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Stanley Medical College (SMC) is a government medical college with hospitals, located in Chennai (Madras) in the state of Tamil NaduIndia. Though the original hospital is more than 200 years old, the medical college was formally established on July 2, 1938. Stanley Medical College is ranked 9th according to the NDTV ranking of top medical colleges in India.


Hand Rehabilitation / Plastic Surgery Institute
Stanley Medical College and Hospitals is one of the oldest and well known centers in India in the field of medical education. The seed for this institution was sown as early as 1740 when the East India Company first created the medical department. The renowened Stanley Hospital now stands on the old site of the Monegar choultry established in 1782.[2] In 1799 the Madras Native Infirmary was established with Monegar Choultry and leper asylum[2] providing medical services.
In 1830, a well known philanthropist Raja Sir Ramasamy Mudaliar endowed a hospital and dispensary in the Native Infirmary. In 1836, Madras Universityestablished M.B. & G.M. and L.M & S Medical Courses in the Native Infirmary. In 1903, a hospital assistant course was introduced with the help of the East India Company. In 1911, the first graduating class was awarded their Licensed Medical Practitioner (LMP) diplomas.
In 1933, Five Year D.M. & S (Diploma in Medicine & Surgery) course was inaugurated by Lt. Colonel Sir George Fredrick Stanley a British parliamentarian. The school was named after him by the Governor of Madras Presidency on July 2, 1938. In 1941, three medical and surgical units were created. This was expanded to seven medical and surgical units in 1964. In 1938, 72 students studied, and then from 1963, 150 students were admitted each year. In 1964, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, the President of India, laid the foundation stone for College Auditorium to mark Silver Jubilee Celebration.

The College is associated with the well known Government Stanley Hospital which has 1280 beds for in-patient treatment.[3] The hospital has an out-patient attendance of around 5000 patients per day.[4] A unique feature is its 8-story surgical complex equipped to perform up to 40 surgeries simultaneously, and a separate pediatrics block with all specialities under one roof.RSRM hospital is aso attached for obstetrics and Gyneacology care.
The three well known departments of the Stanley Medical Hospitals are Surgical GastroenterologyUrology and the Institute of Hand Rehabilitation and Plastic Surgery. The Institute for Research and Rehabilitation of Hand and the Department of Plastic Surgery (IRRH & DPS) is one of the best centers in Southeast Asia. The Department of Surgical Gastroenterology was the first in India to perform a successful liver transplant, under the leadership of Dr. R.P. Shanmugam, Surgical Gastroenterologist and the first among Hospitals/ Hospital Departments in India to obtain the ISO 9001 certification. The Department of Urology performs up to fifty kidney transplants a year.

Attached hospitals
§  Government Stanley Hospital, Chennai 600 001
§  Government Raja Sir Ramasamy Mudaliar (RSRM) Lying-in Hospital, Chennai 600 013
§  Government Hospital for Thoracic Medicine, Tambaram, Chennai 600 047
§  Government Peripheral Hospital, Tondiarpet, Chennai 600 081
Notable faculty and alumni
§  Vilayanur S. Ramachandran, World renowned Neurologist and Cognitive Science researcher
§  Dr.Govindappa Venkataswamy ( Dr V) founder of Aravind Eye Hospitals
§  Prof. R. Venkataswami, founder of IRRH & DPS (Hand Rehabilitation / Plastic Surgery)
§  Cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. T. Thomas The first Indian Cardiothoracic surgeon.
§  Dr. C. Palanivelu, Minimal Access Surgeon, Gastroentrology, founder of Gem Hospital, Coimbatore
§  Mohammed Rela, liver transplant surgeon at the King's College Hospital.
§  Dr David Jayakar, Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Chicago, USA
§  Dr. Bala Jaganathan, Medical & Surgical Simulation Technology,University of Central Florida, Orlando, USA
§  Dr AN. Subramanian Consultant Colorectal Surgeon and Lead Clinician, Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Trust, England
§  *Prof. I. R. Francis, Professor of Radiology and the Associate Chair for Research. He also serves as the Director of the Tumor Imaging Core at the University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.
§  Dr.Mirudhubashini Govindarajan, Infertility Expert
§  Dr.Lalitha kameswaran, A notable Pharmacologist and First Vice-Chancellor of Tamil Nadu Dr.MGR Medical University
§  Dr. Lakshmanan Sathyavagiswaran Chief Medical Examiner-Coroner for the County of Los Angeles