New Delhi: India’s highest civilian awards, the Padma awards, would be conferred on 127 eminent people, including 27 doctors of modern medicine. They will receive the awards from President Pranab Mukherjee at a function in New Delhi in March or April, it was announced here on Saturday, on the eve of the 65th Republic Day.
Dr Neelam Kler, senior consultant, neonatology, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi would be conferred with the Padma Bhushan award for “distinguished service of high order” in the medicine category.
Some of the eminent doctors who would be conferred with the Padma Shri award for “distinguished service in any field” include Dr Lalit Kumar and Dr Rajesh Kumar Grover (Oncology), Dr Ashok Rajgopal (Orthopaedics), Dr Nitish Naik (Cardiology), Dr Surbrat Kumar Acharya (Gastroenterology), Dr J S Titiyal (Ophthalmology), and Dr Mahesh Verma (Dental Science) from Delhi.
Dr Balram Bhargava (Cardiology), Dr Sunil Pradhan (Neurology), Dr Daya Kishore Hazra (Medicine) from Uttar Pradesh; Dr Ramakant Krishnaji Deshpande (Oncology), Dr Shashank R Joshi (Endocrinology), Dr Milind Vasant Kirtane (ENT Surgery) from Maharashtra; Dr Pawan Raj Goyal (Chest Disease), Dr Narendra Kumar Pandey (Surgery), and Dr Amod Gupta (Ophthalmology) from Haryana would also be honoured with the Padma Shri award.
President Pranab Mukherjee also gave the nod for conferring the Padma Shri award to Dr Kiritkumar Mansukhlal Acharya (Dermatology, Gujarat), Dr Indra Chakravarty (Health & Hygiene, West Bengal), Dr Thenumgal Poulose Jacob (Vascular Surgery, Tamil Nadu), Dr Mohan Mishra (Medicine, Bihar), Dr M Subhadra Nair (Gynaecology, Kerala), Dr Ashok Panagariya (Neurology, Rajasthan), Dr Kamini A Rao (Reproductive Medicine, Karnataka), Dr Sarbeswar Sahariah (Surgery, Andhra Pradesh), Dr Siddharth Mukherjee (Oncology, US) and Dr Vamsi Mootha (Biomedical Research, US).
Dr Balram Bhargava is professor of cardiology at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi and also serves as executive director for Stanford India Biodesign Centre. An alumnus of King George’s Medical University, Lucknow, Dr Bhargava is a leader in biomedical innovation. He developed the indigenous Platinum Iridium coronary stent and has been instrumental in clinically evaluating Indian stents. These low cost indigenous stents have benefitted several thousand patients.
Dr Lalit Kumar is professor of medical oncology at Dr B R Ambedkar Institute-Rotary Cancer Hospital, AIIMS, New Delhi.
Dr Jeewan Singh Titiyal is professor of ophthalmology at Dr Rajendra Prasad Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, AIIMS, New Delhi.
Dr Nitish Naik is additional professor of cardiology at AIIMS, New Delhi.
Dr Amod Gupta is professor and head of the Advanced Eye Centre (AEC) at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh. He is also dean of the institute.
Dr Sunil Pradhan is professor of neurology at Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGI), Lucknow.
Dr Rajesh K Grover is director and chief executive officer of Delhi State Cancer Institute, New Delhi.
Dr Mahesh Verma is director and principal of Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences, New Delhi.
Dr Indira Chakravarty is director and dean of the All India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health, Kolkata. She is also head of biochemistry and nutrition at the institute.
Dr N K Pandey is chairman, managing director and head of surgery at Asian Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS), Faridabad.
Dr Ramakant Deshpande is executive vice chairman of Asian Institute of Oncology, Mumbai. He has also served as head of thoracic and paediatric surgical oncology at Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai.
Dr Ashok Rajgopal is chairman of bone and joint institute at Medanta The Medicity, Gurgaon.
Dr Kamini Rao is medical director at Milann – The Fertility Centre, Bengaluru.
New Delhi-born Dr Siddhartha Mukherjee is an assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University, US and is best known for the 2010 book, ‘The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer’, for which he won a Pulitzer Prize.
Dr Vamsi K Mootha is a professor of systems biology and of medicine at Harvard Medical School, US. His laboratory is based in the Department of Molecular Biology and Centre for Human Genetic Research at Massachusetts General Hospital. His research group consists of clinicians, computer scientists and biologists, who work collaboratively to elucidate the network properties of mitochondria, and how these properties go awry in human disease.
Dr Milind V Kirtane is a consulting ENT surgeon at P D Hinduja National Hospital and Medical Research Centre, Mumbai. Dr Kirtane has a special interest in cochlear implants, endoscopic sinus surgery and neurotology.
Dr Sarbeswar Sahariah is former head of the Organ Transplantation Centre at the Osmania University, Hyderabad. Dr Sahariah is credited with performing the first successful renal transplant operation in Andhra Pradesh in May 1981 and since then has performed more than 3,000 such operations which is probably the highest number performed by a single surgeon in the country.
Dr Mohan Mishra is former professor and head of medicine at Darbhanga Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) in Bihar. He is best known for his research in kala-azar and the use of Amphotericin B (Fungizone) medicine.
Dr K M Acharya is former professor and head of the department of Skin, STD and leprosy at MP Shah Medical College, Jamnagar, Gujarat. He is best known for his work with leprosy patients. Dr Acharya runs Mahatma Gandhi Leprosy Society.
Dr P R Goyal is professor emeritus, department of chest and pulmonary medicine at SRM Medical College, Hospital and Research Centre, Chennai. He is also chairman and managing director of PRG Medicare and Research, New Delhi.
Dr Ashok Panagariya is professor emeritus, neurology, Sawai Man Singh Medical College, Jaipur and former vice chancellor of Rajasthan University of Health Sciences, Jaipur.
Dr Subhadra Nair is former professor and head of obstetrics and gynaecology at Thiruvananthapuram Medical College.