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Dr T.S.Surendran is honoured with a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ by nation’s prestigious medical body.
Lifetime Achievement Award

The Strabismus and Peadiatric and Ophthalmology Society of India crowned one of its illustrious members Dr. T.S.Surendran, Director- Peadiatric Ophthalmology & Vice-Chairman, Sankara Nethralaya and President Strabismological Society of India with a “Lifetime achievement award”. The prestigious award was conferred at the Annual Conference of the Strabismus and Peadiatric and Ophthalmology Society of India held on 14th December 2014 at Pushkar, Rajasthan. It would be noteworthy to add here that Dr. T.S.Surendran was honoured as the “Best Doctor for year 2011-12” by the Dr. MGR Medical University.

The entire Sankara Nethralaya family heartily Congratulates and Salutes its esteemed Vice-Chairman on being conferred this great honour and wishes him many more accolades and recognitions in the years to come.

A research paper on the molecular diagnostic tests PCRs for rapid diagnosis of tuberculosis, from Sankara Nethralaya is adjudged as the best published paper in bacteriology.
A useful study by Dr. K. Lily Therese, HOD & Senior Professor L&T Microbiology Research Centre which includes SAIL Molecular Microbiology Section, at the Kamalnayan Bajaj Institute for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, to confirm the precise diagnostic value of clinical specimens for tuberculosis testing and remove current ambiguities in the same owing to the non-specific features of traditional testing methodologies and uncertainties inherent in tuberculosis strains in certain groups, was recognized as a highly effective and comprehensive approach, filling the gaps prevailing in traditional tuberculosis test processes.
Dr. K. Lily Therese
The paper was adjudged as the best paper in bacteriology published in the Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology for year 2013, at the XXXVIIIth National Conference of the IAMM held at SMS Medical College, Jaipur between 17th and 19th October 2014 and the presenter was honoured with a Medal. The authors gratefully acknowledge the financial support for the study by the Chennai Willingdon Corporate Foundation, Chennai and the infrastructure and facility provided by Vision Research Foundation. The Sankara Nethralaya family Congratulates Dr. K. Lily Therese and the team of authors, Dr. R.Gayathri, Ms. L.Dhanurekha & Dr.H.N.Madhavan from the L & T Microbiology Research Centre for the critical contribution to early and effective tuberculosis diagnosis, which remains a great challenge to physicians.

The Week- Nielsen survey declares Sankara Nethralaya as the “Best Hospital in Ophthalmology” for year 2014
Best Hospital in Ophthalmology
The highly prestigious “The Week-Nielsen” survey for rating the best hospitals in the country has declared Sankara Nethralaya as the “Best Hospital in Ophthalmology” once again. The survey was conducted on stringent quality measures by experts, covering 15 cities from September to October 2014. The parameters for selection were quality of patient care, reputation, infrastructure, innovation and environment. It would be noteworthy to mention here that The Week-Hansa research had declared Sankara Nethralaya as the “Best Hospital in Ophthalmology” applying the same parameters for years 2010, 2011, 2012. Now that we have proved ourselves as the best beyond doubt in the national arena, consistently for several years, it is time we geared up for international recognition in the years to come!

Population based study by Sankara Nethralaya Consultant throws new light on Glaucoma.
Best Paper Award

Dr. Rathini Lillian David, Consultant at the Smt. Jadhavbai Nathmal Singhvee Glaucoma Services, Sankara Nethralaya, was honoured with the “Best Paper Award” for her in-depth and well researched presentation, elaborating the critical impact of a variation in pressure on glaucoma. The paper titled “Tran laminar cribrosa pressure difference and glaucoma in a population based study” was adjudged as the best paper at the annual meeting of the Glaucoma Society of India held at Bhubaneswar from 12-14 September 2014.

The Sankara Nethralaya family conveys its hearty Congratulations to her on this achievement and wishes her many more recognitions and honours.

Jubilant members of the ‘Temple of the eye’ rejoice and salute their Chief architect’s recognition as
‘Outstanding Institution Builder’ by nation’s leading management body

It is said that awards and accolades find their way most to those who seek them the least. It was yet another befitting recognition to a man whose only goal was to build and develop an institution which would fulfill his dream of providing quality eye care, especially to those who cannot afford it and eradicate blindness from the face of the earth. The ethical and path breaking means he adopted to reach his goal threw light on the other side of the legendary doctor and won him and his institution such accolades as ‘The best managed charitable institution in India’ by none other than the legendary Nani Palkhivala, his business model as a self sustaining non-profit evoked critical acclaim and became a subject of study by students from international B- schools and his able governance made his institution an acclaimed ‘Social Enterprise’. It was a moment of crowning glory for his institution, the entire Sankara Nethralaya family and its leading architect when the AIMA (All India Management Association) the premium and apex body for management professionals chose to honour Dr. SS.Badrinath with the title ‘Outstanding Institution Builder’ in its highly prestigious ‘Managing India Awards’- 2014. These annual awards recognize contributions of those who have set benchmarks of excellence in their respective spheres and have helped build brand India.

