MV Hospital for Diabetes and Prof. M. Viswanathan Diabetes Research Centre, Royapuram, Chennai strives to help every person with diabetes to live his normal span of life in a healthy way.
Over the past three decades, Diabetes has emerged as a global epidemic. Escalation in prevalence of diabetes in India can be assessed by the fact that India has now been declared as the Diabetes capital of the world. Recent studies in this field show that Diabetes is one of those few conditions that accounts for multiple disorders including obesity, obstructive sleep apnea, severe kidney and lower urinary tract infection, stroke and many other diseases. The alarming rise of Type 1 & Type 2 Diabetes is attributed to the booming economic development of India that has affected lifestyle enormously. The major factors that have resulted in inducing the development of the disease cover increased level of stress, irregular working hours, lack of exercise and consumption of alcohol and fast food.
Dr. M. Viswanathan, ‘Doyen’ of Diabetology in India, began to think about Diabetes in 1950s when Tuberculosis was widespread in India. An insightful person, Dr. Viswanathan was able to anticipate that Diabetes would become a severe threat for humanity after fifty years. He discovered that family history of Diabetes would be one of the reasons for developing diabetes in future. His inclination for learning more about ‘Diabetes’ and work towards its prevention led to establishment of Vijaya Clinic in 1954 with the motive of leveraging his profound knowledge for the welfare of people. The clinic initially started as a generic hospital. However, Dr. Viswanathan kept an unswerving focus towards helping every diabetic to live his normal span of life in a healthy way.
In 1972, Vijaya Clinic was renamed as ‘M. V. Hospital for Diabetes’ and started functioning as a hospital exclusively for Diabetes and its complications. The hospital pioneered diabetes specialty services & care in India. Located in Royapuram, the hospital today has been acknowledged as one of the largest referral centres for Diabetes having registered nearly 4 Lakh patients till date. The hospital has branches at Adyar and Velachery in Chennai and another branch in Koramangala, Bangalore. The hospital is an internationally recognized tertiary care centre for referral of Diabetic patients requiring super-specialist opinion and management.
The hospital administration set up The Diabetes Research Centre Foundation in Chennai in 1972 to promote research in the field of Diabetes Mellitus. The Research Center pioneered advanced research in the field and gained recognition from the Indian Council of Medical Research. The Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India, New Delhi acknowledged the center as a leading research institution in 1983. MV Hospital for Diabetes & Research Centre has been designated by the World Health Organization, Geneva as the WHO collaborating centre for Research, Education and Training in Diabetes.
The hospital is equipped with several extraordinary features and has one hundred beds. It houses OPD (Out Patient Department), a modern ICU & Casualty department, department of Imaging, a sophisticated high technology diagnostic laboratory and a full-fledged Podiatry department for ‘Foot Care’ which has completed 25 years in ‘Saving Legs’. It also owns several departments for:
- major emergency and elective surgery
- early diagnosis of diabetic kidney and eye disease
- Foot examination with modern equipment for early diagnosis of diabetic foot complications and prevent amputation.
- Early diagnosis of heart problems related to Diabetes.
Sans Pareil Portfolio
MV’s plush service portfolio envelopes an exclusionary and specialized range of services that make it peerless. The hospital’s ‘foot care’ department provides intensive education in the practical aspects of foot care, the early recognition of the foot at risk, special advice on selection of footwear, and providing a comprehensive care for all diabetic foot complications. Also, there is an exclusive factory for making footwear according to each diabetic foot patient needs and baropedometer to prepare customized therapeutic moulded insoles. Footwear is made in technical collaboration with the Central Leather Research Institute[CLRI] and Central Footwear Technical Institute [CFTI]. There are testing facilities for central blood pressure and aging of one’s arteries, test for diabetic neuropathy, test for early kidney damage & estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate (eGFR), test for fundus (eye) examination and new methods to screen eye damages. The special facilities include Magnetotheraphy for foot examination and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) for wound healing.
M.V. Hospital for Diabetes, Royapuram, Chennai has obtained a strong foothold in the market having spearheaded the unique specialty in Diabetology. Internationally acclaimed expert Diabetologists are put in place to provide best services to patients and help them control their Diabetes. MV’s outstanding team of specialists cover 15 expert Diabetologist Consultants including Podiatric Surgeons and 25 visiting Consultants of liver, kidney, heart, neurological problems etc. There are several unique technologies for treating complications associated with Diabetes such as foot ulcer complications; complications related to eyes, liver, kidney and heart; and dental and neurological problems etc. The strong capabilities include:
- Saving legs from getting amputated
- Faster Wound Healing with the help of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
- Saving eyes from getting blind
- Protect Kidneys from getting irreparably damaged
- Restricting Heart Complications
- Avoiding stroke
- Preventing tooth decay
- Treating impotence
- Special caring for children affected from Type 1 Diabetes
- Control of Pregnancy related Diabetes Mellitus
Dr. VIJAY VISWANATHAN, MD., Ph.D., FRCP (London & Glasgow) – Chairman & Managing Director, M.V. Hospital for Diabetes, Royapuram, Chennai.
Dr. Vijay Viswanathan leads as the Head & the Chief Diabetologist at MV Hospital for Diabetes. A specialist in treating foot complications in diabetics, he has to his credit more than 200 original research articles in peer reviewed International and National journals on diabetic foot care and TB. He has trained over 2000 physicians in preventing foot amputation related to diabetes and has organized several International Conferences on diabetic foot. He is the Head of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Research, Education and Training in Diabetes. He earned his MD in Internal Medicine and was awarded Ph.D. in Medicine by Tamilnadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University, Chennai on the study of Diabetic kidney diseseas in Type 2 Diabetes. He was granted the Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians, London / Glasgow in 2009 / 2010 for his remarkable research contributions in the field of Diabetology. He has been conferred the first ‘Vivian Fonseca Award’ by American Diabetes Association. For his work in Diabetes and TB.