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10 Doctors Won Padma Awards in Medicine

10 doctors won Padma Awards in 2021 in the field of Medicine. Among 10 doctors, 1 doctor has received Padma Vibhushan & 9 conferred Padma Shri. Padma Award was started in the year of 1954. This year in 2021, total 120 members have received Padma Award at various field. Highest civilian awards in India are Bharat Ratna followed by Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. It is given by Government of India on the Republic Day of every year to the individual or group of people for their excellent achievement in a particular field.

List of Padma Awardees in the field of Medicine-2021

Padma Vibhushan

  1. Dr. Belle Monappa Hegde, Medicine, Karnataka

Padma Shri

  1. Dr. Rattan Lal Mittal, Medicine, Punjab
  2. Dr. Chandrakant Sambhaji Pandav, Medicine, Delhi
  3. Dr. J N Pande (Posthumous), Medicine, Delhi
  4. Dr. Krishna Mohan Pathi, Medicine, Odisha
  5. Dr. Dhananjay Diwakar Sagdeo, Medicine, Kerala
  6. Shri Ashok Kumar Sahu, Medicine, Uttar Pradesh
  7. Dr. Bhupendra Kumar Singh Sanjay, Medicine, Uttarakhand
  8. Dr. Dilip Kumar Singh, Medicine, Bihar
  9. Dr. Thiruvengadam Veeraraghavan (Posthumous), Medicine, Tamil Nadu

Dr. Belle Monappa Hegde, Cardiologist from Karnataka (Padma Vibhushan)

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Dr. Belle Monappa Hegde is popularly known as B.M. Hegde is a leading cardiologist, author & educator from the state of Karnataka (Udupi). He was born in 1938 at Pangala, Udupi. He has done his MBBS from Madras, MD from Lucknow, MRCP from U.K., FRCP from London, FRCP from Edinburgh, FRCP from Glasgow, FRCPI from Dublin and FACC from the USA. He has 47 years of teaching experience in Medical colleges. Hegde was associated with Manipal University and worked there as Vice-Chancellor. He was Independent Director of Zydus. He has served as editor in many journals, published 289 research paper & 37 books in English & Kannada & he is the first Indian examiner for the MRCP examination in the UK for 10 years. This year Dr. Hegde has conferred with India’s second-highest civilian award- Padma Vibhushan. Before that, he was awarded in the category of an Eminent Medical Teacher in 1999 with Dr. B. C. Roy National Award, Dr. J. C. Bose Award for Life Sciences Research, Padma Bhushan in 2010 and many more. He is famous for his research for curing malaria in three days by the use of silver nanoparticles infused with water and a theory of ‘quantum healing’ by which a sick persons can bring back to normal.

Dr. Rattan Lal Mittal, Orthopaedician from Punjab (Padma Shri)

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Famous Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Rattan Lal Mittal with more than 50 yrs of experience is known for free Clubfoot surgeries. Dr. Mittal is globally recognised for his New Surgical Concept of correction in severest of severe clubfoot deformity, by four surgical skin expanding incision, 4 plastic surgery procedures in a single incision. He is doing all other types of orthopaedic surgery also e.g. sports injuries, other trauma, polio, spastics, spine etc. Dr. Mittal working as a visiting Professor in Singapore, Indonesia and Canada & New Zealand & widely travelled to USA, Canada, European & Asian countries for academics. Now he is running Mittal Orthopaedic Centre at Patiala, Punjab. Formerly Dr. Mittal worked as a Professor in the Orthopaedic department for 20 years &then Principal in Govt. Medical College Patiala and Director of Medical Education Punjab Chandigarh.

Dr. Chandrakant Sambhaji Pandav, Community Medicine from Delhi (Padma Shri)

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Popularly known as “Iodine Man of India”, Dr. Chandrakant S. Pandav is a Former Professor & HOD of Community Medicine at AIIMS, New Delhi. He completed his MBBS and then MD from AIIMS, Delhi in Community Medicine and then M.Sc. from McMaster University Hamilton, Canada. Dr. Pandav is the Co-Editor of 14 books on Health Sciences and authored about 400 research papers published in various National and International Journals. Dr. Pandav was a consultant on Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD) since 1983 to over 60 countries. Dr. Pandav was Advisory Board Member of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Ministry of Women and Child Development, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), NITI Aayog, Iodine Global Network (IGN) and various others National and International bodies. Excellent work in the area of Universal Salt Iodization, Dr. Pandav was awarded the Mother Teresa Memorial Award in Kolkata on December 2016. In 2017, Dr. Pandav was bestowed the WHO Public Health Champion award for his long and sustained contribution to public health. Dr. Pandav has many awards and honours to his name, including the most prestigious Dr. M. K. Seshadri Prize & Gold Medal by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), for the year 2000 for his outstanding contributions to the field of Community Medicine. He has won several awards and recognition from global Institutes for his work on iodine deficiency.

