Dr K. C. Sarbadhikari
MB, FRCS, FRCSE
Dr Kanak Chandra Sarbadhikari, son of Lt. Col. Dr Suresh Prasad and grandson
of Rai Bahadur Dr Soorja Coomar was born in the illustrious Basu
Sarbadhikari family of Bengal, whose lineage goes back to more than 500
years. He was a third generation doctor.
Born at Calcutta on Mahanavami day, 12 October 1910, he was educated at the
city's Hare School and the Presidency College. He graduated in medicine from
the Carmichael Medical College in 1933 and went on to England for his
Fellowships of both the Royal Colleges of England and Edinburgh.
On his return to Calcutta he joined the Carmichael (present day R. G. Kar)
Medical College and Hospitals and was appointed Deputy Visiting Surgeon in
the unit of the legendary Lt. Col. Prof. L. M. Bannerji. In 1947 he
organised its Orthopaedic Unit and later was appointed the Superintendent of
In 1952 he joined as the Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery of the Calcutta
Medical College. In 1955 the Orthopaedic Section of the Association of
Surgeons came into being. The first mid-term conference on Orthopaedics was
held at the Calcutta Medical College on 14/15 April, 1956. Prof.
Sarbadhikari was its main organiser. He was later appointed the Principal
and Superintendent of that institution in 1960. In 1969 he assumed the
office of the Director of Health Services of West Bengal. He was a great
administrator and a strict disciplinarian.
Amongst his other activities, he was a keen Freemason and was the Assistant
Grandmaster of the Regional Grand Lodge of Eastern India. He was an
illustrious Rotarian and became President of the Rotary Club of Calcutta
(the oldest in the mainland of Asia) in 1963. He was appointed the leader of
the Rotary Group Study Exchange Team and toured Europe and the USA in 1965.
He went on to become the Governor of Rotary District 325 in 1970.
He was a Justice of the Peace, Assessor in the Union Public Service
Commission and Examiner in Surgery in the Universities of Calcutta,
Dibrugarh and Gauhati. He took a keen interest in many philanthropic
organisations including the Red Cross and the St. John's Ambulance Brigade.
He expired on Mahasthami day, October 10th, 1970 at the age of 60 years.