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  • 09

    Faculties in department

  • 280 Books

    Departmental Library

  • 03

    Well equipped research laboratory

  • 27

    No. Of research/book publications in last 5 years (2017-21)

  • 210

    Museum of Anatomy with specimens/models/charts




The Department of Anatomy at SMIMS was established in the year 2001 and combines a rich history of teaching clinically relevant human anatomy to undergraduate and postgraduate students, along with innovative research expertise into the morphological and molecular basis of cellular anatomy.

The department has experienced teaching and non-teaching staff with an illustrious museum, well-equipped dissection hall, histology lab and a research lab.

Teaching is peer-reviewed and conducted in a blended mode as small and large groups, online and offline.


VISION                                  MISSION                     
  • To provide, comprehensive knowledge of the gross and microscopic structure in the development of the human body.
  • To provide, a basic for understanding the clinical correlation of organs and structures involved in the anatomical basis for the disease presentation                                                                                                    
  • The mission of department of anatomy is to imbibe the students with excellent  knowledge of anatomy and medical professional training, to prepare the students for future academic pursuits.
  • Our mission is to promote outstanding knowledge in the anatomical skills by developing excellence in medical education for their future pursuits which would help in to providing quality service to humanity.




  • Dissection hall is equipped with a revolving camera, display screen, WIFI, prosected and undissected specimens.
  • Histology lab is furnished with over 100 self-illuminated, mono-ocular microscopes, magnus microscope with CCD camera attached to LCD monitor for demonstration of histology slides and WIFI.
  • Research Lab for conducting histopathological and immunohistochemical studies is endowed with working tables, microtomes, cryostat, western blot tanks and many other equipment’s.
  • Small and large lecture halls are facilitated with LCD projector, portable OHP, WIFI and online class recording tools.
  • The Department additionally hosts seminars, conferences, webinar for students and faculties regularly and collaborates with other departments of SMIMS, and with the Biomolecular Research Unit of Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom and Clinical Anatomy Unit, University of Bristol, United Kingdom for fully funded intra and extramural research activities.



Clinician, who understands and provides preventive, promotive, curative, palliative and holistic care with compassio

  • Demonstrate ability to search (including through electronic means), and critically re-evaluate the medical literature and apply the information in the care of the patient.


  • Be able to identify and select an appropriate career pathway that is professionally rewarding and personally fulfilling.



Professional who is committed to excellence, is ethical, responsive and accountable to patients, community and the profession

  • Practices selflessness, integrity, responsibility, accountability and respect.
  • Respect and maintain professional boundaries between patients, colleagues and society.
  • Demonstrate ability to recognize and manage ethical and professional conflicts.
  • Abide by prescribed ethical and legal codes of conduct and practices.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the growth of the medical profession as awhile.


A Curriculum

1st Professional Year:



a. Competencies:

The undergraduate must demonstrate:

  • Understanding of the gross and microscopic structure and development of human body,
  • Comprehension of the normal regulation and integration of the functions of the organs and system on basis of the structure and genetic pattern,
  • Understanding of the clinical correlation of the organs and structures involved and interpret the anatomical basis of the disease presentation.


b. Broad subject specific objectives:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of normal human structure, function and development from a Molecular, cellular, biologic, clinical, behavioral and social perspective.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of abnormal human structure, function and development from a molecular, knowledge: At the end of the course the student should be able to

 c. Skills:

At the end of the course the student should be able to --

  • Identify and locate all the structures of the body and mark the topography of the Living Anatomy.
  • Understand clinical basis of some common clinical procedures i.e. intramuscular and Intravenous injection, lumbar puncture and kidney biopsy etc.
  • Identify the organs and tissues under the microscope.
  • Understand the principles of karyotyping and identify the gross congenital anomalies.
  • Understand principles of newer imaging techniques and interpretation of CT scan, Sonogram, MRI & Angiography.

d. Integration:

The teaching should be aligned and integrated horizontally and vertically in organ systems with clinical correlation that will provide a context for the learner to Comprehend the normal disposition, clinically relevant interrelationships, functional and cross -sectional Anatomy of the various organs and structures of the body to Identify the microscopic structure and correlate elementary ultra-structure of various organs and tissues with the functions as a prerequisite for understanding the altered state in various disease processes.

