HISTORY OF GMCANA

GMCANA, with its activities on many fronts to benefit the alumni, the alma mater and the general public, has become the model to emulate for many other alumni organizations. Since its beginnings in a crowded classroom in Oak Park and River Forest High School more than 30 years ago, it had been, to say the least, an interesting journey. We recount here the major milestones and achievements along the way. 


1981

  • May 24: Alumni of Guntur Medical College gather at the Third TANA Conference in Oak Park, IL, and decide to form an organization of their own - Guntur Medical College Alumni of North America (GMCANA) - in order to meet the goals of raising resources to promote teaching and patient care needs at Guntur Medical College and its affiliated institutions, and serving the needs of the alumni in North America.
  • Dr. Ramaiah Samala (’54) was elected as the First President, Dr. Seetharama Rao Bobba (‘60) and Dr. Babu Rajendra Prasad Dandamudi (‘64) as officers. Dr. Rama Rao Kaza (‘65) took the lead in drafting the constitution.
  • December 31: GMCANA was incorporated as a Not for Profit Corporation in the State of Missouri.

1989

  • September 2-4: First GMCANA Grand Reunion and Convention was organized at the Rosemont Westin Hotel in Chicago;
  • Dr. Sri Krishna Murthy Nuthi (’59) was President; Dr. Ramaraja Bhushanudu Yalavarthi (’67) was Convenor. Decision made to have GMCANA Reunions on a regular basis and to draft a new constitution.
  • An Alumni Building Project was proposed and $100,000 was raised for this purpose almost immediately.

1990

  • November 9-11: Second Reunion at Nashville. Dr. Ramaraja Bhushanudu Yalavarthi installed as President; New Constitution adopted.
  • First endowment, CG Ramamurthy Memorial Fund in Obstetrics and Gynecology, was initiated.

1991

  • Publication of the newsletter, Alumni News, began. Dr. V. Chowdary Jampala (‘72) was the first Editor

1992-93

  • August 21-23: Third Reunion at Falls Church, VA. Rangaraya Medical College alumni decided to combine their reunion with the GMCANA reunion (RMC continues to have their reunions together with GMC since then. Kurnool Medical College, Andhra Medical College, and Siddhartha Medical College alumni also celebrated their reunions along with GMCANA at different times). Dr. Sriharidas Kanuru (’60) was installed as President and Dr. Seetaramarao Bobba took office as the first Chairman of Board of Trustees.
  • New endowments set up at GMC to provide continuing medical education in Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Orthopedics, and Health Education. A copy machine was purchased for use at GMC.

1994-95

  • August 12-14, 1994. Fourth Reunion in St. Louis. Dr. Mangaraju Vanapalli (‘58) installed as President.Books and journals supplied to the GMC Library. Alumni Building Project got stalled due to bureaucratic hurdles.

1996

  • August 9-11. Fifth Reunion in Atlanta. Dr. V. Chowdary Jampala installed as President and Dr. Mani Akkineni (’96) as the Chair of Board of Trustees
  • GMCANA entered the electronic age with its own web site at www.gmcana.org with the initiative of Dr. Ravikumar Tripuraneni (‘71), Chairman of Communications Committee. The web site has become a major communication tool for the organization.
  • A bust of Dr. DJ Reddy was installed by GMCANA at GMC.

1997

  • Development of Strategic Plan: Sri Rayapati Sambasiva Rao, Member of Parliament, Guntur, brought a request from the Superintendent of the Government General Hospital (GGH) asking for help to rejuvenate the hospital and help with the training resources. Drs. Venkata Subbarao Uppuluri (‘63) and Aruna Prasad Kancherla (‘60) visited GMC and GGH in 1997 on fact-finding missions and consulted with the leaders of the two institutions as well as local alumni. Dr. Jampala and the Executive Committee developed a strategic plan for the rejuvenation of the institutions.
  • Andhra Pradesh State Government approved Dr. Jampala’s request to appoint a Special Officer for development of GMC and GGH.

1998

  • August 14-16: Sixth Reunion in Pittsburgh. Dr. Aruna Prasad Kancherla (’60) and Dr. Ammani Dasari were installed as President and Chair of Board of Trustees.
  • November 11: Executive Committee refines the strategic plan with a focus group meeting in Chicago. The organization defined its mission: “ To help develop Guntur Medical College and Government General Hospital-Guntur, as premier modern Medical Education facilities for undergraduate and postgraduate medical students, staff and medical community at large ”.

