New Delhi: India’s highest civilian awards, the Padma awards, would be conferred on 108 eminent people, including orthopaedist Dr Nandkishore Shamrao Laud and paediatrician civil servant Dr Maharaj Kishan Bhan, it was announced here on Friday.
Dr N S Laud from Maharashtra and Dr M K Bhan from Delhi would be conferred with the Padma Bhushan award for “distinguished service of high order” in the medicine and civil service categories, respectively.
Radiologist Dr Sudarshan Kumar Aggarwal, radiotherapist Dr Pramod Kumar Julka, cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon Dr Ganesh Kumar Mani and public health expert Dr Gulshan Rai Khatri from Delhi; oncology surgeon Dr Rajendra Achyut Badwe, gastroenterologist Dr Amit Prabhakar Maydeo and ophthalmologist Dr Sundaram Natarajan from Maharashtra; physician Dr Chitta Venkata Sundara Ram from Andhra Pradesh; ophthalmologist Dr Taraprasad Das from Orissa; physician Dr T V Devarajan from Tamil Nadu; and paediatric surgeon Dr Saroj Chooramani Gopal from Uttar Pradesh would be conferred with the Padma Shri award for “distinguished service in any field”.
President Pranab Mukherjee also gave the nod for conferring the Padma Shri award to Dr Krishna Chandra Chunekar (Ayurvedic medicine) from Uttar Pradesh and Dr Vishwa Kumar Gupta (Homeopathy) from Delhi. The Padma awards are traditionally announced the day before Republic Day and conferred by the president in March or April.
Dr Maharaj Kishan Bhan is a paediatrician and clinical scientist. He holds MBBS and MD degrees from Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh and has carried out extensive post doctoral research at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi in the realm of diarrhoeal diseases and child nutrition with emphasis on public health issues. He is known for developing Rotavirus Vaccine in collaboration with Bharat Biotech International. He is currently positioned as secretary, department of biotechnology, ministry of science and technology, Government of India.
Dr Nandkishore Shamrao Laud holds Master of Surgery (orthopaedics) from University of Bombay. He is the former professor and head, department of orthopaedic surgery and traumatology and chief of trauma service at Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College and Hospital, Sion, Mumbai. He is currently associated with Laud Clinic, Shushrusha Citizens Co-operative Hospital and Breach Candy Hospital, Mumbai.
Dr Sudarshan Kumar Aggarwal is chairman, DCA Imaging and Research Centre, New Delhi. He is founder president of the SAARC Society of Radiology and former president of the Indian Radiological and Imaging Association.
Dr C Venkata S Ram is now dividing his work between US and India. While in US, Dr Ram is medical director, Texas Blood Pressure Institute, director of medical education and research, Dallas Nephrology Associates, clinical professor of internal medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Centre, chairman, board of governors, American Society of Hypertension and vice president, American Society of Hypertension. While in India, Dr Ram serves as chief executive officer of MediCiti Institute of Medical Sciences, and dean and provost of MediCiti Medical College, Medchal, Hyderabad. Dr Ram was the youngest person ever to become the Master of American College of Physicians.
Dr Rajendra Achyut Badwe is director of Tata Memorial Centre and professor and head of the department of surgical oncology at Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai. His specialization is in breast cancer surgery.
Dr Taraprasad Das is director of L V Prasad Eye Institute, Bhubaneswar and adjunct professor of ophthalmology at the University of Rochester Medical School, Rochester, New York, US. Trained in the medical and surgical management of vitreoretinal diseases, he has received 10 research grants and has led, or is currently leading several research programmes in diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration. He also has an active clinical and research interest in infective endophthalmitis.
Dr T V Devarajan is a senior consultant physician (general medicine) at Apollo Hospitals, Chennai. His areas of specialization are internal medicine and intensive care. He is a Dr B C Roy National Award winner.
Dr Saroj Chooramani Gopal is professor of paediatric surgery at the Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University (IMS-BHU), Varanasi. Her areas of specialization are paediatric and neonatal surgery, paediatric urology and laparoscopy.
Dr Pramod Kumar Julka is professor, department of radiotherapy, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi.
Dr Gulshan Rai Khatri is a senior public health advisor at World Lung Foundation, New Delhi. As Director of India’s TB programme, Dr Khatri has been the architect of structuring, implementing and monitoring India’s TB programme from 1996-2002 wherein treatment success rate of TB cases tripled from 26 per cent to more than 80 per cent and death rate registered a seven-fold decrease from 29 per cent to 5 per cent in DOTS areas thereby averting thousands of deaths and preventing millions of TB infections.
Dr Ganesh Kumar Mani is a senior cardio-thoracic and vascular surgeon at Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi. His area of specialization is beating heart surgery.
Dr Amit Prabhakar Maydeo is managing director of the Institute of Advanced Endoscopy, Mumbai. He is former president of the Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy of India. Dr Maydeo has done pioneering work in the fields of therapeutic endoscopy and ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography). Over the last two decades, he has been credited of doing original work on pancreatic stone disease and also in the treatment of difficult CBD (common bile duct) stones.
Dr Sundaram Natarajan is chairman and managing director, Aditya Jyot eye Hospital, Mumbai.
Dr Krishna Chandra Chunekar is a former professor of Dravyaguna at Banaras Hindu University (BHU). He is an expert on the botanical identification of Ayurvedic medicinal plants.