Dr Sanjay Datta

Dr Sanjay Datta MBBS FFARCS

15/09/1940 to 11/03/2014

Place of birth: Dacca, India

Nationality: Indian

CRN: 527233

Education and qualifications

General education

Schooling unknown; Calcutta University Medical School

Primary medical qualification(s)

MBBS, Calcutta, 1964

Initial Fellowship and type

FFARCS by Examination

Year of Fellowship


Other qualification(s)


Professional life and career

Postgraduate career

Moved to the UK soon after qualification, and then on to Canada after acquiring the Fellowship while working at Manchester RI. He spent a year as a research fellow at Magill University, and occupied a similar post at Harvard before being appointed instructor at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital in 1975. He worked his way up through the Harvard grading system, being appointed full professor in 1992, serving as director of the Division of Obstetric Anesthesia at the Brigham (1988-2000), and chief of obstetric aneesthesia for clinical teaching and research at Massachusets General (1994-6). Thought to have retired in 2005.

Professional interests and activities

Sanjay made major contributions to obstetric anaesthesia through his clinical work, extensive research, many publications and contributions to relevant organisations: American Society of Anesthesiologists, New England Perinatology Society, Association of University Anesthesiologists, and Society of Obstetric Anesthesia & Perinatology (President 1991). Notable contributions were the short-handled laryngoscope (which has found use in difficult tracheal intubation well beyond obstetric) and his text on High Risk Pregnancy. His research grants came from industry, charitable foundations & National Institutes of Health, and he received honours & awards from a range of organisations, notably the first (1997) August Bier Lecture to the European Society of Regional Anaesthesia and the Distinguished Service Award from the Society of Obstetric Anesthesia & Perinatology (2009).

Other biographical information

Married to Gouri (nee Dasgupta), a psychiatrist, they had one daughter, Nandini (Roy). He enjoyed listening to Indian & selected classical music, cheering New England’s sports teams, and the frustrations of golf.

Author and sources

Author: Dr Bob Palmer

Sources and any other comments: Personal knowledge | Anesth Analg 2014; 117: 1480-3 | Obstetric Anaesthetists’ Association Obituary (copy on file) | Photograph courtesy of Dr Gouri Datta