Pioneer of laparoscopic surgery, the gynecologist dies at 93

Dr Mahendra N Parikh, a veteran gynecologist and founder-president of the Indian Society for Assisted Reproduction (ISAR), established in 1991, died at his residence in Mumbai on Thursday due to old age. He was 93 years old.

He had founded and chaired the Indian College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He was a pioneer in laparoscopic surgery and had trained many surgeons in keyhole surgery.

Dr Parikh joined the KEM Hospital in Mumbai in 1945 and served there as a professor and researcher until his retirement. In accordance with his wishes, Dr Parikh donated his body to KEM Hospital for medical research.

“Until the age of 85, he operated with a steady hand and drove his own car after his driver retired. He then had a stroke. After that for 10 years, he could no longer operate but was doing well. But two weeks ago he had a second stroke. He recovered too and went home. He passed away peacefully this morning without pain or struggle, ”said his son Rajesh Parikh.

Dr Narendra Malhotra, former president of ISAR, said: “I have known him since I was a child. It was a traveling encyclopedia of gynecology and obstetrics. He was a great innovator of instruments used in operations and a very daring gynecological surgeon. He taught us the ropes of laparoscopic surgery.

Dr Parikh was born on December 16, 1927 in Pethapur, a small town near Gandhinagar in Gujarat. However, he spent most of his childhood in Sangli in Maharashtra.

While he was the first in his family to study medicine, more than 35 of his relatives have followed in his footsteps, covering various specializations on three continents.