PROF. DR. HEMANG DIXT Passion To Serve

Dr. Dixit shares how he pursued a cause he deemed worthy and learnt to become ‘the person’.<br>PRATIMA GYAWALI

Sept. 29, 2010, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol.4, No.-08 September 24-October 7, 2010

Only a few persons like Dr. Hemang Dixt spend all their life for the cause they pursue. With a long experience in medical education, Dr. Dixit has seen all that is happening in terms of modern medical science as practiced in Nepal.

Dr. Dixit is a distinguished figure in the Nepalese medical realm. A renowned pediatrician and creative writer, Prof. Dr. Hemang Dixit, is well known for both his works. Born in Kathmandu in 1937, Dr. Dixit is an inspiration to many in how to build a wealth of information, experience and knowledge.

Education was a priority in his family. Dr. Dixit’s father, Dr. Siddhi Mani, as he was known, himself was highly qualified and one of the most prominent medical doctors in Nepal during his era. Dr. Siddhi Mani firmly believed that the principal goal of education is to create men who are capable of doing new things and not basically repeating what other generations have done and hence wanted his children to get the best of education.

After preliminary education at home, Dr. Hemang Dixit was sent for schooling at Sherwood College, Nainital and Bishop Cotton School, Shimla in India. He finished his G.C.E. from University Tutorial College, London in 1956. Dr Dixit started his medical education at Charing Cross Hospital Medical School of London University in 1956. He completed it in 1961 doing the MBBS and LRCP, MRCS of the Conjoint Board.

After completing his education, Dr. Dixit returned home to Nepal in 1965 and started work at the Bir Hospital. He was posted to the newly established Kanti Children's Hospital in 1970. After 11 years, he left the government service and joined the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of Tribhuvan University as Reader in Child Health in 1977. He became Dean of the IOM for almost four years and he became professor in child health in 1985. Dr. Dixit also severed as the Co-coordinator of Health Learning Materials Project for a number of years. Though he retired from the IOM in June 2000, his passion to serve medical education never dies. He joined Kathmandu Medical College in February of 2001 and he has been working at the capacity of its principal now.

For his professional commitment, he was chosen to lead professional organizations like Nepal Medical Association and the Nepal Pediatric Society as a president. He also severed in the Nepal Medical Council for a number of years. He says that he would like to have used all the wonderful talent and gift god has given him for the betterment of the country both as a writer and a medical professional.

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