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Dr. John Scudder and his wife Harriet depart Boston to begin a 200 year tradition of service

A Tradition of Service

John Scudder’s first mission to India and Ceylon in 1819 was the beginning of 1,100 combined years of medical missionary service there by 42 members of 4 generations of the Scudders in India. The Scudder Association was founded to support and promote the medical mission work in India.

We encourage you to visit the links below to learn more about this important work. Please consider contributing to continue our “Support for those in service to others”


Christian Medical College and Hospital, Vellore (CMC)

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CMC has been ranked the #1 Private Medical Hospital in India

Vellore) is an educational and research institute and a tertiary care hospital located at Vellore , Tamil Nadu , India . It is one of the prominent and well known medical destinations in India, having reputations nationally and internationally. It is also one of the top-ranked medical colleges in India.

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Today CMC is considered India’s most prominent and respected medical destination

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Last year the hospital cared for: 1,100,086 Inpatients – 2,024,938 Outpatients – 15,003 Births

Founded in 1900 by an American missionary, Dr Ida S. Scudder, the institute has made significant medical achievements in India. CMC was the first college of nursing in India (1978),  the first reconstructive surgery for leprosy in the World (1948),  the first successful open heart surgery in India (1961), the first kidney transplant in India (1971), the first bone marrow transplantation (1986) and the first successful ABO incompatible kidney transplant (2009).

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Ida Scudder visits a village – To learn more click on pic

Vellore CMC Foundation was started by the Scudder Associations as a funding mechanism and over the years has grown exponentially due to the enormous financial and spiritual support of the medical school’s alumni as well as the dedicated support the hospital staff and administration.

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Click here to go to the Foundation Site


See Vellore CMC through the eyes of their patients

Why do people travel to the Christian Medical College, CMC, from all over India and beyond? Meet three patients with very different needs. What they share is the trust that is at the heart of CMC.

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See Vellore as our patients do

Why do people travel to the Christian Medical College, CMC, from all over India and beyond? Meet three patients with very different needs. What they share is the trust that is at the heart of CMC.


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Scudder Memorial Celebrates its 150th Anniversary – Click here to learn more

Scudder Memorial Hospital – Ranipet, India

From 1886 when the founder, Dr. Silas Scudder started SMH , to the present day, SMH has been growing both in numbers and services rendered to the people.

Today, SMH serves over 150 inpatients and 250 outpatients daily, with over 8 wards, 15 clinics each day and 20 other departments / sections.

As a teaching institution SMH trains Nurses and Allied Health (X-Ray, Laboratory, Medical Records) workers with a high degree of technical competence to serve with love and compassion in the spirit of Christ.

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Dr. James Taylor, great-great grandson of Silas Scudder, founder, was invited as a keynote speaker at SMS’s 150th Anniversary