Ramesh P. Dave was born in Gujarat, India in 1940. Gujarat is a state in Northwest India. After high school, Dr. Dave received his B.S. degree from the M.G. Science Institute in the city of Ahmedabad in Gujarat. In 1969 he graduated from the B.J. Medical College in Ahmedabad, and practiced Family Medicine at a health center in Khadadhar until 1970. Dr. Dave came to the United States in November of 1970. He spent the next two years at Memorial Hospital in Manchester, Connecticut where he completed preliminary post-graduate medical training. North Carolina (N.C.) Baptist Hospital and the Bowman Gray School of Medicine in Winston-Salem accepted Dr. Dave to their Anatomic and Clinical Pathology residency program in March of 1972. Upon completion of his training in 1976, Dr. Dave began practicing pathology at Passavant Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, Illinois. He obtained U.S. citizenship in August of 1977.
Littleton Hospital appointed Dr. Dave as pathologist on September 1, 1977, where he spent the next 29 years, retiring in 2006. Littleton Hospital greatly enhanced its services in the 1970s. Upon Dr. Dave's appointment, Littleton Hospital now had the necessary components to provide its patients with the highest level of surgical services. Now, the surgeons had the ability to consult with an expert pathologist and radiologist prior to surgery, resulting in the best possible outcomes for patients. In addition to his role in Anatomic Pathology, Dr. Dave oversaw the Clinical Laboratory at Littleton Hospital. Under his direction, Littleton's clinical laboratory functioned as a regional reference laboratory as well as an American Red Cross depository for the North Country. Dr. Dave also served as Director of Anatomic and Clinical Laboratory Services at Cottage Hospital in Woodsville, NH.
Dr. Dave was a true scholar. He was highly respected for his expertise well beyond the Littleton area. He belonged to many professional associations, including the NH and Grafton County Medical Societies, the NE Society of Pathology, the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, and the College of American Pathologists. In his retirement, Dr. Dave and his wife, Hasu, are enjoying spending time with family, traveling, visiting with friends both near and far, and reading.
Colby JE, 1984. Littleton: crossroads of northern New Hampshire