About the Department

Department of Tuberculosis and Chest diseases offer treatment to tuberculosis patients at very minimal charges. Department co-ordinates regular tuberculosis meetings conducted in the hospital. Department has implemented Revised National Tuberculosis Program and is the member of national task force for tuberculosis control. Patients from nearby districts and also from states such as Goa,Rajasthan, Maharashtra are being treated in this department. Apart from tuberculosis department also caters to the needs of patients suffering from asthma,Chronic Obstructive Pulmonory Disease(COPD), allergic bronchitis etc.  Department is planning to install Florescent Microscope in association with IULTD (International Union against Lung and Tuberculosis Disease) which will improve the detection of early cases of pulmonary tuberculosis.

Head of the Department

Dr. H. M. Betageri completed DMRD course in 1982 and then worked as PHC Medical officer in remote backward area in Gulbarga. He completed post-graduation in 1993. After working for a short period at Shikharipur, he was posted to Dharwad as District Tuberculosis Officer. He has attended various training programs on NTI, dengue, HIV, etc. During his government service he was deputed to state TB institute SDSTB and Rajeev Gandhi institute as HOD of RNTCP and MDR-TB. Joined SDMCMS&H in 2005 as Assistant Professor and now promoted as Professor and Head of the Department.

Patient Care

Patients with pleural effusion, emphyma thoracic, haemoptysis and almost all complications of tuberculosis are treated in this department. MICUs are well equipped with ventilators and other necessary life saving equipments. With the help of health workers anti-tubercular drugs are made vaialable at the door-step of tuberculosis patients. For treatment of TB DOTS centre has been opened which provides TB drugs to inpatients.

Teaching Program

Faculties of department of Pulmonology take classes for undergraduates on tuberculosis and other chest disease like Pneumonia, Bronchial asthma, Air way disease. Students are encouraged to take active part in integrated teaching and group discussions. Students are taught regarding interpretation of X rays and sputum microscopy, spirometry, etc.

Dissertation/ Research  

  1. Infertility in woman because of tuberculosis
  2. Chronic mastoid infection due to tuberculosis
  3. Association of TB with DM type 2
  4. Dr. Jyotsan Rayannavar-  “Prevalence of HIV infection among Tuberculosis patients”.


Dr. Hemareddy M. Betgeri           
Dr. Sanjay S
Assistant Professor
Dr. Shrikant Hiremath
Sr. Resident


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