New Delhi: India’s highest civilian awards, the Padma awards, would be conferred on 110 eminent people, including orthopaedist Dr Kantilal Hastimal Sancheti, oncologist Dr Suresh H Advani, neurologist Dr Noshir H Wadia and cardiologist Dr Devi Prasad Shetty, it was announced here on Wednesday.
Dr Kantilal Sancheti from Maharashtra would be honoured with the Padma Vibhushan award for “exceptional and distinguished service”, whereas Dr Suresh Advani and Dr Noshir Wadia, both from Maharashtra, and Dr Devi Shetty from Karnataka would be conferred with the Padma Bhushan award for “distinguished service of high order”.
Anatomist Dr Mahdi Hasan from Uttar Pradesh, diabetologist Dr Viswanathan Mohan from Tamil Nadu, geriatrician Dr Vallalarpuram Sennimalai Natarajan from Tamil Nadu, oncologist Dr Jitendra Kumar Singh from Bihar, healthcare specialist Dr Shrinivas S Vaishya from Daman and Diu, and drugs researcher Dr Nitya Anand from Uttar Pradesh would be conferred with the Padma Shri award for “distinguished service in any field”.
President Pratibha Patil also gave the nod for conferring the Padma Shri award to Dr J Hareendran Nair (Ayurveda) from Kerala, Late Dr Jugal Kishore (Homoeopathy) from Delhi and Dr Mukesh Batra (Homeopathy) from Maharashtra. The Padma awards are traditionally announced the day before Republic Day and conferred by the president in March or April.
Dr Kantilal Hastimal Sancheti is a man of many firsts. He was Pune’s first orthopaedic doctor, the inventor of India’s first indigenous knee implant – the Indus Knee and founder of Maharashtra’s first dedicated orthopaedic speciality hospital — Sancheti Institute of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation (1972). He has also mentored and trained over 300 orthopaedic surgeons.
Dr Sancheti has, over the years, organised over 500 health camps for handicapped children all over India. In appreciation of his work, the government of India honoured him with Padma Shree award in 1991, and the Padma Bhushan in 2001. He has also been conferred with the International Award for Medical Excellence by Harvard Medical School (US).
Dr Suresh H Advani is the director of department of medical oncology, which he established in 1985, at Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre, Mumbai. He is a MD (General Medicine) with special interest in medical oncology/haematology. He has been pioneer in establishing Bone Marrow Transplantation set up in India. He was honoured with the Padma Shri award by the government of India in 2002, and Dr B C Roy National Award by the Medical Council of India (MCI) in 2005.
Dr Noshir Hormusjee Wadia, one of the most respected and towering personalities of neurology in India, is currently director emeritus at department of neurology, Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre, Mumbai. He is also the author of Neurological Practice: An Indian Perspective, considered as the standard text on tropical neurology.
After obtaining his medical degree from the Grant Medical College and his neurological education at Maida Vale and the London Hospital under Sir Russell Brain, Dr Noshir Wadia returned to found and head the department of neurology at Grant. He has received many honours, including Fellowship of both the Indian National Science Academy and the Indian Academy of Sciences.
Dr Devi Prasad Shetty is one of India’s renowned heart surgeons and founder of Narayana Hrudayalaya. He is best known for applying Henry Ford’s philosophy — using mass-production techniques to cut costs through specialisation and economies of scale — to the Indian health care system.
Dr Devi Shetty was honoured with the Karnataka Ratna award in 2001, Dr B C Roy Award in 2003, the Padma Shri award for Medicine in 2004, and The Economist Innovation Award in 2011.
Dr Shetty is currently working on to devise a health scheme that would provide health insurance for all the poor people of the country at a premium of Rs 10 per person per month. He also wishes to enrol 2,000 children from rural India to medical colleges every year.
Regarded as the father of anatomy in India, Prof Mahdi Hasan is the first Indian doctor who has got the Padma Shri award in anatomy. He is also the first faculty member of Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) to bag the honour. Prof Hasan is also the recipient of Dr B C Roy National Award.
Prof Hasan has served at J N Medical College, Aligarh as chairman, anatomy department. Presently, he is honorary professor, department of anatomy, Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University, (erstwhile King George Medical College), Lucknow. Padma Bhushan Dr Naresh Trehan and Padma Shri Dr Ashok Seth (Escorts Heart Institute) are two of his illustrious students.
Dr Viswanathan Mohan is chairman and chief diabetologist of Dr Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centre, Chennai. He was honoured with Dr B C Roy Award by the Medical Council of India (MCI) in 2005.
Dr V Mohan started working in the field of diabetology as an assistant to his father Late Prof M Viswanathan, considered as one of the doyens in the field of diabetology in India and helped in setting up the M V Hospital for Diabetes in Chennai. Later, Dr V Mohan and his wife Dr M Rema, specialist in diabetic eye diseases, set up the M V Diabetes Specialities Centre, which later came to be known as Dr Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centre. The centre has so far treated over 2,45,000 patients since it was founded in September 1991.
Dr Vallalarpuram Sennimalai Natarajan is a pioneer in the field of geriatric medicine in India. He was the first person to start a separate geriatric department in India, at Government General Hospital, Chennai and the first professor of Geriatric Medicine at Madras Medical College (1985-97).
Recipient of Dr B C Roy National Award, for the development of Geriatrics as a specialty, from the President of India, Dr V S Natarajan is currently honorary professor, geriatric medicine at The Tamil Nadu Dr MGR Medical University, Chennai. As chairman of the Senior Citizens’ Bureau, Chennai, he serves for the cause and care of the elderly.
Dr Jitendra Kumar Singh is director of Mahavir Cancer Sansthan and Research Centre (MCSRC), Patna. He has been associated with MCSRC for the past 11 years. Trained at Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, Dr Singh has also worked at the PMCH (Patna Medical College and Hospital) Radium Institute as senior faculty member for 14 years.
Dr Shrinivas S Vaishya has served as the director, medical and health services at Directorate of Medical and Health Services, Daman & Diu.
Dr Nitya Anand is known for his vast knowledge in the field of pharmaceutical research. He retired from government service in 1985 as executive head of the Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow. Currently, Dr Anand is chairman of the Ranbaxy Science Foundation.