Dr. J N Pande (Late), Pulmonologist from Delhi (Padma Shri)

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Another AIIMS doctor from Delhi got Padma Shri award this year. Dr. Pande was born in Uttar Predesh at Firozabad district. Dr Jitendra Nath was an eminent pulmonologist and former HOD of Medicine at AIIMS in Delhi. Dr. Jitendra had died due to Covid 19 at the age of 79 on May’ 23rd during sleep when he was home quarantined in New Delhi. He was the Personal doctor to the President of India and many other famous personalities like Raj Kapoor, Rangarajan Kumaramangalam etc. He joined AIIMS as a MBBS student and retired from the position of HOD of Medicine. Dr. Pande was a great clinician, teacher & excellent human being to his students & patients. He knew for his punctuality & repairing medical instrument by his own. People called him an encyclopaedia of medicine. Dr. Pande published more than 170 papers in national and international journals, mainly focused on lung mechanics in health & disease, exercise physiology, interstitial lung disease, air sacs, & high-altitude physiology.

Dr. Krishna Mohan Pathi, Orthopaedician from Odisha (Padma Shri)

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83-year-old Great Orthopaedician, Dr Pathi is known as a Messiah for the Poor people and runs a charitable organisation with the name of Bharadwaj Gurukul Ashram where he provides free health care services (free medicine and injections, bone marrow test etc.) to tribal in a village nearby Berhampur in Ganjham district, Odisha for more than 30 years. He medically trained from SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack and did MS from England. Dr. Pathi worked in Oxford University for three years and travelled extensively to more than 22 countries for academic purpose. Dr. Pathi still remembers the letter of his father where he advised him to return back from abroad and serve to poor people in Odisa. Then Dr Pathi returned to India and joined as a teacher of medicine in a medical college; after that, he was the HOD of Orthopaedics Surgery & Principal at VSS Medical College at Burla and Superintendent-cum-Principal at MKCG Medical College in Berhampur. Dr Krishna Pathi lives at Aravinda Nagar near bus stand of Berhampore at the same house which was built by his father. He has one daughter who is a doctor in profession & staying in abroad & one son who is an engineer working in Delhi. Prof. Krishna Mohan Pathi is also known for his contribution to sickle cell disease in many countries. He is the first doctor in Odisha is awarded by Padma Shri.  

Dr. Dhananjay Diwakar Sagdeo, General Physician from Kerala (Padma Shri)  

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A doctor from Nagpur, Maharashtra, who made Wayand his second home since last 40 years. Newly graduated young doctor Dhananjay Diwakar Sagdeo came to Muttil the backward village of Wayanad district, Kerala at the age of 24 in the year of 1980. Dr  Diwakar Sagdeo was born in Nagpur under a middle-class family. He completed MBBS at the Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Hospital (IGGMCH). After completing MBBS, he decided with the inspiration of RSS to work for the poor people. He came to know about the small hospital run by Swami Vivekananda Medical Mission at Muttil and decided to work there & started serving in a one-man medical facility in a one-room dispensary-cum-residence in hilly Muttil. Initial days were not easy for Dr. Sagdeo to learn Malayalam and convince the tribal people but today, the tribal of this area, consider Dr Sagdeo next to God irrespective of their religion and belief. The one-room dispensary has now converted into a full-fledged, 35-bed hospital with three full-time medical officers, visiting specialists and other modern facilities. Dr Sagdeo is married with Sujata Gurjar, who was born and brought up in Kerala. Dr. has two daughters, — Aditi and Gayatri. Gayatri is a doctor and now works with her father in the same hospital & Aditi is an engineer, resides in Nagpur after married. Dr. Sagdeo’s most significant contribution has been the work done for Sickle Cell Anemia (SCA) disease among tribal. Dr Sagdeo at the age of 64, still running the Swami Vivekananda Medical Mission hospital & provides free treatment to tribal & poor people.

