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M.V Hospital at Royapuram, Chennai for Diabetes was established by late Prof. M. Viswanathan, Doyen of Diabetology in India in 1954 as a general hospital. In 1971 it became a hospital exclusively for Diabetes care. Under Prof. M.Viswanathan's professional & administrative leadership, the hospital has grown to achieve the status of a teaching institution of international excellence.
Prof. M. Viswanathan who has been acknowledged as the "Father of Diabetology" in India passed away on 1st March 1996 after carrying a relentless crusade in the areas of diabetes care and research for 50 years.
Prof. Vijay Viswanathan who is head of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Research, Education and Training in Diabetes. Awarded Ph.D. in Medicine by Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University, Madras on the study of Diabetic Nephropathy in Type 2 Diabetes.
The M.V.Hospital for Diabetes conveys its gratitude to the President of India, Her Excellency Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, for visiting here on 1st Apr 2007 and praised our work by leaving a message on the visitors note.
Honourable Ex-Prime Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh conveyed his best wishes to M.V.Hospital for Diabetes for having completed 50 years of diabetes care and urged the Institute to raise the awareness of the policy makers and the general public about this major public health problem.