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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 30  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 0-

Prof. K. S. Siddaraj 1948-2020

Sankaran Sundar 
 MD DNB FRCP (Glasgow), Consultant Nephrologist, Head International Transplant Services, Manipal Hospitals, Bangalore, Ex Chairman Indian Society of Nephrology SC, India

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I write this eulogy for my dear friend Prof. Kodihalli Shankarappa Siddaraj with a heavy heart. Siddaraj was born in Kodihalli in Tumkur district in Karnataka just before our independence on 2 July 1947. He completed his MBBS from Bellary Medical College and was the first MNAMS in Medicine from Karnataka. He did his DM Nephrology from the prestigious PGIMER, Chandigarh. He was the first from Karnataka to do so.

I started my career in Nephrology in Bangalore in 1985 around the same time Dr Siddaraj started building the Nephrology unit in Victoria Hospital Bangalore. He can truly be considered as the first Government Nephrologist in Karnataka. A popular teacher, he was the Professor & Head of department of Medicine in Bangalore Medical college and he eventually retired as the Superintendent of the renowned Government Victoria Hospital in Bangalore. He was one of the founders of the Nephrology Association of Karnataka and was active in our academic programs.

He was a gentle kind hearted soul and would guide colleagues both young and old. We will miss his sage advice. When all of us nephrologists in Bangalore went through tough media and legal trial he faced them with dignity and equanimity and our society owes immense gratitude to this gentle giant. After retirement, he continued practicing Medicine and Nephrology and helped many patients till he was admitted for Covid infection. Despite a great battle against Covid, we lost our dear friend and warrior on 20 September 2020.

His death has left a void which is irreparable to our society and to his lovely family. He leaves behind his wife Manjula and two lovely daughters Rashmi and Swetha settled abroad. He loved gardening and playing with his little granddaughter Ira. We have not only lost a wonderful colleague but also a great mentor thoughtful friend, a loving husband, caring father and a doting grandfather. On my personal behalf and on behalf of the Nephrology association of Karnataka and Indian society of Nephrology I convey my heartfelt condolences to Dr Siddaraj's family and pray to lord almighty to give the family strength to bear this irreplaceable loss.

Om Shanti Om Shanti!