well equipped with all latest more than 500 books
  • Computer with free Internet facility
  • LCD projector for lectures

Central library has more than 450 latest books on Anaesthesiology and periodicals like:

  • Anesthesia
  • Anaesthesiology
  • British Journal of Anaesthesia
  • Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Pain

Courses offered

The department offers MD (Doctor of medicine) in Anaesthesiology, Fellowships in Neuro, Pain, Gastroenterology and Regional Anaesthesia and BPMT in Anaesthesia Technology. All the courses are recognized by the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS). It also offers clinical attachments (Observation only) with prior permission from the administration. CPCR training centre offers COLS, BLS and ACLS training to medical, para medical and lay persons. Courses are held regularly with prior appointment with the department. Candidates are trained with lectures and hands-on training on mannequins.

Information to Patient:

Anaesthesia OPD No 23: 8.30 AM-12.30 PM Mon-Sat (except OPD holidays)

Room no 2, OPD complex, ground floor multi-storey building. Tel:91-22-2410 7000 extn. 7318

Here during preanaesthesia evaluation of OPD basis patients, information regarding anaesthesia, risk involved in anaesthesia, option of anaesthesia techniques and likely complications is explained. Please do not hesitate to ask any queries. For routine planned surgeries, respective OT anaesthesiologist in wards and operating rooms again screens the patients. In Operating rooms entire care about patient’s safety along with post-operative pain relief is taken care by OT anaesthesiologists.

Labour analgesia is given on request.

Pain OPD: Every Wednesday at 2 pm

Services: Routine & Emergency

  • Department caters to 43 operation tables and over 50000 cases annually
  • Anaesthesia in Super-specialty theatres: Neuro Surgery, Interventional radiology, Arthroplasty, Urology, Organ transplant, Laparoscopic surgery, Gastroenterology, Endoscopy, Plastic surgery, Labour analgesia on request.
  • Anaesthesia at remote locations: Cardiac catheterization, CT scan, ECT, DSA.
  • Anaesthesia OPD: Used for pre-operative evaluation of patients on OPD basis: (more than 20000 patients per year)
  • AICU (Anaesthesia Intensive Care Unit): 2 bedded situated in main building 2nd floor. Pain OT would be functional soon.
  • Emergency: EMS: 4 tables for general surgery and orthopaedic.

Emergency services other than above whenever required:

  • Workshops in Operation Theatres
  • Covid care
  • Vaccine services
  • COLS training to lay persons in community
  • Blood donation camps
  • Various surgical camps
  • Community services
  • Disaster relief services
  • Ambulance Services

Useful Links:

American Heart Association:

Anesthesia Analgesia:


Anesthesia Links:

Anaesthesia CME:

Anesthesia Online:

British Journal of Anaesthesia:

Canadian Journal of Anesthesia:

Difficult airway Society:

European Journal of Anaesthesiology:

Free Anaesthesiology online journals:

Free Journals Online:

Global Anesthesiology website:

Indian Journal of Anaesthesia:

Indian Society of Anaesthesiologists:

Internet Journal of Anaesthesia:

ISA Mumbai:

Journal of Anaesthesiology-Clinical Pharmacology:



Medical Council of India:


Mumbai University:



Pain India:

Pain Research & Mangement:



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Visit on 29 May 23 by Professor Joseph Muenzer, Pediatric Geneticist , University of North Carolina

Workshop on “Principles of Scientific Writing” 12, 13 October 2017, conducted for Pfizer Ltd

Mr Ashnik Chauhan at the DIA meeting in Chicago in June 2017

90 years of Seth GS Medical College and KEM Hospital, January 2016