Je m'en vais chercher un grand peut-etre*.
*(I GO TO SEEK A GREAT PERHAPS. Attr. last words,
The Late Dr.L.P.Shah (22.4.1936
Psychiatrist, Mentor, Guide and Above All
Wonderful Human Being
Mens Sana Monographs [MSM]: A Mens Sana Research Foundation Publication
Profile In Courage*
Dr. L. P. Shah
Affiliation : Professor
and Head, Dept. of Psychiatry, G.S. Medical
Qualifications : M.B.B.S., D.P.M., F.R.C.Psy., F.A.P.A., F.I.P.S.
College and K.E.M. Hospital. In charge, Deaddiction
Centre of Excellence.
Teaching : U.G. and P.G. students (Medical), Nursing students (K.E.M.), Social Work
Students (T.I.S.S.), Nursing Students (S.N.D.T.), Doctors (G.P.Assn.),P.G. students’ clinics (Free) in his consulting
rooms, P. G. examinations at various universities.
Research work: Mostly in Psychopharmacology. Collaborative work with Pharma Dept. and
various Pharmaceutical companies. WHO Fellowship to visit USA 1976 and Sweden 1978. More than 100 Publications. Also work
on Ayurvedic Drugs.
Attachments to other Welfare Organizations: H.N. Hospital – P.T. Clinic, Shushrusha
Co-op Hospital, Nagpada Neighbourhood House- Child Guidance Clinic., B.G. Rescue Home –C.G.C., Bapnu Ghar Organization
Achievements : He had excellent organizational ability and management skills and was
a very efficient administrator. People called him Bhishma Pitamaha of Indian Psychiatric Society.
Bombay Psychiatric Society : Secretary in 70’s; President – 1977-78. I.P.S. West Zone: Secretary -1971-78; President –1982-83. General Secretary, Indian Psychiatric Society -1981-86; President I.P.S., 1988, at Varanasi. Indian Association of Social Psychiatry: Council member; President: 1993-94. Indian Association
of Child and Adolescent Mental Health : Founder member; President -1997. Indian Association of Industrial Psychiatry: Founder member, President. Indian
Association of Suicidology: Founder
Invited by Lions Club
International Dist. 323A as an Advisor for World Conference on Drug Awareness Hope 88, and subsequently too.
Since he was Fellow of The Royal
College of Psychiatrists he was able to sponsor more than 100 students to U.K. on ODTS and Double Sponsorship Scheme.
Being an excellent clinician,
and due to his persistence and hard work for alcohol and drugs dependent patients, K.E.M. Hospital got the Deaddiction Centre
of Excellence in 90’s.
His book- Hand Book of Psychiatry coauthored
with Ms. Hema Shah, is the first book on Psychiatry written by an Indian author and is popular with undergraduate medical
students, nurses and other paramedical students. It has undergone more than ten editions.
i He got the best paper award in 1974 at the West Zone Conference of I.P.S.
ii. He got the highest I.P.S award at Bhubhaneshwar Conference- Dr. D.L.N. Murti Rao Oration which was delivered on the subject-Forensic Psychiatry.
iii. He was given Drishti Gaurav Puraskar on World Sight Day- 11th Oct 2001 by Lions Club International Dist 323A2.
iv. Finally, he has been awarded Dr. V.N. Bagadia Life time Achievement Award in 2004, just before he expired.
Awards instituted in his name :
i. Dr L.P Shah Best Paper Award at Bombay Psychiatric
ii. Dr L.P.Shah Oration at Indian Psychiatric Society,
iii. Dr Marfatia Award for best paper at Indian
Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health.
* This bio-data prepared by Ms. Hema Shah for MSM (-eds).