Amitabha Basu

Amitabha Basu

Amitabha Basu, MBBS, MD (Path), M. Clin.Ed (Edin), MPH (Edinburgh)

School of Medicine

Dean of Basic Sciences, Professor Pathology and the Chair.


Pathology and Clinical Nutrition


Dr. Amitabha Basu, MBBS, MD (Path), MClinEd (Edin), is the Dean of Basic Sciences. He joined the SMUSOM faculty in June 2006. His areas of expertise include medical education, pathology and clinical nutrition. Dr Basu has more than a decade of training and experience as a histopathologist in various hospitals in India and Nepal.

He has been awarded several Golden apple awards during his time at SMUSOM. In addition to his teaching, which spans over two decades, he has extensive experience in research on clinical teaching in medicine, faculty development, curriculum reform, and innovations in medical education. His research activities span both anatomical pathology and medical education, and they have been published in various national and international journals, namely the Am J Clin Pathol, British Medical Journal, Indian Journal of Applied Research etc. He has presented at several medical conferences, including the IAMSE, Ottawa Conference organized by AMEE and American Cytopathology. Dr Basu's research interests and presentations include assessment, peer tutoring, academic in virtual environments and team-based learning. He also serves as a reviewer of pathology articles and is the author of several books on Pathology. Dr Basu obtained a degree in Public Health (MPH) from the University of Edinburgh in 2022. He is currently pursuing a certificate course on Leadership Principles delivered by Harvard Business School online. An avid family man, Dr Basu believes in team effort, consistency and nurturing and developing physician-leaders.

Additional Information:

- Instructor, BLS – American Heart Association.

- ESME Certificate in Medical Education (ESME Leadership in Medical Education).

- Various CME courses from Harvard University.

- Record of achievement Emerging respiratory viruses, including COVID-19: methods for detection, prevention, response and control.

- Chaired Curricular Committee, Students Admission Committee, Faculty Search Committee, Safety Committee and actively participate in visits by the accreditation agencies.

- Member: IAMSE, AMEE, and ASCP

- Flash cards: Created several flash cards on Pathology


Teaching and assessment, curriculum designing and execution, educational research, public speaking and Histopathologist.
Recipient of Several SMU Golden Apple Awards and Dean's Awards, Reviewer of Medical Science Educator, Visiting Fellowship in Gynecological Pathology (Massachusetts General Hospital), Cayman Mentoring Award.

More than a dozen publications in various international journals including Journal of Cytology, American Journal of Clinical Pathology, Annals of Tropical Medicine, Public Health, BMJ, The FASEB Journal, Archives of Medicine and Health Sciences | Published by Wolters Kluwer ‐ Medknow, Indian Journal Of Applied Research, etc.

Few publications are listed below:

Mucinous Cystadenoma with Benign Teratoma. A rare combination, Basu Amitabha, Indian J. Pathol Microbiol, Vol 43. No 2 page 214, April 2000.

Metastatic Mucinous Cystadenocarcinoma ovary: An unusual presentation. Basu Amitabha, Shafeck Abubacker. Indian J. Pathol. Microbiol Vol 43. No 2 page 215, April 2000.

Neuroenteric Cyst in Cervical Spinal Cord. Basu Amitabha. JNMA Oct- Dec 1999 Vol. 38 Page 138-139)

Perforated Meckel’s Diverticulum with peritonitis in a child. : Basu Amitabha JNMA July- Sept. 1999 Vol 38 page 92- 94 )

A rare case of Carcinoid tumor presenting as an acute intestinal obstruction with Cryptorchidism. Basu Amitabha: JNMA Jan- March 2000 Vol.39 page 176-179

Bowen’s Disease of the abdominal Wall. A. Basu JNMA (Journal of Nepal Medical Association) April – June, 2000. Vol.39 No 134, Page 226-227.

Acne Rosacea: Agrawal R, Basu Amitabha, Monica Dalal. Nepal Medical College Journal Vol. 2 No. 2 Page 75:2000.

Pathologist’s day out. Basu Amitabha. Vol 18, No 12. Feb 2003 Page 2072 BMJ

Epidermodysplasia Verruciformis- A.Basu JNMA 2001: 40:147-149.

Mountain sickness in children. Basu Amitabha. PMJN Vol. – IV No. 1 Jan. 2003

Autobiography of HIV - Basu Amitabha. Vol 19, No 5. July 2003 Page 404-405 BMJ

New Variant Creutz-feldt Jackob Disease: A controversial but potential blood transfusion risk. A Basu. Vol 5, No1 June 2003 P 51-52. Nepal medical college Journal.

Solid and Cystic tumor arising from an Extra pancreatic site--A Case report. Nepal Med Coll J. 2003 Dec;5(2):107-8.

Nuclear Morphometry of Perimenopausal Endometrium in Nepali Population- Sukhendu Dutta, Amitabha Basu and Bimalendu Mukherji- Al Ameen J Med Sci (2011)4(3):2 47-253.

Evaluation for the Effectiveness of Team Based Learning in Pathology in a Caribbean Medical School, American Society for Clinical Pathology Am J Clin Pathol 2014;142:A076

Hematology Essentials: eBook. Kindle Edition, Amazon. November 18, 2014

SUBACUTE CUTANEOUS LUPUS ERYTHEMATOSUS WITH PSEUDO-PORPHYRIA AND VITILIGO. Sripathi H, Dalal M, Basu A. 2001. Journal of Nepal Medical Association, 40:209-211

Long Term Effectiveness Of Team Based Learning In Pathology- A 6 months follow up study. Poster presentation, 19th Annual IAMSE Meeting - June 13-16, 2015. San Diego, CA 92109.

Current Research

Role of Near-Peer Tutors in Undergraduate Medical Education.
Dr Basu's research interests include assessment, peer tutoring, academic in virtual environments and team-based learning.

Service Learning: A Framework for Enhancing Learning Opportunity at A Caribbean Medical School at 2020 IAMSE Virtual Conference, to be held June 15-18, 2020.

Perception on Interprofessional Education (IPE): An analysis of reflected essays by Basic Science students at IAMSE19 in Roanoke.

Motivations, expectations, and experiences of new peer tutors in a Caribbean medical school at 2018 IAMSE Annual Meeting to be held in Henderson, NV, USA.

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