INSPIRING OBSTETRICIANS - Dr. L Krishna: One of the best teachers in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology


Dr. L. Krishna was born on 21st November 1949, in Channapatna, Karnataka state, India. He completed his MBBS from Jawaharlal Nehru medical college (JNMC), Belgaum, Karnataka state, India during the year 1974. He did his MD OBG from Bangalore Medical College (BMC), Bengaluru, India. His passion for teaching bloomed when he was an undergraduate student. Though he was involved in his private practice and served in Nigeria for 2 years his passion for teaching brought him back to Kempegowda Institute of Medical Science (KIMS), Bengaluru, Karnataka state, India. He is happily married to Dr. Shylaja J who has stood by him through thick and thin. He has two children. His son, Dr. Kiran Krishna who did PhD in Philosophy of science has reached great heights in his field. His daughter, Dr. Kirtan Krishna toed his path and is fetal medicine specialist today. In KIMS he climbed his milestone rapidly. He was just 35yrs when he became HOD of OBG. Soon he was made Medical Superintendent followed by Principal purely because of his commitment and capability. He was awarded Distinguished Alumni award from JNMC for being the first Alumnus to become the Principal. He served BSOG in various capacities. He is Ex- President of BSOG. He is a recipient of the prestigious BC Roy award during the year 2000. Later he served as Medical Superintendent and professor of OBG in Peoples Education Society Institute Medical Sciences and Research Centre (PESIMSR), Kuppam, Andhra Pradesh state, India for 12 yrs. In spite of his commitment to administration he continued to be a teacher, clinician & surgeon. He sacrificed administrative posts purely because of his passion for teaching and patient care.

Early Years

Largely considered students' favorite teacher, Dr. L. Krishna was born on November 21st, 1949, in Channapatna, Karnataka state, India, to a middle-class family, the sixth order of eight children. His father was a freedom fighter and a politician, while his mother was a home maker.
Named after Lord Krishna by his dear Doddamma (Aunt), Dr. L Krishna wasn't a particularly gifted student, but he'd always shown himself to be a committed and sincere student. Mental prowess, for sure, can push any man to go a long way; take it along with sheer inner motivation, bush-and-street survival instinct, a lot of wit and charm, and a dose of encompassing humanity and you have a foolproof formula for success in any endeavor.
After intermediate, Mr. Krishna got a seat at JNMC, Belgaum, Karnataka state, India where he managed to stay in the room cooking for himself to lessen his father’s burden. Though he was extremely homesick he continued his studies against his favorite sister’s advice, to discontinue the course. He was made President of Kannada Balaga by his senior Dr. K. A. Ashok Pai seeing his leadership quality. He successfully completed his undergraduation from JNMC, Belgaum, Karnataka state, India.





Later years

Influenced by one of his strict teachers Dr. B. S. Kodkani he was adamant to become a gynecologist despite his father insisting him to become a surgeon. He did his postgraduation from BMC, Bengaluru, Karnataka state, India during the year 1977-80. During his postgraduation he used to teach students day and night which made him a great teacher forever. Even as an undergraduate he used to teach his classmates ‘Mechanism of Labour’. He was both favorite student and teacher during his postgraduation. He was also liked by patients and nurses.

His association with Bangalore Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (BSOG) started even when he was a student. He struggled hard under the able leadership of Dr.Sulochana Gunasheela to amalgamate teachers and private practioners on one platform of BSOG. He served BSOG in various capacities. He was president of BSOG during the year 1995-96.

He was greatly influenced by moral values of his father and sister. He stood by his sister in all her good work of building schools for blind and poor children.



