Dr. Sunil Shroff is an Indian Urologist, Transplant Surgeon, and a Social Entrepreneur. The crusader for organ donation in India, Sunil, is the founder and managing trustee of MOHAN Foundation; a not-for-profit organisation that has been promoting organ donation and transplantation in India since 1997.
Dr. Sunil Shroff was born in 1953 (age 67 years; as of 2020), in Sahibganj, Bihar, and he was raised in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He studied at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Gill Nagar, Chennai from 1965 to 1970. After that, he did an MBBS and an MS degree from Prince of Wales Medical College (now Patna Medical College) and then went to the UK in 1983 for further studies. There, he earned a Fellowship of Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, UK, in 1986, followed by specialisation in Urology, Andrology, and Kidney Transplantation from the Institute of Urology & Nephrology, London. After that, he did a post-graduation course in Urology from University College of London (UCL) and embarked on his career in the medical field.
Sunil Shroff has two brothers, Arun Shroff and Sanjay Shroff, who are also medical practitioners. There is not much information available about his family.
Wife & Children
He got married to Shaila Shroff, a Hindi content editor at Medindia, on 28 February 1989. The couple has two children – a son named Yash Shroff, and a daughter named Ruchi Shroff.
After concluding his formal education in the medical field, he worked at various superior positions in the UK; as a Lecturer, Registrar and, Senior Registrar at St. Peter’s Hospital, Middlesex Hospital, and the Royal London Hospital in London, and then he returned to India in 1995. After returning to India, he headed the newly formed department of Urology & Renal Transplantation at the Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute (SRMC & RI) in Porur, Chennai from 1995 to 2015. While serving there, he trained 18 urologists and 40 allied healthcare specialists and numerous other nurses over the years. In April 2015, he started working as the Senior Consultant Urologist & Transplant Surgeon at Madras Medical Mission Hospital.
Dr. Sunil Shroff has significantly contributed to raising awareness for donation and transplantation of organs, and the development of healthcare information technology. Here are some highlights of his social work:
Sunil Shroff conceived the MOHAN Foundation in 1996 and started its operations in August 1997. Through counselling and facilitating organ and tissue donation, Dr. Shroff’s NGO has done a revolutionary work in India and has helped as many as 11,609 lives till 2020. The initiative, which started from Chennai, has spread all over India and has its offices in Jaipur, Nagpur, Chandigarh, Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Chennai as of 2020.
Work in Healthcare Information Technology
- He is the founder and chief editor of www.medindia.net, one of the leading healthcare websites in India working towards empowering consumers, doctors, and healthcare professionals globally with reliable, accurate, timely, and personalised health information. All its services are free of cost.
- He formed the Indian Organ Transplant Registry (www.transplantindia.com) for the collection of data related to the transplant of organs from various centres in the country.
- Dr. Shroff, along with a bunch of other doctors, formed the Medical Computer Society of India; a Unique Indian society that encourages the use of computers in Medical sciences for better patient care and to bring down the cost of treatment.
Affiliations (Past & Present)
- A member at the Amsterdam forum in 2004 on the Care of the Live Kidney Donor.
- The president of Indian Society of Organ Transplantation.
- The convenor of the Indian Transplantation Registry under the Indian Society of Organ Transplantation.
- The president of the Nephrology, Urology, and Transplantation Society of SAARC countries from 2013 to 2015.
- A founding member of “National Bio-medical Ethics and Law” (NOBEL) working towards upholding ethics in medical practice.
- A member of the editorial board of Indian Journal of Urology from 2006 to 2011.
- The president of Madras Urological Society from 2010 to 2011.
- An editor of a quarterly publication titled “Indian Transplant Newsletter,” that has been reaching out to over 2,000 organ and tissue transplant professionals around India and in foreign countries every quarter, since 1997.
- A state Advisory Board Member of Transplant Committee for the state of Rajasthan to build Cadaver Transplant Programme.
- Advisory Board Member as representative of MOHAN Foundation for Tamil Nadu Cadaver Transplant committee in association with Department of Health, Govt. of Tamil Nadu. Board comprises 7 members with Principal Health Secretary of Tamil Nadu as Chairman.
Awards & Honors
- Outstanding Contribution to Society by MITHRA, Chennai (2000)
- Awarded to deliver Oration at Jodhpur Medical College Hospital in memory of their famous surgeon (2005)
- Recipient of Lifetime Achievement Award from Rotary International, Annasagar, Chennai (2007)
- Awarded to Deliver Orations on Deceased Donation by Indian Medical Association, Vijayawada (2008)
- “Social Entrepreneur of the Year” from TIECON (TIE- The Indus Entrepreneur), Chennai (2010)
- “Agarwal Excellence Award” by Agarwal Samaj of Tamil Nadu (2011)
- “Best Teacher Award” by Dr. MGR Medical University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu (2012)
- Prof. S.M. Nawab Memorial Oration at Annual Conference of Association of Surgeons of India, Bihar Chapter (BASICON 2012) held at Purnea, Bihar (2012)
- “Rashtriya Swayam Siddh Samman” (2016) where he was called the “Father of Deceased Organ Donation in India”
- “K.Venkatanarayana TANKER Foundation Awareness Award” for creating awareness about deceased organ donation.
- Sunil Shroff’s ancestors are from Rajasthan; however, he was born in Bihar and brought up in Tamil Nadu.
- Sunil Shroff has given up non-veg, black coffee, and carbonated drinks to keep his body healthy.
- He was the first physician to have transplanted a patient’s kidney from a cobra-bitten brain death victim.
- He was the first physician to perform a kidney transplant operation on an HIV patient in India.
- Owing to his NGO’s contributions, deceased organ and tissue donation rate rose exponentially in a country that had almost no donations taking place when MOHAN Foundation started back in 1997.
- In October 2020, Dr. Sunil Shroff, along with Riteish Deshmukh, made an appearance in Karamveer special episode of Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC), hosted by Amitabh Bachchan.