Bhalchandra Nilkanth Purandare
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Born27 October 1911
Died10 November 1990
AwardsPadma Bhushan
Portrait of Dr. Bhalchandra Nilkanth Purandare
Portrait of Dr. Bhalchandra Nilkanth Purandare

Bhalchandra Nilkanth Purandare (27 October 1911 – 10 November 1990), was an Indian gynaecologist.[1] He was the son of Dr. Nilkanth Anant Purandare (Also known as 'Father of Indian Obstetric and Gynaecology'). He was the director of the Dr. N.A. Purandare Medical Centre for Family Welfare and Research, Mumbai.[2] He served as the president of the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) from 1973 to 1976[3] and the Mumbai Obstetric and Gynecological Society (MOGS) from 1966 to 1968.[4] He was an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists[5] and an elected fellow of the National Academy of Medical Sciences (1961).[2] The Government of India awarded him the third highest civilian honour of the Padma Bhushan, in 1972, for his contributions to medicine.[6] His brother Dr. Vithal N. Purandare was also an acclaimed obstetrician and gynaecologist, renowned for his surgical prowess. He served as President of the Mumbai Obstetrics and Gynecology society(1973–1975) and FOGSI President in 1981.[7][8] Their nephew Dr. C. N. Purandare, is a prominent gynaecologist and an ex President of FIGO.[5][9]

He died on 10 November 1990 at the age of 80.[10]

He authored his autobiography in Marathi titled 'Shalyakaushalya' (शल्यकौशल्य).


  1. ^ C. N. Purandare; M. A. Patel & G. D. Balsarkar (August 2013). "Indian Contribution to Obstetrics and Gynaecology". J Obstet Gynaecol India. 63 (4): 216–217. doi:10.1007/s13224-013-0464-5. PMC 3763051. PMID 24431644.
  2. ^ a b "Obituary-Fellows" (PDF). National Academy of Medical Sciences. 2016. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  3. ^ "FIGO presidents" (PDF). International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics. 2016. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  4. ^ "MOGS Past Presidents". Mumbai Obstetric and Gynecological Society. 2016. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  5. ^ a b "THIS DOCTOR CARRIES AHEAD HIS FAMILY'S TRADITION". DNA India. 9 December 2009. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  6. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2015. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
  7. ^ Purandare CN, Patel MA, Balsarkar GD (2013). "Indian contribution to obstetrics and gynaecology". J Obstet Gynaecol India. 63 (4): 216–7. doi:10.1007/s13224-013-0464-5. PMC 3763051. PMID 24431644.((cite journal)): CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  8. ^ "Welcome to MOGS Online".
  9. ^ "Dr.C.N. Purandare, Obstetrician and Gynecologist – Purandare Hospital".
  10. ^ Patwardhan, V.B. (1991). "Professor Bhalchandra Nikanth Purandare 1911–1990". International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics. 36: 93–94. doi:10.1016/0020-7292(91)90221-P. S2CID 72146960.