Prof. (Dr.) M. Shantharam Shetty completed his MBBS from the Government Medical College, Mysore in 1964 and MS (Ortho) from Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi in 1970. He also holds F.A.C.S , F.I.A.M.S, F.I.C.S.(Ortho) and has been conferred with F.R.C.S from the Royal College of Surgeons, England. He has over 40 years of experience in teaching medical students and has trained more than 300 post graduate students in Orthopaedics.
He started his career with the Nitte group as the first Dean of K S Hegde Medical Academy from 1998 to 2007 and later became the first Vice Chancellor when Nitte (Deemed to be University) was established with 5 constituent colleges viz., K S Hegde Medical Academy, A.B Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences, NGSM Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Nitte Usha Institute of Nursing Sciences and Nitte Institute of Physiotherapy. He held the post of Vice Chancellor from 2008 to 2012. An active academician, he has presented over 200 scientific papers at International, National and State Conferences with 47 publications to his credit. He has delivered expert lectures at National & International conferences and Symposia. He has received the Best Paper Award 4 times and has co-authored a book and written a chapter in one. He has occupied several important academic positions like Member of the Senate, Academic Council , Board of Studies of several Indian Universities, Inspector for the National Board and Medical Council of India. He is also the Post Graduate Examiner to the National Board, various Indian Universities and International SICOT Examiner in Orthopaedics held in different parts of the world.
Being a multi faceted personality he is associated with service and non-governmental organizations and has been responsible for their overall growth. He is the President of Vocational Rehabilitation Centre since 1980 which trains physically challenged children in computer education. He is also associated with the D.K Handicapped Association, Indian Red Cross, Lions Artificial Limb Centre, Indian Orthopaedic Association as their Presidents / Director. He was the AO Trustee Switzerland nominee from India during the period from 2005 to 2010. He has been nominated by AO Foundation, Switzerland as Chairman, AO Trauma India.
Prof. Shetty is the recipient of several honours and fellowships such as The Karnataka Rajyotsava Award for meritorious service in the field of Medicine in 1991, AO Fellowship to Germany in 1983, AADO Fellowship to Netherlands and U.K. in 1996, Ranawat Fellowship to USA in 1989, International Lions President Award for the work for physically handicapped, Indian Medical Association Award for meritorious service in 1999, International Lion President’s Award for Leadership in 1996, Rotary Vocational Service Award in 2000, Vandana Award (Rotary) for meritorious service in the field of Medicine 2004 etc.
Has been a regular faculty for AO Principal, ORP and Advanced and Masters Course held in India and various other Asia Pacific Countries. In short, Dr. Shetty has made a mark as a teacher, educationalist, administrator and a surgeon.