1999

  • Active fundraising conducted in many cities. In a period of twelve months, GMCANA, with large donations from the alumni, provided GGH an X-ray unit, a fetal ultrasound monitor, a chemistry analyzer, a modern three-room operating theatre, and a large number of textbooks to the library. A Research Endowment Fund and a Scholarship Fund were established at GMC.
  • A Continuing Medical Education Center with three computers, multimedia software and internet access was established along with an additional reading room with a capacity for 60 students. In addition, an electronic teaching microscope with TV attachment for the department of pathology, a bronchoscope and PFT machine for the Govt.Fever hospital and an image intensifier for the X-ray department were also donated.

2000

  • August 4-6: Seventh Reunion in New York. Dr. Venkata Subbarao Uppuluri was installed as President and Dr. Ramarao Kaza as the Chair of Board of Trustees.
  • Active communication among GMCANA, GMC, GGH and Government of AP to improve the parent institutions helps build trust.
  • Efforts began to renovate the Government Fever Hospital and donations of various other equipment.

2001

  • Dr. Uppuluri and the GMCANA leadership developed a Comprehensive Proposal for Improvement of Medical Education and Teaching Hospitals in Andhra Pradesh and presented the proposal to the Chief Minister in December 2001. The Chief Minister agreed to implement some of the changes recommended in the proposal including opening the hospital for paying patients.
  • GMCANA initiated a new campaign, “WE CARE!” to rally the necessary support for the development of our parent institutions in Guntur. This slogan has now come to embody the attitude of all concerned alumni and staff and is instilling a sense of pride and achievement.

2002

  • April: Groundbreaking Ceremony conducted for the GMCANA Auditorium. This project (formerly Alumni Building Project) finally got off the ground with a combination of funds from GMCANA and the state government and construction began.
  • August 31 – September 2: Chicago hosts another Grand Reunion (Eighth). Dr. Ravikumar Tripuraneni and Dr. Veeraiah Chowdary Perni (’64) were installed as the President and Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Following a well organized presentation by the Executive Committee about the progress over the past two years including the groundbreaking of the
  • GMCANA Auditorium, the Chief Guest, Dr. Anji Reddy, made an emotional presentation about the efforts to improve the conditions at GGH and GMC. The properly impressed alumni responded generously with large donations to ensure the completion of the auditorium project.
  • November: K. Ramakrishna Rao, Collector of Guntur District, took charge as the Chairman of the newly constituted Hospital Development Society and met with the GMCANA leadership during a tour of USA. Impressed by the vision and commitment of GMCANA, he made serious efforts to transform GGH into a top-class facility. Under his leadership, the hospital was rapidly computerized.

2003

  • GMCANA sponsored courses in basic and advanced life support at GMC/GGH and provided equipment to the newly started Intensive Care Unit and helped expand services in the Pediatrics, Physiotherapy, Post-operative Recovery and OB/Gyn units. A new Iridium Brachytherapy Unit, an additional wing at the Government Fever Hospital Building and the ENB Sarma Subspecialty OR sponsored by GMCANA were dedicated.

2004

  • September 4-6: Ninth Reunion at Anaheim, California. Dr. Gowtham Mulpur (’75) and Dr. Sriharidas Kanuru (’60) were installed as the President and Chairman of the Board of Trustees.A Neonatal Intensive Care Unit was opened at GGH; monitoring equipment worth more than Rs. 20 lakhs has been shipped from US; the CME Center was upgraded; and a corpus fund for the maintenance of the auditorium and sponsoring of continuing educational programs was established.

2005

  • January 21-23: Inauguration of the Auditorium and Global Alumni Homecoming in Guntur was organized by GMCANA together with GMCOSA (Guntur Medical College Old Students Association at Guntur) and with Guntur Medical College Graduates of UK. The Homecoming, a Grand Celebration over three days, attracted a large number of alumni. The festivities included the inauguration of the new GMCANA Auditorium, our loving gift to our alma mater and the city of Guntur. The students celebrated the occasion by holding the first College Day function in almost a decade. It was a weekend of memories for all the attendees.
  • July: Dr. Nagarjuna Reddy Ponugoti was installed as President at the General body Meeting in Detroit.

