John P Merrill, born in 1917, attended the Harvard Medical School, and graduated in 1942. He was in the Air Force serving as the flight surgeon to the crew of the Enola Gay, the aircraft that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. He developed the artificial kidney dialysis machine, modified from the original design of Dr. Wilhelm Kolff. The artificial kidney developed by Merrill - Brigham-Kolff dialyzer was highly successful in the treatment of ARF and CRF.
Message of the Chair:
The Department of Nephrology was started in 1987, has now grown to become a center for specialty treatment in Advanced Renal Diseases. We plan to upscale with establishment of an centre for Renal Transplantation, Centre for comprehensive insurance Scheme of the government, and an advanced Training institute in Nephrology.
Outpatient clinics are conducted on Mondays and Wednesdays. Patients are given drugs including the life saving medicines like Cyclosporine which is given post renal transplant free of cost in the special OPD for this purpose. Both hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis services are provided free of cost.
Post graduate residents in General Medicine & Pediatrics are posted for a month training in Nephrology & Dialysis. The department has a Paramedical Course on Dialysis Technology since 2005-2006. Thirty eight students in three batches have already passed out of this department. The 4th batch of 12 students are undergoing training at present.
The department trains medical professionals and nursing professionals from Govt Thoothukudi Medical College Hospital, Thoothukudi & Govt Kanyakumari Medical College Hospital, Asaripallam in dialysis techniques. Our department has shown a phenomenal growth from 2003 to 2009 in terms of number of patients treated and the number of dialysis done. Around 132 patients with End Stage Renal Failure who are given peritoneal dialysis in 2010-11 need Renal transplantation. At-least 25% of these patients have an appropriate relative renal donor.
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