Dr.Rajam was the pioneer in the field of Venereology. He was born on 9th January 1893. He had a brilliant academic career and was awarded the coveted Johnstone Gold Medal of Madras Medical College. After a short period in the Army Medical Service, he took up Madras Provincial Medical Service in 1920. He had dedicated his life to Venereology for nearly five decades after acquiring his M.S., and M.R.C.P. (Edin) degrees. His oft-repeated sermon to the staff and students was “Patients should be given human attention wherever they are, either in out patient dept. or in the wards, with special emphasis on prophylaxis and rehabilitation”. This reveals the quality of man and Doctor in him. He was the member of expert committee of W H O on V.D. and Treponematoses for many years. In 1953 he was elected as Fellow of Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh and 1959 as FRCS for his out standing work and contribution to the medical field. He was the founder member of Indian Academy of Medical Sciences. He was the first Dean of Govt. General Hospital and Madras Medical College from 1948 to 1952 and founder Director of the Institute of Venereology from 1952 to 1958.
In recognition of his excellent services rendered to the profession and to the speciality, during Celebrations of his Centenary year in 1993, IASSTD had resolved to conduct an oration in the name viz., “Dr.R.V.Rajam Endowment Oration” which is to be delivered by an eminent speaker, either National or International, at the National Conference of IASSTD every year.
Dr.R.V.Rajam Endowment Lecture:
Apart from the Oration two other lectures viz., “Dr.R.V.Rajam Endowment Lectures”, by eminent speakers, are conducted annually at various places in India by the Association.
The following stalwarts have delivered the Oration since its inception:
|1999||23rd||VISAKHAPATNAM||Dr.K.V. Rama Raju|
|2000||24th||CHANDIGARH||Dr.R.V. Ramana Rao|
|2002||26th||NEW DELHI||Dr.N. Usman|
|2003||27th||VADODARA||Dr. Krishna Ray|
|2004||28th||JABALPUR||Dr.D. Narayana Reddy|
|2005||29th||KOLKATA||Dr. Ratish Basu Roy|
|2006||30th||CHENNAI||Mrs. Sujatha Rao|
|2007||31st||RHOTAK||Dr. Mukul Sharma|
|2008||32nd||Kodaikanal||Dr. Veerapal Chandeying|
|2009||33rd||Khajuraho||Dr. G. Samaram|
|2011||35th||New Delhi||Dr. Chavalit Mangkalaviraj|
|2013||37th||Mysore||Maj.Gen. A.K. Jaiswal|
|2015||39th||Coimbatore||Dr. P.N. Sashidharan|
|2016||40th||Bhopal||Dr Manju Bala|
|2017||41st||Bhubaneswar||Dr. Sanjeev Handa|
|2022||46th||Hyderabad||Dr. Deepika Pandhi|
|2023||47th||Kolkata||Dr. Seema Sood|