New Delhi: Dr Jagat Ram, head of the ophthalmology department and senior most professor of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, was on Friday appointed as new director of the institute.
Dr Ram will serve for five years from the date of assuming charge or until he attains 65 years of age, whichever is earlier, according to the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Dr Ram, 61, has contributed significantly in the field of phacoemulsification and intraocular lens implantation. He has conducted over 70,000 cataract surgical procedures in adult and about 7800 cataract surgical procedures in children.
A medical graduate (MBBS) from Indira Gandhi Medical College (formerly, Himachal Pradesh Medical College), Shimla, Dr Ram completed his postgraduation (MS) in ophthalmology in 1982 from the PGI Chandigarh.
The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) has honoured Dr Jagat Ram with the ‘Best of the Best’ Award 2016 for an innovative surgical technique performed on children with complicated cataract in persistent hyperplastic primary vitreous, which is a birth defect. This eye condition was considered incurable in the past.
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