Lt Gen Madhuri Kanitkar, AVSM, VSM has assumed the prestigious appointment of Dy Chief Integrated Defence Staff (Med) on 29 Feb 2020. The Gen Officer was commissioned in AMC on 27 Dec 1982. The Gen Officer is a medical graduate of Armed Forces Medical College, Pune University and postgraduate in MD (Paediatric) from Indian Naval Hospital Ship (INHS), Asvini. She has had the distinction of being first in Pune University in all the three phases of MBBS and was awarded the President's Gold Medal & Kalinga Trophy for the best outgoing student of the graduate wing in academics and extra - curricular activities in 1982.

The Gen Officer is a Paediatric Nephrologist who has done her post-graduation in Paediatric from Mumbai in 1990 and training in Paediatric Nephrology from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, followed by Fellowships at NUH Singapore and GOS London. She has also completed the FAIMER Fellowship in Medical Education.

Her area of special interest is Bladder Disorders in children. She has been a guest speaker at various national and international conferences. She is credited with having set up the first Paediatric Nephrology service in the Army Medical Corps and has been a past President of the Indian Society of Paediatric Nephrology. She is a member of the PRESIDE (Paediatric Research and Education Society of India Defining Excellence).

The Gen Officer has held various key staff appts, as MG Med, Northern Command, Udhampur, Dean & Dy Commandant, Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, Deputy Director General AFMS (P&T), prestigious appointment of Prof & Head, Dept of Paediatric at Armed Forces Medical College Pune, Sr Adv Paed, BHDC & MH Namkum, Reader, AFMC Pune and Cl Spl Paed, CH (SC) Pune & 167 MH.

For her distinguished service Gen Kanitkar has been awarded Ati Vishisht Seva Medal in 2018, Vishisht Seva Medal in 2014, Commendation by Chief of the Army Staff in 2000, 2003, 2004, 2012 (twice) and Commendation by GOC-in-C in 2008.

The Gen Officer has been nominated to the PM-Science Technology Innovation Advisory Committee and Board of Governors of Medical Council of India in the year October 2018 and July 2019 respectively. Her Thrust has been to align medical education and research to Public Health needs.

Academician par excellence Lt Gen Kanitkar has large number of publications to her name in national and international journals. She is an active sportsperson and an avid Golfer. She loves travelling and visiting historical places especially in India.

The Gen Officer is married to Lt Gen RV Kanitkar, PVSM, AVSM, SM, VSM (Retd) and has a son and daughter. Son Nikhil is an Entrepreneur and daughter Vibhuti, is working in Microsoft Seattle USA.