Medical doyen, renowned humanitarian, leading Indian community member and founder-president of the Indian Doctors Forum in Kuwait, Dr. Narayanan Nampoory, passed away on Thursday, 14 July, aged 67.
His untimely demise was announced by family members in the United States, where Dr. Nampoory had been undergoing cancer treatment at the specialized Mayo Clinic for the past few months.
Born in 1949, as the sixth son of Raman Namboodiri and Ammu Antharjanam in Ramangalam village, in Ernakulam District of Kerala, Dr. Nampoory grew up among nine siblings as a scion of the influential Moovattupuzha Ramamangalam Illam (household). His father, a renowned social worker who devoted his entire life and wealth to serving people, is credited with providing land and money to start many institutions in his native village, inclduing the first school, post-office, police-station and a co-operative society.
Devoting his life for others, Raman Namboodiri often helped meet the educational and social needs of many underprivileged students, even if that meant denying his own children many privileges. Dr. Nampoory once recalled in a media interview that it was only when he started his medical education that he even got to wear slippers and shoes. He noted how during his childhood days, new dresses were rare and reserved for festive occasions or at the start of a school year.
Witnessing first-hand, the largesse and compassion of his father and experiencing hardship very early on in life, Dr. Nampoory grew up empathizing with the poor and those less privileged. After winning a scholarship to the Kottayam Government Medical College in Kerala, Dr. Nampoory decided that since the money for his education came from taxpayers' money, it was only appropriate that he repay society through his services.
In 1977, after his post-graduation in Internal-Medicine from the prestigious CMC Vellore in Tamil Nadu, Dr. Nampoory joined his alma-mater Kottayam Medical College (KMC) as a lecturer. Following his doctorate in Nephrology from PGIMER in Chandigargh he returned to serveas Associate Professor first at KMC and later at Calicut Medical College.
In 1983, he moved to Saudi Arabia, where his experience in teaching led him to become a faculty member at hospitals in Dammam and Al-Khobar. During this period, he was instrumental in setting up several kidney dialysis units in six centers in different regions of the kingdom. Recognized as a medical diplomat of India’s National Board of Examination (Nephrology), he was also conferred the Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians in Glasgow & Edinburgh.
Dr. Nampoory arrived in Kuwait in 1988 and worked as consultant nephrologist and transplant physician at the Mubarak Al-Kabeer Hospital for 16 years. In 2004, he shifted to serve at the specialized Hamed Al-Essa Organ Transplant Center and at the Dasman Diabetes Institute. With more than 140 medical publications to his credit, he has contributed immensely to knowledge in his field of medical specialization.
In 1996, Dr. Nampoory won the Best Clinical Research award from Kuwait University and he is also the only expatriate doctor to have been recognized for his contributions to medical service in Kuwait through an award presented jointly by Kuwait's Ministry of Social Affairs and Kuwait Medical Association. In addition, for two consecutive years, in 2005 and 2006, he was the recipient of special awards instituted by Kuwait Transplant Society for his valuable contributions in organ transplantation.
An active member in the socio-cultural life of Indian community in Kuwait, Dr. Nampoory was instrumental in helping establish the Indian Doctors Forum (IDF) in 2004. As founder-president of the IDF, he assisted the IDF to develop into a strong social and professional organization that went on to win the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman award in 2013 from the Indian government.
Dr. Nampoory is survived by his wife Dr. Prabha Nampoory, a pathologist at Kuwait University, and their daughter Sajitha and son-in-law Suraj, and their son Sivaram and daughter in law Parvathy.
Dr. Nampoory was loved and respected by all who came to know him – his friends, his patients, his students and his peers. The Indian community in Kuwait will deeply miss this humanitarian and physician for his guidance, his generosity and his grace.
May his soul Rest in Peace.
I have been associated with IDF since its inception and have witnessed Dr. Nampoory steer the forum skillfully through many difficult situations. I saw him as a skillful leader, visionary, compassionate doctor and a noble soul. Though I was elected as President in his absence, I wished for his guidance at every step and was hoping that he would be back in Kuwait soon. Yesterday's news has devastated me and all of us too. I bow down with respect and salute his spirit.
The Indian community as a whole and a large number of his Kuwaiti patients are going to miss him. Above all, his family is going to miss him. Let us keep his work and spirit alive through our deeds. This would be an apt tribute to Dr. Nampoory.
May his soul rest in peace.
Dr. Abhay Patwari
Dr. Narayanan Nampoory, mentor and founder president of Indian Doctors Forum, was always our beloved fatherly figure. He has been a guiding force for us and I worked with him as joint treasurer in the team. He was a cool composed personality, soft spoken and never got angry. In fact, he took major responsibility and took us all as a team. His major concernwas how to unite all doctors under one umbrella and how to do service to the society in Kuwait through IDF. We were fortunate to receive the Pravasi Bharat Samman award for the best overseas association due to the untiring efforts of Dr. Nampoory. We have lost a precious personality and my heartfelt condolences to his family. May his soul rest in peace.
Dr. Surendra Nayak Kapadi
Dr. Nampoory was like an elder brother to me. I was closely associated with him in the formation of IDF, initially as General Secretary and later as Vice President of the forum. We spent lots of time travelling together, planning the various activities of IDF, attending official and social meetings together on various occasion…
I have learnt a lot from him. He was kind, gentle and was always greeted as a close elderly member by my family. We are in a state of grief and shock and will attend the final rites and be along with Dr. Prabha, Sajitha, Sriram, Vishnu and Parvati. I have no words to describe my close relation with Nampoory Sir. I will surely miss his smiling face…
Dr. Amir Ahmed
Former President IDF
Heartfelt condolences on the sad demise of Dr. N. Nampoory- consultant nephrologist and founder president and advisor of IDF; it is a real loss to Indian community in Kuwait, particularly the IDF. He was a compassionate and humble person besides being one of the best nephrologists. May God rest his soul in peace and give his family the strength to bear this untimely irreparable loss.
Dr. Vinod K. Grover
I had the privilege of working closely with Dr. Narayanan Nampoory as a colleague in the ministry of health and in the formation and nurturing of Indian Doctors Forum. He was also a dear friend. He had outstanding qualities of heart and mind. His professional excellence, integrity, humility, leadership qualities, generosity and empathy were a beacon of light for all of us. We will miss his leadership, wisdom, foresight and friendship.
Ramesh Pandita MD,
Former President IDF
|A V Murali Manohar||Posted on : July 17, 2016 8:19 am|
A great human being, friend, Doctor, art-lover, Community man... He is liked by everyone whoever has come across him. His vision to charter Indian Doctor Forum, has made waves in the community and has been duly acknowledged by none other than President of India, by being awarded with Pravasi Bharath Award, during Pravasi Bharathi Day in Kochi, few years back.
A person, who is there to help anyone at any time ... with a simple smile and motivating everyone with his simple words... will be missed by members of the Indian Community at large as well as by the medical fraternity in Kuwait.
May his soul rest in peace and am sure, IDF will follow his vision and keep IDF flag flying high... with his memories and the experience gained through him over the years.
A V Murali Manohar