Dr.Shaji was one of the first doctors who joined Baby Memorial Hospital when it was started in 1987. Starting his career as a Paediatrics specialist in BMH, he has gone on to become the Chief of Paediatrics & Neonatology and Director of Quality Management Services in this institution. He is also actively involved in the management of problems associated with teenagers and young adults. He was the first in Kerala to start a special clinic for children with Down syndrome. He is a much sought after faculty for state and national conferences, especially on topics related to Adolescent Paediatrics and Trisomy 21 (Down syndrome).
Dr.Shaji Thomas John was one of the first doctors who joined Baby Memorial Hospital when it was started in 1987. The department of Paediatrics was formed and nurtured under his guidance and over the years has become one of the strongholds of the institution. Starting his career as a Paediatrics specialist in BMH, he has gone on to become the Chief of Paediatrics & Neonatology in this institution. After obtaining his PG Diploma in Adolescent Paediatrics he is actively involved in the management of problems associated with teenagers and young adults also. He was the first in Kerala to start a special clinic for children with Down syndrome amply supported by the management of the hospital. Recognizing his administrative qualities coupled with sincerity and dedication he was made the Medical Superintendent of the hospital in 1993 and later the Director of Quality Management Services in 2013.Prior to his attachment with Baby Memorial Hospital, he had worked in the Ministry of Health in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for 3 years.
He is a much sought after faculty for state and national conferences, especially on topics related to Adolescent Paediatrics and Trisomy 21 (Down syndrome). He is an authority on Trisomy 21 and a recognized speaker for World Down Syndrome Congresses. Dr.Shaji Thomas John is well known for his advocacy for children with special needs and represents India in the APDSF (Asia Pacific Down Syndrome Federation) and is also the Chair of the Asia Pacific Down Syndrome Medical Health Wellness (APDS MHW) Research Committee.
Dr.Shaji had conceived and directed the Free Hepatitis B Vaccination programme with the help of 'Children's Opportunities Grant' in the city of Calicut in the year 2000 wherein all the Government Primary School children who were willing were immunized. It was only later that the government made it compulsory and is now part of the 'Pentavalent vaccine' routinely administered to all children in India. He was also the District Coordinator and Resource person for Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) of World Health Organisation (WHO).
Actively involved in the researches associated with Down syndrome, as the Chair of APDSMHW Research Committee. An ongoing study is also headed by him, related to the development of children with Down syndrome, who attend the free clinic for them in Baby Memorial Hospital.
Dr.Shaji has many publications to his credit and was the first to report ‘Hot Water Epilepsy’from Kerala. Few of the publications are as noted below:
Contributions to books In:
- Swati Bhave. Ed. Adolescent Health Medicine. In: Parthasarathy A. Ed.IAP Color Atlas of Pediatrics. Contributed to Adolescent Health.
- Teaching material released in connection with Adolescon 2011
- Down syndrome A Down to Earth Approach. 2012
- Wiskott Aldrich Syndrome. Shaji Thomas John. Ind.J.Dermatology & Venerology. 1992; 58: 338340
- Hot Water Epilepsy. Shaji Thomas John. Kerala Med. J. 2000; 41(3): 2526
- Unilateral Hemispheric Encephalitis. Mohan Leslie Noone, Shaji Thomas John, BMH MedJ. 2014; 1(1): 1718
- * Infant with Hypocalcaemia and Dilated Cardiomyopathy secondary to Vitamin D Deficiency. Dhaval KC, Roshni Gangan, Shaji Thomas John, BMH J.2015;2(1): 202.
Dr. Shaji Thomas John was the recipient of the ‘Amaljith Humanitarian Foundation Award 2009’ (a national level award) for his services to children with special needs and the ‘Best Doctor Award 2012’ instituted by the Kozhikode branch of Indian Medical Association. In addition he was also the recipient of the 'Distinguished Service Award' on Doctors Day 2006 and the 'Four Avenues of Service Citation' by Rotary International in 2002.
He was recently honoured on World Down Syndrome Day 2016 (21st March) by the Department of Paediatrics, Government Medical College, Calicut and the Indian Academy of Pediatrics, in recognition of the services rendered for the betterment of persons with Down syndrome.
Dr.Shaji was the State President of the 'Adolescent Health Academy' (AHA) in 2010, 'Indian Academy of Pediatrics' (IAP) in 2014 and is now the National Chairperson of AHA for the year 2016.
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