Dr. Nimish Shelat Biography.
EARLY STAGES & EDUCATION
Dr. Nimish Shelat , IMA Surat President of the Millennium Year, is the grandson of freedom fighter Shri Kalidas K. Shelat, founding editor of the pre-independent Surat Gujarati daily ‘PRATAP’, and the son of renowned gynecologist Dr. Ramesh Shelat. With a brilliant academic record at school and university, he secured simultaneous admission to all state medical colleges, as well as to the Indian institute to Technology. He ranked first with distinction in South Gujarat University’s Pre-University Science Program in 1975, with over 91% in First English medium batch, as a National Scholar and awarded a National Merit Certificate, and a National Scholarship of the Government of India’s Ministry of Education and Social Welfare in 1976. As an undergraduate student, he won prizes in all extra-curricular activities, including photography, artistry, dramatics and journalism, while enjoying immense popularity among his fellow students, being named “Mr. B.J. Medical Collage” in 1978 Dr. Nimish Shelat graduated with the M.B.B.S. in 1981 and was selected for the qualifications of DGO and FCPS of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Bombay and for the M.D. degree of the K.M. School of P.G. Medicine and Research at Ahmedabad in 1985.
Then, with the awarding of an “RCOG Academic Sponsorship” from the President Sir Rustam Feroz of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists, UK, exempted by General Medical Council of UK from PLAB tests, Dr. Nimish Shelat worked as a Lecturer to University of Wales School of Medicine at Withybush Hospital in Wales, with selection also for a Clinical Research Fellowship in andrological, gynecological and micro vascular microsurgery by the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, enabling him to qualify for the Super specialty Board Certified degree of DFBMS, as Lecturer of Leuven Medical School.
DEVELOPMENT & START OF MEDICAL CAREER
In 1988, Dr. Nimish Shelat became a diplomat and fellow of the Microsurgery at the internationally famous European Center for Microsurgery. The following year, he accepted the post of Lecturer at St. Georges Hospital Medical School, in association with the University of London, incidentally, Sir Alexander Fleming at St. Georges discovered penicillin, where Dr. Nimish Shelat trained foreign medical graduates. He is now the honorary director of the Center for Reproductive Microsurgery and Assisted Conception at the Newbirth IVF Shreenandan Hospital ( IVF Center Surat ) in Surat, in South Gujarat, providing not only medical care but also training for many of India’s postgraduate students. He is also an honorary consultant gynecologist, andrologist and micro surgeon at the Surat General and Mahavir General Hospital.
” Dr. Nimish Shelat interest in medicine branches out to include family welfare programs and improving India’s living standards. The scope of his work ranges from providing children to the infertile while preventing conception in large families in order to attain population control (a high priority in India). With his technique in the Microsurgical Reversal of Sterilization, he holds an 85% success rate in reversals of sterilization, should a child be lost and another wanted, and apart from his infertility microsurgery, other assisted reproductive techniques, such as Intra-Uterine Insemination and Sperm/Gamete Intra-Falloppian Transfer, are performed. Still, by far, his most striking achievement has been working for a scientific breakthrough on in vitro fertilization in human cases, setting up the first IVF Unit in India’s Gujarat State since 1993. While the city faced and outbreak of plague in 1994, causing worldwide panic, Dr. Nimish Shelat’s IVF Laboratory had to be closed for quarantine purposes. However, undeterred by the world’s most dreadful diseases, this was the same laboratory, which gave Gujarat its fist test-tube baby in December of 1995 and a micro manipulation baby in 1997 (by intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection). The X World Congress of an IVF & Human Reproductive Genetics at Sydney, Australia, in May 1999 has recognized and placed this Landmark on Scientific Record. Amazingly, it was twenty years earlier that Dr. Nimish Shelat had received a First Prize Award for best cover design to commemorate the world’s first test tube baby by the B.J. Medical College annual magazine in 1978.
