Advancing paediatric surgery through education and research

Man Mohan Harjai

Scholarship: 2010 Lister Travelling Scholarship

Current Position: Chief Administrative Officer, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana Superspeciality Hospital, Kakryal, Katra, Reasi (Jammu and Kashmir), India.


I did my MCh in Paediatric Surgery from the prestigious SMS Medical College Jaipur (India) in 1997. I have published more than 100 articles in national and international journals. I was awarded The Jules Voncken Prize 2009 (International) for the best article to appear in the International Review of the Armed Forces Medical Services.

I attended the 57th British Association of Paediatric Surgeons (BAPS) International Congress 2010 at historic University City of Aberdeen (Scotland) UK from 21st to 24th July as the James Lister fellow 2010. At the outset, I am thankful to executive committee of British Association of Paediatric Surgeons and the family of Prof. James Lister for awarding me the James Lister fellowship 2010. I also convey my special thanks to Dr Ashish Minocha (member of International Affairs Committee) for his continuous support, guidance and endeavour.

The focus of the BAPS Conference was around the developments within the Paediatric Surgery and there was plenty of exchange of clinical & research experiences. The trainee’s session was an excellent and exclusive idea and it was well attended event. Similarly ‘meet the experts’ sessions were enlightening and educative. I found this occasion as an excellent opportunity to meet our colleagues and peers to discuss the most important matters facing our practice and research. I presented the overall view of Paediatric Surgery in south Asia region with various problems faced in the specialty. There was exchange of information on a wide range of topics including the cases of diagnostic dilemma faced by us in our country and various approaches and advancements in management of such cases. Such opportunity widens the vision and acumen, give exposure to a different setup and make us learn the ongoing research aspects. The academic events were nicely balanced by a relaxing and entertaining social program exposing us to some of the cultures of that part of the Scotland. I once again thank the family of Prof. James Lister for honouring me and giving me an opportunity to be a part of annual BAPS Conference 2010.

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