President Warshaw, it is my distinct privilege to present to you and this assembly Prof. Mahesh R. Desai, managing trustee of the Muljibhai Patel Urological Hospital (MPUH), Nadiad, India, for Honorary Fellowship in the American College of Surgeons.
After completing his surgical training in Pune, India, and urology training in the U.K., Professor Desai returned home in 1976 and helped to establish the MPUH in Nadiad, in the state of Gujarat in northwestern India. What started in 1978 as a small, 25-bed hospital has grown into a 170-bed urology and nephrology specialty center and teaching institution. The mission of MPUH remains the same: to provide the most modern treatment for all patients, regardless of their ability to pay.
As per Professor Desai’s vision, MPUH was the first dedicated institute for kidney disease in western India, performing their first renal transplant in 1980. Surgeons there now have performed more than 2,800 laparoscopic, robotic, and single port transplants. In addition, Dr. Desai was among the first in India to adopt the most modern techniques for stone disease, performing more than 26,000 procedures including lithotripsy, ureteroscopy, and percutaneous nephrolithotomy. He was one of the first to use ultrasound in urology especially for surgical stone access and ultrasound-guided prostate biopsy. Dr. Desai continues to be an international innovator in both stone surgery and renal transplantation, bringing new techniques to centers across the globe.
To train future generations of urologists, Professor Desai established the Jayaramdas Patel Academic Center at MPUH, which has state-of-the-art facilities for teaching and training, including an interactive auditorium, dry and wet laboratories, a library, and technology for live transmission of surgeries, including 3-D projection and webcasting. The motto of this facility remains: Enter to Learn—Exit to Serve.
President Warshaw, Professor Mahesh Desai is a compassionate clinician, innovative researcher, and consummate teacher. I am honored to present him for Honorary Fellowship in the American College of Surgeons.