The Life of Dr. Shyam K. Parashar

Father. Doctor. Leader. Much More.

Who is he?

His Personal Life

Shyam Parashar was born in 1936, in Shivpuri, a small town in central India, in the family of Freedom Fighter Parents who sacrificed their youth in the freedom struggle for India’s Independence. His early education was in Shivpuri and Gwalior.

A self-directed learner from his early years coupled with a curious mind eager to question and seek answers defined his educational journey. A journey marked by diverse interests and excellence in academia, theatre and elocution to name a few. The eldest in his family he served as a role model to his siblings. His respect and commitment to humanity was apparent early on as evidenced by his continued ongoing long-term relationship with friendships developed in these early years.

MBBS, Gajra Raja Medical College, Gwalior, India, 1959 M.S., Vikram University, India, 1962
Interests & Philosophy
Shyam Parashar is a strong believer in holistic approach to education, incorporating physical, mental, and spiritual health of children and their overall personality development rather than just the acquisition of fragmented knowledge. In his opinion, spirituality and science are two important sources of knowledge, which are mutually complementary and not contradictory. While science shows ways to interpret the physical world, spirituality helps to cope with the reality. Both are investigative approaches with the same goal of seeking the truth. Both can contribute towards expanding the horizon of human knowledge and wisdom. Shyam Parashar is a voracious reader of parallel literature on science and spiritual philosophy and endeavors to seek an interface between the two. He believes in ancient wisdom, heritage, beliefs, and philosophy, and supports their inclusion in the school curriculum, alongside the modern scientific subjects. Shyam Parashar is a visionary – his vision is that someday the products of this ‘Integrated Value Based Education’ will truly be the messengers of peace, love, respect, and humanistic approach towards all living beings in this world.

Shyram Parashar is strongly supported in this pursuit by his loving wife, Dr. Shashikala, retired Professor of Medicine;; and their three children, daughter Dr. Mukta, MD and Faculty in Medicine; first son, Dr. Manish, Academic and Computer Sccientist, and second son, Dr. Manu, Electrical Engineer. All three have settled in the U.S.A.

  • Education & Early Career in India 1963

    • Shyam Parashar completed his early medical training after graduation as Surgical Demonstrator, Resident and House Officer at the Medical College Hospital, Gwalior, India (1959 –1963)
    • Surgical Registrar at the Thoracic Surgery Division of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India (1963 –1964).
  • Life in the U.K. 1965

    While training in the UK, Shyam Parashar served as Surgical Registrar at London Chest Hospital, London, North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary, Stoke on Trent, U.K., Victoria Hospital Keighley, Yorkshire.
  • Fellowship of Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburg Award (FRCSE) 1966

  • Goa, India 1969

    After training in England, Shyam joined as Assistant Professor of Surgery at Goa Medical College in 1969, where he helped establish the Departments of Surgery. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1974 and Professor in 1978. He served as Chair of the Department of Surgery from 1977 until he left the college in 1881. During his tenure at Goa Medical College, Shyam Parashar served in many roles, including Advisor to Students, President of the Scientific Council of Goa Medical College, President of the Goa Chapter of the Association of Surgeons of India (1981) President of the Goa Chapter of the Indian Medical Association (1979 – 1980), Member of Central Committee of Indian Medical Association as Representative of Goa (1973 – 1977), and Organizing Secretary for Silver Jubilee Conference of International College of Surgeons in Goa (1979). He also served as the, Cultural & Staff Advisor for the Goa Medical College Students’ Association (1977 – 1980). Some of Shyam Parashar’s Key achievements while at Goa Medical College include:  
    • Started the Intesive Surgical Care Unit of the Department of Surgery
    • Organized weekly special clinics in Gastroenterology, Urology, Endocrine and Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Neurosurgery, Family Welfare and Sterilization Clinic and Cancer Detection Clinic (apart from daily general outpatient clinics)
    • Organized a Postgraduate Teaching Program consisting of clinical meetings, grand rounds, journal club, surgico-pathological and surgico-radiological meetings
    • Organized the Endoscopy Section of the Department or Surgery with facilities for bronchoscopy, oesophagoscopy, and gastrocopy with retrograde studies, colonoscopy and peritoneoscopy
    • Established a Surgical Museum in the Department of Surgery consisting of pathology specimen, pathology and histology slides, radiology library, a history of surgery section, etc,
    • Organized a comprehensive program for the development of super specialties
    • Organized Medical and Health Camps for the community
  • Fellowship of Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburg Award (FRCSE) 1966

