Dr K S Chugh is an Emeritus Professor of Nephrology and a Former Chairman, Department of Medicine and Professor & Head, Department of Nephrology, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh (PGIMER), India.  He is currently the Chairman of the Institute Ethics Committee. He has been designated as National Emeritus Professor by the National Academy of Medical Sciences of India.

Prof Chugh has made a pioneering contribution to the development of... [+]



  • Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP).
  • Honorary Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP).
  • Fellow of the Indian College of Physicians (FICP).


  • Honorary Member, International Society of Nephrology. For exceptional contribution to the field of Nephrology worldwide. Milan, 2009.
  • Past President. Asian-Pacific Society of Nephrology.
  • Past President. Association of Physicians of India.


  • Belding H Scribner Trailblazer Award for “his exemplary contributions to the science and practice of renal medicine”, during the 36th Annual Dialysis Conference held at Seattle, USA


  • Dr Zbylut Twardowski Life Time Achievement Award for his outstanding contributions in the field of Hemodialysis during the 36th Annual Dialysis Conference held at Seattle, USA 


  • Doctor of Science (D.Sc., Honoris causa) awarded by Dr NTR University, Vijaywada





Published:     415 papers including original papers, book chapters, reviews, editorials, updates & CMEs, Proceedings etc.


Research carried out by Dr Chugh has primarily focused on evolution of dialysis in India by improvised methods in the sixties, renal diseases prevalent in tropical countries including etiopathogenesis of acute renal failure associated with diarrheal diseases, HUS, malaria, snake bite, insect stings and fungal infections like mucormycosis and ARF associated with G-6-P-D deficiency, copper sulphate intoxication and non-traumatic rhabdomylosis. Acute renal failure in obstetrical patients was associated with a significantly high incidence of acute cortical necrosis amongst Indian patients. Other tropical diseases which received national and international attention included glomerular disease associated with leprosy & tuberculosis, amyloid disease, Takayasu’s arteritis and high morbidity and mortality associated with fungal, viral and bacterial infections amongst dialysis and transplant recipients in tropical countries.


Editor / Co-editor of 5 books

a.    Asian Nephrology, Oxford University Press 1994

b.    Postgraduate Medicine, API, Series No. 6-1992.

c.    WHO - Renal Disease - Classification and Atlas of Infectious and Tropical Diseases - 1988

