St John's Medical College Hospital

Overview - Medicine

The Department of Medicine provides a comprehensive program of clinical services including services in the subspecialties of haematology and geriatric medicine. The department is dedicated to advancing the art and science of medicine. We have state-of-the-art facilities, a faculty of outstanding clinical scholars and rapidly expanding research programs.

The department was established in 1963 and has been running the postgraduate program since 1981. Dr G N Reddy was the first Head of the Department making this a well-established program with deep historical roots. The philosophy of our program is based on two key tenets – a) that the patient is center to our daily work and b) that we do our tasks as a team. The current HOD is Dr Cecil Ross. The department has 27 faculty members and runs a rigorous residency program with a yearly intake of 9 postgraduate students. The department sees an average of 70,000 outpatients and 13,000 inpatients per year.

In addition to offering patients a wide array of services, the department is engaged in cutting-edge research to help better understand and treat a range of health conditions. Basic science research in the department attracts both national funding like Indian council of medical research (ICMR), Dept of Biotechnology (DBT), Dept of Science and technology (DST) and Vision group on science and technology (VGST) and state level funding like Karnataka fund for improvement of science and technology (K FIST) etc (5 faculty in the department currently serve as principal investigators. There were more than 10 active clinical trials in the Department during the 2017 fiscal year. Current industry-sponsored research in the department include studies in the use of long acting Factor VIII, and factor IX, Fibrinogen deficiency, Lymphoma, Chronic myeloid leukemia and lifestyle disease like Diabetes and hypertension.

The department offers primary care and specialty services in lifestyle diseases, infectious diseases, poisoning and toxicology, acute medical emergencies, and patients with multisystem involvement. The department is trained to handle infectious disease epidemics and in disaster management. We strongly emphasize evidence-based practice, disease prevention and health promotion. The department offers preventive care, sick visits and outreach programs to Vimalalya hospital in the nearby areas in collaboration with community health specialists. The geriatric unit offers comprehensive and expedited clinical care to our elderly population.

The haematology unit started in 1990, is in involved in both treatment and research on diseases like anaemias, marrow aplasias, coagulation disorders, acute and chronic leukaemias, myelomas, lymphomas and Iymphoproliferative disordersetc. The haematology unit offers comprehensive care for haemophilia, apheresis for transfusion, stem cell (both allogenic and autologous) transplantion, biological therapies and chemotherapy.

The department remains committed to research and patient oriented care. We are constantly striving to offer the best possible care to our patients.