After postgraduation he had to face hardships. He tried private practice which was never his cup of tea. He was ambitious to join Government service. But in spite of he being the only candidate to have applied for this post with MD qualification KPSC for reasons best known to it preferred to select fresh MBBS graduates over him. So he was greatly disappointed which forced him to accept an offer from Government of Nigeria to work as a senior registrar though his father’s wish was to serve the poor and needy of his native taluk. Even in Nigeria he earned a good name as popular gynecologist and the general public appreciated his dedicated service. However, he lost his father and he had to return to India. As per his father’s wish he decided to stay back in India. He joined Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), Bengaluru, Karnataka state, India and served the Institution for 23 years from 1983 to 2005. Even when he was Assistant Professor he was made In-charge HOD. He was the youngest HOD. He efficiently discharged his duty. Soon he was elevated to higher administrative posts Medical Superintendent followed by Principal for eight continuous years. Despite his busy schedule he never went away from teaching and patient care. He used to start his classes for students as early as 7.30am. Many students across the city from other colleges used to attend his classes. He is a very innovative teacher always experimenting something new in the teaching field. He makes all postgraduates write 10 obstetrics and 10 gynecology clinical cases with discussion apart from their dissertation. He used to make postgraduates attend even undergraduate classes just to brush up their undergraduate memory and also to inculcate teaching skills in them. He was very much against postgraduates getting deviated during the course by marriage and conception. He conceptualized the postgraduate CME programme. He continued the programme for seven long years which was well attended. He honored many of his teachers including Dr. B.S. Kodkani. He organized many workshops and conferences.

He had to move to PESIMSR, Kuppam, Andhra Pradesh, India in the year 2005 due his personal commitment. He served as Medical Superintendent and Professor of OBG in PESIMSR for 12 yrs. Despite his commitment to administration he continued to be a teacher, clinician & surgeon. He sacrificed administrative post purely because of his passion for teaching and patient care. He is now Professor and HOD of OBG in PESIMSR, Kuppam, Andhra Pradesh state, India. Department of OBG is a pride of PESIMSR, Kuppam. The departmental Museum is unique. It has been appreciated by one & all who have visited the department including Medical Council of India (MCI) inspectors and External examiners. He is inclined towards serving the under privileged sector of the society. He always designs his candidates’ dissertation topics in such a way that both student and our deprived women will get benefited mutually. He adopted surrounding villages, provided antenatal care to those poor women and strengthened referral system so much so that it significantly brought down maternal and perinatal mortality and morbidity. He is honoured and respected by local people though he doesn’t belong to this region basically. His desire of PG CME programme which was dormant for many years took new shape in Kuppam again. He has successfully conducted PG CME programme for six long years in this rural remote place, well attended and appreciated by everyone. OBGYAN, a unique CME programme for postgraduates is his brain child. It is a five days programme which is unique in its contents and he has succeeded in bringing together great teachers on one platform. Within a short period of time PESIMSR OBG Department has gained so much of popularity mainly because of teaching. The entire credit should go to this great committed team leader Dr. L. Krishna.

He is actively involved in enhancing and improving the knowledge of both undergraduate and postgraduate students. However, in his opinion he always remains a student. He is very humble. He welcomes new ideas, encourages youngsters and brings out the best in them. He is an empathetic clinician. He is interested in vaginal surgeries and High Risk Pregnancy.


Awards and achievements

He is recipient of many awards, to name a few – BC Roy award, Distinguished Alumni award from JN Medical College for being the first Alumnus to become the principal of a medical college (KIMS, Bengaluru, India). He was awarded FICOG for his credible contribution to the field of obstetrics and gynecology. He is Ex-Vice Chairperson of FOGSI conference held at Bengaluru, 6th – 9th January 2003 and of Asia and Oceania Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology, September 5th to 10th of 2002. He has been awarded “Best Teacher Award” by BSOG at Gnanavarsha 2015 and he dedicated it to his father, sister, teachers, patients and students. It shows his humility. He was honored by the chairman of PES institutes, Dr. M. R. Dore Swamy for being a Best Teacher during the fourth OBGYAN in the year 2014. He was also honored in the year 2016 by honorable chief minister of Andhra Pradesh Sri Nara Chandra Babu Naidu for his dedicated service. He is a guest speaker in various national and international conferences. He has many publications to his credit.

He has also received recognition from various Rotary club and Lions clubs for his dedicated service.

He strongly believes in practicing evidence based medicine and that has been the reason for bringing out Obstetrics Protocol book, very popular amongst students, teachers and consultant Obstetricians. Students and patients are his world. On retirement, he wishes to do free community health service and continue enjoying books.





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