Ramachandra Dattatraya Lele
Born16 January 1928
Died24 June 2022 (aged 95)
Known forNuclear Medicine

Ramachandra Dattatraya Lele (16 January 1928 – 24 June 2022) was a physician from India.[1] [2] He established the department of Nuclear Medicine at Jaslok Hospital. [3] Over the years he has worked in medical education, practice, research and hospital administration.[4] He held the roles of Professor and Department Head at Mumbai's Grant Medical College and Sir JJ Group of Hospitals.[5] His autobiography, 'Pursuit of Excellence' was published in 2017.[6]


In 1968 – together with the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC)'s health division – Lele established a shadow–shield type whole body counter, illustrating its clinical usage for measuring how well iron and Vitamin B12 are absorbed, as well as the amount of gastrointestinal blood loss and protein loss. This process did not require blood, urine or stool sample collections.

In 1973 Lele became Honorary Chief Physician and Chief of Nuclear Medicine at Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre,[7] where he set up the first full-fledged hospital based Nuclear Medicine Department in Mumbai. Featuring radio-immunoassay of 75 ligands of clinical interest, he also guided the use of intravenous Technetium-99 m based radio pharmaceuticals in India.


He was awarded the Padma Bhushan, third highest civilian honour of India by the President of India, in 1992.[8]


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  2. ^ Association of Adolescent and child care in India. "Core Faculty". Retrieved 29 August 2014.
  3. ^ Jaslok Hospital. "Nuclear Medicine". Retrieved 29 August 2014.
  4. ^ "Home – Padmabhushan, Dr R D Lele". Retrieved 27 May 2021.
  5. ^ Lele. "Prevention is better and cheaper than cure". www.jmgims.co.in. Retrieved 27 May 2021.
  6. ^ Ramamoorthy, N (2017). "Dr. RD Lele's Autobiography: "Pursuit of Excellence"". Indian Journal of Nuclear Medicine. 32 (3): 256–258. doi:10.4103/ijnm.IJNM_64_17. ISSN 0972-3919. PMC 5482039.
  7. ^ "Maharashtra Academy of Sciences". mahascience.org.
  8. ^ "Padma Awards Directory (1954–2013)" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs. Retrieved 29 August 2014.
  9. ^ "Padma Awards | Interactive Dashboard". www.dashboard-padmaawards.gov.in. Retrieved 27 May 2021.
  10. ^ "Dhanvantari Award". Business Standard India. 11 October 1997. Retrieved 27 May 2021.
  11. ^ "Presentation of the 1st Prof. M. Viswanathan National Award for Excellence in Medical Teaching and Medical Care and the DRC Gold Medal Oration 2011" (PDF). www.mvdiabetes.com.