  • Best Clinical Teacher Award, Goa Medical College 1973

  • Doctor of the Year Award, Goa Medical College 1974

  • Dammam, Saudi Arabia 1981

    Shyam Parashar moved to King Faisal University (later renamed as Dammam University) in 1981, and joined as Professor of Surgery and Consultant Surgeon at the King Fahd Teaching Hospital. He started the Internship Training Program at King Faisal University and served as Director. He also severed as Director of the Post-Graduate Training Program in Surgery, and coordinated the Postgraduate Residency Training Program in Surgery for the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. He played active role in establishing new colleges for Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy at King Faisal University, and in developing undergraduate medical curriculum and postgraduate training programs, and was an active member of the committee responsible for the regular revision of Medical and Nursing curriculum at the University. Shyam Parashar retried in 2014 after 33 years, and is recognized as Professor Emeritus.
  • Fellowship of American College of Surgeons Award (FACS) 1986

  • Post Retirement

    Shyam Parashar has published 70 scientific publications in Indian, Saudi and International Journals and has frequently presented at international conferences and at other forums. He has also given numerous keynote addresses at various scientific and technical events. He has served as examiner at graduate an postgraduate levels for several Indian and Saudi Arabian Universities, and ha served on Saudi and Arab selection boards for Fellowships in Surgery. He has been an International Editor for Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences, and for Journal of Family and Community Medicine of University of Dammam, Saudi Arabia. Shyam Parashar’s research activities includes:  
    • Clinical study of gastric Cancer in Goa
    • Clinical and biochemical study of urinary calculi in Goa
    • Study of pattern of goiter in Goa
    • Clinical study of surgical amoebiasis in Goa
    • Study of trace elements in malignancies with relation to atmosphere – serum zinc levels, serum magnesium levels, serum arsenic levels, and plasma copper oxidase activity
    • Study of serum glycerol levels in peripheral vascular disorders
    • Clinical study of Gastric Outlet Syndrome
    • Study of one thousand cases of “Right Iliac Fossa Syndrome” clinically presenting as appendicitis
    • Clinical study of surgical ascariasis
    • Clinical trials for debrisan in wound healing
    • Clinical trials for levimasole in advanced malignancies
    • Clinical traisl for tinidazole in surgical sepsis
    • Study of problems of prostatic hypertrophy
    • Study of gastric mucosal biopsies in early diagnosis of gastric cancer
  • Medical Excellence Award and Life Time Achievement Award 2009

“Today this school has 18,000 students and 600 teachers.”   “His commitment to community service individually and with his family is palpable in many spheres such as education, health, social determinants of life.”

His Life as a Social Activist

As a social activist, Shyam Parashar was Founder Member and later Chair of the Indian International School in Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, which was established in 1983 starting with just 80 students and 12 teachers. Today this school has 18,000 students and 600 teachers. His main contributions included establishing the school library, the teacher’s objective evaluation program, and the career counseling service in the school. He was responsible for establishing the Special Child Care Center for under-privileged and handicapped children, as well as a gymnasium for the physical welfare of the children. His commitment to community service individually and with his family is palpable in many spheres such as education, health, social determinants of life.
Books Published

