Dr. V. Jeganathan was born to S. Venkidasamy Naicker and V. Guruvammal on 19th December 1953 in the village of Nerkunam. Even when circumstances pushed against him, he persevered. One popular example of this was his study sessions under street lights. He was from a farmer's family and once used his wit tying up two cows together so that they don't run away as he had no rope. He was educated at a local high school called Government Hr Sec School, he studied MBBS at the Madras Medical College completing it in 1976 and in 1977 became the college chairman. Thereafter he pursued MS in General Surgery in 1981. 

 

His pursuit took him overseas in The American Medical Society of Vienna to the Postgraduate School of Medicine from 1985 to 1986 at the University of Vienna. Here too he performed excellently and as lauded by all. On his return he made it a discipline to be at Kilpauk Medical College every morning at 9:00 am, providing free service to those in need. From 1987 to 1990 he provided free consulting at much different private hospitals.His main inspiration was Dr. Theodor Billroth, an Austrian surgeon hailed as the father of Modern Abdominal Surgery. Thus inspired he named the hospital after his true hero.

 

Dr. V Jeganathan was renowned all over the country as a surgical Gastroenterologist who pioneered in Laser and Laparoscopic surgery. On November 30th 1990 he launched Billroth Hospitals' A Block with 30 beds followed by B block with 70 beds on 13th December 1996. All the while he worked there he never charged consultation fees. 2003 was a landmark year as Billroth took over Kalliapa Hospitals, a 100 bedded multi-specialty hospital. With the addition of Shenoy Nagar S block in 2007, Billroth turned into a 650 bedded super-speciality establishment continuing his dream of providing quality medical care to the common man.

 

It was his initiative to conduct not less than 20 medical camps each month. He was one of the major contributors to the medical relief efforts for those affected by the 2005 Tsunami. Even today the people of Vijayapuram remember him and they have even erected a statue in his honor. He introduced many advanced machines in his time such as the Linear accelerator to combat cancer and the CT as well as MRI scanner. His son later upgraded the Linear Accelerator to the Rapid Arc technology and CT to Dual CT scanner. All of these were firsts for Tamil Nadu. 

 

The Billroth Nursing College continues to nurture his dreams with quality learning for students, nominal fee structures as well as scholarships and specialized programmes. Not only in India, today the Billroth name has soared beyond boundaries with a global repute and satisfied patients all across the world. Here's looking forward to the next 25 years.