- Dr Punam Satpute, who was known for her robotic surgery did her MBBS from Seth GSMC and KEM Hospital and post-graduation from Sir JJ Group of Hospitals.
- Later, she worked with LTMG Sion Hospital as a lecturer before going to Singapore where she was the head of the Robotic Department at National University Hospital for more than four years.
- Then, she came back to India and headed the Robotic and Endscopy Department at Apollo Hospital, Chennai.
- Since the last 6 to 7 years, she was practising at Andheri and in the western suburbs of Mumbai.
- Dr Satpute was known to be suffering from high and uncontrolled diabetes. Her body was sent for post-mortem to HBT Medical College and Dr RN CooperMunicipal General Hospital.
Dr Punam Satpute was a woman with a golden heart. She was a well-known robotic and laproscopic gynec surgeon. Her gynaecologist friends know her as a very down to earth and someone full of life.
Dr Niranjan Chavan, her ex-colleague from LTMG Sion Hospital and treasurer of Mumbai Obstetrics and Gynaecological Society (MOGS) said, “She was lively, grounded, and a jovial woman. She used to write poems and shayaris. She was a well-known Robotic and laproscopic gynec surgeon and worked quickly and efficiently. She is missed by her colleagues and PG students and Sion Hospital. May her soul Rest In Peace!”
“She was a dynamic and fantastic robotic surgeon who was an inspiration to all the youngsters. It is hard to believe that she is no more,” said Dr Nandita Palshetkar, immediate past president of Mumbai Obstetrics and Gynaecological Society (MOGS).
Dr Satpute had recently met the gynaecologists at FOGSI’s FEMM conference in November. “I am in shock. She was full of life and a happy-go-lucky person. It is a huge loss to us,” said Dr Rishma Dhillon Pai, president, The Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI).
Remembering his student, Dr Ashok Anand, head of department of Gynaecology at Sir JJ Group of Hospitals said, “On Wednesday, she was supposed to meet me . I am still to come to terms with the news of her death. She was lively, an intelligent student and a great surgeon.”