New Delhi: Cancer specialist Dr Vishwanathan Shanta has been selected for Padma Vibhushan, India’s second highest civilian award after Bharat Ratna, while gastroenterologist Dr D Nageshwar Reddy has been named for Padma Bhushan, the country’s third highest civilian award. They are among the 112 notable personalities to get Padma awards in 2016.
Cardiothoracic surgeons Dr Gopichand Mannam and Dr T K Lahiri; cardiac surgeon Dr Alla Gopala Krishna Gokhale; paediatric surgeons Dr Shiv Narain Kureel and Dr Nayudamma Yarlagadda; orthopaedic surgeon Dr John Ebnezar; and surgeon Dr Ravi Kant are among the notable doctors to get Padma Shri, the country’s fourth highest civilian award.
Other doctors who will get the Padma Shri awards announced by the government on Monday include Dr Praveen Chandra and Dr Daljeet Singh Gambhir (cardiology); Dr M V Padma Srivastava and Dr Sudhir V Shah (neurology); Dr Chandrasekar Seshadri Thoguluva (gastroenterology); Dr M M Joshi (ophthalmology); and Dr Sabyasachi Sarkar (radiology).
Dr H R Nagendra, Predrag K Nikic and Hui Lan Zhang (yoga); Dr Ram Harsh Singh (ayurveda); and Dr Anil Kumari Malhotra (homeopathy) have also been named among the winners of the Padma Shri award.
This year, President Pranab Mukherjee will confer 10 Padma Vibhushan, 19 Padma Bhushan and 83 Padma Shri awards on people from different walks of life. As many as 19 awardees are women and 10 are foreigners, non-resident Indians and People of Indian Origin (including one posthumous). Four of those on the honour list are posthumous awardees.