“Babies are bits of star-dust blown from the hand of God. Lucky the woman who knows the pangs of birth for she has held a star” - Andy James.
Who better than to realize this vital aspect of human life than someone who has spent her entire life in bringing smile and joy to the faces of mothers who had lost all hope of ever holding a child in their arms. The story of evolution of IVF in India cannot be said without the mention of Dr. Nandita Palshetkar. Dr Palshetkar is the shining star on the OBGY horizon who brought hope and joy to thousands of couples who were struggling with the emotional and social consequences of not being blessed with a child.
Dr. Palshetkar was born on 30th October 1963 in Mumbai the first child of Hon’ble Dr. D.Y. Patil and Mrs. Pushplata D. Patil. Her father Dr. D.Y. Patil was destined to change the Educational and health care landscape of the state of Maharashtra and today he is known as the pioneer of private education in the country and has tirelessly worked for providing education to the poor and downtrodden sections of society. He is currently serving the nation as the Hon’ble Governor of Tripura.
Dr. Palshetkar completed her MD in 1993 from Mumbai University. She was also awarded the FCPS in the same year from the College of Physicians and surgeons Mumbai. Subsequently she was awarded the ICOG from the MICOG Mumbai.
To keep abreast of the rapidly evolving technology in the IVF domain worldwide Dr. Palshetkar regularly attends many training programs and workshops worldwide. She also has considerable research work in cutting edge OBGY domain space. She is currently the professor of OBGY at the Dr. D.Y. Patil Medical College, Navi Mumbai and teacher for super specialty degree (FNB), Fellowship in Reproductive Medicine, National Board, Delhi at Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai.
This accumulated expertise has helped her to make India a low cost provider of effective IVF treatment for couples worldwide. Dr. Palshetkar also has the distinction of being one of the most prolific contributor to the enhancement of academic body of knowledge in OBGY in India. She has presented papers and contributed articles in many journals and magazines.
Dr. Palshetkar was one of early visionaries who brought the now famous IVF treatment within reach of the common man and has tirelessly worked for spreading the benefits of IVF technology in India. She has been hailed as the “face of the IVF program” by the media several times in the last decade. Furthermore, Dr. Palshetkar has reached great heights and has made an enormous contribution to the field of Gynaecology by achieving various noteworthy records throughout her career.
Dr. Palshetkar has the record of being the first to establish assisted laser hatching in this country in 1998 along with having delivered first laser hatching twins in India.
She is also a pioneer in establishing the spindle view technology in India so as to prevent damage to the genes during test-tube baby procedure, establishing the first egg and ovarian tissue bank in India and establishing IMSI – a new technology for improving results in Male Infertility, for the first time in India.
Dr. Palshetkar also has the credit of Installing the IVF-Metabolomics Machine, First in Asia & Fifth in the World at Lilavati Hospital IVF Centre in 2010. Installation of Primovision – digital microscope 1st time in India to improve pregnancy rates in 2011. Recently Lilavati Hospital Bloom IVF Centre Mumbai launches the Digital Microscope Incubator (Embryoscope), first time in Asia. Recently she & her team achieved pregnancy in 2016 from eggs stored in 2007 for lifestyle purpose.
Today she is a part of the Infertility unit of many renowned hospitals like the Lilavati Hospital Mumbai, Fortis Group of hospitals Delhi, Mumbai, Chandigarh & Gurgoan and the Dr. D.Y. Patil Hospital and Medical research Centre Navi Mumbai.
Her philanthropic nature inherited from her illustrious father has ensured that poor couples are given this treatment for free and this single act has brought her blessings from those families who could not have otherwise afforded the cost of treatment.
Dr. Palshetkar has been felicitated and awarded a number of times by various organizations and the Maharashtra Government for her contribution to popularize the IVF treatment in India.
Dr. Palshetkar has been the recipient of various prestigious awards namely the Bharat Gaurav Award at House of Commons 2015, Hex World Newsmakers Achievers Awards for Best Doctor in Gynaecologist field on 1st May 2010, the “Best Woman Achiever” Award in the gynaecological field from the Mayor of Mumbai (Mrs. Shraddha Jadhav) in 2010, the” Best Woman Achiever” Award in the gynaecological field from Giants Group of Byculla from the Mayor in 2009 and the “BHARAT EXCELLENCE AWARD” & GOLD MEDAL, Certificate of Excellence & Certificate of Felicitation for the year 2009, at the Conference on “Economic Growth & National Unity” organized by the Friendship Forum of India on February 25, 2009 to name a few. She was also recognized as the “Maharashtrian Woman Achiever” at the Mumbai Festival, at the Gateway of India on the 26th January 2006.
Dr. Palshetkar routinely organizes training programs for other doctors all over India to pass on her considerable skills for the benefit of wider society. She has trained more than 5000 gynaecologist in infertility management over last 18 years.
Dr. Palshetkar is a regular contributor to many magazines & newspapers and puts in regular appearances on National Televison. She has also contributed lots of articles in manuals & journals which have helped out lots of students & doctor’s too. She has also held many national conferences where doctors from all over India and the world have gathered to hear her speak about the various aspects of IVF. She has given more than 450 lectures in various cities national & international.
Her effort through extensive media interaction is to reach out to the millions of women all over India who are unaware of the immense benefits of IVF in their personal lives. Dr. Palshetkar has been invited as a trustee on board a number of hospitals and has extensive professional affiliations with a large number of institutions and hospitals in India and abroad.
Trustees of Various Educational firms as details given below:-
She was also the Senior Vice president FOGSI for year 2011 which is a well deserved recognition by members (i.e vast body of 25 thousand members) of her own fraternity to her immense contribution to the cause of IVF in India and the world. She was also the member & Chairperson of Perinatology Committee of (FOGSI). She is also Vice President IAGE (Indian Association of Gynaecological Endoscopist), Managing Committee Member ISAR (Indian Society of Assisted Reproduction) & President to MOGS (Mumbai Obstretics & Gynaecological Society). She is also the member of Accrediation society (ISAR). She was the Organising Secretary of AICOG 2013. She was also the Past Managing Committee member of Family Welfare Committee IMA. She is also the member of AFG (Association of Fellow Gynaecologists.) Apart from Indian societies she is also the member for International societies like European Society of Human Reproduction (ESHRE) & American Society for Reproductive medicine (ASRM).
Her fame is now worldwide and many couples from around the world are queuing up at her various clinics for treatment. Dr Palshetkar has brought a smile to each family she has touched.
Dr. Palshetkar dreams of bringing state of the art OBGY care and IVF treatment to all parts of India. She is working on ways and means to make India the largest provider of high quality IVF treatment to the rest of the world.
Dr. Palshetkar lives in Mumbai with her small family and has a lovely son who is following his mother into the medical profession. She travels to all parts of the country and the world and is always eager to soothe a distraught mother who eagerly awaits her first child or an addition to her family.