Other Publications

  • Parashar SK.“Study of serum protein changes in malignancies following radiotherapy”. These for Master in Surgery (M.S.). 1962
  • Parashar SK. Agarwal V.K.Gastric Teratoma in infacny”. Ind. Jour. Surg. 1972; 34:2, 82-84
  • Parashar SK., Varma RA.“Mediastinal Teratoma”: The clinician 1972; 36:4, 163-166
  • Parashar SK., Varma RA “Perforation of peptic ulcers due to steroids”: The clinician 1972; 36: 12, 516-517
  • Nadkari S, Parashar SK., Malik T. Varma R.; “Amoebig abscess of liver”. International surgery 1973; 58:2, 112-115
  • Parashar S. (Mrs), Parashar SK.: “Extra-cranial occlusive arterial disease with carotid vertebral insufficiency”. Ind. Med. Gazette 1973; 12:12, 544-547.
  • Parashar S, (Mrs), Parashar SK.: “Plasma fibrionlytic activity in ischaemic diseases”. The clinician 1973; 73:8, 336-340.
  • Parashar SK.: “Chyluria”: The clinician 1973; 37: 9, 380-382
  • Parashar SK., Varma RA.: “Meta-chromas carcinoma of colon”: Ind. Journ. Surg. 1973; 35:12, 604-606.
  • Parashar SK.: “Management of Pain – A historical review”: GOMECO Annual Bulletin 1974.
  • Parashar SK., Varma RA.: “Anterior extraperitoneal colopexy for Rectal Prolapse”: Ind. Journ. Surg. 1974; 36:4, 153-157.
  • Parashar SK., Varma RA.: “Association of carcinoma of breast and thyrotoxicosis”: Ind. Med. Gazette 1974; 13:12, 384-386.
  • Varma RA, Parashar SK.: “Primary Round Worm Peritonitis”: Ind. Journ. Surg. 1974; 36:5, 200-201.
  • Parashar SK., D’ Silva V.: “Ulcer artery aneurysm in the hand”: The clinician 1974; 38:9, 361-363.
  • Parashar SK.: “Primary Renal Actinomycosis”: Ind. Journ. Surg. 1976; 38:1, 40-41.
  • Kamal V, Parashar SK.: “Occipital Meningo-encephaloceles”: The clinician 1977; 41:3, 115-117.
  • Kamal V, Parashar SK.: “Rectal Atresia in Down’s Syndrome”: The clinician 1977; 41:5, 212-214.
  • D’ Silva V, Parashar SK.: “Ascarial perforation of Meckle’s diverticulum”: The clinician 1978; 42:1, 28-30.
  • Champakam N, Parashar SK.: “Cystosarcoma Phylloides”: The clinician 1978; 42:5, 202-205.
  • Parashar SK., Khandeparkar J.: “Abdominal Injuries – a clinical study”: The clinician 1978; 42:7; 265-269.
  • D’Silva V, Parashar SK.: “Our initial experience with Netronidazole in surgical sepsis”: In Ind. Practitioner 1978; 31:7, 379-383.
  • Khandeparkar J, Parashar SK.: “Spontaneous rupture of abductor longus muscle”: The clinician 1978; 42:8; 330-331.
  • Kamal V, Parashar SK.: “Lithopedian – a case report”: The clinician 1978; 42:10, 399-401.
  • Parashar S, (Mrs), Parashar SK.: “Erythrolukaemia and Malaria in a Thalasamic patient requiring splenectomy”: “The clinician 1979; 43:5, 178-180.
  • Parashar SK., Khandeparkar J.: “Penetrating thoraco-abdominal injuries:- A clinical study”.: The clinician 1980; 44:2, 72-75.
  • Parashar SK., Parashar S, (Mrs).: “Steven Johnson Syndrome”: The clinical report 1979; 3:3; 75-79.
  • Parashar SK.: “Use and Abuse of Drugs”: Gomaco Annual Bulletin 1979.
  • D’ Silva V, Parashar SK.: “Duodenal Perforations – a clinical study”: The clinician 1980; 44:4, 166-1970.
  • D’Silva V, Parashar SK.: “Pseudocysts of Pancreas”: The clinician 1980; 44:8,
  • Khandeparkar J, Bhandare N, Parashar SK.: “Carcinoma of male breast”: The clinician 1980; 44:9
  • D’Silva V, Parashar SK.: “Ascarial perforation of the bowel”: The clinician 1980; 44:10, 443-446.
  • Agarwal S, Parashar SK.: “Congenital cystic disease of liver”: The clinician 1980; 14:10, 466-468.
  • Champakam N, Parashar SK.: “Vesical calculi on foreign bodies”: Ind. Journ. Surg. 1981; 43:1, 39-40.
  • Agarwal S, Parashar SK.: “Spontaneous perforation of non-Meckelian diverticulum of small intestine”: The clinician 1981; 45:8, 345-347.
  • Champakam N, D’Silva V, Parashar SK.: “Clinical evaluation of fracture pelvis and incidence of urethro-vesical injuries and their management”: The clinician 1981; 45:9, 401-406.
  • Khandeparkar J, Parashar SK.: “Pattern of abdominal tuberculosis in Goa”: The clinician 1981; 45:10, 425-429.
  • Khandeparkar J, Kamal V, Parashar SK.: “Synovial Sarcoma”: The clinician 1982, 46:1, 40-44.
