In Fond Remembrance Prof. Gurunath Kilara (January 17, 1952 to October 13, 2020) : Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics

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In Fond Remembrance Prof. Gurunath Kilara (January 17, 1952 to October 13, 2020)

Bilimagga, Ramesh S

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Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics 19(2):p 522, Jan–Mar 2023. | DOI: 10.4103/jcrt.jcrt_3_21
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Dr. Gurunath Kilara was born to Dr. K.K. Iya, Director of National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal, and Mrs. Sharadha in Bangalore, on January 17, 1952. He had his schooling in prestigious Scindia Public School, Gwalior, and Delhi Public School, New Delhi. He completed his MBBS degree from St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore, and MD (Radiation Oncology) from PGI Chandigarh.

Dr. Kilara served as an Assistant Professor in Radiotherapy at Kidwai Institute of Oncology, Bangalore. In his 10-year tenure at Kidwai, Prof. Kilara built a strong edifice for modern radiotherapy at the institute. In 1989, he along with his oncology friends established the Bangalore Institute of Oncology now known as the HealthCare Global Enterprises Ltd. In 1992, Dr. Kilara set up a highly acclaimed Patient-centric Curie Centre of Onocology, St. John’s Medical College Campus, Bangalore, and served as its Director till 2002.

With the merger of Curie Centre of oncology with HCG, Dr. Kilara continued to serve as the Director of Curie MSR-HCG Centre of Oncology, Bangalore. He was the brain behind establishing the Central Tele-Physics Pan HCG. In recognition of his significant contribution to Tele-physics and as a tribute, this facility is now named as HCG-Prof. G. Kilara Central tele-physics.

Dr. Kilara significantly contributed to the initiation and growth of psycho-oncology. He served as the Vice-Chairman of Centre of Psycho-oncology for Education and Research, Bangalore.

His contribution to the formation of AROI is noteworthy and was the Chairman of ICRO in 1997.

He was one of the promoters of Bangalore Oncology group.

Dr. Kilara was a multifaceted personality, besides his illustrious career and contribution to radiation oncology, and various subspecialties of oncology, he was a great orator, eloquent teacher, a dramatist, popular singer of ghazals and Bollywood hits and an avid reader, most importantly a great human being.

Despite his challenging ill-health, which he bored with fortitude, he remained academicallyactive till he reached the final abode on October 13, 2020.

Dr. Kilara leaves behind his wife Dr. Nalini Kilara, two highly accomplished daughters, Tanaya and Ameya, several friends, colleagues, and well-wishers.

Dr. Kilara leaves behind incredible memories, and a strong legacy. A void difficult to fill.

May His Soul Rest In Peace

To Sir with Love

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