Ravindra Kulkarni

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 23 February 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b698
  1. Navajeevan Joshi

    Ravindra Kulkarni (“Ravi”) was born on 14 November 1944 in Sangli, India. Looking after others came naturally to him, hence it was no surprise that he decided to pursue a career in medicine. He qualified from Marathwada University, based in Aurangabad, India, where he obtained the diploma in anaesthetics, and came to the United Kingdom in 1972 for further training. He held various junior anaesthetic posts in Sunderland hospitals, until he was appointed associate specialist in 1980 at North Tyneside Hospital, where he worked till 2007.

    Ravi was an extremely popular member of the hospital staff and took an active role in running the anaesthetic department. He always found time to help and guide less experienced colleagues. He co-founded NEEMA (North East England Marathi Association), bringing people living in the North East together to cultivate new friendships and promote their culture.

    Ravi was a devoted husband and father. He is survived by his wife, Anuradha, a research nurse, and three daughters, two doctors and a pharmacist. Other than family and work, his other real love was cricket. A good all-rounder himself in his younger days, he remained passionate about the game all his life and always amazed his friends with his knowledge of the game.

    Ravi was diagnosed with leimyosarcoma in February 2004, and the courage and fortitude with which he fought it was exemplary. His positive attitude and strength through adversity is an inspiration to his family and friends. The family have worked hard to raise money for further research into sarcoma. On the eve of the anniversary of his death, the Ravi Kulkarni Memorial Sarcoma Research Fund (led by Professor Derek Manas) has been set up with £20 000 raised by family and friends.


    Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b698


    • Former associate specialist anaesthetics North Tyneside Hospital, South Shields (b 14 November 1942; q Marathwada, India, 1968; DA), died from leimyosarcoma on 21 January 2008.

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