Shri Ashok Kumar Sahu, Medicine from Uttar Pradesh (Padma Shri)

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Cases of depression are increasing in runaway life. All the youth are in its grip. Loneliness is also a big reason among the elderly. Taking such youth & elder away from depression and teaching them to live became the purpose of life of 68-year-old Ashok Kumar Sahu and built ‘Dhamma Kalyan Kanpur International Vipassana Sadhana Kendra’ 10 years before at Kanpur. The specialty of the centre at Deodhi Ghat is that sadhana is conducted here in 47 languages free of cost. There is many software for this. Foreigners are also getting influx here. There are two courses offered in the month, which are of 10–10 day time interval. When the Vipassana Sadhana Kendra was established in 2012, the youth were most attracted to it. Gradually, people of every age group moved here to search for peace of mind and spirituality. The number increased day by day and started online booking. Till now, thousands of people have taken advantage of it.

Dr. Bhupendra Kumar Singh Sanjay, Orthopaedic & Spine Surgeon, Uttarakhand (Padma Shri)

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Dr Bhupendra Kumar Singh Sanjay, 65, Dehradun-based orthopaedic & spine surgeon, came from a small farming family in Uttar Pradesh’s Orai town. He has completed his education at Chandigarh’s Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGI). Dr. Bhupendra currently working in Sanjay Orthopaedic, Spine & Maternity Centre, which he founded in 2008. Before that, he headed the orthopaedics department at Dehradun’s Jolly Grant Medical College. Dr. Sanjay organizes free consultations to the poor every second Saturday of a month & actively involves in awareness campaign regarding road traffic safety where he promotes through radio, TV, print media and public lectures since 2002. He has organised 225 free health camps & 5000 free surgeries on children suffering from paralysis and disability due to polio & cerebral palsy which gave him entry in India book of records in 2017.

Dr. Singh has honoured by several awards before receiving Padma Shri as Uttarakhand Ratna in 2002, Uttaranchal Gaurav in 2003, SICOT Foundation France Award in 1996, Dr. Durga Prasad Lok Priya Chikitshak Puruskar in 2002. Besides that, he has featured 4 times in Limca Book of Records in 2002, 2003, 2004 & 2009 for different innovative and successful surgical achievements, like re-implantation of autoclaved tumour bone to save the limb, removing a giant bone tumour and for doing a successful spine operation in an 88-year-old man, hip replacement surgery in a 98-year-old high-risk patient, and save the life of a teenager girl who has bone cancer. He also had featured in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2005 for removing the largest bone tumor of the femur weighing 16.5 kg from a 35-year-old patient- a feat.

Dr. Dilip Kumar Singh, Medicine from Bihar (Padma Shri)

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Dr. Dilip Kumar Singh, who lives in a remote village of Pirpainti in Bhagalpur district of Bihar and a famous eminent doctor of the country, has awarded by Padma Shri. At the age of 92 even today patients are seen in the village & do not prescribe medicine, give it in Pudia. His father was a doctor and practised in the same village. Dr. Dilip Studied at Mound Vernon Hospital in New York. Also studied in Canada & travelled to many countries. But leaving the foreign countries & came back to Peerapanti and started treating patients which is still continue. In 1953 when cholera spread in many areas of Bhagalpur district, he was very active in the treatment. Dr. Dilip kumar Singh started a large-scale Pulse Polio campaign in his area free of cost by importing vaccine from Russia about 10 years before of Govt. of India was started in 1995 nationwide. He built an eye hospital with the name of his father and also build a road with his father’s name by donating his own land. This road connects the highway to Govt hospital in his village. Dr. Dilip has written a book on the struggle of his life- “मेरी कहानी, मेरी जुबानी”. Dr. Singh is one of India’s few doctors and awarded with the prestigious Panchsheel Shiromani Award, Life Time Achievement Award from the Indian Medical Association, Sister Carroll Award, and Padmashree Kamalabai Hospital Award with a cash amount of Rs 1 lakh.

Dr. Thiruvengadam Veeraraghavan (Late), Medicine from Tamil Nadu

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Dr. Thiruvengadam Veeraraghavan, popularly known as “two rupees doctor”, because he charged only 2 rupees for consultation for many years after making 5 rupees until his death. Dr. Thiruvengadam died in August 2020 at the age of 70 yrs. He had two clinics in north Chennai — Sri Kalyanapuram and Erukkancherry. After his shift at a local private hospital, He practised there daily from 8 pm to 10 pm at Erukancherry area & from 10 pm to beyond midnight at Sri Kalyanapuram area. Dr. Thiruvengadam resident of Vyasarpadi in Chennai was born in farmer family. He completed his medicine from Stanley government medical college, Chennai. His wife Saraswathi retired from railway officer few years ago. His son & daughter studied medicine in Mauritius. 

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