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Biographical entry Kulkarni, Madhukar Gopalrao (1931 - 1999)

MRCS and FRCS 1962; MB BS Nagpur 1955; DA 1958; FRCS Edinburgh 1962.

4 July 1931
Maharastra, India
6 August 1999
General surgeon


Madhukar Kulkarni was a consultant surgeon in Malaysia. He was born on 4 July 1931 in Maharastra, Central India, the son of a general practitioner and the eldest of six children. He studied medicine at the University of Nagpur, where he qualified in 1955. He held house posts in general and plastic surgery, and then lectured in anaesthetics at the Robertson Medical School in Nagpur for 18 months.

He then went to the UK, where he was a house surgeon at the Hull Royal Infirmary for three months, transferring to Lewisham as a senior house officer in anaesthetics. After gaining his diploma in anaesthetics, he held senior house officer posts in casualty and genito-urinary surgery. From 1960 to 1963 he was a registrar in general surgery at the West Norfolk Hospital, King's Lynn. As a registrar in cardiothoracic surgery at Seaham Hall Hospital, Newcastle, he was part of a pioneering team working towards Britain's first heart transplant. In 1968, he was a senior registrar in cardiothoracic surgery at Papworth Hospital, Cambridge.

He applied to US and UK hospitals for a consultant position, but was eventually offered a post by the Malaysian government. He was appointed consultant surgeon at the Tawau General Hospital in 1970. After four years, he transferred to Kota Kinbalu, to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, as senior consultant surgeon. He retired from government service in 1987, when he opened a private clinic in Luyang.

He was involved in the local Rotarians, and served as President. He was deeply involved in social projects, and helped establish the Sabah Cancer Society.

He married Dorothea Mary Harrod in 1963 and they had two sons, Nicholas and Christopher. This marriage was dissolved, and he later married Bridget Peters. Together with his nurse, Halinah Gontuk, he was brutally murdered in his surgery on 6 August 1999. He is survived by his second wife, sons, stepdaughters, Everista and Babitha, and stepson, Lawrence.

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