New Delhi: Dr Tehemton Erach Udwadia, a renowned medical teacher, noted gastroenterologist and widely regarded as the father of laparoscopic surgery in India, has been selected for Padma Bhushan, the country’s third highest civilian award, for his contributions to Indian medicine. He is among the 89 notable personalities to get Padma awards in 2017.
Dr Udwadia was the first surgeon in India to use laparoscopy in surgery in 1972. He currently practices as a general surgeon and laparoscopic surgeon at two Mumbai hospitals, Breach Candy Hospital and Hinduja Hospital.
Dr Udwadia received the country’s fourth highest civilian award, Padma Shri, in 2006. He is also a recipient of Dr B C Roy National Award, the highest Indian award in the field of medicine, which he received from the Medical Council of India (MCI) in 2000.
Late Dr Suniti Solomon, a physician and microbiologist who pioneered AIDS research and prevention in India after having diagnosed the first Indian AIDS cases in Chennai in 1985, was posthumously selected for Padma Shri for her contributions in the field of medicine.
Dr Subroto Das and Dr Devendra Dayabhai Patel from Gujarat, Prof Harkishan Singh and Dr Mukut Minz from Chandigarh, Dr Bhakti Yadav from Madhya Pradesh, Dr Mohammed Abdul Waheed from Telangana, and Dr Madan Madhav Godbole from Uttar Pradesh have been selected for Padma Shree, the country’s fourth highest civilian award, for their contributions in the field of medicine.
Dr Mukut Minz is director of transplant surgery at Fortis Hospital, Mohali. He is former head of the department of renal transplant surgery at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh. Dr Minz recently led the kidney transplant surgery of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj at the All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi.
Dr Madan Madhav Godbole is professor and head of endocrinology department at Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, (SGPGIMS), Lucknow.
Dr Devendra Dayabhai Patel is a surgical oncologist and has worked as Director of Gujarat Cancer & Research Institute, Ahmedabad.
Dr Patel is a recipient of Dr B C Roy National Award, which he received for being an eminent medical teacher from the Medical Council of India (MCI) for the year 1998.
Dr Subroto Das, chief executive and managing trustee of Vadodara-based Lifeline Foundation, is better known for his efforts in extending a lifeline to highway accident victims. The foundation uses a network of ambulances to get accident victims to hospitals in time.
Dr Das, who graduated from Baroda Medical College, refused to practise medicine soon after passing out as he felt much of the practice was corrupt. “Most doctors work on the basis of referral fees. Rather than treating the patient, they are more interested in how much they can get as referral fees (from other doctors or diagnostic testing centres). So I decided to get into hospital management,” he told Mint.
Dr Bhakti Yadav, popularly known as Doctor Dadi, is a gynaecologist who has been treating patients “free of cost” in Indore since 1948 and has helped deliver thousands of babies.
Dr Yadav is Indore’s first woman MBBS graduate. She passed out of the first batch of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College (MGMMC), Indore in 1948 and was the only woman in her batch.
Prof Harkishan Singh is emeritus professor at Panjab University, Chandigarh and is a well-recognized pharmaceutical academic, medicinal chemistry researcher and a science historian.
Dr Mohammed Abdul Waheed, former officiating director of Central Research Institute of Unani Medicine, Hyderabad, is known for his contribution in the field of vitiligo. He has developed about 17 unani formulations for the effective management of vitiligo. He is striving to create evidence-based data in support of Unani system of medicine in order to fulfil the regulatory requirements and to generate world-class infrastructure for research to promote the traditional medicine across the globe.
Padma Awards, one of the highest civilian awards of the country, are conferred in three categories, namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. The Awards are given in various disciplines, fields of activities, viz art, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine, literature and education, sports, civil service, etc.
Padma Vibhushan is awarded for exceptional and distinguished service; Padma Bhushan for distinguished service of high order and Padma Shri for distinguished service in any field. The awards are announced on the occasion of Republic Day every year.
These awards are conferred by the President of India at ceremonial functions, which are held at Rashtrapati Bhawan usually around March/April every year.
This year President Pranab Mukherjee has approved conferment of Padma Awards to 89 persons. The list comprises of 7 Padma Vibhushan, 7 Padma Bhushan and 75 Padma Shri Awardees. Out of them 19 are women and the list also includes 5 persons from the category of foreigners, NRIs, PIOs and 6 posthumous awardees.
The awards were announced on Wednesday, on the eve of the 68th Republic Day.