Dr Kirpal Chug, father of nephrology in India, passes away at 85
Chandigarh : Dr Kirpal Singh Chugh, better known as "father of nephrology in India" died of blood cancer on Sunday at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh. He was 85.
Dr Chugh was battling blood cancer from past two years and was admitted to the hospital a couple of days ago.
"My father was admitted to PGIMER a few days ago and he passed away today. His cremation will take place at 12 p.m. here tomorrow," Sumeet said.
He is survived by his wife Harjeet Chugh and two sons, both doctors and settled in the US.
Dr Chugh was emeritus professor and former head of department of nephrology at the PGIMER. He was a recipient of several national and international awards, including the Padma Shri, the fourth-highest civilian award, in 2000, a PGIMER release said. He was presently working with Fortis Hospital at Mohali.
The PGIMER said Chugh's demise is "a great loss to the super speciality of nephrology".
"The International Society of Nephrology had acknowledged the pioneering work and outstanding contributions of Dr Chugh and had included him amongst 50 legends in nephrology," it said in the release.