Indian Medical Association

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Indian Medical Association
Indian medical association logo.JPG
Abbreviation IMA
Formation 1928
Headquarters New Delhi
  • IMA House, Indraprastha Marg, New Delhi-110 002
Region served

The Indian Medical Association (IMA), the organization of "Doctors of Modern Scientific System of Medicine", was established in 1928,is a society registered under The Societies Act of India.It's mandate is not binding upon anyone, as it is neither a statutory body, nor a part of the government.

History of IMA[edit]

The Indian Medical Association celebrated its Diamond Jubilee in the year 1988 and is completing 72nd year of its glorious functioning on the occasion of the 76th All India Medical conference being held on the 28th December, 2000 at Calcutta. Prior to the formation of the Association, four All India Medical Conferences had been held the first at Calcutta in 1917 under the Presidency of Lt. Col. Raghavendra Rao, the second at Delhi in 1918 with Sir Nil Ratan Sircar as the President, the third in 1919 with Dr. M.. N. Odedar as its President and the Fourth at Nagpur in 1920 under the Presidency of Rao Bahadur Dr. Maharaj Krishnan Kapur. It was at the 5th conference held at Calcutta on 28 December 1928 under the Presidency of Dr. G. V. Deshmukh of Bombay, that a resolution was adopted forming an All India Medical Association with the objects of promotion and advancement of medical and allied sciences in their different branches, the improvement of public health and medical education in India and the maintenance of honor and dignity of the medical profession. In the year 1930, the All Indian Medical Association and the body was duly registered under the Societies Registration Act, XXI of 1860.

The association had come in to being at a time when there was political unrest and the country was passing through big turmoil. Yet, it was a matter of great satisfaction that the stalwarts of the medical profession in those days like Dr. K. S. Ray, Sir Nil Ratan Sircar, Dr. B. C. Roy, Dr. M. A. Ansari, Col. Bhola Nath, Major M. G. Naidu, Dr. B.N. Vyas, Dr. D. Silva, Dr. N. A. Ghosh, Dr. D. A. Chakravarthi, Dr. Viswanathan, and Capt. B. V. Mukherjee actively participated in the promotion of the Association. Some of these stalwarts were also active in the Indian National Congress and had their terms in the jail for participating in the struggle for participating in the struggle for Independence of the country.

Though the Association was formed with only 222 members. Yet even with this numerical strength, it could achieve itsposition of strength, it could achieve its position of strength and command respect from the British rulers. It could prevent the appointment of British rulers. It could prevent the appointment of British IMS Officer as a Commissioner of MedicalEducation in 1929 and it could achieve to organize an all India Medical Register and include the licentiates in it. TheMedical Council of India Act was got amended to have an elected President in place of a nominated one and it was a matter of a pride that Dr. B. C. Roy, one of the most illustrious past Presidents of IMA, became the first elected President of Medical Council of India followed by many other illustrious presidents of IMA gracing the exalted chair including the past president of the Medical Council of India Late Dr. A. K. N. Sinha.

The Headquarters Office of the IMA was originally located in Calcutta. At the suggestion of Dr. S. C. Sen supported by Dr. B. V. Mulay, Dr. Chamanlal C. Mehta and Maj. General Amirchand, the IMA Headquarters was shifted to Delhi in January 1949, after the attainment of Independence. The Journal of IMA continued to be published from Calcutta. Dr. S. C. Sen also obtained a plot of land in Indraprastha Estate, New Delhi at the concessional rates from the Government and the project of construction of IMA Building thereon was undertaken, supported by Dr. B. V. Mulay, Dr. Chamanlal Mehta, Dr. C.S.Thakar, Dr.A.P.Mitra, Dr. Ved Prakash, Dr. R.C.Goulatia, Dr. P.C. Bhatia and Dr. D.S. Mehra. The foundation stone of IMA House was laid by the first President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad on September 19, 1958 and the construction of the building was started under the supervision of Dr. P.C.Bhatia who supervised it brick by brick. With his untiring efforts, the building was completed and opened on September 6, 1964 by the then President of India, Dr. S. Radhakrishnan.

During the British Rule, some selected members of the profession were members of the British Medical Association which had branches in India. The stalwarts of IMA ultimately succeeded in reaching an agreement with British Medical Association that they would have no branches in India and got mutually affiliated, which relationship continues even today. In the year 1964, IMA helped in the organization of the world body viz., the World Medical Association and thus became its founder member through the efforts of Dr. S.C.Sen, Dr. R.V.Sathe, the then President, IMA held the chair of the President of WMA when the WMA met in New Delhi in 1962. It’s a matter of pride that another illustrious Past President of IMA Dr. A.K.N. Sinha also held the office of the WMA. The IMA has been playing an important role in the deliberations of the World Medical Association at New Delhi in the year 1966. later developments, however, forced us to take decision to withdraw from World Medical Association in 1985, since the organization refused to expel South Africa despite its dismal record of racial discrimination. The Indian Medical Association after consideration of all aspects of the matter decided in February, 1993 that IMA may again become a member of the World Medical Association. In pursuance of the above, 45th General Assembly of the World Medical Association at its meeting held on October 2–5, 1993 approved IMA’s membership of the WMA. The IMA has continued to play an important role in the affairs of the Commonwealth Medical Association.

