Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology

: 2007  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 41-

Living Legends: Dr. T. R. Saraswathi

TR Saraswathi 
 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Meenakshi Ammal Dental College, Chennai, India

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T R Saraswathi
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Meenakshi Ammal Dental College, Chennai

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Dr. T. R. Saraswathi, born on 20 th October, 1942 in Chennai, did her BDS and MDS from Tamil Nadu Government Dental College, Madras University. Then she worked as a Research Fellow and Assistant Reader at the Dental wing, Madras Medical College. She underwent a epidemiological and oral cytology training programme in Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai. In this programme, she actively participated in epidemiological study of oral cancer and precancerous lesions among the rural population of various parts of India. Then she participated in the Oral Cancer Control Project organized by Government of Tamil Nadu in collaboration with WHO at Kancheepuram, Tamil Nadu. During this period, she was awarded the WHO fellowship to pursue higher studies related to oral precancerous lesions at London University, UK, leading to MSc in Oral Pathology. She was the first woman dental surgeon from Tamil Nadu to be awarded such a prestigious fellowship.

Dr. Saraswathi worked as Reader and Professor at various places which include Arignar Anna Memorial Cancer Institute and Hospital, Kancheepuram, Raja Muthiah Dental College, Chidambaram, Kilpauk Medical College, Tamil Nadu Government Dental College, Ragas Dental College and presently she is working as a Professor in Meenakshi Ammal Dental College, Chennai.

Dr. Saraswathi has conducted and organized various research projects. One of the prominent studies among them being "the oral cancer control programme - A pilot project organized at Arignar Anna Memorial Cancer Institute, Kancheepuram". This was an epidemiological Research involving the urban population of Kancheepuram town for the early detection, prevention and control of oral cancer along with cervical cancer. The project was conducted on collaboration with World Health Organization. This work was appreciated by eminent oral pathologists like Professor JJ Pindborg and Dr. Jacob Zacharia.

In Saudi Arabia, she organized and established the oral diagnosis clinic and oral pathology department. Other than the professional service, she also took part in teaching the dental surgeons during their training period, and also worked as a co - investigator for the project "relationship of dental caries and nutritional status in Saudi school children, Abha, K.S.A".

In collaboration with National Medical Research Council, Ministry of Health, Singapore, she worked as a co-investigator in a randomized controlled trial to study the effect of topical steroids with cyclosporine in the management of oral lichen planus.

She has delivered lectures at various national and international gatherings and is a recipient of Dr. Chitambalam award. She has contributed to more than 40 publications. She is also one of the past presidents of Indian Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathologists. As an appreciation of her service to the field of Oral Pathology and to IAOMP, she was awarded the 'Lifetime contribution to IAOMP' award in 2006.