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Dr. Suraj P. Bakshi, specialist in nuclear medicine

March 2, 1938 – Sept. 22, 2016

Dr. Suraj P. Bakshi of Amherst, a longtime physician who specialized in nuclear medicine, died Thursday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a lengthy illness. He was 78.

Born in Mumbai, India, Dr. Bakshi was a graduate of Xavier College, Mumbai, and studied medicine at Grant Medical College, also in Mumbai, where he graduated at the top of his class.

In 1964 he moved to Buffalo for an internship at Millard Fillmore Gates Hospital, then served his residency at Sisters Hospital and was chief resident in internal medicine at Mercy hospital.

He studied nuclear medicine under a fellowship at the University at Buffalo and was appointed to the faculty of Roswell Park Cancer Institute, where he became chairman of the nuclear medicine department.

Later in his career, he joined Buffalo Medical Group as director of nuclear medicine.

Dr. Bakshi, who was published in the New England Journal of Medicine, also was active in teaching and training students and residents and won several teaching awards, including Teacher of the Year several times for the department of nuclear medicine at UB. He also was an active member of the Society of Nuclear Medicine.

Dr. Bakshi, who retired from medicine in 2004, was Hindu, and enjoyed reading, traveling and gardening.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, the former Deepika Mehta; two sons, Rohit and Sunil; two sisters, Neelam Sablok and Rani; one brother, Ashok; and five grandchildren.

Services were held Saturday at Pine Lawn Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

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