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Dr. Sanjay Gupte is the Director of Gupte Hospital and Centre for Research in Reproduction. An extremely successful practitioner, he has set new trends in the practice of the subject with an apt balance of quality, documentation and highest standards of care. His fields of interest are achievement of standardization in the practice of Obstetrics and Gynecology, high-risk obstetrics, fetal medicine and infertility.
Dr. Sanjay Gupte is the past President of FOGSI (The Federation of the Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India) for the year 2010. He has been in practice for more than 30 years now, both in the private as well as the public sector. He is trained as a lawyer and is the pioneer of the medico-legal movement from the gynecologist perspective in the country. He has been instrumental in the inception of the national medico-legal conferences which are eagerly awaited as they have been responsible for increased awareness of ethics in practice. Being an expert on many legal committees and an expert on the PNDTA committee his advice is sought all over and also through the medico-legal helpline which is a 24 × 7 service that he has conceptualized.
A thorough academician, he is a favorite teacher and has served the Sassoon General Hospitals and the BJ Medical College as Associate Professor. He has many presentations and publications to his credit. He has had a very active career in the Federation and has been the Chairman of the Ethical and Medicolegal Committee, FOGSI. He has also been the Senior Vice President of FOGSI and the Honorary Secretary of the ICOG. He has been an ardent researcher and recipient of various awards at the different forums of the FOGSI – Ethicon Scholar in 1979, Indumati Zaveri Prize at AICOG 1979 for Best Paper Presentation, Dr. P.K. Devi National Prize 1980, Best FOGSI Committee Prize – Dr. Hansotia Award – 2003. He has been the man behind the National Eclampsia Registry the FOGSI-ICOG initiative and is the National Coordinator for the same which has accumulated a data of over 1 lakh eclampsia patients in the country.
As the President, through the ‘Reaching the Unreached Initiative’, he has been instrumental in reaching out not only to the members of the Federation but also to the patients and most importantly to the bureaucrats with some important interventions, which have today seen the light of the day. Use of IVIS for treatment of anemia, availability of Magnesium sulfate injection and training the medical personnel to use it are some important examples of these interventions. During his tenure as President of FOGSI, Dr. Gupte was the driving force behind the launch of a national initiative called ‘Save the Mother & Newborn India Project’ in collaboration with Government of India, IAP (Indian Academy of Pediatrics) NNF (National Neonatology Forum). This involved reaching the antenatal care to the unreached mothers in remote parts of India, followed by delivery care and post natal care including contraception. This has taken off well and is hoped to be a major national movement in near future. The Government of India program of safe motherhood is based on this initiative.
Currently he also holds positions as the member of the ICMR Committee, member of the Ethics Committee of the MMC and the MCI and has been awarded by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists by the Honoris Causa, the highest award of the college for his exemplary work in the field of Obstetrics & Gynecology, and for the health of women.
His students and admirers look up to this iconic figure for inspiration and guidance. In addition to being a proficient practitioner and a visionary, he is also trained as a lawyer to keep in tune with the wave of medico-legal issues that had hit the medical profession that time. He has promoted standardization of care and is a stringent follower of checklists and drill in his institutions. He is an ardent reader and perfectly updated with the most recent interventions in the field of medicine.
President FOGSI 2010 National Convener ‘Save the Mother & Newborn National Initiative’ Secretary General, World Gestosis Organization Member, Central Supervisory Board of PCPNDT Act Member, Ethics Committee, Medical Council of India Chairman, Ethics Committee, Maharashtra Medical Council National Coordinator, National Eclampsia Registry Ex-Honorary Associate Professor, BJ Medical College, Pune, Maharashtra, India Director, Gupte Hospital and Center for Research in Reproduction, PG Institute for Gynecology and Obstetrics National Consultant in Medicolegal and Ethical Issues in Obstetrics & Gynecology
Professor Girija Wagh is currently the Head of the Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Bharati Vidyapeeth University Medical College at Pune, which is a MCI recognized institution and NAAC re-accredited Grade A university. She also holds the post of the Chairman of the Medical Disorders in Obstetrics, Committee of FOGSI and is a member of the Governing Council of the Indian College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is the editor of the National Eclampsia Registry Newsletter and is the Associate Co-ordinator of the FOGSI-ICOG National Eclampsia Registry. As the Joint Secretary, FOGSI 2010 she has contributed to the ‘Reaching the Unreached Initiative’ of FOGSI and is the Associate Co-ordinator of the ‘Save the Mother and Newborn Initiative’ of FOGSI. She also has contributed to the formulation of the Good Clinical Practice Recommendations of the FOGSI to help members in day-to-day practice. Her areas of interest include High-risk Obstetrics, Gynecological Endoscopy, and Infertility.
Professor Wagh is a scientific collaborator and principal investigator for many projects in affiliation with the Interactive Research School of Health Affairs (IRSHA), Bharati Vidyapeeth, with a focused research related to micronutrients in conjunction with pre-eclampsia, preterm delivery, infertility and metabolic disorders. She holds many important positions at the university level such as the member of the Board of Studies and the member of the anti-sexual harassment cell and is a postdoctoral guide. She is an invited member of the Central Supervisory Board of the PCPNDT Act of the Government of India, as an advisory to the Union Health Minster. She also is the State level advisor to the government for the implementation of the NRHM for reducing maternal mortality, and is a member of the Ethics Committee of the FOGSI.
Being a proficient speaker, she has been invited nationally and internationally to deliberate on issues pertaining to endoscopy and high-risk obstetrics to countries such as Syria, Germany, Istanbul, Indonesia, etc. She was the only Indian invited as faculty at the IFFS meeting in Munich in 2010 and has presented her research on infections related to infertility. She also is a member of the Steering Committee of the World Organisation Gestosis, an International body for pre-eclampsia and is the Secretary of the Indian Chapter of the Organisation Gestosis.
A passionate teacher, her postgraduate training program ‘IMPACT’ (Imparting practical and clinical training for the Postgraduates) has been very popular in the city of Pune. Innovation in teaching and creation of standard modules for skill enhancement and assessment is her forte and she has received huge acclaim for the same. She is the Executive Vice President of the Pune Obstetric and Gynaecological Society and has contributed towards adolescent healthcare, cancer screening, and anemia screening programs. Many national and international publications are to her credit and she has authored several chapters in well acclaimed publications.
Professor and Head, Obstetrics & Gynecology Bharati Vidyapeeth University Medical College, Pune, Maharashtra, India Consultant, Girija Hospital, Kothrud, Pune, Maharashtra, India Assistant Coordinator, National Eclampsia Registry FOGSI-ICOG Member of the Steering Committee Organization Gestosis Member of the CSB PCPNDT Act, Government of India Joint Secretary FOGSI (2010)