It was an interesting co-incidence when Chief Guest Shri Rajnath Singh, Honourable Home Minister who gave away the awards observed that India would emerge the ‘Jagat guru’ (Spiritual head) of the nation after honouring the man whose institution was founded on the holy command of the Jagat guru and led by a man who believed that spiritualism is an inseparable part of everyday functioning, the honourable Minister also echoed the deep rooted beliefs and sentiments of the ‘Outstanding Institution Builder’ with his observations that ‘Indians can do it’ and we should arrest the ‘brain drain’ from the country.

Post graduate trainee’s stupendous performance wins her Gold
Divya Chaturvedi gold medal award
Dr. Abhilasha Maheshwari, pursuing her Post graduate degree offered by the Diplomate National Board of examination at the CU Shah institute of Post graduate Science, Sankara Nethralaya won the “Divya Chaturvedi gold medal award’ for her outstanding performance on the paper subspeciality of uveitis and inflammatory diseases, in the examinations held in April’ 2014.

Nation’s prestigious evaluation initiative rates Sankara Nethralaya as the “Best Hospital in Ophthalmology”
Best Single Specialty Hospital – Ophthalmology

ICICI Lombard & CNBC TV 18 take the credit for having initiated the first of its kind evaluation and recognition of Healthcare Providers in India under various categories in year 2010. These Health Care Awards, which recognize and honour India’s best healthcare providers, are selected after a comprehensive judging process and evaluation by an eminent jury. It is a matter of pride and honour that Sankara Nethralaya was selected as the ‘Best Single Specialty Hospital – Ophthalmology’ for the year 2010&2011 and again this year in this most prestigious evaluation process.. This year witnessed 3000 hospitals and health care service providers from all over the country participating in the race and the distinguished jury selected Sankara Nethralaya once again as the ‘Best Single Specialty Hospital – Ophthalmology’.

The grand awarding ceremony was held at the Shahjahan, Taj palace, New Delhi on 23rd December 2013 and the awards were presented by Mr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission of India. The award was received on behalf of Dr SS.Badrinath, Chairman Emeritus, Sankara Nethralaya by Dr. Rajiv Raman, Senior Consultant, Vitro-retinal department.

A visionary and humanitarian doctor becomes a ‘Greatest global Indian living Legend’
Greatest global Indian living Legend

New Delhi Television, more popularly known as NDTV, India’s well known and trailblazing news channel which has carved a niche with its on the spot reports and unbiased news analysis turned 25 years in December 2013. The Channel decided that the best way to celebrate the occasion would be by honouring 25 leading Indians who have reached the pinnacle in their respective field, contributed to the society and left an indelible mark on the sands of time. It chose 25 eminent personalities from a diverse background and bestowed them with the coveted title “Greatest Global Indian Living Legend’.

The glittering awarding ceremony was held at the Rashtrapathi Bhavan on Saturday the 14th of December 2013 with a host of VVIP’s in attendance and none other than the First Citizen of the Nation Honourable President Shri Pranab Mukherjee presented the awards. Dr SS.Badrinath, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Sankara Nethralaya fondly and respectfully referred to as ‘Chief’ by the Sankara Nethralaya family was chosen for his significant ‘Contribution to Medicine.’ As he walked up to the dais to be warmly received by Dr. Prannoy Roy of NDTV and receive the award from the President, the presenter of the ceremony described him as a ‘Visionary Ophthalmologist’ and highlighted that it was not just free eye care but uncompromising State of the Art eye Care that was the result of the determined vision of the Living Legend, to the thunderous applause of the other eminent recipients and distinguished audience assembled at the famed South Hall of the Rashtrapathi Bhavan and perhaps the whole World watching the programme being telecast live on NDTV.

