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Dr Nandkishore S Laud, Dr Maharaj K Bhan in Padma honours list

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 Nandkishore Shamrao Laud

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.

Dr Maharaj Kishan Bhan

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”.

Dr Sudarshan Kumar Aggarwal
Dr Pramod Kumar Julka

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 Ganesh Kumar Mani
Dr Gulshan Rai Khatri

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 Amit Prabhakar Maydeo

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

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 Chitta Venkata Sundara Ram

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

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 Taraprasad Das

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 Sundaram Natarajan

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 T V Devarajan
Dr T V Devarajan

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.


  1. Kishori M. Ojha Kishori M. Ojha Monday, January 28, 2013

    Medical professionals are and will remain the unsung heroes of our times. Who cares about the Padma awards? In India stalwarts like Dr. Venugopal get harassed by politicians like Dr.(?). Anbumani Ramdoss

  2. Dr KK Arora Dr KK Arora Sunday, January 27, 2013

    Hearty Congrats to all Padma Awardees specially Dr MK Bhan (AFMCite), Dr GR Khatri and Dr PK Julka. I am delighted to know at least three of them.

  3. DR. BHABEN CHOUDHURY,Pesident, Association of Otolaryngologist of India, 2011 DR. BHABEN CHOUDHURY,Pesident, Association of Otolaryngologist of India, 2011 Sunday, January 27, 2013

    Congratulation to all .

  4. Saroja D. Saroja D. Sunday, January 27, 2013

    The biggest irony of our times is that almost the three times the number are deservig candidates for Padma Award in Central Govt Health Services but they are denied the award this year also there meritorious contributions that they are making out of the way from the service rules of Govt of India.

    Even during the service they are the best shades of CGHS employees who do much more for the cause of human service , specially in a system that is known to be collapsing at a faster rates and they are the actual pillars who are some how holding the collapse with their healthy and holy might. Often at the cost of annoying their superiors and colleagues. Often not having any of those powers that their head of the department or head of institution is having just bye default , deserving or non deserving.
    Govt and Ministry of Home Affairs cannot be permitted to be so insensitive towards their own employees who are carrying the torch in adverse circumstances.

    What is so great about a person who makes his base in Govt. instituions for prolonged periods and joins a corporate and shows results in order to deserve Padma Awards.

    Why AIIMS is kept out of this restriction on CGHS employees from receiving Padma Awards?

    Are’nt there doctors in non AIIMS like institutions who have done far better than the Padma Award recipients in AIIMS? You search you will find this year too, better contestants .

    Any way Congratulations to all the recipients. I only wise time comes when jury stops getting blind folded by the glare of Bollywood and sports world and give priorities to those who are perpetual achievers or contributors for the cause of national name and fame and human well beinng rather than those who get one medal in some Olympic or win one mach once in a while or perform some how in one movie or so.

  5. dr.kiran kumar dr.kiran kumar Sunday, January 27, 2013

    congrats to all, remembering dr.n s laud for poinering work UMEX.

  6. dharmendra kumar dewan dharmendra kumar dewan Sunday, January 27, 2013

    It is a proud moment for any doctor when such recognition comes to the really deserving. Many Compliments & Congratulations to all professional colleagues. That the society genuinely values medical profession gets re-confirmed through such recognition.

  7. Dr. R.D. Dubey Dr. R.D. Dubey Sunday, January 27, 2013


    DR. R.D. DUBEY

  8. Dr. Suresh Vasistha Dr. Suresh Vasistha Sunday, January 27, 2013

    Congratulations to all

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