Lt Gen Velu Nair, AVSM,
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.