WORK OF DR. NIMISH SHELAT
Throughout his illustrious career, Dr. Nimish Shelat has shared his work with colleagues around the world, presenting a paper on “Emergency, Referred and Late Admissions for Delivery” at the National Seminar on Perinatology (organized by the Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecological Societies of India in 1983 and at the IV World Congress on Human Reproduction in 1984. His research contributions on rabbit fallopian tube with histological comparison of micro-surgical Vs Fibrin Clue anastomosis has been accepted by the internationally acclaimed American Fertility society, and his first time demonstration of the Pfannensteil Incision, a new approach to rabbit fallopian tubes, has won international commendation from the European Board of Microsurgery. On numerous occasions, Dr. Nimish Shelat has been invited to lecture at a Microsurgery Workshop organized jointly by the OB-GYN Departments of the K.N. School of P.G. Medicine and Research and the B.J. Medical College in Ahmedabad, with further hands-on training provided for the academic staff of Gujarat University, Recipient of Surat OB-GYN Society Gold medal in 1991 and twice Best Paper awards of the International College of Surgeons in 1992-1993 for Indian section.
Dr. Shelat has served as president of the Indian Medical Association, Surat Chairman of the Reproductive Endocrinology Committee of the Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecological Societies of India. Past President Surat Ob-Gyn Society. Also, on the local level, he holds the office of president of the National Association for Voluntary Sterilization and Family Welfare of India, Surat Branch, Founder of the South Gujarat Academy of Obstetrics & Gynecology. Founder fellow of Indian Academy of Juvenite & Adolescent Gynecology, he chaired the highly successful 7th National Congress recently at Surat in Jan 2000.
NATIONAL AWARDS CREDITED
Acclaimed by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, the Center for Reproductive Microsurgery and Assisted Conception is now an established Gujarat Institute of Research in Reproduction, one of the nine centers in India accredited for higher training in infertility management by FOGSI (Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecological Societies of India), on the registry of Indian Society for Assisted reproduction, and on the Asia Oceania Directory of Classified A.R.T. Centers published by the Asia Oceania Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Recently, in January 1998, the institute had to its credit the first frozen embryo IVF baby after cryopreservation in Gujarat. Dr. Shelat has been the recipient of over 21 national and international awards. He was nominated in 1992 as one of ten Outstanding Young Indians for Medical Innovation by the Indian Junior Chamber and has received numerous awards from FOGSI since 1990, including the R.D. Pandit Research Prize, the Kumud Tamaskar Research prize, the Indumati Jhaveri Prize, the Dr. C.S.Dawn Prize, FOGSI Corion Commendation, FOGSI Corion Award. During his Hon. Secretarial tenure of Surat Obstetrics and Gynecological Society from 1997-98, the society won the Most Outstanding OB-GYN Society of India National Trophy from the federation. He has been honored with the FOGSI Imaging Sciences Award for Exemplary Contribution to ultrasound in OB-GYN; the Best Paper Award from The Indian society for Assisted Reproduction at the X World Congress of In Vitro Fertilization and Assisted Reproduction in May 1997 in Vancouver, Canada; the Dr. P.R. Trivedi Foundation Award from the Gujarat Section of the Indian Medical Association in 1993; and a fellowship from the American college of Surgeons in OBGYN in 1996. In addition, he was the Respected Guest of Honor of the National Indian Medical Association in 1994 and delivered the Indian Medical Association Medical Education and Research Award Oration in Microsurgery.
INTERNATIONAL AWARDS CONFERRED
The first in Asia to introduce tubal endoscopy: Salpingoscopy, Dr. Shelat also brought third generation endoscopy to the continent. He is on the Editorial Board of the Asian Journal of OBGYN and was the youngest in India to be elected onto the Governing Council of the Indian College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists at the age of 39. He has received numerous international awards, including the European Board of Microsurgery Prize in 1987 from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, and the Fellowship Award of the National University of Singapore in assisted reproductive techniques encompassing micromanipulation co. cultures and cryopreservation in 1992. He is an honorary fellow of the International Biographical Center of Cambridge, England. Elected as its Deputy Director General for Asia, the association also awarded him with the Gold Star Award for pioneering challenges in lin Vitro Fertilization, Dr. Shelat’s research achievements, such as producing the first test tube baby in the world after a plague disaster, have earned him the World’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998 and the Twentieth Century Achievement Award from the America biographical Institute. In addition, he has been a deputy Governor of the American Biographical Institute Research association with its distinguished Leadership Award. His biography is listed in Reference Asia, Curriculum Vitae, International, International Directory of WHO’s who of Intellectuals, and the International Directory of Distinguished Leadership.