New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday presented Dr B C Roy National Awards for the years 2014, 2015 and 2016 and Hari Om Ashram Alembic Research Awards for the years 2008, 2010, 2015 and 2016 at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
After receiving the Dr B C Roy National Award, Dr D S Rana, Chairman, Board of Management and Department of Nephrology, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, said, “I am humbled by the prestigious award. I hail from a small village Dasmal (in Himachal Pradesh) and had to face hardships during my education. To attend school, I had to travel 12 kms one way and took 3 hours daily to reach school.”
“I owe this award to my late parents who taught me to work hard with sincerity and live with honesty. This award is dedicated to my teachers and Gurus who made me what I am today. And not the least to this great institution of Sir Ganga Ram Hospital where I have devoted 35 years of my career. My message to all upcoming medical professionals is that hard work, sincerity and dedication will always make you succeed,” added Dr Rana who received the award in the category of recognising best talents in encouraging the development of specialities in different branches in medicine.
Dr D S Rana graduated in 1972 from Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla and did post graduation in Medicine in 1976 from Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh and Nephrology in 1980 from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi. He is one of the pioneer nephrologists of India who has established comprehensive nephrology services in non-government sector at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital where he has been working since 1981.
Dr (Prof) Arvind Kumar, Director, Institute of Robotic Surgery and Chairman, Centre for Chest Surgery & Lung Transplantation at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, received the Dr B C Roy National Award in the eminent medical person category.
Dr Kumar is a leading robotic and thoracic surgeon who has contributed to the field of medical sciences for almost 30 years. He is the first surgeon to start robotic chest surgery in India – at the AIIMS, New Delhi in June 2008. It’s under his aegis and efforts that Sir Ganga Ram Hospital has become Asia’s first hospital to deliver successful Robotic Vascular Surgery.
The Bidhan Chandra Roy Award was instituted in 1976 in the memory of renowned physician and freedom fighter Dr B C Roy by the Medical Council of India (MCI).