IMA has been pursuing the academic activities and continuing education of its members through its academic wings viz., IMA College of General Practitioners (IMA CGP) and the IMA Academy of Medical Specialities (IMAAMS). Through the IMA CGP which is a Founder member of the World Organization of the National Colleges and Academies, (WONCA), third Conference on General Practice was hosted by the IMA in the year 1968. It is a matter of pride that the first ever Fellowship of the World Organization was conferred on one of our illustrious Past Presidents, Dr. P.C. Bhatia.

Over the period of 72 years, the IMA while maintaining its glorious traditions has secured a place of pride in the community, through its 1470 branches with a total membership of 120298 throughout the country. It has been rendering yeoman’s service in the field of health care deliver, disease control and eradication. Its services to the community during natural calamities like earthquakes, droughts and floods, famines and epidemics in the pre and post-Independence periods have been highly lauded. Its role and involvement in the formulation and implementation of National Health Programmes e.g. Family Welfare, Maternal and Child Health, Universal Immunization Programme, Oral Rehydration Therapy, AIDS Prevention, Control and Management etc., has been highly significant and has received recognition by the Central and state Governments and the UNICEF. The IMA and its branches have been running many community service Projects and a number of branches have established Family Welfare Clinics, Immunization Centres, Ambulance Services, Blood Banks, Polio Eradications and RCH programmes, etc.

The affairs of the association are managed by the elected members of the Central Council and the Working Committee which lay down the policies and deliberate on the day-to-day activities of the Association. It has a number of Standing Committees which look after the specified subjects entrusted to them under the various terms of references. Each State and Local Branch holds regularly Scientific and Medical Meetings and elects its Office bearers once a year. The State Branches organize their respective state conferences every year during which, besides organizational matters, they have scientific sessions for the benefit of their members in the various specialities in medicine.

Present Office Bearers

President : Dr A Marthanda Pillai ( Padma Shri Awardee)

Honorary Secretary general: Dr K K Aggarwal ( Padma Shri, Dr B C Roy National Award, National Science Communication Awardee)

Journal of the Indian Medical Association[edit]

Indian Medical Association had previously published a journal called ‘Journal of the Indian Medical Association’ .In March, 2014 Journal of the Indian Medical Association decidedly handed over the domain to Sedo, Dr. Abhishek Ghosh won the auction and thus the Scientific Journal ended their long journey with Indian Medical Association.[1][2]

