India’s leading Health and wellness research organization Gyan Burman Liver Unit led by Industrialist and philanthropist Mr. Pradip Burman and renowned Indian Gastrointestinal surgeon Mr. Samiran Nundy has produced an all-encompassing Report on liver and Biliary sciences in India. Mr. Pradip Burman & Dr. Samiran Nundy have jointly presented the prestigious work in a gala event at India International centre, New Delhi on Saturday – 16th June, 2018. Former Union Minister and legendary journalist Mr. Arun Shourie graced the event as Chief Guest and released the 3rd Edition of “Gyan Burman Liver Unit Report “- an account of 15 years of achievement.
The Gyan Burman Liver Unit (GBLU) was started in 2003 to perpetuate the memory of the late Gyan Burman, who was a scion of the well-known family that owns the Dabur industry. It has started an eponymous fellowship in hepatobiliary surgery for young surgeons from various parts of the world and organizes the annual event “Gyan Burman Oration” to be delivered by one of the world’s foremost liver surgeons. The Gyan Burman Orations have been delivered by Henri Bismuth from Paris, S.T. Fan from Hong Kong, Abhinav Humar from Pittsburgh, Yuman Fong from New York, Sir Roy Calne from Cambridge, Pierre Clavien from Zurich and Dirk Gouma from Amsterdam in the past.
Producing the outstanding research work, Mr. Pradip Burman said, “We really feel proud to present our noble research report to service of the nation. The report is a detailed study on hepatobiliary diseases in India and elaborates how to promote liver transplantation in India”.
We, in the Gyan Burman Liver Unit, are very proud of what we have achieved over the last 15 years. We have trained many young doctors from all over the world to become more proficient in difficult hepatobiliary amd pancreatic operations, helped establish liver transplantation in India, organised orations by the world’s seven greatest liver surgeons, published many papers and books, and helped poor patients with their expenses.
All this has been possible because of the generosity of the Burman family and I think the publication of this book which chronicles these achievements is a fitting tribute to Gyan Burman’s memory. – Dr. Samiran Nundy
Gyan Burman Liver Unit has played a major role in initiating the liver transplant programme in India. It first convened a national meeting in 2003 where 50 surgeons from all over the country discussed on why India’s liver transplant results at that time were poor and how we should make that better. From then, there are now 73 liver transplant centers has been established during these phase and apx 1600 transplants were done in India during 2017 only. The Ganga Ram Hospital was one of the pioneers in the field and more than 70% of the procedures being done by surgeons who have worked or have been trained in this unit.
The GBLU has trained almost 115 Indian doctors from all over India and international fellows from Kenya, Bangladesh, Nepal, Saudi Arabia, USA, Greece, Nigeria, West Indies, Myanmar, Fiji, Singapore and Pakistan and supported the publication of 52 papers and 10 books related to liver disease including ‘Liver Transplantation in India’ a ‘Residents’ Manual’ and a ‘Liver transplant handbook for patients’. It has helped surgical trainees attend conferences in this country and abroad including the Johns Hopkins Hospital in the USA.
The main aims of the unit are:
To support research into hepatobiliary diseases especially those prevalent in India
To start an eponymous fellowship in hepatobiliary surgery for young surgeons from various parts of the world
To promote liver transplantation in India
To organize the annual Gyan Burman Oration to be delivered by one of the world’s foremost liver surgeons.
To help poor patients who cannot afford medical treatment.