Dean’s Message

Dr. Jayashree Mondkar

A warm welcome to Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College and General Hospital (LTMMC & GH), a premier medical institution of India! Today, LTMMC & GH stands with pride as a center of academic excellence imparting outstanding medical education as well as an institute providing quality care to patients with the motto of “Service through Excellence”.

We started as a fifty bedded hospital and a single OPD, in the empty military barracks after the World War II, as the “Indian Military Hospital” on 24th April 1947. In 1950, our institution was rightly named after a beloved founder of Independent India: Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak. Over the years, our hospital has grown by leaps and bounds to a 1462 bedded hospital. Currently with 300 senior faculty members and 550 postgraduate students, the back bone of the institution, we attend to around 18 lakh OPD patients and more than 82,000 indoor patients every year.

 The Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College was started on 30th November 1964 with the first batch of 60 students. The annual intake of MBBS students increased to 100 in the year 1990, and we are happy to state that MCI has permitted the intake capacity to be increased to 150 seats from 2016. We are proud to conduct broad specialty and 8 super specialty courses with a total of 213 post graduate and 29 Super Specialty seats annually. Besides this we have a Nursing course with an intake capacity of 100 seats, Physio Therapy (10 UG and 10 PG seats) & Occupational Therapy with (10 UG and 10 PG seats), 20 seats for B Sc Para Medical Technology course and 10 seats for the PG DMLT course.

Our Institute, being centrally located is accessible from both the major Express Highways in the city, thus making it the first major referral center for patients from out of the city. It is well connected to the suburban population of Mumbai. Dharavi, the second largest slum habitation in Asia is in close proximity to the hospital and majority of the poverty struck population residing there is benefitted by the services provided at LTMGH. Besides this it is in close proximity to the central, harbor and western railway lines.

This strategic location has resulted in LTMGH becoming a pioneer in trauma care and is now one of the most prestigious Trauma Care Centers in Asia. The ‘Trauma Care and Emergency Medical Services Center’,replete with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, as well as exceptionally proficient medical professionals and related staff. The timely medical services provided at the Institute during catastrophes have made it one of the most important centers for Disaster Management.

LTMGH has an extremely competent panel of medical professionals who are adept at handling the most difficult cases in a humane manner. LTMGH is known for its expertise in specialty and super-specialty departments and our faculty members are leaders in their respective areas of expertise.

Over the years, LTMGH boasts of establishing the first trauma care centre in Asia in 1974, the first emergency cardiac stenting 1977, the first outdoor Pediatric Thalassemia transfusion centre in 1984, the first Donor Human milk bank in Asia in 1989, and first Skin bank, the first to conducted a cadaveric renal transplant in Maharashtra in 1997. Our Pediatric Dept. is recognized for its Centre of Excellence for HIV, Neurology services including the first Learning Disability centre in Maharashtra, Autism intervention centre, epilepsy clinic and Nutritional Rehabilitation and Training Centre. The feather in the cap of the Pediatric Department is a state of the art Hematology –Oncology Ward that provides bone marrow transplants to needy patients at affordable cost.  Our Institute was amongst the first few centers globally to perform dedicated Cardiac MRI services on a 3 Tesla scanner, the world’s first 3D printing of heart model to assist in cardiac surgery (for a series of DORV babies) is also another first to our credit. Our Interventional Radiology department with a biplane DSA machine, is doing complex interventional, including peripheral vascular and neuro-interventional work, under the guidance of world class faculty.

The Urology department has to its credit a state of the art, renal transplant facility, the first such center in Maharashtra to have conducted a cadaveric renal transplant. In 2017, the department entered the Guinness Book of World Records for successfully having removed the heaviest renal tumor weighing 5.2 kgs. LTMGH has done pioneering work in cadaveric bone retrieval in the state of Maharashtra as part of our Transplant and organ donation program.

Each department of the institution excels in raising the bar for patient care, with use of advanced equipment and updated, evidence based patient management strategies. The services are valiantly  backed by the untiring efforts of the Biochemistry, Microbiology and Pathology laboratory services with increasing number of services and patient load each year . The paramedical staff including the efficient nursing staff, technicians, along with the class IV employees form the backbone of the hospital.

On the academic front, several international, national, state and local conferences and workshops are organized by all our departments every year to disseminate the light of knowledge to those working outside major institutions. Several national and international journal articles are also published in addition to review articles and chapters in books.

Above all what makes our institution so special is the warm and cordial atmosphere that prevails in the college and hospital. LTMMC & GH prides itself in welcoming new staff members and student with open arms, making them feel at home and fostering a spirit that encourages personal, departmental and institutional growth!

We, at LTMGH are committed to creating a healthy, clean and green environment which would eventually contribute to our patient’s wellbeing. A dedicated team of housekeeping staff works tirelessly in insuring the cleanliness of hospital premises. Through our efforts, we are continually increasing the awareness and also implementation of the Government’s Swacch Bharat Abhiyaan.

What does the future hold for our institution? To overcome the constraint of space and to allow each department to continue to grow to keep up with the times, a spanking new set of buildings will replace the old ones in an ambitious redevelopment plan for the entire complex, phase wise, over the coming 5-7 years has been approved by our Hon’ble Municipal Commissioner. The first of the five phase project is expected to start off within the coming few months with the 18 floor RMO, Nurses quarters being constructed on the hospital campus and the UG hostel on the barracks plot .This will be followed by a 12 floored Hospital building in the next phase with the emergency services and college building being built thereafter. All his will be achieved without any shut down of current services – A herculean task!

Despite the enormous magnitude of patients frequenting the hospital, the achievements of LTMGH are laudable. We intend to keep doing so through our diligent and efficient services. LTMGH is always committed to providing affordable as well as quality health care to patients belonging to all the strata of society.

I am overwhelmed with gratitude for being given an opportunity to be of service to mankind through my profession. I feel extremely honoured and humbled to lead this esteemed Institute. I intend to incessantly encourage young minds and foster the growth and further rise of LTMMC and LTMGH.

People may come and people may go but the Institution Lives On Forever!