Dean’s Message

Dr. Jayashree Mondkar

Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College and Hospital is one of the premier medical institutions of India. It stands today proudly serving humanity and is recognized for its yeoman’s service, nationally and internationally; as one of the best Civic-Government run hospitals, providing quality care and medical education in the city of Mumbai. It is one of the most prestigious Trauma Care Centres of Asia. It was the first dedicated Trauma Service center in our country and is always in a constant ‘state of alert’ for disasters. This hospital is an important nodal center for the medical services of the Disaster management plan in the civic context.

          Due to its strategic geographical location, the hospital is the first major referral center for all the trauma and disaster cases,from both major highways( western express and eastern express highways ), as well as both major railway lines ( central and western railway ). It is the only tertiary care center available to Mumbai’s suburban population, which now comprises 75 % of Mumbai’s population. Dharavi, India’s largest slum, is right next door and thevast majority of the patient population frequenting the hospital are extremely poor. 

What started as a fifty bedded hospital and a single OPD, in a military hospital barrack of 10 beds, has now grown to a1462 bedded hospital, handling more than 19 Lakh OPD patients a year.Sanction has already been obtained to increase the bed strength to 1900. Keeping the humongous increase in patient load, approval for increasing the bed strength to 3200 has been obtained. The concept design by an International Hospital Design consortia has been approved and is awaiting roll – out.

 Currently with 300 senior staff members and 550 postgraduate students, it takes care of more than 19 Lakh OPD patients and more than 82,000 admissions per year. We provide services in all specialties and many super-specialties. With many Intensive care units and special clinics, we take care of simple as well as complex health problems totally free of cost, or at anextremely nominal cost. We have special clinics on Learning disability, Hemato-oncology, Thalassemia,Stem cell therapy, etc.  Over the past 70 years we are offering our dedicated services almost exclusively to the under privileged sections of the society.

The main strength of Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital has been its renowned ‘Trauma Care Centre’s and Emergency Medical Services center, replete with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, as well as extremely competent and proficient medical professionals and related staff. 

LTMMC and LTMGH has many ‘firsts’to its credit including the country’s first human milk bank and skin bank, the world’s first 3D printing of heart model to assist in cardiac surgery ( for a series of DORV babies ), the first emergency coronary stenting, we were amongst the first few centres worldwide to perform dedicated Cardiac MRI services on a 3 Tesla scanner. The hospital is also proud of a well-established renal transplant facility, having to its credit, being the first center to conduct a renal transplant (cadaveric) in Maharashtra. After restarting our Interventional Radiology department with a biplane DSA machine, we are doing complex interventional, including peripheral vascular and neuro-interventional work, under the guidance of world class faculty.

 As a part of our Transplant and organ donation program, we have become the pioneers in cadaveric bone retrieval in Maharashtra. Such bone retrieval is extremely useful for the reconstruction of new bones to be used as orthopaedic implants, and in bone cancer patients.

  On 30th November 1964, Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College was established with the first batch of 60 students.  The college has turned out to be an excellent undergraduate, post graduate and super specialty training center and has produced innumerable quality health care professionals.  Currently LTMMC has 100 MBBS students as well as more than 150 post graduate students per year in various subjects and is the preferred choice of students for all the courses. We are in the process of increasing our MBBS (UG) seats from 100 to 150; manpower and infrastructural requirements for the same have already been arranged. We are in the process of adding 100 PG seats in 15 Specialty and 3 Super-specialty branches. We are also in the final stages of increasing the number of teaching faculty (157).This will help us in providing better health care services to our underprivileged patients as well as offer more opportunities to meritorious students to gain admission in our prestigious UG and PD courses, totally on merit.

 Our institution has a state of the art auditorium of 505 seating capacity,which is the best amongst all medical colleges in Mumbai. It is being converted into a modern E-classroom, along with four other lecture halls. These E-classrooms will be one of the finest in country and should become a model for teaching programs in the medical field. We are proud to announce free WiFi for our Medical College’s faculty and students, via a first in the country, indigenously developed,high speed, broad band width network. These and other digital initiatives are our humble contribution to Hon’ble PM’s Digital India initiative.

A clean and green surrounding helps improving the mood and well-being of everyone in the hospital; including patients, doctors and support staff. Each big tree produces the equivalent of 8 cylinders of Oxygen per day.Keeping this in mind we have initiated a major green initiative and various beautification projects, for which we have tied up with a major school of Arts, who will be using their world renowned expertise in designing various murals, motifs and different sculptures.

I consider myself truly blessed to be in a position to serve humanity. God has been kind. We also look forward to molding young talent in to world class doctors, who would serve our country.

The motto ‘Service through Excellence’ is never as true, as for Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College and General Hospital. It is my proud privilege to lead these twin institutions and look forward to their growth, not only in the service sector, but also academically and in research, over the coming years.