  • “Pattern of Haematemesis in Goa”: The clinician 1982; 46:3; 97-105.
  • Khandeparkar J, Dharwadkar A, Champakam N, Parashar SK.: “Gastric tuberculosis”: Ind. Journ. Surg. 1982; 44:4; 264.
  • D’Silva V, Gomas E, Parashar SK.: “Paraduodenal Hernias”: Ind. Journ. Surg. 1982; 46:4; 172-175.
  • Naik M, D’Silva V, Champakam N, Parashar SK.: “Neurilemmoma – a case report”: The clinician 1982; 46:6; 237-239.
  • Khandeparkar J, Bhandare N, Kamal V, Parashar SK.: “Nephro-Ecchinococcois”: The clinician 1982; 46:6; 257-259.
  • Khandeparkar J, Dharwadkar A, Kamal V, Parashar SK.: “Basal call carcinoma of vulva”: Ind. Journ. Surg. 1982; 44:4, 265.
  • Champakam NS, Khandeparkar J, Parashar SK.: “Granular call myloblastoma”: The clinician 1982; 46:10; 425.
  • Khandeparkar J, Dharwadkar A, D’Silva V, Champakam N, Parashar SK.: “Carcinoma of male urethra”: The clinician 1982; 46:12, 498-499.
  • Champakam N, D’Silva V, Parashar SK.: “Imprint cytology in the diagnosis of breast tumours”: International Surgery 1982; 67:4; 425-426.
  • Khandeparkar J, Dharwadkar A, D’Silva V, Champakam N, Parashar SK.: “Pulmonary hydatid cysts”: The clinician 1983; 47:1, 35-36.
  • Champakam N, Parashar SK.: “Stone in an urethral diverticulum”: The clinician 1983; 47:2, 74-75.
  • Parashar SK., Khandeparkar J, Champakam N, D’Silva V. D’ Sa O.: “Pneumatosis cystoids intestinalis”: The clinician 1983; 47:3, 107-109.
  • Parashar SK., Khandeparkar J.: “Electrical burns”: Ind. Journ. Surg. 1983; 45:2, 107-109.
  • Champakam N, D’Sa O, Dharwadkar A, Parashar SK.: “Primary gastric lymphoma”. The clinician 1983; 47:5, 200-202.
  • Dharwadkar A, Khandeparkar J, D’Silva V, Parashar SK.: “Adeno-carcinoma of minor salivary glands”: The clinician 1983; 47:6, 236-238.
  • Dharwadkar A, Khandeparkar J, D’Silva V, Parashar SK.: “Leiomyoma of Prostrate – a case report”: The clinician 1983; 47:7, 230-240.
  • D’Silva V, Salelkar A, Parashar SK, D’ Sa O.: “Surgical Ascariasis”: Ind. Journ. Surg. 183; 45:5, 263-267.
  • Parashar SK, Khandeparkar J, D’Silva V, Kamal V.: “Plasma Zinc levels in malignancies”: The clinician 1984; 48:4, 154-158.
  • Al-Breiki H, Vaidya M, Habdan I, Parashar SK.: “Swallowed foreign bodies”: Saudi Med. Journ. 1987; 8:1, 104-109.
  • Taha S, Parashar SK, Abdulkader A. “Urethral calculous an unusual case”: Saudi Med. Journ. 1987; 8:3, 305-308.
  • Parashar SK.: “Medical Records – Data source on scrutiny”: Proceedings of a seminar on Quality Assurance March 1988.
  • Parashar SK.: “Completion of Medical Records”: Whose Responsibility? Proceedings of a seminar on Quality Assurance 1989.
  • Marwah S, Habdan I, Sankaran-Kutty M, Parashar SK.: “Road Traffic accidents admissions in a university hospital in Saudi Arabia – A Pilot study”: Saudi Med. Journ. 1990; 11:5, 389-391.
  • Anim J, Al-Yousuf, Shohaibani M, Parashar SK, Soway S.: “Inadequate undergraduate exposure to clinical laboratories. Medical Audit 1992; 2:5; 68-69.
  • Hegazi M, Shawan S, Wafiq A, Parashar SK.: Rectus abdominis myocutaneous flap; Analysis of 40 cases”: Saudi Med. Journ.
  • Ashoor AA, Parashar SK.: “Head and Neck and Oesophagus Cancers in Saudi Arabia”: SMJ 1993; 14:3, 297-250.
  • Al-Arfaj A, Al-Breiki M, Mohanna M, Parashar SK.: “Iatrogenic bile duct injury at cholecystectomy”: Saudi Med. Journ. 1993; 14(5): 471-474.
  • Parashar SK.: “Patient satisfaction”: A valid tool of quality assurance – Editorial. Journal of Family and Community Medicine 1995; 3:2-1.
  • Othman A, Awad N, Parashar SK.: “Operation Theatre, Past, Present and Future”, submitted for publication in International Surgery.
  • Al Sultan AI, Parashar SK, Wahass SH AND Al-Soweilem LS.: Professional Stress during medical internship. Qatar Medical Journal, 2002: 2(1); 47-52.
  • Sultan AI, Parashar SK, : – – – Professional stress amongst trainee residents; accepted publication by Kuwait Medical Journal.
  • Al Sultan AI, Parashar SK, and Bahnassi : Popular clinical elective rotations in Medical Internship – under preparation.