Three Mumbai-based doctors will receive the Padma Shri, the country’s fourth highest civilian award.
Oncosurgeon Dr Raman Deshpande, ENT surgeon Dr Milind Kirtane and endocrinologist Dr Shashank Joshi have been named among the persons chosen to receive the award for their contribution in the field of medicine.
The names were announced on the occasion of Republic Day. They will receive the awards from the President, Pranab Mukherjee, at a function in Delhi in March or April.
Dr Milind Kirtane has been practicising at the privately-run Hinduja Hospital, Mahim, for four decades. During his long career, he has treated about 1,600 children who had a hearing disability and are now able to hear.
“My work is concentrated around conducting cochlear implants for the deaf. Since 1995, our team has trained doctors from across India, including public hospitals like KEM, Sion and Nair, to conduct such implants,” said Kirtane. This could help many of the 2-3 million people in the country who are deaf. About 90% of them are children.
Dr Shashank Joshi, has been recognised for his efforts in research and clinical care in endocrinology, particularly diabetes. He practices at the Lilavati Hospital, Bandra.
“Currently. There are 65 million diabetics in India. Today, we are next only to China in the number of people with diabetes. I have been advocating the prevention of diabetes through eating less, eating right, walking more, sleeping well and smiling more. We are designing guidelines for physicians to treat diabetes, rather than following foreign models,” Dr Joshi said.