Mangaluru: In an unprecedented achievement, noted city based pediatrician Dr. Santosh Theodore Soans was elected National President of Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP) on Sunday, Ocotber 23. He will serve as the National President of IAP in the year 2018. This post was offered to Dr. Santhosh for his service of over three decades to the organization.
He is the second person from Karnataka to be elected as the President of IAP in all of it’s 54 year history. The last President of IAP from Karnataka was Dr. D G Benakappa of Bangalore who was elected in the year 1989.
Having served IAP with distinction for over three decades in various capacities, Dr. Soans was one of the most popular candidates in the race and had scored a landslide victory. He won the election by a spectacular margin, having polled almost 80% of the votes against two other contenders: Dr. Atul Kumar Agarwal from Bareilly and Dr. N. Ravi Kumar from Hyderabad. The election process lasting nearly two months was held through both postal ballot and e-voting modes. The polling results were announced late evening on Saturday, 22nd October.
“I am grateful to all members of IAP for reposing confidence in me. It shall be my endeavor to live up to everyone’s expectations and strive to reorient IAP to meet the challenges of the future. Impetus to young doctors, lady pediatricians, academics and subspecialties as also harnessing the wisdom and rich experience of veteran members would be the focus during my term of office,” Dr. Soans said.
Established in 1962, Indian Academy of Pediatrics is a premier association of pediatricians of India headquartered at Mumbai. It is one of the country’s largest professional bodies boasting of over 24,000 members and a pan India network of branches.
Messages from well-wishers
- Ananth Pai, President of IAP Dakshina Kannada District Branch: “Dr Soans has made DK Branch of IAP proud by becoming the second Kannadiga to reach the highest position of IAP at the national level.”
- Amritha Bhandary, President of Indian Medical Association (IMA), Mangaluru Branch: “It is an honour to IMA Mangaluru that one our own active members and an ex-secretary 1996-97 has been selected to lead the Indian Academy of Pediatrics at the National level. I wish Dr Santosh all the best.”
- Ashok Hegde, Dean, AJ Institute of Medical Sciences: “It is real big achievement that a person from Mangalore has been elected as the national president of IAP. He has won by a huge margin of over 4000 votes. Our institution is very proud of Dr Santosh Soans.”
- B. Shantharam Baliga, Professor & Former HOD of Pediatrics, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore: “We are proud that an alumnus of Kasturba Medical College has reached the zenith of IAP. I’ve seen known Santosh since his student days and seen him grow on the professional track. I congratulate him on this achievement and wish him success.”
About Dr. Santhosh Soans
Born into the reputed Soans family of Kundapur, Dr Santosh Soans is the eldest son of Solomon and Ratnamala Soans. After his early schooling at Kundapur, he did his MBBS at Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore and MD in Pediatrics at KMC Manipal. After a brief stint abroad, he returned to Mangalore to serve as faculty at KMC Manipal and later at Father Muller Medical College. Since 2006, he has been attached to AJ Institute of Medical Sciences, Mangalore as Professor, Head of the Department and Chief of NICU / PICU.
A pioneer in Pediatric Intensive Care in this region, Dr Santosh Soans has spearheaded the advancement of this sub-specialization at institutional and practitioner level. An experienced academic and practicing pediatrician, he is also a much sought after speaker at national and international medical conferences. He has authored two books, contributed chapters to several medical text books and published articles in various medical journals.
In a career spanning nearly three decades, his contribution to pediatrics has extended beyond the clinic and classroom to include all activities of IAP and its sister organizations at regional, state and national level. He has been an active member of IAP since the beginning of his professional career over three decades back and most notably served as the National Vice President (2010), National Chairman, Intensive Care Chapter (2013) and Karnataka State President (2014) and organized six major medical conferences in the city.
A Rotarian and a Freemason, Dr Soans is married to Mrs Sarita and they are the parents of Nihal and Nikita.