d.    API Text Book of Medicine, 1992

e.    Nephrology for the Asian Physician, Ed. A K Mandal, 1992


Chapters : 42 Chapters in 31 International and National Books


  1. Evolution of Dialysis in India : A Historical Perspective. Dialysis : History, Development and Promise, Eds. Ing TS, Rahman MA, Kjellstrand CM. World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte, Ltd., page 631-637, 2012.
  2. Takayasus Arteritis, Rheumatology and the Kidney, 2nd Edition, Oxford Clinical Nephrology Series, 2012.
  3. Toxic Nephropathies. Encyclopedia of Molecular Mechanisms of Disease. Springer Verlag. GmbH Berlin Heidelberg 2009
  4. Acute Kidney Injury in Malaria. Critical Care Nephrology, 2008.
  5. Economics of ESRD in Developing Countries India. In Kidney Diseases in the Developing World and Ethnic Minorities, Eds. El Nahas M, Taylor & Francis, New York, USA 2005
  6. Glomerular Disease in the Tropics. Oxford Textbook of Clinical Nephrology. 3rd Edition, Davison et al. (Eds.), Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2005.
  7. Medicine Update, Association of Physicians of India, 2004
  8. Glomerular disease in the tropics. Oxford Textbook of Medicine (Fourth Edition) ; Warrell DA, Cox TM and Firth JD & Benz EJ (eds). Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2003.
  9. Ethical issues of renal transplantation in India. In Ethics and the Kidney ; Levinsky Norman G (ed). Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2001 pp. 241-254.
  10. Takayasu’s Arteritis. In Rheumatology and the Kidney (Oxford Clinical Nephrology Series). Adu D (ed). Oxford University Press, Oxford 2001 pp. 258-272.
  11. Acute renal failure in the tropics, in Davison AM, Cameron JS, Grunfeld JP, Kerr DNS, Ritz E, Winearls CG (eds) : Oxford Textbook of Clinical Nephrology (ed 2), Oxford, UK, Oxford University Press, 1998 : 1714-1734.
  12. Glomerular disease in the tropics. in Davison AM, Cameron JS, Grunfeld JP, Kerr DNS, Ritz E, Winearls CG (eds) : Oxford Textbook of Clinical Nephrology (ed 2), Oxford, UK, Oxford University Press, 1998 : 703-719.
  13. Cerebral malaria and renal involvement. In  Chopra JS and Sawhney IMS (eds), Neurology in Tropics. BI Churchill Livingstone Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi p. 319-323, 1999.
  14. API Textbook of Medicine, Association of Physicians of India (Pubs), Mumbai, 1986, 1992, 1999, 2003.
  15. Asian Nephrology Eds. Chugh, Sakhuja and Malhotra, Oxford University Press, Delhi, 1994
  16. Bacterial, Viral, Parasitic, Helminthic and Fungal Infections in Textbook of Nephrology, Shaul G Massry and Richard J Glassock (eds) Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, New York, 2001 pp. 684-94.
  17. Glomerulonephritis due to other infections in Text Book of Nephrology. IIIrd Edition, Shaul G Massry and Richard J Glassock (Eds.). Williams and Wilkins, 1995 :703-710
  18. Venoms & Toxins Ed. Anthony T. Tu, Oxford and IBH Publishing Co. Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, 1993.
  19. Oxford Text Book of Clinical Nephrology, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1992
  20. API Postgraduate Medicine, Series No. 7, Association of Physicians of India, 1993
  21. Nephrology, Springer-Verlag, Tokyo, 1991
  22. Acute renal failure in the tropics. In Acute Renal Failure. Eds. Solez K and Raccusen LC, Marcel Dekker Inc. New York 1991 : 93-104.
  23. Renal disease caused by snake venom. In Handbook of Natural toxins. Ed. Tu AT, Marcel Dekker Inc. New York 1991 : 471-493.
  24. Postgraduate Medicine, Assoc. of Physicians of India, Bombay, 1979, 1987, 1992
  25. Geographical Nephrology, International Center for Research Medical Publications, Kobe, Japan, 1990.
  26. International Year Book of Nephrology, Kluwer Academic Publishers Boston, USA, 1989
  27. Update in Medicine, Bombay, MESH Publishing House Pvt. Ltd., Bombay, 1990
  28. Recent Advances in Medicine, New Delhi, 1978, 1988.
  29. WHO - Renal Disease - Classification and Atlas of Infectious and Tropical Diseases - 1988
  30. Text Book of Medicine, New Central Book Agency, Calcutta, 1988
  31. Tropical Nephrology, CITFORGE Pty. Ltd., Canberra, Australia, 1984
  32. Acute Renal Failure, John Libby, London UK, 1982.
  33. Asian Manual of Nephrology, Tokyo, Japan, 1981


Dr Chugh is regarded as a legend in nephrology. The International Society of Nephrology (ISN) has included him amongst the 50 top nephrologists of the world who have made pioneering contributions and has made a video film on his life time work for inclusion in the World Nephrology Legacy Library. The transcript and the video film on his life time work has been put on the website of the International Society of Nephrology http://www.theisn.org/isn-video-legacy-project/dr-ks-chugh/itemid-473.


First Qualified Nephrologist of India


            Research Scholar                   16-11-56 to 04-08-58  Medical College, Patiala

            Assistant Registrar                  05-08-58 to 04-08-61  Medical College, Amritsar

            Registrar Medicine                  15-09-61 to 10-01-63  Medical College, Amritsar

            Lecturer Medicine                   11-01-63 to 21-02-64  PGIMER, Chandigarh

            Senior Lecturer                       22-02-64 to 27-10-66  PGIMER, Chandigarh

            Asstt. Professor                      28-10-66 to 30-10-70  PGIMER, Chandigarh

            Assoc. Professor                    30-10-70 to 20-04-76  PGIMER, Chandigarh

            Professor                                21-04-76 to 31-12-92  PGIMER, Chandigarh


                        Date of Retirement (PGI)     31-12-1992


            Since April 1993                                In independent Private Practice


            Emeritus Professor                             PGIMER, Chandigarh since August, 1997

National Emeritus Professor               National Academy of Medical Science, N. Delhi

 since 2006

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