Professor V Seshiah

Professor V Seshiah is the chairman of Dr V Seshiah Diabetes Research Institute, Chennai. He is the former Professor and Emeritus Professor of diabetology at Madras Medical College.

He has been instrumental in establishing an independent Department Of Diabetology, the first of its kind in India at Madras Medical College and Govt. General Hospital, Chennai. Since its inception the Department Of Diabetology, Madras Medical College has developed into one of the finest in the field.

He had started a Post Graduate Course in diabetes leading to Diploma in Diabetology under Dr. M.G.R. Medical University. The Department has also been recognised by The Medical Council of India for PhD. Prof Seshiah was also the first to start a separate division of Pregnancy and Diabetes in 1979 in the Govt. Hospital for Women and Children – Egmore, Chennai

He is also the Founding Chairman of the Diabetes in Pregnancy Study Group India [DIPSI]. Presently, Vice – Chairman of the International Association of Diabetes in Pregnancy study group [IADPSG]. He is the member of the Expert Review Committee for the Global Guidelines on Pregnancy & Diabetes at International Diabetes Federation (IDF). Professor Seshiah is a Member of the World Health Organization Expert Committee for consultation on diagnosis and screening for gestational diabetes.

He is also a Task Force Committee member of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Pregnancy and Diabetes. Professor Seshiah is the author of a book titled ‘A Handbook on diabetes mellitus’. He has also contributed a chapter to “Textbook of Diabetes and Pregnancy” [2nd edition].

He has received several awards including the Dr B C Roy National Award for the development of the speciality of diabetology in India and Distinguished Member Award of the Association of Physicians of India. The Indian College of Physicians (ICP) (Academic wing of Association of Physicians of India) has also awarded Professor Seshiah the ‘Master Teacher Award’ at APICON 2008. He has been conferred “Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians”, Glasgow and D.Sc “Honoris causa” by the Tamil Nadu MGR Medical University.