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An Official Publication of the Indian Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathologists

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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 26  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 431-432

Dr. Suresh R. Barpande: A living legend

Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, Govt. Dental College and Hospital, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India

Date of Submission14-Nov-2022
Date of Acceptance14-Nov-2022
Date of Web Publication22-Dec-2022

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Jyoti Bhavthankar
Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, Govt. Dental College and Hospital, Aurangabad - 431 001, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/jomfp.jomfp_481_22

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”A teacher is never a giver of truth he is a guide, a pointer to the truth that each student must find for himself. A good teacher is merely a catalyst.”

- Bruce Lee

The name so analogous to an educational and administrative catalyst Dr. Suresh Ramchandra Barpande, born on March 11, 1954, today rightly wins the accolade to be penned down in this esteemed journal of the field of oral pathology.

In 1976, Sir secured a bachelor's degree in dental surgery from Government Dental College and Hospital (GDCH), Mumbai, and re-joined the institute as a postgraduate student, under the able guidance of Dr. M. V. Lele sir, to gloriously emerge as an oral and maxillofacial pathologist in 1979. With a keen interest in literature and print media, he also grabbed a bachelor's degree in journalism and higher diploma in the German and French languages.

His immense contribution to the field of oral pathology began through his services as a lecturer from September 1979 at GDCH, Nagpur, and continuing later at GDCH, Mumbai. His pronounced contribution and enthusiasm were rewarded in 1983 with the designation of Reader in the Department of Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery at Government Medical College and Hospital, Nagpur, and from 1990 to 1992 at GDCH, Nagpur. He continued his ardour for teaching and guiding undergraduates and the postgraduates from 1992 as a professor at GDCH, Aurangabad, and was rightfully adorned as the dean of the college in June 2001. His relentless efforts to crown the college as one of the best dental colleges in India and his noteworthy endeavours at improvisation of the education system brought him at the helm of the Directorate of Medical Education and Research, Mumbai, as a joint director from 2015.

With his remarkable accomplishments from the seat of honour, he retired by superannuation in 2018.

Yet despite the enormous responsibilities as an administrator, Sir as an excellent academician carried an avid will towards the expansion of knowledge by nurturing the passion for oral pathology in several young dental graduate and postgraduate students and guided them at the universities in various capacities. Not being restricted to the subject, Sir imprinted several minds with an exceptional blend of percipience, professionalism, philosophy, and philanthropy. He held the position of Chairman, Board of Studies, Pre-Clinical Dentistry at the Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad, and was a member of the Board of Studies at Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences, Loni, and Bharti Vidyapeeth, Pune. He also stayed a senate member in the management council and dean faculty from 2002 to 2007 at the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Nashik. Sir also shouldered distinguished responsibilities at the NAAC and DCI.

Sir was an active student member of the Indian Dental Association (IDA) and rendered his services at several camps for the IDA Mumbai branch and post 1983 was appointed as the secretary, followed by the vice president, and the president at the IDA Nagpur branch. His never-ending fervent towards literature and oral pathology engaged him as an honorary editor for the official journal of the Indian Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathologists (IAOMP) and was conferred upon with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the IAOMP at its XXVIII national conference at Thiruvananthapuram, in November 2019. Sir has been a great orator and panellist at prestigious symposiums and conferences. He has more than 60 publications in national and international journals to his credit.

Sir, with a manner so techno-savvy as to imprinting inquisitive minds, is worthily holding the title of Best Teacher, awarded by the Lions Club and Hedgewar Smruti Rugnalaya, Aurangabad, in 2018.

Even more illustrious is the name with equanimity, gentleness, and benevolence being native to him, as a teacher and a colleague, as a leader and an administrator; and today, he is offering the best of his deeds to an NGO concerned with the oral health of children.

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