CME INDIA Presentation by ⚜ Dr. M. Gowri Sankar, MD, Senior Assistant Professor, Dept. of General Medicine, Government Medical College and ESI Hospital, Coimbatore.
Today’s History Feature:
Dr. S. I. Padmavati
🇮🇳 The Pride of India 🇮🇳
(Jun 20, 1917 – Aug 29, 2020)
💠First Women Cardiologist of India
🔸Padmavati was born in Burma and did her medical studies from Rangoon Medical College in the 1940s. During the Second World War, due to Japanese invasion in Burma, her family moved to India.
🔸Then she emigrated to United Kingdom and completed her Fellowship at the Royal College of Physicians, London and in Edinburg.
🔸Further, she trained under the guidance of the well-known Cardiologist Dr. Helen Taussing at John Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore and under Dr. Paul Dudely White, a Pioneer of Modern Cardiology at Harvard Medical School, United States.
🔸After returning to India, she initiated her medical services in 1953 at Lady Hardinge Medical College, Delhi. There she began the First cardiac clinic and cath lab with a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation.
🔸Later she became a Director-Principal of Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC) in 1967.
🔸Dr. Padmavati holds many firsts in her career – she was the first to establish the Department of Cardiology at the G. B. Pant Hospital, Delhi.
🔸She also started the Department of Cardiology at MAMC as well as the First DM Cardiology course in India.
🔸She was the first to found the All India Heart Foundation to spread awareness related to heart diseases.
🔸After her retirement in 1981, she founded Asia’s first heart institution – National Heart Institute, Delhi. This was instrumental in training Physicians in Preventive Cardiology.
🔸Throughout her life time, she conducted many clinical investigations and published over 300 research articles on preventive cardiovascular medicine.
🔸Ultimately, her meritorious services were honoured with the Harvard Medical International award, Dr. B. C. Roy award, and Kamala Menon Research award.
🔸The Indian Government also honoured her twice for the pioneering work in Cardiology through Padma Bhushan award in 1967 and Padma Vibhushan award in 1992.
🔸Till 2015, she worked twelve hours a day, five days a week at National Heart Institute, Delhi. She was an ever-smiling physician who was celebrated as The God Mother of Cardiology. She lived with the principle of “Hard Work Will Never Kill You.”
A Day to Commemorate…
The Doyenne of Cardiology in India
Dr. S. I. Padmavati 🙏
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