Professor Karna Dev Bardhan OBE (known to many as Chandu) was hugely respected in the world of gastroenterology.

He was also a great friend of our founder, the late Professor Peter Dettmar.

They often collaborated on research into the role of pepsin and together they raised awareness of extraoesophageal reflux among gastroenterologists.

He was also a supporter of the development of Peptest and recognised how it could help towards making a diagnosis, and to plan and develop more effective treatment.

Professor Bardhan died peacefully on 5 April, aged 82, and it was wonderful to see the Rotherham Advertiser recognise the legacy of the “grandfather of gastroenterology in South Yorkshire”.

He was the first gastroenterologist in Rotherham, and he later established a research unit that became an internationally recognised centre of excellence for gastrointestinal diseases. It later became The Bardhan Research and Education Trust.

Professor Bardhan became the first ever recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG) and was awarded the honour of an OBE by the Queen in 2001. He retired from clinical practice in March 2011 but continued to be an active researcher, undertaking GI teaching as well as supporting and mentoring a generation of GI doctors.

His memoir – An Improbable Journey in Medicine: A Story of Courage and Enterprise  – is available to buy on Amazon.

The whole team enjoyed the privilege of working with Chandu and learning from his great knowledge and wisdom – he will be greatly missed.

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