- About Us
Breast cancer is an ancient disease – in 440 BC the Greek historian Herodotus records the history of Atossa the Persian queen wife of Emperor Darius who had breast cancer which was excised by her Greek slave Democides. We have moved away from those dark ages to elegant, targeted therapies of personalized medicine which focus on cure and quality of life. Unfortunately, breast cancer still accounts for approximately 25% of all new cancers diagnosed. WHO reports, 65 % of patients in India present with stage III or IV of the disease, thereby severely restricting treatment options. The primary reason for this is the lack of awareness & screening resulting in diagnosis at an advanced stage of disease. Our health care system is not able to grapple with this explosion due to its limited resources. There is also a lack of trained manpower. Differing standards of Breast Imaging and reporting compound this problem.
In a moment of humility with great honour and privilege I take this baton from the exemplery past office bearers to serve as a General Sceretary of BISI for 2021 23. I seek Blessings from our visionary founder Dr Pant for the same. With the guidance of our very able President Dr Bagyam, I am motivated to take this society forward on all fronts along with the support of our current dynamic team members and all of you.
It has been only a rapid, upward and fruitful journey in achieving many goals for the society in just eight years. I must congratulate all the preceding office bearers for their outstanding dedicated work and remarkable initiatives contributing to the immense growth and progress of our society resulting in national and international recognition in a short span.
Dr. Varsha Hardas
Dr. SubhashRamani was a gem of a person; friendly and helpful. He was open-hearted and had an enviably large circle of friends and well-wishers. He would always meet everyone with wholehearted warmth, no matter if one is a new acquaintance or someone known for a long. You could also call him anytime. He would always take a call and make you feel that he loved speaking to you. Being an honest person, straightforwardness was perhaps his best-known virtue. He was good at reading people and little wary of deceitful ones. He would not hesitate to speak up his mind if needed. Occasional arguments were not unknown but it would not hold it for a long. He would let go of any difference quickly and again talk to the one involved with his same trademark joyfulness. He would never save grudges for anyone and even his critics knew this.
Much of his professional stint was in Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai, and breast imaging was his forte. He shared a very good rapport with his colleagues and especially with Dr. Meenakshi Thakur, another doyen of breast imaging in his department. Being at the best-known cancer hospital in India, this duo took the standards of breast imaging to new heights. Dr. Ramani would always keep him well versed with technological advances in mammography. For this reason, he was often an indispensable expert member of the purchase committees of most government institutions in India. He was especially passionate about quality control of breast imaging. No matter if he was interacting with an expert radiologists from a famous metropolitan center or a novice breast radiologist from a small-town hospital, he would insist on setting minimum technical and ethical standards appropriate in the given set-up. With vast experience and impeccable oratory skills, he was a much sought-after speaker for breast imaging talks across India and he would oblige as best he could. He especially loved attending CMEs in remote small towns, at times with his own expenses, and appreciate their enthusiasm for breast imaging. He would teach the basics in the way they could connect with and commensurate with the resources they have.
Dr. Ramani was one of few radiologists in India who took breast imaging as primary work a few decades ago. Being in this field for a long and because of his wide personal and professional circles, he personally knew almost every senior breast radiologist across India. whenever he noticed any young radiologist with breast imaging inclination, he would introduce himself and become close friends instantly. No wonder he was the key figure who connected most of the breast radiologists with each other and that ultimately lead to the formation of the Breast Imaging Society, India. Although he struggled for a long to bring us together and worked hard to form BISI, he always shied away from holding any top post in BISI governing council that he rightfully deserved. Most of us hoped that someday he will agree but he left us too soon. May his soul rest in peace.