FIGO President - Professor Chittaranjan Narahari Purandare (India) (2015-2018)

Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist

MD., M A O. (IRL), D O. RCPI (DUB), DGO., DFP.,

Professor C N Purandare, at 64, is a dynamic leader who received training in obstetrics and gynecology in India and Ireland. A senior consultant Obstetrician and Gynecologist at three leading hospitals in Mumbai, he is also the honorary consultant for the Mumbai Police. Currently, he is the Dean of The Indian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and Emeritus Editor for the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of India. He has been conferred the Fellowship (Honoris Causa) by the RCOG (Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists) of the UK in 2009, Fellowship (Honorary) by the RCPI (Royal College of Physicians of Ireland) in 2013, and Fellowship (Honorary) by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in 2014.

An astute administrator, he has shaped the growth trajectory of the Mumbai Obs/Gyn Society. He was the Secretary General of the Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI) for the years 2004-2008. He later rose to be President (2009-10).  He has a special interest in Foetal Medicine and High Risk Pregnancy and was the first to perform foetal surgery in India.  He has devised the Purandare's Modified Radical Hysterectomy Operation for Carcinoma of the Cervix and successfully performed over 250 such procedures with an improved five year survival rate.

He was installed as President of FIGO in October 2015 in Vancouver, Canada, at the FIGO World Congress.  His vast experience will allow him to shape FIGO’s initiatives and strategies on a larger scale. In the immediate future, Professor Purandare will dedicate his time to prioritising ‘Reduction in Maternal Mortality’ as an area of continued momentum, and plans to build focus on ‘Family Planning’ which he advocates to be called ‘Conception Planning’ in order to include a large population of adolescents who need help.  There will be emphasis on ‘Prevention and early detection of Cancer of the Cervix’, as well.  

Professor Purandare will use his strengths of leadership and team building, forging partnerships, financial acumen, strong academic knowledge of Obs/Gyn and integrity as the five pillars to lead change and make FIGO truly recognised as the prime organisation for uplifting women’s health globally. 


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