Saroj Gupta

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Dr. Saroj Gupta
Statue of Dr. Saroj Gupta.jpg
Born (1929-12-05) 5 December 1929 (age 90)
Died21 May 2010(2010-05-21) (aged 80)
OccupationMedical professional
Spouse(s)Ila Gupta[1]
ChildrenAnjan Gupta, Dr Arnab Gupta,[1] Susmita Roy
Parent(s)Late Satya Charan Gupta( Father), Late Patit Paboni Devi( Mother)
Born5 December 1929
Died21 May 2010
Known forFounder of Bengal’s first private cancer hospital[2], Head of the Department of Radiation Oncology & Nuclear Medicine
Medical career

Saroj Gupta MBBS, DMRE, DMRT, DMRD, FRCR[3] (5 December 1929 - 21 May 2010) was oncologist, and the founder of Cancer Centre Welfare Home & Research Institute. He was the recipient of India's fourth-highest civilian award, the Padma Shri in 1987. He was Sheriff of Kolkata in 1989[4] .

Early life and education[edit]

In 1955 he had completed his MBBS from Calcutta University. In 1965 he had gone to England to do FRCS from Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, England.[4]


After his MBBS, Gupta had joined Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute as Consultant Radiotherapist in 1956.

While working in Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute he had felt that cancer patients coming from the remote area many times don't get admission due to lack of beds and when they get a chance for admission they are in advance stage of cancer. So he was determined to provide beds for them and treatment as early as possible. Gupta wanted a supporting place for Cancer patients and their family where they can get peace of mind in the lap of nature supported by modern treatment. His vision was very clear about setting up a modernised hospital in the era when there were very few private facilities available for the same in the city of Kolkata.[4] In early 70 with some doctors and social workers, he had started to build a cancer hospital on a donated 16-acre plot land. In 1973 his dream of a home for the patients suffering from dreaded cancer has been fulfilled. The hospital started with 25 beds and after three decades the bed numbers increased to 254 with separate facilities for paediatric cancer.[4] Drama scripted by himself, he had played as a cancer patient to raise the fund for the Kolkata's first modernised cancer hospital at a nominal cost.[2][4] According to Subir Ganguly, senior oncologist "His contribution to oncology remains unmatched".[4] In 1980 after his voluntary retirement from Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute he engaged himself fully in Thakurpukur hospital.[4]

Award and recognition[edit]

Gupta had received Padma Shri award in 1987.[5][6] Gupta had been honoured by oldest (240 yrs old) prestigious honorable post Sheriff of Kolkata.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "নতুন পরিচয় ডাক্তার সরোজ গুপ্তের, মানুষ চিনল সুলেখক সাহিত্যরসিককে". KhaborOnline. 21 May 2017. Retrieved 26 July 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Bengal's first private cancer hospital ostracised as patient tests Covid-19+". Hindustan Times. 27 April 2020. Retrieved 22 July 2020.
  3. ^ ".: PROF. (DR.) ARNAB GUPTA :". Retrieved 22 July 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g May 22, TNN. "Pioneering oncologist passes away at 80 | Kolkata News - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 21 July 2020.
  5. ^ "Padma Awards Directory (1954–2014)" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs (India). 21 May 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 February 2018. Retrieved 21 July 2020.
  6. ^ "Padma Awards - Interactive Dashboard". 20 April 2019. Retrieved 21 July 2020.
  7. ^ "Sheriff". Sheriff. Retrieved 21 July 2020.