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Year : 2023  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 43


Department of Pediatric Intensive Care, Kanchi Kamakoti CHILDS Trust Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Date of Submission12-Dec-2022
Date of Acceptance15-Dec-2022
Date of Web Publication20-Jan-2023

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Bala Ramachandran
Department of Pediatric Intensive Care, Kanchi Kamakoti CHILDS Trust Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jpcc.jpcc_98_22

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Ramachandran B. Obituary. J Pediatr Crit Care 2023;10:43

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Ramachandran B. Obituary. J Pediatr Crit Care [serial online] 2023 [cited 2023 Feb 3];10:43. Available from: http://www.jpcc.org.in/text.asp?2023/10/1/43/368241

Dr. Natesan Janakiraman passed away peacefully in Chicago on November 30, 2022, after a brief illness. He was 92 years old.

Dr. Janakiraman was born on August 1, 1930, in Rangoon, Burma. His family migrated to Madras by land during World War II. He completed his medical education in Madras and then worked in small villages before migrating to the USA, where he joined Cook County Hospital in Chicago as an Intern. He spent his entire professional career here. He set up the first pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) at Cook County Children's Hospital. He also became the Dean of the Chicago Medical School. In his capacity as Head of the PICU and Dean, he mentored an entire generation of Medical Students and Pediatric Residents. Dr. Jay, as he was fondly called, was known for his clinical acumen and humane approach to medicine.

In the early 1990s, Dr. Jay brought the Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) course of the American Heart Association to India and conducted the first-ever PALS program in Madras. Subsequently, he conducted several such programs all over India and was instrumental in setting up the PALS training program in India. He was known for his no-nonsense approach and would not allow delegates to enter even if they were a few minutes late. He did not hesitate to fail senior Professors if they were not up to the mark.

Subsequently, he attended various Pediatric Intensive Care Conferences in India whenever he visited. He was known for his humility and gentle powers of persuasion.

The entire Pediatric Intensive Community in India owes a huge debt of gratitude to Dr. Jay. He is survived by his wife, Vatsala, two daughters, and several grandchildren.


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