MD (Internal Medicine) - 1974 - Govt. Madras Medical College
DM (Neurology) - 1978 - Govt. Madras Medical College
Ph. D (Neurology) - 1981 - University of Madras
MNAMS (Neurology) - 1989 Conferred
MCh (Neuro Surgery) - 1990 - Dr MGR Medical University, Chennai.
Clinical Epileptology Course Cleveland Clinic USA - 1991
Epilepsy Surgery at Maudsley Hospital, London under Mr C E Polkey - 1993
Master Practitioner in NLP (Neuro linguistic Programming) qualified with NFNLP (USA)
Certificate in Training, City & Guilds, London 2005
First & only lady in India qualified both as Neurologist & Neuro surgeon
Senior House Officer (Internal Medicine) 1971 -1972
Post graduate training for MD (Internal Medicine) 1972 -1974
Assistant Professor, Neurosurgery, Neurology, Medicine & NeuroDiabetology, Madras Medical college 1975 -1982
CSIR Postdoctoral Fellow, Madras Medical college 1982 -1983
Consultant Neurologist, Apollo Hospital, Chennai 1983 to March 2012
Consultant Neurosurgeon, Apollo Hospital, Chennai 1990 to March 2012
Adjunct Professor (Dr MGR University) since Sept 2010
Senior Consultant Neurologist & H.O.D, Department of Neurology, Global Hospitals and Health City, Perumbakkam, (OMR), Chennai, since March 2012
Senior Consultant Neurologist & H.O.D, Department of Neurology, Global Hospitals and Health City, Perumbakkam, (OMR), Chennai, since March 2012 to February 2013
Senior Consultant Neurologist and Neurosurgeon, Kauvery Hospital, TTK Road, Alwarpet, Chennai 600004 since June 2012 till date
CAREER BENCHMARKS AND MILESTONES
First and only lady in India to be qualified and practicing as both Neurophysician and Neurosurgeon.
Initiated comprehensive services for epilepsy in Chennai in 1994 by starting EPICENTRE (Epilepsy Institute & Centre for Treatment, Training, Research & Education)
Introduced the first video EEG service in the private sector in the whole of South India in 1994
Started the epilepsy surgery program in Apollo hospitals in 1998
Only PhD guide in Apollo hospital – have guided 5 students to date, all have completed successfully
Took charge of and set up the medical library at Apollo hospital between 1984 and 2002
Conceived, guided as project consultant and completed Wellness Plus centre for integrative health at Apollo Sindoori in 2003-4
Conceived, guided, strategised, planned, executed and completed Apollo Centre of Excellence for Women 2005-6 – a standalone, multidisciplinary outpatient centre for women's health. Head of centre till July 2008.
Attended several conferences, presented papers, written and published articles, given lectures, etc all over the world.
Chief-Division of Epileptology, Department of Neuroscience's, Apollo Hospital, Chennai since 1996
Teaching experience spans 36 years, initially teaching in the Madras Medical College from 1974 to 1982 as an Assistant Professor successively in General Medicine, Neurosurgery, Neurology and Neurodiabetology. Thereafter at Apollo Hospitals and as a freelance teacher and trainer she has been a resource person in CME’s and focused seminars in Medicine and Neurology.
Working with neurological patients since 1974.
Actively involved in comprehensive epilepsy care in addition since 1994.
Speaks fluently in Tamil, Telugu and English and to some extent in Hindi as well. She writes and speaks well and gives regular talks and lectures to various audiences. Knows basic German and French.
Consultant in her specialty with the Apollo Hospitals, Chennai since its inception in the early 1980’s and was the Chief of the Division of Epileptology since 1996 - March 2012.
Public education on health and everyday applications of Mind/Brain functions is a passion with her, and she is able to simplify this complex subject into easy understandable concepts.
Involved with corporates, schools, colleges and management institutions and hospitals since 1996 in various aspects of cognitive & behavioural neurology, neurorehabilitation and mind/brain/body medicine.
Active in various social and cultural organizations and a member of several professional bodies, both National and International.
Through NGOs like the Rotary Club of Madras Temple City, the Madras Management Association, the Inter Cultural Women’s Association, etc and on her own she has created several awards and is involved in social causes in the community, especially those empowering and enabling girl children, women, the less abled and the economically underprivileged.
Honorary advisory member, The Duchess Club, Chennai and Chief Resource Person for its NGO "Helping Hands"
Initiated an Annual Women Managers Conference and instituted by personal donation an “Outstanding Woman Manager” award given annually at the Madras Management Association
Instituted the Thiru. C.V. Chary Memorial Prize for Post Graduates in DM Neurology and M.Ch Neuro Surgery at Madras Institute of Neurology, Government General Hospital, Chennai since 1990 and continuing
Instituted the Mrs. C.V. Chary Memorial award for best all rounder out going plus two student at the Holy Angels Convent, Chennai since 2007
Approved Ph.D., Guide S.No.132, The Tamilnadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University (Apollo Hospital, Dept. of Neuroscience's since 1993) – guided 5 PhD candidates . All have been awarded their degree.
