Jagjit Singh Chopra
Born(1935-06-15)15 June 1935
Died18 January 2019(2019-01-18) (aged 83)[1]
Medical writer
Known forFounder of the department of neurology at PGIMER
AwardsPadma Bhushan[2]
B. C. Roy Award
ICMR Amrut Mody Research Award

Jagjit Singh Chopra (15 June 1935[3] – 18 January 2019)[4] was an Indian neurologist, medical writer and an Emeritus Professor of the Department of Neurology at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER).[5]

He was the founder-principal of the Government Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh,[citation needed] and a past president of the Indian Academy of Neurology.[6]

He authored the book Neurology in Tropics,[7] which is a compilation of contributions from 146 neurologists.[8]


Chopra was elected by the National Academy of Medical Sciences as a fellow in 1980 and six years later, he received the B. C. Roy Award, the highest Indian honor in the medical category.[9][10] He delivered several award orations such as those for Dr. R. S. Allison Oration and M. S. Sen Award Oration of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and was also a recipient of Amrut Mody Research Award of ICMR (1981). The Government of India awarded him the third highest civilian honour of the Padma Bhushan, in 2008, for his contributions to Indian medicine.[11] He was also a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award of Madras Neuro Trust.[12]


After suffering from a stroke at Chandigarh, despite attempts to save him for a month at the ICU unit,[13] Chopra died on January 19, 2019.[14][15]


  1. ^ "जाने-माने न्यूरोलॉजिस्ट डॉ जगजीत सिंह चोपड़ा का निधन". Navbharat Times. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  2. ^ Nagarkoti, Rajinder (16 September 2018). "Administration recommends four PGI doctors for Padma awards". The Times of India. No. 1. The Times Group. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  3. ^ Ganapathy, Krishnan. "Past Presidents, 2000—2016" (PDF). neurosocietyindia.com. Neurological Society of India. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Eminent neurologist Jagjit Singh Chopra dies at 84". The Tribune. 19 January 2019. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Modern lifestyle leading to health problems". Indian Express. 10 January 2016. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
  6. ^ H. V. Srinivas (2011). "Reflections of Former Presidents" (PDF). Sagar Hospital and Agadi Hospital. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
  7. ^ Jagjit S. Chopra (1999). Neurology in Tropics. B.I. Churchill Livingstone Pvt Limited. ISBN 978-81-7042-121-4.
  8. ^ Ahuja, Manika (10 January 2016). "Walk your way to fitness". The Tribune. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  9. ^ "NAMS Fellow" (PDF). National Academy of Medical Sciences. 2016. pp. 27 of 162. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
  10. ^ Goyal, Manoj K.; Lal, Vivek (1 January 2018). "PGIMER, Chandigarh: A temple of holistic Neurology". Neurology India. 66 (1): 188–203. doi:10.4103/0028-3886.222812. ISSN 0028-3886. PMID 29322985. S2CID 37595889.
  11. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2015. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
  12. ^ "MADRAS NEURO TRUST". www.madrasneurotrust.org. Archived from the original on 20 February 2017.
  13. ^ "PGI neurology department founder Dr Chopra passes away at 84". The Times of India. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  14. ^ Feeds, P. T. I. (19 January 2019). "Eminent neurologist Jagjit Chopra dies". India.com. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  15. ^ "Eminent neurologist Jagjit Chopra dies". Business Standard. 19 January 2019. Retrieved 20 January 2019.