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Biographical entry Bharucha, Phirozshah Vyramji (1886 - 1970)

DSO 1916; OBE 1920; MRCS 1909; FRCS 1911; LSM Bombay, MB 1908, MD 1911; LRCP 1909.

21 February 1886
10 April 1970
Anatomist and General surgeon


Vyramji Bharucha was born in India on 21 February 1886 and obtained his medical education at Bombay University, the Middlesex Hospital and King's College, London. In 1910 he joined the Indian Medical Service with the rank of Lieutenant, becoming Captain in 1913, Major in 1922 and Lieutenant-Colonel in 1930.

During the first world war he served on various fronts and was several times mentioned in dispatches; he was awarded the DSO in 1916 and the OBE in 1920. In 1919 he had served in Afghanistan and was there also mentioned in dispatches.

In 1920 he was appointed Professor of Anatomy at the Medical School in Lahore and later became Principal of King Edward Medical College there, a post which he held until the partition of India. He was also Inspector-General of Civil Hospitals, Punjab, and after his retirement was in charge of Ganga Ram Hospital, Lahore. After partition he went to Bombay and served as superintendent of the Tata Memorial Hospital.

As a surgeon Bharucha had a great reputation throughout India, and was regarded as one of the most outstanding teachers of medicine and surgery in the sub-continent. He was blessed with a happy family life.

He died on 10 April 1970 at the age of 84 survived by his wife, who was well known as a prominent social worker.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Crawford's Roll of the Indian Medical Service 1615-1930].

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