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Biographical entry Selvachandran, Prince Selvadurai (1938 - 2009)

FRCS 1971; MB BS Vellore 1963; FRCS Edin 1970.

4 January 1938
1 May 2009
General surgeon


Prince Selvadurai Selvachandran was head of surgery at the Green Memorial Hospital in Manipay, Jaffna, Sri Lanka, until it was virtually destroyed in the civil war. He was born on 4 January 1938, the son of S S Selvadurai, principal of the American Mission College, Udupiddy, treasurer of the Jaffna diocese of the Church of South India, and a leader of the Jaffna community.

Selvachandran and his brother, Benjamin Selvarajan, were educated at their father's college and then at Jaffna College, Vaddukoddai. They then went on to train in medicine at the Christian Medical College in Vellore. There Selvachandran met his future wife, Brenda.

Selvachandran then returned to Jaffna, to the Green Memorial Hospital, Manipay, the oldest medical school in Ceylon, which had been founded as an American mission hospital in 1848. There he continued to work, eventually becoming medical superintendent and head of surgery.

He moved to the Channel Islands, to Jersey, in 1984, where he became an associate specialist in general surgery.

Sadly, he developed Alzheimer's disease and died on 1 May 2009 leaving his widow Brenda and their three children, Brinthini, Suthan and Sashi.

John Blandy

Sources used to compile this entry: [Information from B S Selvarajan;].

The Royal College of Surgeons of England