RABI KUNDU, MD

 

Obituary

 

 

Rabindra N Kundu MD, FRCS (UK) was born on 3rd, of September 1968 and was suddenly taken away from us to be with his maker on August 31st 2016. Rabi as he was known to his friends, family and colleagues was born in Kolkata, Eastern India to Mr N G Kundu and his wife Mrs. Sandhya Kundu. During his early years of life, he travelled across the Indian subcontinent along with his parents and gained valuable experience in adapting to different systems of education. He was always a prodigiously talented student who rarely failed to excel in any and all subjects that happened to challenge his interests. As expected, he was accepted to the Armed Forces Medical College, Pune India one of the premier medical schools of India that went on to shape his future medical career. Following completion of his medical school, he was selected to join Surgical Residency at Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, Chandigarh , India and graduated with top honors as well as numerous commendations and accolades. He subsequently decided to pursue minimally invasive GI surgical training in United Kingdom and towards that end acquired the prestigious Fellowship of the Royal College of United Kingdom (FRCS). During the course of his training as Senior Registrar at Manchester , United Kingdom , the uniqueness of Gastrointestinal endoscopy started to fascinate him and led him across the ocean to Graduate Hospital Philadelphia, PA. Here he completed a few years of Internal Medicine Residency while simultaneously pursuing a very productive stint as an outcome researcher on Inflammatory Bowel disease at University of Pennsylvania . His skills as an endoscopist and brilliant clinician were soon noticed by multiple individuals at various Ivy League institutions leading to his acceptance at Beth Israel Medical Centre, Harvard Medical School , Boston MA for a dedicated two year advanced endoscopy Fellowship. He made his mark during his training with all his mentors and colleagues to the point of being offered a faculty position at Harvard Medical School . He declined that offer in the greater interest of pursuing the challenge of creating a new advanced endoscopy practice and gastrointestinal fellowship program at UCSF Fresno. Here, at Community Regional Medical Center, Fresno , CA he was instrumental in creating a center of excellence for both Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and GI Oncology. He spearheaded the process of creating a state of the art endoscopy suite at CRMC Fresno. He conceptualized, designed and helped to integrate endoscopy training and education into everyday gastroenterology practice. He was currently holding multiple hats as the Director of endoscopy at CRMC and the Program Director of the GI Fellowship at UCSF Fresno. He has inspired many of his trainees to either follow his career path or to continue to provide GI care locally in the Central Valley . His vision for Digestive Disease Health has led to the creation of a center of excellence at CRMC, Fresno CA providing much needed support for patients and their families in getting advanced GI care locally at Fresno rather than traveling out of the Central Valley . In his leisure time, he loved photography, travelling all over the world to exotic destinations and above all spending quality time with family and friends. He leaves behind his wife of 17 years Dr. Sudeshna Kundu, two children Rishi and Roma and a whole legion of friends, colleagues and patients. He continued to be an inspiring educator, brilliant clinician and an ace endoscopist till the last moment of his life. His role as a father, husband and friend will be cherished and the loss so monumental that absolutely cannot be replaced