Comprehend the basic structure and connections of the central nervous system to analyse the integrative and regulative functions of the organs and systems. He should be able to locate the site of gross lesions according to the deficits encountered Demonstrate knowledge of the basic principles and sequential development of the organs and systems; recognize the critical stages of development and the effects of common teratogens, genetic mutations and environmental hazards. He should be able to explain the developmental basis of the major variations and abnormalities. Cellular, biological, clinical, behavioural and social perspective.



  • The department has the following:
  • Fully furnished dissection hall
  • Histology lab with surplus microscopes
  • Spacious research lab
  • Anatomy museum with specimens, charts and models 



The goal of anatomy department is to promote excellence in student based anatomical teaching methodologies and cell biology research and to nurture medical & para-medical students to become competent professionals, who can contribute to the advancement of our society with dedication & passion. The department has the following features to support its goals:


  • A wonderful Anatomy Museum comprising of around 100 rare and beautifully dissected specimens of the various regions of the Human body. A museum catalogue is maintained which guides the students to study the specimens. The museum has an osteology and embryology section with attention to detailed labelled specimens.  The museum has an attached radiology section for the study and display of Xray reports only for the 1st year students. Illustrative charts depicting the History of Anatomy is also maintained.
  • Large group teaching is normally conducted for general orientation on a particular topic, with emphasis on small group teaching & learning activities for dissection and histology practical were one on one faculty to student interaction is fostered.
  • Dissection hall is well ventilated and illuminated to easily accommodate a capacity of 150 students, and 10 students can dissect one formalin preserved cadaver which gives them hands on experience of dissecting a human body, and the students learn by verifying facts with experienced faculties and globally acclaimed books on dissection.
  • The histology lab is well equipped with slides and microscopes, and there are around 70 tissue types and 700 slides in the slide bank. Individual students are given a series of slides depending on the region taught, and the student are always guided by the faculties monitoring them.
  • The department has a bone bank with more than hundreds of bones from human cadavers. These bones are issued to the individual students during dissection hours for detail analysis and study purpose.




Our objective is to simplify the subject and palatable for the students. We use various audio visual aids, small group teaching, dissection and problem based learning.”


Dr Binod Kumar Tamang





Research Grants/Projects from external agencies during the academic year 2023-24


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Title “Novel therapeutic targets for intervertebral disc inflammation & pain: Molecular fragments of small leucine rich proteoglycans as DAMPs (Damage associated molecular patterns) ”

Professor (Dr) Polly Lama, Principal Investigator

ICMR, India



28,00,000/- lakhs

3 years

Title: The biological role of small leucine rich proteoglycans (SLRPs) in matrix homeostasis and diseases

Professor (Dr) Polly Lama, Editor

Springer Nature, Singapore

Non-Government Publishing Organization


1500 Euros (Contract signing Amount)

1 year


    • Recent PUBLICATIONS ( Year 2023-24):


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    1)      Cell clusters in intervertebral disc degeneration: an attempted repair mechanism aborted via apoptosis Lama, P., Tiwari, J., Mutreja, P., ...Adams, M.A., Le Maitre, C. Anatomy and Cell Biology, 2023, 56(3), pp. 382–393

    2)      Computational Image Analysis of Painful and Pain-Free Intervertebral Disc. Tiwari, J., Sharma, S.R., Chauhan, S., Adams, M., Lama, P. Lecture Notes in Computational Vision and Biomechanics, Artificial Intelligence on Medical Data, 2023, 37, pp. 373–386                                 


    Dr. Polly Lama attended and presented oral paper at the International Society for the Study of Spine (ISSLS), Melbourne, Australis held on 01/05/23 to 05/05/23.

    1)      Title " Machine Learning Based Image Analysis Tool for Hybrid Visualization of Macroscopic - Microscopic Degenerative Changes in Intervertebral Disc"

    2)      Title "Biological Significance of Fragmented SLRF's Aggrecan and Fibronectin in Overloaded Intervertebral Disc"

    3)    Presented: Invited Lecture on "Empowering the 21st century higher education outreach in the Medical Science Programme" at the International Hybrid Conference on Outcome Based Education (OBE-2023) held at Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerela on10th to 12th February 2023



    1)      Continent Wise Intersectional Analysis on Ageing. Lama, P, 2023. The Ageing Population: Impact analysis on societal and healthcare cost. In: Lama, P. (eds), Springer Nature, Singapore, 2023, 1, pp.1-34.

