09 February 2017 Current Affairs: Dr P Raghu Ram, president of Association of Breast Surgeons of India, has won the prestigious Dr B C Roy national award for 'outstanding service in the field of socio medical relief' for 2016.
The award, the highest recognition for medical practitioners in India, would be conferred on Ram by President Pranab Mukherjee on July 1, observed as Doctors day.
Dr Ram was honored for his significant contribution towards improving the delivery of breast health care in India and creating the much needed awareness about importance of early detection of breast cancer in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh through a number of initiatives.
He is the youngest surgeon ever from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh to have been selected for the award.
Apart from ABSI, Dr. Ram is also the Director of Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) and CEO of Ushalakshmi Breast Cancer Foundation.
Dr P Raghu Ram : Raghu Ram Pillarisetti is an Indian oncoplastic breast surgeon who was born on 22 September 1966 in Guntur in the undivided Andhra Pradesh.
He graduated in medicine (MBBS) Siddhartha Medical College, secured a master’s degree in surgery (MS) with gold medal from Kasturba Medical College, Manipal in 1995 and migrated to UK to work at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust Hospital.
He opened a dedicated purpose built facility for breast cancer care in India under the name, Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), in Hyderabad in 2007
Raghu Ram Pillarisetti is the youngest recipient of the Overseas Gold Medal of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.He is also the founder of Pink Connexion, the first quarterly newsletter from India about breast healthcare.
The Government of India honoured him in 2015 with the award of Padma Shri, the fourth highest Indian civilian award.