Dr Sunil Shroff is a 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 in 2020), in Sahibganj, Bihar, and 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) in 1982 and then went to the UK for further studies in 1983. There, he earned 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.
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 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) at Porur, Chennai from 1995 to 2015. While serving there, he trained 18 Urologists and 40 Allied Healthcare Specialist and numerous 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 towards raising awareness for donation and transplantation of organs, and 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 personalized 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.
- He 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)
- National Advisory Member of National Committee – to draft guidelines for implementing Information technology for the Indian Healthcare industry of the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology, Govt. of India in 2004.
- National Advisory Member of National Committee – “Standardisation of Digital Information to facilitate the implementation of Telemedicine systems using IT – Enabled services,” for the Medical Council of India, Govt. of India, New Delhi in 2005.
- National Advisory Member, National Committee – National Health Information Collaboration, for WHO & Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), New Delhi in 2005.
- Member of CII committee of health experts for Health for Southern India – 2005.
- Founding Member of an organisation, “National Bio-medical Ethics and Law” (NOBEL) working towards upholding ethics in medical practice. – 2005
- Invited as an International Advisory Member for ‘International Expert Committee’ to draft Guidelines on “Living Kidney Donor” held at Amsterdam in 2005.
- Invited as an International Advisory Member for International Expert Committee to draft Guidelines on “Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes” (KDIGO), a global organisation managed by the National Kidney Foundation (NKF), U.S.A. Meeting held at Lisbon – 2006
- Editorial board of member – Indian Journal of Urology from -2006-2011.
- National Organising Scientific Committee Member – World Organ Donor Day (2010), New Delhi -2010
- President – Madras Urological Society – 2010-2011
- Organising Scientific Committee Member – 11th Congress of International Society of Organ Donation and Procurement, *Buenos Aires, Argentina on 27th to 29th Nov 2011
- President, Nephrology, Urology and Transplantation Society of SAARC 2013-2015
- Convenor, Indian Transplant Registry under Indian Society of Organ Transplantation, he has helped in compiling all data on organ transplants done in India and their outcome. The registry is first of its kind in Asia.
- Editor quarterly publication called – “Indian Transplant Newsletter,” that reaches out to over 2,000 transplant professionals across India and abroad every quarter, since 1997.
- Urology Section Editor of Nephrology, Urology and Transplantation Journal of SAARC
- State Advisory Board Member of Transplant Committee for the State of Rajasthan to establish 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.
- Organising Secretary for Indian Society of Organ Transplantation meeting at Chennai from 2nd to 4th October 2015.
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 gas-rich drinks to keep his body healthy.
- 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 appeared in Karamveer special episode of Kon Banega Crorepati (KBC).