President[3] Year
Dr. G.V.Deshmukh (Bombay) 1928-29
Dr. B.C Roy (Calcutta) 1929-30
Dr. Jivraj N.Mehta (Bombay) 1930-31
Dr. Nilratan Sircar (Calcutta) 1931-32
Dr. (Maj) M. G. Naidu (Hydrabad) 1932-33
Dr. M.A. Ansari (Delhi) 1933-34
Dr. (Col) Bhola Nath (Lahore) 1934-35
Dr. U.Rama Rao ( Madras) 1935-36
Dr. B.N. Vyas (Lucknow) 1936-37
Dr. B.C.Roy (Calcutta) 1937-38
Dr. George De Silva (Jabbulpore) 1938-39
Dr. Bhupal Singh (Meerut) 1939-40
Dr. K.S.Ray (Calcutta) 1940-41
Dr. K.S.Ray (Calcutta) 1941-42
Dr. R.A.Amesur (Karachi) 1942-43
Dr. S.N.Kaul (Lahore) 1943-44
Dr. Jivraj N.Mehta (Bombay) 1944-45
Dr. R. A. Amesur (Karachi) 1945-46
Dr. (Capt.) P.B.Mukerji 1946-47
Dr. (Lt. Col) Amir Chand (Lahore) 1947-48
Dr. (Capt.) S.K.Chaudhury (Banaras) 1948-49
Dr. Chamanlal M. Mehta (Bombay) 1949-50
Dr. T.N. Banerjee (Patna) 1950-51
Dr. T.S Tirumurti (Madras) 1951-52
Dr. B.V. Mulay (Sholapur) 1952-53
Dr. S.C. Sen (Delhi) 1953-54
Dr. S.C. Sen (Delhi) 1954-55
Dr. A.C Ukil (Calcutta) 1955-56
Dr. C.S.Thakar (Bombay) 1956-57
Dr. D.V. Venkappa (Madras) 1957-58
Dr. C.O. Karunakaran (Trivandrum) 1958-59
Dr. H.N. Shivapuri (Lucknow) 1959-60
Dr. H.N. Shivapuri (Lucknow) 1960-61
Dr. R.V. Sathe (Bombay) 1961-62
Dr. B. P. Trivedi (Calcutta) 1962-63
Dr. S. Samaddar (Patna) 1963-64
Dr. A.P. Mitra (Delhi) 1964-65
Dr. Shantilal C Seth (Bombay) 1965-66
Dr. Bhola Nath (Varanasi) 1966-67
Dr. P.R.Trivedi (Ahmedabad) 1967-68
Dr. G.S. Wagle (Indore) 1968-69
Dr.G.V. Joshi (Hubli) 1969-70
Dr. A.K.N.Sinha (Patna) 1970-71
Dr. A.K.N.Sinha (Patna) 1971-72
Dr. M.G. Bhide (Poona) 1972-73
Dr. Ved Prakash (Delhi) 1973-74
Dr. J.Majumdar (Calcutta) 1974-75
Dr. P.C.Bhatia (Delhi) 1975-76
Dr. A.P.Shukla (Ahmedabad) 1976-77
Dr. J.V.R.Sarma (Hydrabad) 1977-78
Dr. P.K.Dutta (Dhanbad) 1978-79
Dr. R.K.Menda (Bombay) 1979-80
Dr. K.P.Mehrotra (Kanpur) 1980-81
Dr. R.N. Chatterjee (Jabalpur) 1981-82
Dr. M.G.Garg (Delhi) 1982-83
Dr. Jayaseelan Mathias (Nagarcoil) 1983-84
Dr. Mrs. Lalitha Rao (Bombay) 1984-85
Dr. V.Parameshvara (Bangalore) 1985-86
Dr. Bhaskar RayChaudhari (Calcutta) 1986-87
Dr. K.K.Shah (Ahmedabad) 1987-88
Dr. N.Satyanarayana (Vijayawada) 1988-89
Dr. Ram Jamma Singh (Patna) 1989-90
Dr. Arvind M.Shah (Bombay) 1990-91
Dr. N.S.Chandra Bose (Tuticorin) 1991-92
Dr. Ram Janma Singh (Patna) 1992-93
Dr. V. C. V. Pillai (Trivandrum) 1993-94
Dr. Bharat Chaparwal (Indore) 1994-95
Dr. Narendra Kumar Grover(Delhi) 1995-96
Dr. Kalyan Hasari (Patna) 1996-97
Dr. Jayachandra Reddy (Khammam) 1997-98
Dr. C. Vithalbhai Patel (Baroda) 1998-99
Dr. Tri Jugi Nath Mehrotra (Meerut) 1999-00
Dr. Tri Jugi Nath Mehrotra (Meerut) 2000-01
Dr. K. Dhirajlal Desai (Ahmedabad) 2001-02
Dr. Sundaram Arul Raj 2002-03
Dr. P.V. George (Kerala) 2003-04
Dr. Sudipto Roy (Kolkata) 2004-05
Dr. Sanjiv Malik (Delhi) 2005-06
Dr. Ajay Kumar (Patna) 2006-07
Dr. M. Abbas (Cuttack) 2007-08
Dr. Ashok Adhao (Nagpur) 2008-09
Dr. G. Samaram (Vijayawada) 2009-10
Dr. Ramachandrappa,G.K (Bengaluru) 2011-12
Dr. Vijayakumar,K (Kanya Kumari) 2012-13
Dr. Patel, Jitendrakumar B (Gujarat) 2013-14
Dr. A Marthanda Pillai (Trivendram) 2014-15
Dr. S S Agarwal (Jaipur) 2015-16

Indian Medical Students' Association[edit]

On 5 October 2013, Indian Medical Students Association, IMSA was inducted as official students wing of Indian Medical Association, National HQ, New Delhi.

IMA-Students Wing(IMA-SW) : Indian Medical Students' Association(IMSA) - National Board[edit]

National President/Chairman From Month Year to Month Year
Dr Manish Chandra Prabhakar January 2011 April 2014
Dr Ankit Kumar Garg April 2014 April 2015
Dr Yathu Thulaseedharan Pillai April 2015 April 2016
Secretary From Month year to Month Year
Dr Seran Reddy January 2011 April 2012
Dr Manosij Maity April 2012 April 2014
Dr Dhairya Lakhani April 2014 April 2015
Subhajit Dutta (Hon.General Secretary) April 2015 April 2016
Wasim Ahmed (National Secretary) April 2015 April 2016
Senior Vice Presidents From Month Year To Month year
Dr Kalpajit Banik January 2011 April 2014
Dr Ranjit Naik April 2014 April 2015
Dr Siddharth Saxena April 2014 April 2015
National Coordinator From Month Year To Month year
Subhajit Dutta April 2014 April 2015
Dr Mohammad Anzar April 2015 April 2016
National Finance Secretary From Month Year To Month year
Yathu Thulaseedharan Pillai April 2014 April 2015
Rajeev Ranjan April 2015 April 2016
Joint Secretary From Month Year To Month year
C. V. Sonia George April 2015 April 2016
Ashwini Ronghe April 2015 April 2016


  1. ^ "Journal of Indian Medical Association shuts down". Times of India. 2014-03-25. Retrieved 2010-06-01. 
  2. ^ "Auction of Website". Abhishek Ghosh. 2014-03-25. Retrieved 2015-03-04. 
  3. ^ Official website of Indian Medical Association, Presidents of Indian Medical Association

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