Dr. Dilip Kachhawa, Principal & Controller of SN Medical College, Jodhpur
Doctor on a Mission
Medical profession is not just about curing patients but is also about delving into possibilities to find less complex, easily accessible, effective and cheaper treatments. It is about curiosity, passion and a hunger for better with larger objective of welfare of the masses than personal accomplishment.
Principal & Controller of SN Medical College, Jodhpur Dr. Dilip Kachhawa had this hunger to go beyond the conventional and prevalent modes of treatment in his field of Dermatology and it was this quest for better, which gave birth to ‘Jodhpur Technique’, now a globally recognized technique to treat white spot disease called ‘Vitiligo’.
Having chosen Dermatology for MD after his MBBS, Dilip always found orthopedics and dermatology as the two fields, offering huge potential and scope of improvements. But considering the expensive treatments and those too with no desired results more often than not, he zeroed in on Dermatology for his MD.
After his MBBS from RNT Medical College, Udaipur in 1990, he joined SN Medical College, Jodhpur and had his MD in 1991. Next two year and a half saw him honing his skills at Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi during his Senior Residency before he came back to Jodhpur to take up the post of the Assistant Professor (Dermatology) at the same SN Medical College.
Born to Mangilal and Devki Kachhawa in Rajaldesar of Churu district on November 5, 1965, Dilip had shifted to Udaipur for higher studies after his secondary at the birth place. With science in his mind, he was the only student in his town school to have chosen science as optional and passed among all the 13 students.
With this proud moment for the family, his father desired to see him as a doctor and Dilip was not a disappointment to his father’s desire either. He cracked the Pre Medical Test (PMT), got admission in the medical college in Udaipur and completed his MBBS followed by MD from Jodhpur. So devoted to his studies, he even dropped his passion for Cricket for his studies and had 15 papers published even before he completed his MD.
During his stint from the Assistant Professor to the HOD (Skin & Venereal Diseases), he just did not sit and attend to his patients suffering from various skin diseases and hair loss but kept on mulling over providing better, effective and cheaper alternatives. This resulted in genesis of ‘Jodhpur Technique’, an indigenously developed method of treating Vitiligo disease with close to 100% results. In past twenty years, this method of treatment has benefited about 2000 patients. He is also exploring application of this technique further in treating the chronic non-healing ulcers.
He has also exhibited this technique in about two dozen countries and some of them have adopted this technique practicing it on regular basis for the treatment of vitiligo and also for burn injuries.
Similarly, further refinement of PRP (Plasma Rich Platelets) technique, which is a multi-cosmetic application hear growth primarily and also for anti-aging, face rejuvenation and non-healing ulcers, by him also led to increase the success rate of the treatment and that also in a far cheaper expenses than available in market.
Furthermore, he has also developed an innovative technique for viral infection of skin called ‘Molluscum Contagiosum’, which was also first of its kind simple technique to treat Body Molluscum and Genetic Molluscum.
Between 1998-2003, he struck an association with the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) to work on 3 projects, two of which included development of technique for non-healing ulcers and third was development of a device having application on Psoriasis.
For his innovative techniques, Dilip has been conferred upon Dr. LN Sinha Memorial award, a lifetime achievement award for young Dermatologists in 2011. His work has found mentioning in world’s prestigious American Journal of Dermatologists. He has also been awarded fellowship from International Society of Dermatology for ‘Jodhpur Technique’ and WHO fellowship for STD (Sexually Transmitted Diseases).
Besides these, Dilip has also received Best Lecture award in 2004 by International society of Dermatology, Newyork and two fellowships, one each by the International Pigment Cell Society and Asian Pigment Cell Society. He has also been awarded international travel mentorship award by American academy of dermatosurgery in 2020.
Currently holding the post of the Principal & Controller of the SN Medical College, Jodhpur, he has been taking care of 3 major hospitals besides half a dozen district hospitals in an administrative role. But even in this capacity, his focus is on research for the growth of the institution and benefit of the patients. For nurturing an atmosphere of research and improving the quality of researches, he has constituted a committee and strive to channel it through MDRU (Multi-Disciplinary Research Unit), a scheme of government.
An institution is identified and respected for its academic excellence besides research environment. Dilip in parallel is also striving to improve the academic atmosphere of his college beginning with the digital attendance in the classrooms and rating of the teachers by providing a form to the students about their feedback on teachers as well as their suggestions.
Leveraging the growing digitalization in administrative activities, he is also going to install automatic slip generation machine for the visitors in hospital to do away with the long queues and getting developed an app for all the diagnostic/test reports making available to the patient through this app thereby doing away with his need to get to the laboratory and receive the reports in person.
Married to Dr. Vandana in 1995, Dilip has two sons, of which the elder son Nripen has followed the footsteps of his father while the younger son Hardik is pursuing a career in law. Taking time out of the hectic schedule and enormous responsibilities, he still gives one hour daily to his patients at MDM Hospital and earning their blessings for making expensive and complex cosmetic treatment affordable and available in government hospital.