Dr. Noshir Antia (1922 - 2007) was a pioneering plastic surgeon, biomedical researcher and community health advocate.
Noshir Antia was born in Hubli, Karnataka in 1922. He completed his undergraduate medical studies at Grant Medical College in Bombay and then joined the Army Medical Corps during the Second World War. He then moved to the United Kingdom where he trained as a surgeon, learning plastic surgery directly from Sir Harold Gilles, one of the pioneers in the field. He returned to India as the first trained Indian plastic surgeon. He practiced out of Bombay where he was Head of the Tata Department of Plastic Surgery at the J.J. Hospital for 21 years, honorary Professor of Plastic Surgery at the Grant Medical College and Senior Plastic Surgeon at Jaslok Hospital. He became interested in the problems of reconstructive surgery for patients with leprosy and performed hundreds of procedures in a nearby leprosy colony with often only other leprosy patients to assist him.
His interest in biomedical research and the social aspects of medicine grew while working at the J.J. Hospitsl in Bombay and led him to establish the Foundation for Research in Community Health (FRCH) and the Foundation for Medical Research (FMR).
He died in Pune on 26 June, 2007.
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