It is with deep regret that we report the sad demise of Dr.Amarnath Safaya.The former director of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences(SSSIHMS),Prasanthigram,Dr.Amarnath Safaya passed away in Delhi on January 10,2013.Dr Safaya was chosen as the first director of SSSIHMS,Prasanthigram,by Baba himself in 1991 and had served in that position for two decades.He also served as the director of SSSIHMS,Whitefield,Bangalore in its initial years.
During Dr.Safaya's tenure SSSIHMS,Prasanthigram saw an all-round development and established itself as an institution par excellance.Four specialities viz Cardiology,Urology,Opthalmology and Orthopaedics were started during his able directorship.He was also instrumental in organising three international Cardiac Conferences and three international Orthopaedic Conferences in the hospital.
Dr.Safaya had resigned from the post of Director of the hospital owing to health reasons in October 2011 and had settled down with his family in Delhi.
In his illustrious career,before being the director of SSSIHMS,Prasanthigram Dr.Safaya had served as the Medical Superintendent of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences,New Delhi for 16 years and had been the founder president of the Association of Hospital Administration.He was also the Vice President of the National Board of Examinations,Government of India from 1990 to 1992.
Dr.Safaya was born on October 2,1932 in Srinagar,Jammu and Kashmir.He did his MBBS from Agra University and took his MD degree from the University of Kashmir in 1964.