2006

  • September 2-4: The Silver Jubilee Reunion of GMCANA at Orlando, Florida. Dr. Umadevi Gavani (’65) was installed as the President of GMCANA as was Dr. Nageswararao Latchamsetty (’60) as the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees, This Tenth Reunion was significant for the leadership roles taken by another new generation of GMC alumni. Dr. I.V. Subbarao, Secretary of Health, AP, addressed the meeting, discussing the role of public-private partnership in maintaining the government institutions in new millennium.
  • Access to the auditorium was improved with the demolition of the infamous Deyyaala Meda, and construction of a new access road directly to the auditorium with more convenient parking.

2007

  • July: A major achievement during this period was laying the groundwork for the Podila Prasad - GMCANA Superspecialty and Trauma Center. The Government of Andhra Pradesh and the Hospital Development Committee were planning to construct a new Millennium Block at GGH and sought GMCANA’s involvement in developing the super-specialty units.Dr. Podila Venkata Prasad (’81) came forward to generously donate Rs. 5 crores for this purpose. Sri K. Rosaiah, the then Health Minister, agreed to provide a matching grant of Rs. 5 crores. After announcing this at the General body meeting at 14th TANA conference, the then Health Education minister of AP, Mrs. Galla Aruna Kumari, and GMCANA signed a Memorandum of Understanding.
  • December 3: The foundation stone for the Podila project was laid.
  • Ten lecture galleries at GMC were renovated and modernized. Four new Endowments were established in the departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Surgery, Internal Medicine and Physiology.

2008

  • February: The collaboration between GMCANA and the Rotary Club of Stockton resulted in a donation of equipment worth Rs 16,81,000 to GGH.  The equipment includes a Colonovideoscope, a Multi-channel Monitor, EKG Machines, a Colonoscope, a Biological Microscope and a Drill system for Orthopedics.
  • May: GMCANA donated 15 beds to pediatrics, 50 beds to the newly constructed Obstetrics Building and 30 beds, a Bi-Papmachine and nebulizers to the Fever hospital.
  • GMCANA took an active role in the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of the alma mater, sponsoring the publication of the souvenir and hosting a celebratory dinner for students and staff. A laptop computer and an LCD projector were donated on this occasion for the Sushrutha Hall at GGH.
  • August 30-September 1: Eleventh Reunion at Dallas. Dr. Satyanarayana Nelluri (’81) and Dr. Bhaskara Murthy Ponnuru(’63) were installed as the President and Chairman of the Board of Trustees. After unveiling the construction plans for the Podila Prasad- GMCANA Super Speciality & Trauma Center, the official fundraising campaign has been launched during this reunion and the attendees responded overwhelmingly.

2009

  • February: Gymnasium and Recreation Center for Students were inaugurated in the memory of our beloved teacher Dr. Nuthakki Venkateswara Rao.
  • GMCANA equipped all lecture galleries with modern audiovisual facilities, renovated the library, and began providing electronic library services. Dr. Sriharidas Kanuru came through again with the Pediatric Water Project ensuring running water supply to the pediatric unit.
  • The Rotary Club of Stockton continued to support GMC/GGH with sophisticated equipment worth Rs. 4 million.

2010

  • September 4-6: St. Louis played host again for the 12th Reunion. Dr. P. Babu Reddy Sagireddy was installed as the President and Dr. Bhaskara Murthy Ponnuru continued as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Once again the alumni came through with generous donations for the Podila Prasad- GMCANA Super Speciality & Trauma Center.

2011

  • The state government increased its commitment for the Podila Project to a total of 10 crores and GMCANA matched the amount. Construction on the project is proceeding briskly.

2012

  • April: GMCANA conducted a workshop and trained 182 physicians and students in BLS and ACLS.
  • July: Classes of 62 and 72 contributed to air-conditioning the GMC Library, lecture galleries and the reading room in Men's Hostel.
  • GMCANA Trust in India received FCRA clearance.
  • September 1-3: Chicago is the place once more for the 13th Reunion.
  • Updated website inaugurated.
  • GMCANA is eagerly anticipating the opening of the Podila Prasad- GMCANA Super Speciality & Trauma Center.