    2)      The Economic Impact of Ageing on Healthcare. Lama, P, 2023. The Ageing Population: Impact analysis on societal and healthcare cost. In: Lama, P. (eds), Springer Nature, Singapore,  2023, 1, pp. 69-81.

    3)      Future Investment Needs for the Aging Community. Lama, P, Tamang, B, Bhutia C S, 2023. The Ageing Population: Impact analysis on societal and healthcare cost. In: Lama, P. (eds), Springer Nature, Singapore, 2023, 1, pp. 83-90.

    4)      Variabilities in Ageing Trends: Questions and Concluding Remarks. Lama, P, 2023. In: Lama, P. (eds) The Ageing Population: Impact analysis on societal and healthcare cost. In: Lama, P. (eds), Springer Nature, Singapore, 2023, 1, pp. 91-94

    5)      Editorial Lama P (2023). The Ageing Population: Impact analysis on societal and healthcare cost. In: Lama, P. (1st edition), Springer Nature, Singapore, 2023, 1, pp.1-118.

    6)      Lama et al., Computational Image Analysis of Painful and Pain-Free Intervertebral., Springer Nature, Artificial Intelligence in Medical Data, 2023, 37, pp. 373–386.



    Dr. Karma Lakhi Bhutia : Siddhartha Kumar, Kesang Dikee Lama, Karma Lakhi Bhutia, Karma Mingur Diki Bhutia, “ An Anthropometric Study to Establish Relationship between the upper extremity and Stature in Medical Students between the Age of  18 to 22yrs. Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology vol 40.No.1 Jan – June 2023

    1) Dr. Kalpana Chhetri

    Conference: SGTe AnatCon 2023- A National e-Conference Presented  a paper on “Significance of Applied Anatomy in CBME” 5th & 6th of April 2023


    Dr. Kalpana Chhetri


    an invited lecture on “Anatomy of Kidney and Vascular variations” at CME “The Nuances Of Anatomy In Congenital And Progressive Nephrological Disorder” held at SMU, SMIMS Gangtok. Organized by Department of Anatomy SMIMS. 08th February 2024



    Dr. Rohit Kr. Sarda : Dolphee Khurana1*, Ankitha Suresh1*, Raghavendra Nayak2,

    Manjunath Shetty3, Rohit Kumar Sarda4, Jonathan C Knowles5,6,7 ,Hae-Won Kim6,7,8,9, Rajendra K Singh6,7,8 and Bhisham Narayan Singh1

    “Biosubstitutes for dural closure: Unveiling research, application, and future prospects of dura mater alternatives” Journal of Tissue Engineering Volume 15: 1 –26 © The Author(s) 2024

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    Dr. Poonam Shilal Presented Presented an invited lecture on “Embryological Development of Kidney at CME “The Nuances Of Anatomy In Congenital And Progressive Nephrological Disorder” held at SMU, SMIMS Gangtok. Organized by Department of Anatomy SMIMS.

    On 8th February 2024.


    Jerina Tewari, Siddhi Raj Sharma, Sukirti Chauhan, Mike Adams, and Polly Lama " Computational Image Analysis of Painful and Pain - Free Intervertebral Disc Journal of Springer Nature Artificial Intelligence on Medical Data, LNCVB on Aug 2022;vol 37:pg 373 -386.

    Nov 2022 (online first) January 2023 (Print)

    1).Dr. Binod Kr. Tamang, Dr. Polly Lama, Dr. Kalpana Chettri, Dr. Poonam Shilal, Dr. Karma Lakhi Bhutia, Dr. Rohit Kr. Sarda, Jerina Tewari attended the CME “The Nuances Of Anatomy In Congenital And Progressive Nephrological Disorder” held at SMU, SMIMS Gangtok. Organized by Department of Anatomy SMIMS. O 08th February 2024


    Bhutia KL, Upreti B, Sarda RK, Shila P. Systematic Review of Hyrtl’s Anastomosis of Umbilical Arteries and Placenta in Pregnancy Induced Hypertension. Medical Journal of Dr. DY Patil University. 2024 Mar 1;17(2):270-80.

    DOI: 10.4103/mjdrdypu.mjdrdypu_190_23