IGOF Comes Into Being
During the academic career and training at
the University of Liverpool, Prof. Dr. P.V.A.
Mohandas had the opportunity to meet with
Prof. Maurice Muller and Prof. Hans
Willenegger. This was followed by an
invitation to work with Prof. Maurice Muller
at the University of Berne, Switzerland.
During this period of fellowship, Prof. Dr.
P.V.A. Mohandas met another person who was
to play a big role in MIOT Hospitals and
IGOF – Prof. Siegfried Weller, who had come
to attend a fracture course. This was way
back in 1970 and both became firm friends.
Prof. Dr. P.V.A. Mohandas was fascinated by
the technique of internal fixation of
fractures and the basic principles of AO. In
1974, he returned to India and was able to
practice the technique. Prof. Dr. P.V.A.
Mohandas invited Prof. Siegfried Weller and
Prof. Maurice Muller to India for a seminar,
followed by a Basic Course.
In the next decade, Prof. Hans Willenegger,
Prof. Maurice Muller and Prof. Dr. P.V.A.
Mohandas traveled the length and breadth of
the country, teaching the technique of
internal fixation of various fractures in
centers all over India. Thanks to Prof.
Siegfried Weller, an increasing number of
German doctors became involved in teaching
in India. By 1990, about 300 young
Orthopaedic Surgeons in India had learnt the
technique from a 100 young German Doctors
who had traveled to India to teach.
Meanwhile aware of their advancing years,
Prof. Dr. P.V.A. Mohandas and Prof. Weller
wanted to perpetuate this association for
posterity. They decided to set up an
Indo-German Foundation of Orthopaedic
Thus "IGOF - Indo German Orthopaedic
Foundation" was born.
"Prof. Dr. P.V.A. Mohandas in one of his
early visits to Switzerland"
From the interaction between Prof. Dr. P.V.A.
Mohandas and Prof. Siegfried Weller, and
their friends and coworkers in both
countries, was born the foundation of
IGOF – Indo German Orthopaedic Foundation in
1992. With this step, they officially
wanted to establish a bridge between India
and Germany, and to transfer clinical and
scientific medical knowledge, while also
building friendship, comradeship and
collaboration between the people of both the
countries. Many successful events have been
organized since under the aegis of IGOF,
supported by industrial partners.
Regular IGOF meetings and training courses
with visits, fellowships, personal “meets”
during national and international congresses
and other events offer a continuous update
and exchange of surgical techniques and
experiences. These events also give an
opportunity to meet as friends.
IGOF motto as envisaged by its Founders
Let us foster a culture which supports
Tie our strategy to humanity and
medicine as an art
Build sufficient diversity in the
process of advancing Orthopaedics and
Let us involve the younger generation
actively in our training and coaching