Dr. Suparno Chakrabarti was born in Kolkata (India) in 1964. He completed his post-graduation in Internal Medicine from PGIMER, Chandigarh in 1993 and left for CMCH, Vellore to train in Haematology and BMT. Dr. Chakrabarti returned to PGIMER after a year’s training in CMCH Vellore and was instrumental in setting up the department of CLINICAL HAEMATOLOGY. IN 1998, he left for the UK to undertake a fellowship in BMT at Birmingham Heartland’s Hospital and Bristol Children’s Hospital for 5 years. During this period his clinical and lab research in the field of BMT led to several breakthroughs such as in the field of post-transplant infections and reduced intensity transplantation and use of CAMPATH antibodies in transplant. With over 100 publications in the field and similar number of presentations in International meetings and conferences, he stands as a leading international figure in the field of haematology and BMT. As recognition of his contribution in this field, Dr. Chakrabarti was awarded the FELLOWSHIP of the ROYAL COLLEGE OF PATHOLOGISTS (Haematologists).
Dr. Chakrabarti had been the lead consultant in BMT at St George’s Hospital, London for several years. During this time, he was instrumental in setting up the Cord Blood Transplant Program in the unit. Following the successful use of Double-Cord Transplants in Minnesota, he initiated this program in his unit. He also made further contributions by innovating a tandem approach in transplanting patients with aplastic anemia transforming to leukaemia. Another major development was his revelation on the use of ATG in aplastic anemia pre-transplant and the risk of EBV-associated lymphoproliferative disease post-transplant.
He has been invited worldwide to talk on these subjects and has been nominated in the expert committee for European and International Bone Marrow Transplant Organizations. He has been in the Editorial Committee of many international journals and acts as a reviewer for international cancer organizations.
In the honour of his late mother, Dr. Chakrabarti has set-up a charity for children suffering from BLOOD DISORDERS, the MANASHI CHAKRABARTI FOUNDATION. Achieved all possible laurels in the field of BMT, Dr. Chakrabarti has left the job of heading the BMT unit at St George’s Hospital in London in order to provide this service to the people of West Bengal as he felt his services should now be dedicated to his own countrymen.