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.


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  • Head of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Research, Education and Training in Diabetes.
  • MD in Internal Medicine and was awarded Gold medal in final MD examination.
  • Awarded Ph.D. in Medicine by Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University, Madras on the study of Diabetic Nephropathy in Type 2 Diabetes.
  • Has published over 150 original articles in peer reviewed International and National journals especially on Diabetic kidney diseases and Prevention of foot Amputation in Diabetes.
  • Organized 5 International Conferences on diabetic foot.
  • Trained over 2000 physicians in preventing foot amputation related to diabetes.
  • Conferred the Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians, London / Glasgow in 2009 / 2010.
  • Honoured by the Tamilnadu Dr.MGR Medical University as Adjunct Professor in 2010.
  • Member of the National Governing Body of the Association of Physicians of India
  • Secretary of the Diabetic Foot Society of India (DFSI)
  • Conferred the ‘Best Doctor Award’ from the Tamilnadu Dr.MGR Medical University

Dr. A. Ramachandran’s

M.D., Ph.D, D.Sc.,FRCP(Lond.), MNAMS, FICP,FRCP(Edin)

Prof. A. Ramachandran is the Chairman of Dr. A. Ramachandran’s Diabetes Hospitals and President of India Diabetes Research Foundation (IDRF).

He has contri>buted extensively for diabetes care and epidemiological research in India for more than three decades.

He qualified in Medicine at JIPMER, Pondicherry, India. His post-graduate medical qualifications include MD – General Medicine Madras Medical College, Chennai, Post Doctoral Fellowship in Diabetes Endocrinology & Metabolism, University of Nebraska Medical Centre, USA . Ph.D University of Madras, D.Sc. Dr. M.G.R. Medical University, Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians, London and Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh.

IDRF has been established by Dr. A. Ramachandran based on his extensive experience as a scientist and researcher in the field of diabetology. He has published more than 300 research papers till date.

The Indian Diabetes Prevention Programme conducted by him has contributed significantly to the understanding of the preventive methodologies specifically effective in the Indian population. Series of urban and rural epidemiological studies taken up by Dr. A. Ramachandran and his team, have resulted in a wealth of knowledge on various aspects, the pathogenesis, risk factors and temporal changes in the prevalence of diabetes, pre-diabetes and cardiovascular risk factors in India.

He is the recipient of the best investigator award by World India Diabetes Foundation (WIDF) based in US (2011). He was given the Lifetime Achievement Award for his research into diabetes prevention in India by South Asian Health Foundation (SAHF), UK (2011). He was conferred the Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contribution in the field of diabetes by The TamilNadu Dr. MGR Medical University at its 23rd convocation ceremony, in February 2012.

In 2011 he has been appointed as a visiting professor in the division of diabetes, endocrinology and metabolism, department of medicine, Imperial College, London, UK. He is the Regional Editor of Diabetic Medicine (UK) for the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East and serves on the Editorial Board for Diabetes Care, Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, British Journal of Diabetes and Vascular Disease and Practical Diabetes International.


Director and Professor: Institute of Diabetology, Madras Medical College Govt Rajiv Gandhi Hospital, Chennai.

Senate Member, The Tamilnadu Dr MGR Medical University, Chennai, India.
Vice Chairman, Research Society for the study of Diabetes in India, Tamilnadu Chapter Treasurer, Diabetic Association of India, Southern Chapter.

Organizing Secretary: 40 th National Meeting of the Research Society for the study of Diabetes in India at Chennai

Educational Qualifications
Primary Qualification – M.B.B.S Degree – 1980
Post Graduate – M.D (General Medicine) – 1983 Madras University

Fellow of the International Medical Sciences Academy-April 2000
Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons– Glasgow Jan 2008
Fellow Indian College of Physicians, January 2009

Ph D Guide
Ph D guide for The Tamilnadu Dr MGR
Medical University Chennai since November 2007

More than 28 years teaching experience for both UG and PG students. Worked for the last 25 years at Dr Ambedkar Institute of Diabetes Kilpauk Medical College .Published more than 50 papers in national and international journals.