Dr. Pramod Sharma
Chairman & Director
Dr. P.K. Sharma is the CMD of Pratiksha Group of Hospitals, Pratiksha School of Nursing . He did his MD in Obstetrics and Gynecology from Guwahati Medical College in 1991. While pursuing his studies he had taken into account the fact that advanced treatment in infertility (In vitro fertilization) – for test tube babies was not available in the north east region.
In 1995 he went to Melbourne, Australia and did his fellowship in IVF and minimal invasive surgery at Royal Women hospital. Though he was offered a job there he preferred to come back to Guwahati and serve the people of north east region. He successfully delivered the first IVF of his centre at a Guwahati based charitable hospital on 13th Feb1997.
He then joined as a programme director of IVF centre in a renowned hospital in the year 1998, where he delivered the first ICSI baby from testicular sperm in the year 1999. During the period from 1996 to 2013 he had attended several conferences in different parts of India as well as in Europe and America as a guest speaker and panelist.
MBBS | MD | Fellowship in IVF and Minimal Invasive Surgery (Australia)
One of his remarkable papers was “Post surgical intra uterine adhesions-at second look hysteroscopy” was accepted by the selectors for presentation at Global Congress on Endoscopic Surgery at San Francisco, USA, in November 2001.
He has been a pioneer in developing minimal invasive surgery in this part of country and has conducted several workshops in numerous remote areas of the north eastern region and has trained young gynecologist s in the field which has helped in reducing the problem of human infertility in the respective regions and the northeast as a whole. Way back in 1997, with the motive of popularizing total lap hysterectomy Dr. Sharma had conducted an Indo-Australian workshop at Jorhat in collaboration with Prof. Peter Maher, which was attended by many gynecologist from north eastern region as well as other parts of India. During the course of his service he even developed a team of Gynaecologist, Embryologists, Laparoscopic surgeons and also felt that the need of the hour in the region was to develop a centre dedicated towards Women and Child care. Thus in the year 2007, he established the landmark achievement of his career, “PRATIKSHA” a 50 bedded hospital specialized in In-vitro fertilization, Minimal invasive surgery and neonatal care. The IVF centre of the hospital attracted patients not only from the northeastern region but also from rest of the country and abroad. Hence, the concept of Reproductive tourism was materialised, which did not seem like realistic goal, till a few decades back, at least not in the context of the region.
Today PRATIKSHA hospital does around 1000 to 1200 cycles of IVF annually with a success rate of 40 – 45% and is considered as one of the most successful centres in India.
In 2008 he delivered the first surrogate baby of north east for a NRI couple.
In 2009 the first baby through the method of Frozen Blastocyst Transfer was born, under Dr.Sharma’s initiative.
Dr. Sharma knew that a baby is the ultimate source of happiness for any woman as motherhood is inherent in all women and it is the most beautiful feeling in the universe. But high neonatal mortality rates due to intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR), preterm delivery, pre-mature low birth weight, multiple pregnancy were obstacles to this human desire; hence to overcome this he established a fully equipped advanced neonatal care unit which is manned by a very efficient team of doctors and nurses. This unit has successfully saved many highly premature babies as early as 28 weeks weighing as less as 600gms. It also has the facility of safely transferring unhealthy babies from the periphery.
PRATIKSHA hospital is recognised by the Government of Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Bhutan and Manipur as their referral centre for treating infertile couples. PRATIKSHA hospital conducts training programs in Ultrasound, ART and Minimal Invasive Surgery regularly and has successfully trained more than 200 doctors. During this course Dr. Sharma realised that the region was lacking in good nursing services and hence was facing a lack of good nursing staff; as a solution to this he started the “Pratiksha School of Nursing” in 2011 which has been recognised by the Indian Nursing Council.
The response from patients from abroad and the rest of the country has encouraged Dr. P.K.Sharma to start his dream project in the name of “W PRATIKSHA HOSPITAL”, a 110 bedded Multi-speciality hospital, Gurgaon, Haryana which is operational since 8 March 2015.
He has also plans to start a chain of IVF centers across India. As a part of this project an IVF centre at Kolkata will be started soon by March ’14. What is remarkable is that Dr. Sharma has made his services available even to the people of lower socio-economic strata, by providing his services at subsidized rates and by running 50 IVF cycles annually free of cost.
In the last twenty years through his endeavours more and more infertile couples from interior parts of north east are now able to avail infertility treatment, which was earlier available outside the region or outside the country. By his training programme for young gynecologists he is continuously developing human resource in this field and in the present day they do not have to go abroad for training in IVF which is a costly and time consuming affair. He envisions PRATIKSHA as an institute of excellence in Women and Child healthcare in the near future. He wants to develop PRATIKSHA as an at par institution with the best medical institutes in the world like John Hopkins, Cambridge etc. Thus with this vision, determination and humble hope Dr. P.K.Sharma continues to serve the masses and helps them becomes a family from a couple.
• Association of Oxidative Stress Biomarkers and Antioxidant Enzymatic Activity in Male Infertility of North-East India. Published in Federation of Obstetrics & Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI) (September- October 2012) 62(5):546-550
• Microdeletions in the Y-chromosome of infertile males with Azoospermia, Oligozoospermia and Asthenozoospermia from Assam, India. Published in World Applied Sciences Journal 17(10): 1265-1270,2012.ISSN 1818-4952.IDOSI Publications, 2012.
• Prevalence of Azoospermia Factor (AZF) Deletions in Idiopathic Infertile Males in North-East India. Published in International Journal of Human Genetics, 11 (2):99-104 (2011)
• Chaired a session at National Congress on ART in Kolkata-1997
• Guest Speaker International Congress on Fallopian Tube & Hysterectomy in Mumbai-Feb 1998
• Attended 16th, 17th, 18th, 25th, 26th, 27th, European Society for Human Reproduction & Embryology conference in various parts of the world.
• Guest Speaker – Fertility and Sterility Society of Bangladesh (FSSB) in Dhaka -2009.
• Invited as Guest Speaker at Mumbai by the organization of AICOG -2012.
• Invited as Guest Speaker at Kolkata by Indian Society of Assisted Reproduction Bengal in Collaboration with Bengal Obstetrics and Gynecology Society- 2013