Crouse Hospital has announced the retirement of Tarakad Ramachandran, MD, effective October 31, 2013. A pioneer in stroke medicine, Dr. Ramachandran was instrumental in creating the stroke centers at Crouse Hospital and Upstate Medical University.
“We are indebted to his vision and commitment for guiding us to our present position in neurosciences,” states Crouse Chief Medical Officer Ron Stahl, MD. “After a lifetime of service to patients and medical institutions both in this country and abroad, his retirement is richly earned, but will be keenly felt by many, including those of us in the medical community in Central New York. Tara’s retirement is our loss, but a well-deserved respite for him,” adds Dr. Stahl.
A board certified internist from the Royal Colleges of Physicians in England, Dr. Ramachandran joined Crouse Hospital in 1976, and his first day of neurological practice in the U.S. was on 4 North Irving at Crouse. He went on to serve as the hospital's Chief of Neurology from 1984 until 2012. He served on the Medical Staff Executive Committee from 1984 until 2013, one of the longest tenures. He went on to serve as Stroke Director and Neuroscience Director and is retiring as a Professor Emeritus in Neurology and Psychiatry.
Known nationally and internationally, his teaching awards and his presidency of the World Neurology Foundation clearly speak to his years of peer-valued excellence in global service.
One of his residents notes: “Rounding with Dr. Ramachandran has always been a remarkable experience. There is a wonder about him when he speaks. All ears are focused on every syllable of every word graced with his knowledge. He trained us to learn from every patient. Through his eyes we could see what was once unseen to us. What we learned from him grew to become the firm foundation of how we practice neurology today.”
Throughout his career Dr. Ramachandran acquired a long list of accomplishments. The most obvious being his scholarly milestones, but his greatest achievement has been the legacy he has left behind: the thousands of lives touched by his healing hands, the hundreds of students whom have been taught by him, not only of medicine but of life itself. His endless hard work, unparalleled dedication as a lifelong scholar, and compassion for humanity are what he will always be remembered for.
Thank you Dr. Ramachandran for all your contributions and years of service to patients and the practice of medicine.