Dr. Ajaib Singh Sidhu
Dr. Ajaib Singh Sidhu, M.D., Ph.D., passed away peacefully on April 10, 2017. A Sikh statesman, a researcher and physician, Dr. Sidhu was a very accomplished professional, and a pioneer in establishing the Sikh community in the Washington metropolitan area. His accolades include: Awardee of Shakuntla Amir Chand Prize for Medical research on Encephalitis Epidemic in Infants and Children in Delhi (1954-1955) – awarded by Indian Council Of Medical Research (1958), International Post Doctorate NIH fellowship 1964, NRI—Hind Rattan Award, India 2008, NRI – Nav Rattan Award India 2010, NRI- Global Indians Health Sector Gold medal Award, London, UK Sept 2010, Registry in International Who’s who, Geneva, Switzerland. He started his professional life in the US as a fellow in Gastroenterology, in Washington, D.C under Dr. Howard Tickten. He completed his Residency in Internal Medicine and Fellowship in Liver Disease, at Lemuel Shattuck Hospital, Boston under Dr. Thomas Chalmers. Most recently, he practiced as a physician of Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology, affiliated with a number of area hospitals, including Howard County General Hospital, Bon Secours Hospital, Maryland General Hospital, University Specialty Hospital, Somatic Physician, and Spring Grove Hospital Baltimore, MD. From 1972 to March 2017, he provided consultation for addiction services at Methadone Treatment Program, Baltimore, MD, was Medical Director of EJAL Addiction Center Glen Burnie, MD, JAEL Addiction Center, Ellicott City, MD, Medical Director Allegany County, Cumberland, MD, and a physician at Phoenix Health Center, Hagerstown, MD.
Dr. Sidhu also had an engaging academic career, holding the following posts: Assistant Professor of Medicine, Howard University College of Medicine, Washington DC, and Instructor in Medicine at University of Maryland School Of Medicine. In India, he was Assistant Research Officer for studies on Delhi Epidemic Of Infectious Hepatitis, Assistant Research officer at All India Institute Of Medical Sciences, N. Delhi,—studied Rheumatic Fever and Rheumatic Heart Disease, Lady Harding Medical College, New Delhi, MD, Pediatrician –as Post Doctoral fellow, Irwin Hospital, N. Delhi, MD. He also studied the Encephalitis Epidemic in New Delhi, Infectious Hepatitis Delhi – The Biggest Water Borne Epidemic in the World. His work was performed under several research grants.
Dr. Sidhu served in the US as Chairman and member of Cost Containment, Howard County General Hospital under Medical and Chirugical Faculty of the State of Maryland. He was chairman of the Patient Review Committee.
Despite his full professional and academic career, Dr. Sidhu was committed to growing and nourishing the Sikh community. He was a founding member of the Sikh Resource Center, MD and a founding member of the GNFA gurdwara in Silver Spring, MD. He founded the Dharmik, Sikh Affairs, Discipline Committee, and Scholarship Committees at GNFA. In addition, he started Sunday School for Sikh kids. He continued to teach lessons from his life to children at Gyan Sagar Gurdwara, to his last days. As a writer, he published several articles in both medical and community publications, such as Sikh Times (Voice of Sikhs), and Sikh Destiny. In addition, Dr. Sidhu was a charter member of the Khalsa Toastmasters. He worked diligently on providing avenues for people of all ages and backgrounds to be able to be confident and comfortable in their own skin.
Dr. Sidhu devoted his personal time to a number of services for the general public as well. He served on the Howard County Alcoholism Advisory Committee, and as Medical Co-ordinator of the Health Fair at Howard Community College, Columbia, MD. He was the First Sikh Pastoral Care Volunteer at Howard County General Hospital, the first Sikh to be certified as a National Disaster Chaplain, Emotional Spiritual Care Volunteer in Montgomery County, and was FEMA trained. He participated in several Interfaith Prayer Services in these roles, including the Ebola Relief Event at the Civic Center in Silver Spring, MD.
He was a loving, caring, dynamic, vibrant spirit. He is survived by his loving wife, Dr. Hema Kaur Sidhu, and sons Vikram and Mohinderjeet.
It is hard to FORGET someone who gave us so much to Remember.
Please join us to celebrate Dr. Ajaib Sidhu’s Life:
Funeral and Cremation: Wednesday, April 12, 1 pm -3pm
March Life Tribute Center
7601 Sandy Spring Road, Laurel, MD 20707
Please join us for Ardaas after the cremation at GNFA, 12917 old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, MD 20904.
Sehaj Paath (Reading of Holy Scripture): At Sidhu residence: 5216 Lynngate Road, Columbia, MD 21044
Paath Arambh: Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 10 am
Paath Samapti: Sunday, April 16, 2017, 10 am
Antim Ardaas (Prayers): Sunday, April 16, 5:30 pm-7:30 pm
Kirtan and Guru Ka Langar (Hymns and community meal)
Guru Nanak Foundation of America
12917 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, MD 20904