Dr Bijoy Chandra Gogoi, known as the doyen of Pathology in Assam, passed away at 6:10 am on Tuesday at his residence in Dibrugarh.
He was 78.
Dr Gogoi was a former Professor and Head of Pathology, Assam Medical College and Hospital in Dibrugarh.
He was born on December 8, 1943 at Borbari village in Bishmile, Chabua.
Dr Gogoi was the third son of late Bokul Chandra Gogoi and late Ila Gogoi.
He did his early education at Dinjoy HE School, Dinjoy Chabua and DHSC College, Dibrugarh.
He joined the Assam Medical College in 1962 and passed out the 1st MBBS and final MBBS Examinations in 1964 and 1967 respectively, topping the list of successful candidates in both these examinations under Gauhati and Dibrugarh University.
After completing his rotating internship and senior house jobs in medicine for one-and-a-half years, he joined the Department of Pathology, AMC Dibrugarh, as a demonstrator in April 1969.
Dr Gogoi completed his Diploma in Clinical Pathology and MD (Pathology) degree as in-service candidate with distinction in both these examinations, which is a record itself.
Dr Gogoi was promoted to Assistant Professor of Pathology in 1974 and then as Professor of Pathology in 1994.
He became the Head of the Department of Pathology in 1996 and retired from his services on August 1, 2002.
Dr Gogoi took short-term training in Hematology and Cancer Immunology at Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai in 1980 and went to the UK for Postgraduate training in Cancer Immunology at the British Cancer Champaign Laboratory at Nottingham, the UK for one year under the state government’s scholarship in 1983.
He got married to Abha Gogoi, a resident of Rupban, Doomdooma, who was a subject teacher of Political Science in Pithubar Higher Secondary School, Khowang in 1982.
She has been a true and understanding companion throughout his difficult periods as well as other joyful moments in life till date.
Dr Gogoi is blessed with a son and a daughter. His son is a Consultant Public Relation Professional while his daughter is the Associate Director of Town and Country Planning, Assam.
Dr Gogoi did pioneering work in the field of Hemoglobinopathy in Assam and established it wide existence of these disorders in different communities in Assam.
He also introduced the gel electrophoresis technique at the Assam Medical College in 1970 when it was in its initial stages of use in India.
Later on, he disseminated the technical knowledge to the pathologists of Northeast India through a workshop on Hemoglobinopathy under the auspices of NE Chapter IAPM, Dr Gogoi was the founder general secretary of Northeast Chapter IAPM which was established in 1976.
He is also a life member of IAPM and IMA.
He served as Vice President of IMA Dibrugarh Branch for a short period. Dr Gogoi served as Postgraduate Examiner for Dibrugarh University, Gauhati University, Kolkata University and Patna University while in service.
Dr Gogoi has several publications on Cancer and Hemoglobinopathy in Indian international journals.
He is currently working as a consultant pathologist in his own Laboratory in Dibrugarh.