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Lt Gen Velu Nair, AVSM, VSM**, PHS
DGMS (Army) & Col Comdt


1. Lt Gen Velu Nair, AVSM, VSM**, PHS is an alumnus of the Armed Forces Medical College, Pune. He completed his MBBS in 1977 and stood first in Pune University and was awarded the President Gold Medal and Kalinga trophy. He was commissioned into Army Medical Corps in March 1978. He completed his MD (Medicine) in 1987 from AFMC, Pune securing first position in AFMC. He went on to obtain Postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Haematology & Bone Marrow Transplant from Christian Medical College & Hospital, Vellore. He also completed two UICC fellowships in Clinical Haematology and Bone Marrow Transplantation from King’s College & Hospital, London and Stanford Medical Centre & University, CA, USA.


2. During his illustrious 38 yrs of service in AFMS, he has held various coveted appointments. He has held the appointment of Prof & HoD, Department of Internal Medicine, AFMC, Pune & Army Hospital (Research & Referral), Delhi Cantt. He was Dean & Deputy Commandant, AFMC, Pune and Dean, ACMS, Delhi Cantt. The General Officer has also held the appointment of Sr Consultant (Medicine) in the Office of DGAFMS. He has the unique distinction of holding the appointment of Deputy Chief, Integrated Defence Staff, (Medical) and the DGMS (Navy).


3. He has epitomized research at all levels, starting from under graduate, to post graduate and faculty level in the Armed forces. He is an avid researcher with interests in tropical medicine, haematological malignancies and stem cell transplantation. He has pioneered research on stem cell and thrombosis in high altitude. The General Officer has set up the Department of Clinical Haematology & Bone Marrow Transplantation in Army Hospital (Research & Referral), Delhi Cantt and Command Hospital (Eastern Command). He has also undertaken several large National multi-centric stem cell projects for cardiac muscle regeneration, neuronal regeneration in stroke and blood vessel regeneration in severe peripheral vascular disease. He is a prolific writer publishing over 252 articles and editing three books.


4. The General Officer has been member of various important National agencies including ICMR, DBT and DRDO connected with research on Stem cells, Haematological disorders and Military medicine. He was also the President of the National Haematology Society of India. He has been awarded with several prestigious orations and awards including Maj Gen Amir Chand Award for the best medical research from National Academy of Medical Sciences, the Rabindranath Tagore Oration (API), Dr LK Bhutani Oration (AIIMS), Manorama Sapre Oration (National Haematology Soceity) and numerous other awards/honours/fellowships of various national & international medical societies & federations including FACP (USA) and FRCP (London). He has been appointed as a member to the illustrious Performance Evaluation Committee (PEC) of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on 1st Nov 2016.


5. He is a recognized Post Doctoral teacher with vast experience of over 30 years and has been an examiner for MBBS, MD & DNB (Medicine) and PhD & DM (Haematology) for various universities. He was awarded All India NBE Teacher award for Excellence in Medical Education 2014 “Scroll of Honor for Individuals”, National Board of Examinations, New Delhi.


6. The General Officer has been awarded various military awards and honours including the Chief of Army Staff Commendation, 4 times (2002, 2003, 2006 & 2014), VSM in 2005, VSM & bar in 2008 and AVSM in 2011 by the President of India.


7. The General Officer assumed the appointment of Colonel Commandant of Army Medical Corps on 1st July 2015 and the Director General of Medical Services (DGMS), Army on 1st Jul 2016. He was also appointed as the Honorary Surgeon for President of India on 1st Jul 2016.


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