The Department of Surgery started functioning in 1912 with 42 beds, an operation theatre (OT) and a surgical outpatient with a minor OT. Col W Selby was the first Head of Department. The staff at that time consisted of only 1 professor and a lecturer. A post of reader was added in 1933 and that of a professor in clinical surgery in 1948.
=> The Department was the first in north India to perform open heart surgery, neurosurgery, spinal surgery and plastic surgery.
=> It provides the major reception to surgical emergencies including medico-legal cases.
=> The department organises surgical teaching and training of MBBS, BDS, MS and PhD students.
=> The department has trained a large number of general, plastic, neuro and cardio-vascular surgeons. The faculty, present and past, as well as the alumni of this department have won laurels for the institution, holding some of the highest offices in their professional organisations.
=> Surgical Emergency & Trauma Centre – a vibrant place with all round surgical emergency and diagnostic facility with 30 – 40 serious cases admission per day in general surgery alone apart from orthopedics and ENT surgery.
=> The department has 8 operating theatres - 4 in the New Surgical Block, 3 in the Trauma Centre and 1 in the Outpatients' area.
=> Department has 3 auditoria one with a seating capacity of 200 and rest two of 50 each.
=> Research: The Department has 9 currently running research projects - 4 from ICMR, 2 from FDA, 1 from WHO, and 2 from pharmaceuticals.
=> Conferences: The department has organized 6 conferences and teaching programs for postgraduates and practising surgeons in 2007-08. Annual Foundation Day is celebrated on 16th January.
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