Mangaluru: Veteran cardiologist Dr. Anand Veeranna Shetty (85) passed away at his residence late last evening. He was a resident of ‘The Pacific’ at Kadri Kambala Cross Road in the city. He is survived by his wife Chandra, two daughters, and a son. All his children are doctors.
One of his daughters Dr. Saritha Paul is a neonatologist at Father Muller Medical College Hospital. Dr. Paul Varghese, a Consultant Cardiologist of the city, is his son in law. His other two children have settled abroad.
Hailing from Kundapur, Dr. A. V. Shetty, as he was popularly known, was a pioneer physician and acknowledged as the first cardiologist of the district. He was a recipient of the ‘Prince of Wales’ Gold Medal from Mumbai University. The first open-heart surgery in entire Karnataka state, which took place at Government Wenlock Hospital, Mangalore, was performed under his watch.
He studied at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh in 1962. He completed an MRCP degree in 1963 and acquired an FRCP degree in 1974. He served as Professor of Cardiology at Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore for 25 years, and after retirement served as Chief of Cardiology at Father Muller Hospital, Mangalore. He also had a busy consultation practice at Temple Square in Car Street, Mangalore.
Dr. A. V. Shetty was one of the oldest serving members of the Rotary Club of Mangalore and had also been its President. He was a member of the Freemasons and has served as the Honorary Secretary of Mangalore Club.
He has served as President of Indian Medical Association Mangaluru Branch. He was the President of the Association of Physicians of India, DK Chapter during 1992–1993.
He was a founder trustee of Sri Gopalakrishna Temple, Shakthinagar and an advisor to Shakthi Education Trust. K. C. Naik, Managing Trustee of Sri Gopalakrishna Temple, Shakthinagar has condoled the demise of Dr. A. V. Shetty.