This is yet another feather in the SGPGI’s cap. Professor UC Ghoshal of the department of gastroeneterology has become the first Indian to be named fellow of the Rome Foundation.
Till now, the foundation had ignored Indian research papers, but after regular publication of Prof Ghoshal’s studies in leading medical journals of Europe and US, authorities were compelled to recognise his contribution to the treatment of functional bowel disease.
The Rome Foundation is the apex body of world gastroenterologists located in the US for the development of diagnostic and management plan for functional bowel disorders.
Ghoshal formed a separate group to study and identify unique features of functional bowel disorders that occur in India. Led by him, Indian experts published their observation of 3,000 patients from various parts of the country. This study proved useful for the medical fraternity.
“Now, my aim is to provide standardised care to patients suffering from gastrointestinal motility and functional disorders in India,” said Ghoshal, who also heads GI pathophysiology and motility lab of the PGI.
He said since around 60% of gastroenteritus cases are of functional bowel syndrome, it’s important to come up with some Indian guidelines. “Functional bowel disorders are an ill-understood poorly managed group of disorders that make many suffer for years. Improved understanding and management strategies will help bring back the smile on the faces of patients,” he added.
He said , “I will be happy to share knowledge about these diseases in the country not only with doctors but also other healthcare workers. At the same time, I will work to increase awareness about these diseases among authorities, patients and policy makers, as sensitising them for the multi-centric research on these diseases in India is important.”
Ghoshal said he would try to involve the apex body to promote knowledge about gastrointestinal motility disorder and functional bowel diseases in this part of the world.