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Department of Surgery


The Department of Surgery took birth on 01 May 1948 as one of the very first Departments of the Armed Forces Medical College, Pune and the reins were entrusted in the safe hands of Lt Col A K Dev, FRCS, the first Professor and HOD. Since then, the unstinted and tireless efforts of successive surgeons have contributed to the ceaseless forward march of the department.

The magnificent main edifice of the College, an object of envy for many visitors, has housed the department on its first floor overlooking the AFMC lawns, the Sholapur road and the Pune racecourse. The Department was initially tasked to teach only Post-graduates in the formative years.With the construction of the Golden Jubilee Block in 1998, the Department of Orthopedics moved to their permanent location giving the Surgery Department some much needed space.

The additional task of teaching the undergraduates was taken up on 04 August 1962 with the establishment of the Graduate Wing of the College. Over the years, the Faculty has changed from a pure General surgery team to a mix of General and Super-specialist surgeons, thus widening the profile and to the ultimate betterment of the Department.
A War Museum was established in 1964 as a part of the Department. From its humble beginnings consisting of a few exhibits and photographs contributed by its Faculty, today it boasts of rare instruments, orthotic and prosthetic devices, photographs and charts depicting the diverse skills and activities of its protagonists in the field of Trauma. Instruments used by surgeons during the time of East India Company have been displayed - a rare collection indeed - apart from ammunition used in modem Warfare donated by the Ammunition Factory. The Museum is a "must see" for any visiting dignitary to the College.

A fully functional Experimental Surgery Wing was added with the help of Experimental animal research Department. A considerable volume of high class basic research work has been done including splenic auto transplantation, gut ischemia studies, canine orthotopic liver transplantation, vascular endothelial cell growth in rabbit arteries, effects of pancreatic duct ligation, reversed loop intestinal anastomosis, problems of abdominal wound healing and dehiscence and so on.

With changing times, experiments on live animals have been phased out and the previous infrastructure was renovated and renamed as ‘Surgical Skills Laboratory’. It was inaugurated on 26th May 2007 by the then Dean and Deputy Commandant Major General P Madhusoodanan, AVSM, VSM. Since then the undergraduate and postgraduate students are regularly trained on simulators for learning suturing and knotting techniques, gut and vascular anastomosis and the use of staplers. Six laparoscopic trainers have also been installed to give the budding surgeons an opportunity to hone their skills before they perform laparoscopic surgery on the patients.

The Association of Armed Forces Surgeons (War Surgery Section) a branch of the Association of Surgeons of India functions from the Department of Surgery and conducts its Conferences in Pune. The Secretary and Treasurer are members of the Surgical Faculty apart from a sectional Editor of the Indian Journal of Surgery. ­

Mission Statement

This Department aims to provide proper direction, requisite training and the correct attitude to all those who have taken upon themselves the onus of tending to the sick and wounded both in peace and war and to impress upon them the enormous responsibility that is consequent to a patient consenting to go under one's knife. It also strives to provide an intellectually stimulating environment to motivate and inspire students of surgery at all levels in their quest for knowledge and to enable them to realize their potential to the fullest extent."