History of CSI

It was in 1946, an early summer evening; some of the doyens of Medicine in India were traveling by a train to Asansol in West Bengal to attend the State conference of the Indian Medical Association (IMA). It was like any other summer evening in this part of the country, replete with clamour of men and women engaged in their livelihood, the whistle of the engine and the muttering of the wheels grinding against the track. Beyond the window one could see the roads that ‘spread out like a tedious argument’.

The evening was drawing in with the darkness descending like a ‘patient etherised upon a table’. And then there were political instabilities round the corner. But nothing seemed to deter these gentlemen inside the compartment. For it was a historical moment and they were discussing formation of the Cardiological Society of Bengal.

The Cardiological society of Bengal was thus born on the 11th April, 1946 with Dr. B.C. Roy, the legendary physician (who later on became the Chief Minister of West Bengal) as its first President.

Two years passed by and on the 11th January, 1948, the eminent physicians of India met in Calcutta and decided to form a national Society of the Cardiologists. The decision was conveyed to all the physicians of India interested in Cardiology. The response was overwhelming.

And thus the Cardiological Society of India (CSI) was born on the 4th April, 1948 at Calcutta, a long march to a glorious future was flagged off!

It is interesting to note that the CSI was established one year earlier than the formation of the American College of Cardiology and the International Society & Federation of Cardiology (ISFC).

The first official conference of the CSI was held in 1950 at Calcutta in conjunction with the All India Medical Conference. It was in 1954 that the CSI decided to have its Annual Meeting along with that of the Association of Physicians of India (API).

The second decade of its existence was a record of steady progress of the CSI with both membership and scientific activities growing immensely. The most important achievement at this stage was the successful organization of the 5th World Congress of Cardiology in 1966 at New Delhi under the leadership of Dr. S. Padmavati with Dr. K. K. Datey of Mumbai as the Chairman of the Organizing Committee and Dr. D. P. Basu of Calcutta as the President of the CSI. The CSI continued having its Annual Meeting with API upto 1976. In the meantime the Silver Jubilee of CSI was held at Calcutta in 1973. During this period of 30 years, the organizational activities of the CSI, the membership strength, research work, and scientific achievements – all had grown to a height that necessitated a separate conference for the Society.

The Society has its own building now which has been constructed by the members of the Cardiological Society of India, West Bengal Chapter with their own contribution. Here free of cost cardiological consultation is given twice a week by respected members of the Society.

Cardiological Society of India has twenty five branches of its own spread all over the country.

The Scientific Council of the CSI is responsible for formation of various subcommittees to help the growth and development of different sub-specialties like, Preventive Cardiology, Rheumatic Heart Disease, Electrophysiology, Non-invasive Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology etc.

The Official Journal of the CSI, the India Heart Journal had its modest beginning in 1949 in Calcutta. The regular publication of the Journal; began in 1949 with Dr. J. C. Banerjea at its Hon. Editor. The Journal underwent much improvement in quality and get-up under the able editorship of Dr. Shantilal J. Shah of Mumbai who remained its Hon. Editor from 1971 to 1981 and then Dr. V.K. Bahl of AIIMS, New Delhi from 2000-2005. The Indian Heart Journal at present has achieved international standard and recognition. Presently Dr. Sundeep Mishra, New Delhi is the Hony. Editor of this prestigious journal.

The Cardiological Society of India is an active member of the International Society & federation of Cardiology and Asian Pacific Society of Cardiology and also SAARC society of Cardiology and jointly working with European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and American College of Cardiology (ACC).

The present membership strength of the Society including overseas members has reached more than three thousand five hundred. Every year the World Heart Day is observed at CSI HQ and all other branches of CSI on the last Sunday of the month of September.

National Intervention Council

National Intervention Council (NIC) is the interventional arm of CSI established to provide forum for practioners of this sub-specialty.

It is estimated that currently there are 1400 interventional cardiologists in the country. Appreciating the growing needs of this sub-specialty, CSI has decided to up-scale the activities of NIC.

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