Dr. Lajjavati Man Mohan, born February 24th, 1918, was Kingston’s first ever Indian-born doctor. Dr. Mohan was highly accomplished, having trained at Lady Hardinge Medical College in New Delhi and served at the military Indian General Hospital in Punee, as well as at Queen Mary’s Hospital in Lucknow. In 1935, she was awarded a gold medal for her outstanding performance as a medical student at Lady Hardinge College, and in 1940, she earned a silver medal for her work as an outstanding woman physician, awarded by the Governor-General and Viceroy of India. From 1942 to 1946, Dr. Mohan served in the Indian Army Medical Corps, where she earned the rank of Captain and was a specialist in gynaecology and obstetrics.
Dr. Mohan arrived in Canada to complete an internship at Kingston General Hospital in 1957, while the country was facing a shortage of doctors. She received her license to practice medicine in Canada in 1959, and in 1961 she became part of the staff of Kingston General Hospital. She was a popular family doctor and gynecologist, especially among the Indian and Pakistani communities, and touched the lives of many patients. Additionally, Dr. Mohan was a founding member of the India-Canada Association of Kingston in 1979, and served as its president in 1986-87. She passed away in 1995.
Today, Dr. Mohan’s legacy is commemorated in the galleries of the Museum of Health Care, where her medals and a copy of her certificate allowing her to practice medicine in Canada are on display.