Year : 2019 | Volume
: 23 | Issue : 2 | Page : 61--62
Obituary - Dr. G K Kulkarni, Editor, Indian journal of occupational and environmental medicine
MD., DPH., DIH., DNB., FFOM (London) and FFOM (Ireland) VP, Global Medical and Occupational Health, Unilever Non-Executive Independent Director Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd
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Dr Ganesh Kulkarni, Editor of the Indian Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and Past President of the Indian Association of Occupational Health, breathed his last on 21st August in Mumbai.
As I look back upon a three decade association with Dr Kulkarni, both as a dear friend and a competent professional, I cannot but marvel at his contributions to advancing Occupational Health in India and the strong legacy he leaves behind.
A medical graduate from Karnataka Medical College, Hubli, Dr Kulkarni majored in Pulmonary Diseases and in Occupational Health. He started his initial career as a medical officer at the TB hospital in Mumbai before switching over to a career in Occupational Health. Over the years as a professional, he reached great heights in leadership positions in Larsen and Toubro followed by the position of Chief Medical Officer at Siemens (India). Dr Kulkarni was a keen learner and considered himself to be an eternal student and enriched his knowledge through various international exposures including at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Following his retirement he was an Occupational Health Advisor to Johnson and Johnson and Jacobs. His contribution to health care in construction industry, Basic Occupational Health Services and in the cause of advancing Occupational Health in industry has been exemplary. Dr Kulkarni also contributed at the National level as an Occupational Health expert on the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) and as a Governing Board Member of the National Safety Council (NSC), India.
As an Editor of the IJOEM he has steered the journal to new heights by widening the journal's footprint across the world, and improving its overall impact factor.
In recognition of his expertise and his contribution to Occupational Health, the Royal College of Physicians, London bestowed on him the Fellowship of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine. (FFOM, London).
Dr Kulkarni has received many awards and orations from the Indian Association of Occupational Health including the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Dr Kulkarni took great pride in developing his subordinates and was fully supportive of their aspirations. He was also a good teacher and his subordinates as well his peers benefited immensely by his vast domain knowledge. He would have given any Human Resource practitioner a run for their money in terms of his skills in spotting and developing talent, and delegating and truly motivating all those who had the good fortune of being mentored by him.
On the personal front, it is a great loss to me on losing him both as a dear friend and as an outstanding professional. For me he epitomized the last word in friendship, totally committed, loyal and fiercely protective of his friends. What leaves an indelible impact on me has been his natural benevolence, truly lion-hearted and generous to his colleagues and subordinates.
Dr Kulkarni who could be labelled as India's Ramazzini has been a doyen of Occupational Health in India. He is no longer amidst us but his spirit and legacy will continue to inspire future generations of Occupational Health practitioners.
Kulkarni leaves behind his wife, son, daughter-in-law and his daughter and son-in-law and the whole IAOH family.
May his soul rest in peace.