Lieutenant General Narendra Kotwal takes over as Director and Commandant of Armed Forces Medical College Pune

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Wanowrie, 3rd March 2023: Lieutenant General Narendra Kotwal, SM, VSM assumed the appointment of Director and Commandant of the Armed Forces Medical College, Pune on 03 March 2023. Having completed his MBBS from Government Medical College, Jammu in 1985, he went on to do his MD in Medicine from AFMC in 1992. He is a Diplomate of National Board in Medicine and a Member of the National Academy of Medical Sciences (MNAMS) since 1997.

Continuing his academic journey further, he acquired Doctorate of Medicine (DM) in Endocrinology in 2000. The General Officer is also an alumnus of the National Defence College, New Delhi where he was awarded an M.Phil in Defence and Strategic studies in 2016.

In an exemplary career spanning over 35 years, the General Officer has held prestigious academic, clinical, and administrative appointments including Senior Advisor (Medicine) & Endocrinologist at the Army Hospital Research & Referral, New Delhi and at Command Hospital (Southern Command), Pune; Commandant, Armed Forces Clinic, New Delhi, and that of Assistant Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (Medical) [ACIDS (Med)].

The General Officer has the distinction of providing medical care to four honorable Presidents of India. He has also held the coveted appointments of Member of Specialist Committee under Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana; Advisor, UPSC for empanelment of advisors; Member, Standard Treatment Workflows (STWs) by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). He has also served as the Vice President, Endocrinology Society of India and as Secretary, Indian Thyroid Society.

He has been an academic guide to numerous postgraduate and super specialty students. He has 94 scientific publications in acclaimed international and national indexed academic journals and is also a reviewer for numerous international and national academic journals.
An avid blogger, the General Officer takes time out from his busy schedule for his literary pursuits whereby he regularly contributes articles to the media. A sports enthusiast and cyclist, he promotes healthy lifestyle leading by his personal example.

In recognition for his dedication to patient care and service, he has been conferred with ‘Vishisht Seva Medal’ in 2016 and ‘Sena Medal’ in 2019. He has also been conferred with Chief of Army Staff Commendation in 2007, 2012 and in 2014; Vice Chief of Army Staff Commendation in 2008; Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to The Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee (CISC) Commendation in 2013 and General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (Western Command) Commendation in 2006.

Prior to the present appointment he was tenating the coveted appointment of Major General Medical at Head Quarters, Madhya Bharat Area, Jabalpur.

His spouse Dr. Sumedha Kotwal is an acclaimed Oncopathologist. A keen painter and environmentalist, she contributes immensely to conserving and nurturing wildlife. Their son Divyanshu is working with a multinational company and is based in USA.