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Medical Fraternity honoured by 3 Padma Bhushan & 10 Padma Shri

New Delhi: The Padma Awards 2024 have been announced on the eve of Republic day. While the country applauds the contribution of all awardees, here we have a list of winners who made a significant impact on the healthcare sector. These awardees won in the field of Medicine.

The government has presented three Padma Bhushan and ten Padma Shri awards in the field of Medicine.  The three Padma Bhushan awardees are Dr Ashwin B Mehta, Tejas Madhusudan Patel and Chandreshwar Prasad Thakur. There are 10 Padma Shri awardees in the field of Medicine, namely Prema Dhanraj, Radha Krishan Dhiman, Manohar Krishana Dole, Yazdi Maneksha Italia, Hemchand Manjhi, Chandrashekhar Mahadeorao Meshram, G Nachiyar, Radhe Shyam Pareek, Dayal Mavjibhai Parmar, and Chandrashekar Channapatna Rajannachar.

Dr Ashwin B Mehta is a consultant in the department of Cardiology at Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Centre. He has received a total of 19 gold medals in various subjects in MBBS and MD examinations.  He specialises in Coronary Interventions, Rotablation, Balloon Valvotomy and Transcatheter Aortic valve replacement. He is the pioneer in starting Cardiac Catheterization and Angiography in newborn babies and in starting Bundle Electrography in 1973 in India. His pioneering work also includes first systematic trial on primary angioplasty in acute myocardial infarction. The second Padma Bhushan awardee Dr. Tejas Madhusudan Patel is known for his pioneering work of coronary angiography and interventions with transradial technique which has made coronary interventions safe, accurate and has significantly decreased patient morbidity, mortality as well as duration of hospital stay from 3-5 days in the past to 24-36 hours. The third Padma Bhushan awardee Dr. Chandreshwar Prasad Thakur suggestions on Kala Azar treatment have been accepted by World Heath Organization (WHO) and other international organisations.