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Department of Dermatology

The Department of Dermatology, AFMC & CH(SC) provides inpatient and out-patient treatment to dermatological, sexually transmitted infections, leprosy and immune-surveillance (HIV/AIDS) cases of Pune garrison and referred cases of Southern Command. It is responsible for training of post graduates (MD/DDVL), undergraduates (MBBS) and paramedicals (nursing cadets, STAs & NAs). The formal establishment of the post graduate teaching, Dept of Dermatology and Venereology of Armed Forces Medical College and Command Hospital (Southern Command), Pune was in the year 1965 with Diploma in Dermatology and Venereology in Ward no 3 of Command Hospital (Southern Command), Pune. dermatology It was later shifted to one of the oldest garrison accommodation of 1826 vintage in the Pune Camp. Currently, Dermatology department is housed in the first floor in Block 1 of the new command hospital building. The civil OPD runs in the first floor of the civil OPD complex. The Department of Dermatology at AFMC was accommodated in 2010 in newly constructed building having requisite facilities behind the lecture hall complex next to Dhanvantari auditorium. At CH(SC), in addition to an 85 bedded Skin, STD & Leprosy Centre, the department also manages an Immunodeficiency Centre (IDC) within existing resources since 1992; including inpatient care, documentation and surveillance of HIV/AIDS persons registered at this Immunodeficiency centre.

 

Brig AS Sohi was instrumental in introducing a comprehensive MD programme incorporating Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy, as no other university was offering a MD degree encompassing the three subjects. Over the years, more than a hundred Dermatologists have done their post-graduation from AFMC, which has been consistently ranked amongst the top Medical Colleges of the country. Over the years, the department has made remarkable progress under the guidance of various luminaries and stalwarts.

The present department of dermatology is doing pioneering work in the field of research activities. It has a fully functional dermatosurgery unit where procedures like vitiligo surgery, acne scar revision surgery and hair transplant is being regularly carried out. The department is also equipped with latest pigment removing lasers, fractional CO2 laser, Low level light therapy unit and a phototherapy unit.