Those who do not learn from their history are condemned to repeat it.
This statement of wisdom also applies to the history of medicine, which I love so much and which is close to my heart.
I have learnt the history of medicine, covering the periodtill the middle of last century, through the enormous literature available on the subject. Being a surgeon, historical progress of surgery was of special interest to me.
I obtained my basic medical degrees in 1959.Anything after that is contemporary history for me; something I witnessed or was an integral part of it. I have evidence, records and vivid memories of these six decades in which I actively practiced surgery.
I started as a general surgeon, and I retired as one. As destiny would have it, circumstances provided me with opportunities where I had to deal with surgical problems of every system of the body, and sometimes, under most handicapped circumstances. These challenges made me rise to the occasion.
The result is that I had the experience of journey through the progress of surgery during these sixty years, and my pleasure of keeping the concept of general surgery alive, in the age of specialization and super-specialization.
My interests in medical education and my involvement in curriculum development made me to explore newer concepts in medical education, based on the historical developments and the demands of changing times.
My presentation will cover this journey through slides and anecdotes, hopefully in 20-30 minutes, depending on the time allotted to me.
Prof. Parashar is a 1959 Medical graduate of G. R. Medical College Gwalior, India. In 1962, he obtained the degree of ‘Master of Surgery’ [M.S.] from Vikram University, India. He started his academic and clinical career as Demonstrator/ Registrar in surgery. Later he proceeded to England to complete his advanced surgical training and obtained the Fellowship of Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh in 1966. [FRCS]
On his return to India after five years of training,he joined Goa Medical College, India, as Assistant Professor in 1969, and became full Professor and Head of department of Surgery in 1978. While in Goa he receivedawards of ‘Doctor of the Year’  and ‘Best Clinical Teacher’ . In 1979, when he organized Silver Jubilee Conference of International College of Surgeons in Goa, he was conferred Fellowship of International College of Surgeons. [FICS] In 1986 he received Fellowship of American College of Surgeons. [FACS] In 1981, he joined King Faisal University in Saudi Arabia, [later renamed as Dammam University] as Professor of Surgery and as Consultant Surgeon at King Fahd teaching hospital of the University. He also held addition appointments as Director for Internship training program and later as Director for post-graduate training program in surgery. After thirty-three years at Dammam University, he retired in 2013, as ‘Emeritus Professor’. During this period, he played active role in establishing new colleges for Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy in the kingdom; and in developing undergraduate medical curriculum and postgraduate training programs. He made important contributions to Saudi Council, as an examiner and as member of the board in Eastern province of KSA.
He has more than seventy scientific publications in Indian,Saudi and International Journals. He has been examiner in many Indian and Saudi universities; as well as for Fellowships in Surgery of Saudi Boards and Arab Boards. He is International Editor for Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences, Journal of Family and Community Medicine, of University of Dammam, Saudi Arabia. Recently he delivered a Keynote addresses at Surgery-2015 conference in Dubai in October, at International conference on Surgical Nursing at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in October 2016, and in Annual conference of Physicians at Gwalior, India, in November 2016. His next key-note address is scheduled at International conference of Surgery-Anesthesia in Rome in June 2018.
As a Social activist, has been Founder member and later Chairman of Indian International School in Eastern province of Saudi Arabia; established in 1983, starting with just 80 students and 12 teachers. Today this school has 18,000 students and 600 teachers. He received, ‘Distinguished Indian Citizen’; award from Indian community in Saudi Arabia. He has also received many International Awards from NRI welfare Society of India and India International Friendship Society. These are; Hind Rattan Award , Bharat Gaurav Award , Medical Excellence Award and Life Time Achievement Award , Glory of India Gold Medal , Global Indian Achievers Award at Indo-British Friendship banquet in London, .
He has published two books on surgery by Scientific Publishing Group which are available on their website as E-Books, free of cost. They are: ‘Surgery: the way I teach; and ‘Atlas of Surgery’. He has also published three books on Philosophy, Twists and Turns of Destiny [English], Scattered Gems [English] and Bikhre Moti [Hindi]. All are available on Amazon.com His latest philosophical publication entitled ‘Rhythm of our Hearts’ is currently in press and is expected to be released next month.