Obstetrics and Gynaecology in South India - Jon Baines Tours

Obstetrics and Gynaecology in South India

7 - 20 Feb 2021
  • Medical & Professional Tours

About the tour

From the shore temples at Mahabalipuram to the Chinese fishing nets at Cochin, travel through the southern states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala. Experience ancient Tamil history, the beautiful Coromandel coast, gracious Mysore and gentle, eclectic Kerala. Between the wide ranging professional visits there is ample time to enjoy the cultural treasures and stunning natural beauty of South India.

Your tour leader

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Richard Smith

Mr. J. Richard Smith MD, FRCOG is a consultant gynaecological surgeon at the West London Gynaecological Cancer Centre, Hammersmith Hospital and also an adjunct associate professor at the New York University School of Medicine.

Mr. Smith graduated from the University of Glasgow and worked in various Scottish hospitals until 1988. He then moved to further his training at St Mary’s Hospital in London and took up a consultant post at the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital in 1993. He is also an honorary consultant at the Royal Brompton Hospital. He moved to Hammersmith/Queen Charlotte’s Hospital a few years ago where his sub-specialisation of gynaecology is oncology, and within this he specialises in gestational trophoblastic disease, ovarian germ cell tumours, cervical cancer and vulval disease. During his career, he co invented the procedure of radical abdominal trachelectomy, and the modified Strassman procedure to allow fertility sparing surgery for woman with rare uterine tumours. He is a registered colposcopist and has a long-running interest in the management of pelvic pain and the psychology both of his patients and of the operating theatre.

His main surgical interest is fertility-sparing surgery and his research interest is the development of uterine transplantation, both from live and brain-dead donors. He is the Chairman of Womb Transplant UK Charity and leader of this research team. He is an Honorary Consultant in Transplantation Surgery at the University of Oxford hospitals. He is also involved with research related to endometrial transplantation, endometrial stem cell research and novel treatments for vulval cancers.

He has a long-running interest in doctor-patient communication and has published Women’s Cancers; Pathways to Healing 2009, Women’s Cancers; Pathways to Living 2015. He is the series editor of Patient Pictures (17 books) (210,000 copies). With respect to books for the medical profession he is First Editor of an Atlas of Gynaecological Oncology (4 editions) and of eight other post-graduate medical textbooks. The Story of Womb Transplant UK has recently been accepted as a title by World Scientific Press. He has over 200 peer reviewed publications as well as numerous reviews and articles.

In the field of non- medical publishing he has published The Journey: Spirituality, Pilgrimage and Chant, DLT, 2016 and currently has two new non - medical books with his agent entitled A Very Byzantine Journey and Don’t Give Up: A Story of Hope in Twelve Golden Rules.

He has four children who he loves dearly and spends his time between London, where he lives on a house boat, and Scotland, where he lives at the south end of an island, in the middle of nowhere.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • 7 Feb (Sun) Chennai / Mahabalipuram: Arrive Chennai and transfer to your resort. Afternoon at leisure
  • 8 Feb (Mon) Mahabalipuram: Drive to the former French colony of Pondicherry and explore the French and Tamil quarters. Visit the Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences and see the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (partners at leisure). Return to Mahabalipuram for a welcome dinner
  • 9 Feb (Tues) Mahabalipuram: Explore the countryside by auto rickshaws, including a visit to Kadumbadi village, a village school, a temple and a primary health centre. Thali lunch in village. Visit the World Heritage shore temples
  • 10 Feb (Wed) Mahabalipuram / Bangalore: Fly to Bangalore and transfer to the hotel. Visit the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department of the MS Ramiah Hospital. Partner tour to the silk bazaar
  • 11 Feb (Thur) Bangalore / Mysore: Drive to Mysore via the lovely Amruth Vana Ethnomedical Garden of Ayurvedic botanical remedies. Visit the Palace of Sultan Tipu en route to Mysore
  • 12 Feb (Fri) Mysore: Visit St Mathew’s Children’s Nutrition Centre. Visit Mysore Palace and the colourful Devaraj Market
  • 13 Feb (Sat) Mysore: Visit Chamundi Hill for the procession of the Goddess at the Temple and the Bull. High tea at Lalitha Mahal Palace and at leisure
  • 14 Feb (Sun) Mysore / Ooty: Drive into the Blue Mountains and up to the hill station at Ooty. Arrive and at leisure before enjoying a gin and tonic at The Savoy
  • 15 Feb (Mon) Ooty: Take the toy train to Coonoor and visit the tea plantation. Return to Ooty and visit the famous botanical gardens, laid out by gardeners from Kew
  • 16 Feb (Tues) Ooty / Cochin: Drive to Coimbatore. Take the train across the Cardamom Hills to Cochin
  • 17 Feb (Wed) Cochin: Visit Nagajuna Ayurvedic Hospital to learn of massage, yoga and diet. Take a walking tour of Fort Cochin. Visit the Dutch Palace, the synagogue and the spice houses
  • 18 Feb (Thur) Cochin: Take a cruise through the lush Keralan backwaters onboard a converted rice barge. Lunch on board and return to Cochin.
  • 19 Feb (Fri) Cochin: Depart Cochin or extend

Tour cost

USD $3,898 per person sharing (excluding international flights and transfers)

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