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Deepak Narayan, MBBS, FRCS

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Deepak Narayan, MBBS, FRCS
1962 - 2018

The Department of Surgery mourns the loss of a dear friend, colleague, esteemed professor and faculty member; at 56 years young, Dr. Deepak Narayan lost his battle with cancer on Christmas Eve. As professor of surgery, Residency Program Director, and Interim Director of the Cancer Center's Melanoma Program, Deepak made remarkable clinical and academic contributions, and held key leadership roles both at Yale and nationally. He will be sorely missed by all who were touched by his life and gifts.

Deepak was born in India, where he began his medical career. He obtained his Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in the United Kingdom, and joined the Yale Surgery family shortly thereafter when he began his general surgery residency. He completed a research fellowship at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and a subsequent research fellowship in the Departments of Surgery and Genetics at Yale. Deepak completed his general surgery residency at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, where he won every award offered at graduation for clinical excellence, research, humanism, and professionalism. Yale's plastic surgery residency was next, followed by academic appointment in the Section of Plastic Surgery. Deepak quickly rose the ranks to full professor and chief of Plastic Surgery at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System in West Haven, where he served for the past 15 years.

Perhaps Deepak's greatest legacy was his work in the field of melanoma. He was a longtime member of the Yale Cancer Center's Melanoma Program, ultimately rising to the level of Interim Director, when he was afflicted by disease. He will be remembered for his prodigious and vast clinical knowledge base and his ability to develop innovative solutions for the most complex multidisciplinary cases.

As an inspiring leader and NIH R01-funded surgeon-scientist, he served as a research mentor for more than 37 research fellows, lectured from distinguished podiums around the world, and was published in numerous reputable journals. He held leadership roles with many national organizations, including the American Association of Plastic Surgeons, the New England Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (President 2017-18), and the American Board of Plastic Surgery, among others. Deepak was instrumental in partnering with the local and national Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education for the successful expansion of the Yale plastic surgery residency program.

What is not captured in the review of Deepak's work, is his self-effacing, wry humor, and his keen interest in everything from ornithology to medical history. Deepak is an irreplaceable human being with a generous heart and creative mind. His many friends will not forget his smile, creativity, and friendship.

He is survived by his father H.B.N Shetty, brother Prashanth Shetty, and sisters Shobha Shetty and Aruna Gupta. We are also holding a memorial service at Yale March 23rd 9:30 am on campus.

American Association of Plastic Surgeons

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