Adjunct Professor of Neurology The Tamilnadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University, since September 2010.
HONORS AND AWARDS
March 2013 – Lifetime Achievement Award for Healthcare, Ramanujar Engineering College, Chennai in connection with International Woman’s Day
30th March 2012 – Women’s History month honour for Women Achievers from Indo American Association, Chennai..
24th March 2012 – Woman Achiever (Category Healthcare) from Just for Woman magazine Chennai
February 2012 – H.C. Bajoria Award & Oration from Indian Epilepsy Association & Indian Epilepsy Society
November 2011 – Lifetime Achievement Award for Neurosciences from Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University
March 7th 2009 – Honoured as a woman achiever by the Russian Cultural centre Chennai – fellow recipients, singers Sudha Raghunathan and P.Susheela
August 2008 – Zee Astitva Award for Exemplary Women – For Excellence in Healthcare given by the Archana trust, Mumbai
2007 - The Stree Ratna award from the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan for constructive contribution to the nation in the field of Neurosciences
Invited speaker continuously from 2005 to 2010 by IBN International of Malaysia for the Women of Power and then the Women of Independence conference, a women’s conference held annually around March in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In March 2009 was chairperson for the entire two day conference with 16 International speakers from USA, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Thailand, India and Malaysia.
April 2002 - awarded the –“Jaya Distinguished Scientist Award – 2002” for excellence in Human endeavor in the sphere of research in Neurosciences by Jaya Engineering College, Chennai
15th June 2002 – 8th Endowment Oration, Lister Laboratory & Research Centre, Chennai
2001 - received the “Humanitarian Award” from the Indian Red Cross, Chennai chapter for the health awareness camps she conducted in the various parts of Chennai over two years.
27th July 2001 – E.V.Kalyani Memorial Oration at Progress 2001 at Chennai
June 4th 2000 - UPNeurocon 2000 Guest Lecture at King George’s Medical College, Lucknow
1991 - received the L.V.Ramiah award for being the only lady in India who is both neurophysician and neurosurgeon. Fellow recipients M.S.Subbalakshmi and Padma Subramanyam
1982 - She is the recipient of the Kshanika Oration Award for outstanding woman scientist of the year from the Indian Council for Medical Research, a national award for her pioneering PhD work in multilingual aphasia
She was adjudged as the best NCC cadet of the year in the Medical Corps in 1966 during her MBBS course and left the NCC in the rank of Company Sergeant Major
In medical college recipient of certificates of merit in Forensic Medicine and Ophthalmology, and won the Leprosy prize as well as medals in shot-put, javelin and discus throw and athletics in intercollegiate competitions.
In school was active in the throwball and netball teams, first aid classes, dramatics and debating clubs and participated in acting and directing plays for the annual day.
Siblings – Two sisters, one elder and one younger
Raised in an atmosphere where culture, languages, education, discipline and service to others was a way of life.
Parents – Late Mr. C.V.Chary and Late Mrs.Chitty Chary
Father was a fighter pilot with the Royal Air Force and the Indian Air Force and was decorated for bravery in the IndoBurma war during World War II. Thereafter worked as Works Manager Addison & Co and then onto General Manager, Stanes Motors, then George Oakes and retired as a Senior Executive in the Amalgamations Group of Companies. Was under the care of Dr.Prithika Chary from 1982 and expired on 30th December 1989 after a stroke and heart attack at the age of 73 years.
Mother was a graduate of Shanthiniketan, Kolkata and a highly talented lady. She studied cultural arts of music, dance, literature, drawing, painting, leather etching, etc with luminaries like Rabindranath Tagore, Uday Shankar, etc She also underwent Montessori training directly under Madam Montessori. Spent varying periods of her life as a housewife, dedicated mother, Montessori teacher and as a teacher for the blind. Lived with Dr.Prithika Chary from 1982 and expired on August 14th 2004.
Elder – Mrs. Sheba Shekhar, qualified as MA (Literature), B.Ed, Special diplomas in higher English teaching, IELTS & BECK trainer and examiner, consultant for teaching business English retired as senior school teacher and principle of various schools. Currently attached to the British Council,Chennai. Has one son and two daughters and five grandchildren
Younger – Mrs. Srithi Kannan, qualified as BSc (Botany), Certificate in Inclusive Education, a special educator for learning disabled . Was in charge of a school, Disha where she set up and instituted the resources and training for special children. Now a consultant and remedial intervention specialist for dyslexia, ADHD, etc. Currently takes tuitions for slow learners with excellent outcome. Also teaching spoken Bengali to staff of Apollo Hospitals Chennai. Worked in SIET College, Chennai as a lecturer in Botany prior to marriage. Has also worked as a Volunteer English teacher at the Spastics Society of India. Has one son, one daughter and two grandchildren
Paternal grandfather, Mr. Govindaraja Aiyangar was a lawyer with the firm King & Partridge in Chennai. Maternal grandfather was a senior official in the Railways. Both grandmothers were homemakers. Several cousins, aunts and uncles are doctors, engineers and lawyers.