Department of Gastroenterology


  • The Department of Gastroenterology was first of its kind in the country, established by Dr F P Antia in 1954. Since its inception, the department has rendered excellent clinical care, endoscopic work and contributed important research data in the Indian context. Following Dr Antia’s retirement as Professor & Head in 1974, Professor H G Desai, Professor R H Kalro and Professor Dr. Shobna Bhatia were the Heads of the Department successively till 13th March 2006.  Dr Pravin M. Rathi took over the Department on 14th March 2006 and is presently in- charge of the Department.

First in India

  • The first Gastroenterology department to be established in the country in 1954.
  • Dr Antia pioneered the procedure of peritoneoscopy / laparoscopy in the country.
  • Established the relation of red chilly ingestion to gastric damage.
  • Established the dose response curves of gastric acid after stimulation with histamine.
  • Relation of dental plaque to spread of Helicobacter pylori by oro-oral transmission (in collaboration with Microbiology Department)
  • Seroepidemiology of Helicobacter pylori in India (in collaboration with Microbiology Department)
  • Change in epidemiology of hepatitis A in India with relation to socio-economic status (in collaboration with Microbiology Department)
  • Epidemiology of non ulcer dyspepsia in Indian subjects.
  • Risk of dysplasia in the esophageal squamous mucosa in tobacco and alcohol abusers (in collaboration with Pathology Department)
  • Dr Antia is founder member of the Indian Society of Gastroenterology. Along with Dr BJ Vakil and Dr HG Desai, he established the Indian Journal of Gastroenterology in 1980. The Journal is the leading Gastroenterology Journal in the country. Dr Shobna Bhatia is the Associate Editor of the Journal.

First in the city of Mumbai

  • The Department was the first to establish to offer services of ERCP among all teaching Hospitals in Mumbai and now this department is a major referral centre for all kinds of diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic procedures from all over Mumbai and other states as well.
  • This department is the first department in Mumbai to be recognized for DM in Gastroenterology in 1986. Dr H G Desai was conferred the degree of D.Sc. (Doctor of Science) by the University of Mumbai for his work on gastric acid secretion.
  • In recognition of the outstanding work and contribution of the department, the Indian Society of Gastroenterology awarded the Pfizer Amirchand Trophy for the best department in the country in 1980. It is the only Department in Mumbai which has received this honor so far.


Sr. no. Name Designation
1 Dr.  Pravin M. Rathi  Professor and Head
2 Dr. Ravindra Surude Assistant Professor
3 Dr. Samit Jain Assistant Professor


  • The Department of Gastroenterology with the endoscopy rooms is located in the OPD building, 7th floor. The male ward (No. 18) and the female ward (No. 31) are situated on the same floor. The Gastroenterology OPD No. 17 is situated on the first floor of the OPD building and is conducted on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9.00 to 11-30 AM.

OPD / Dept Schedule

Day Activity



Monday Endoscopy

0830-1400 h

Endoscopy room

Tuesday Ward Rounds

0830-0930 h

Wards 18 and 31

  Journal Club

0930-1030 h

Seminar room



Endoscopy room

  Pathology Meeting

1230-1300 h

Department of Pathology

  Medico-Surgical and Gastroenterology meeting

1400-1500 h

Department of Surgery

Wednesday OPD

0900-1130 h

OPD 17

  Ward Rounds

1130-1200 h

Wards 18 and 31

  Gastro-radio Meet


Department of Radiology

  PG Clinic

1400-1530 h

Seminar room

Thursday Ward Rounds

0930-1130 h

Wards 18 and 31


1130-1300 h

Seminar room


1400-1700 h

Endoscopy  room

Friday Endoscopy 0830-1400 h Endoscopy  room
Saturday OPD 0900-1130 h OPD 17
  Ward Rounds 1130-1230 h Wards 18 and 31
  Endoscopy 1300-1500 h Endoscopy  room
  • In addition, academic activities are held by the Bombay Gastroenterology Society and Gut Club once a month each.
  • The postgraduate teaching activities includes teaching rounds, journal reading, seminars, clinical case presentations and interactive meetings with surgery, radiology and pathology departments