Humbly acknowledging the great honour bestowed on him Dr SS.Badrinath thanked the Rashtrapathiji for his kind gesture of presenting the award, he had a thoughtful greeting for Dr. Prannoy Roy and NDTV his Channel which was turning 25 years. Delivering the thanks note he observed that India was a poor country and many things still had to be done for its growth and underlined the critical need to provide good quality and affordable health care to all Indians. Dr.SS.Badrinath emphasized that the future of the country is in the hands of youngsters and wanted the recognition given to him to inspire the youth of the nation. He dedicated the award to the employees of Sankara Nethralaya and thanked his family for solidly standing by him and supporting him all the way in his life journey and ended his address with President John F.Kennedy’s famous quote ‘Ask not what the country can do for you but what you can do for it’.

Date: 10/01/13
Organizational capabilities and subject knowledge of Sankara Nethralaya
anesthesiologist win high accolade at Professional meet.

The strong organizational skills of Dr VV.Jaichandran, Ophthalmic Anesthesiologist demonstrated earlier by the critical role he played in the formation of the OFISA (Ophthalmic Forum of the Indian Society of Anesthesiologists) came in for one more round of high applause at the 60th Annual National Conference of the Indian Society of Anesthesiologists (ISACON) held at the sprawling Labh Ganga Convention Centre, at Indore between the 27th&29th of December 2012. Dr VV.Jaichandran was honoured with the prestigious KOP’S award for the sterling role played by him as the scientific coordinator of the ophthalmic Forum at the two day conference. He also delivered a faculty lecture on the critical topic ‘Regional ophthalmic Anesthesia”- An update, which was very well received by the august gathering.

It would be interesting to note here that Dr VV.Jaichandran had already played the role of Scientific coordinator with élan at the 58th and 59th ISACON held at Lucknow and Mumbai respectively and has also been chosen as the Organizing Secretary of the 4th World Congress of Ophthalmic Anesthesiologists (WCO) to be conducted jointly by the British Ophthalmic Anesthesiologist Society (BOAS) and Sankara Nethralaya at Chennai in year 2016.

Date: 06/12/12
Prestigious business body honours Dr SS.Badrinath with ‘Life Time Achievement Award’
TiE Chennai the prestigious business promotion body with a membership base of 100 chartered and 500 associate members comprising captains of industry and a broad spectrum of business professionals dedicated to the cause of nurturing entrepreneurs, achievers in various fields and innovative ideas honoured Dr SS.Badrinath, Chairman Emeritus, Sankara Nethralaya with a ‘Life Time Achievement Award’. Shri N.Shankar, Chairman, Sanmar group awarded the same at their grand annual conference TiEcon 2012, held at the Hyatt Regency, Chennai on Monday 3rd December 2012.
The Hindu Business Line on December 04, 2012
The New Indian Express on December 05, 2012

Date: 01/12/12
Dr HN.Madhavan conferred with rare distinction at prestigious professional meet

The xxxvi National Conference of the Indian Association of Medical Microbiologists (IAMM)- MICRON 2012 organized by the Microbiology Department of the Lady Harding Medical College, New Delhi was conducted at the Indian Habitat Centre, New Delhi between the 22nd and 25th of November 2012. The Chief Guest for the function was Shri Kehev Desiraju, Special Secretary Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the guest of honour was Dr KK.Talwar, Chairman, Board of Governors, Medical Council of India. The eminent speakers on the occasion like Dr Iyer Ranganathan, Secretary, IAMM, Dr Arunalok Chakraborty, President, IAMM and Dr Srinath Reddy, President, National Board of Examinations highlighted the critical contributions made by microbiologists in facilitating rapid diagnosis and their strategic assistance in preventing the outbreak of epidemics.

The crowning glory of the function was the honouring of Dr HN.Madhavan, President, Vision Research Foundation, with the highly prestigious ‘Dr U.V. Chaturvedi Lifetime Achievement Award’ by Dr Arunalok Chakraborty, President, IAMM for his stupendous contribution to the field of Microbiology through his sterling performance in his various roles as Founder of the Indian Association of Medical Microbiologists, a focused Researcher, teacher par excellence and for his ceaseless efforts in establishing world class virology laboratories including the one at JIPMER which is recognized as a referral laboratory for Enteroviruses by the WHO. Speaking on the occasion Dr Iyer Ranganathan, Secretary of IAMM summed up Dr HN.Madhavan’s achievements by lauding him as the ‘Father of Virology in India’ and ‘Pioneer of Microbiology in India’.

Dr K.Lily Therese, HOD, L&T Microbiology laboratory, Vision Research Foundation, chaired the session on bacteriology; the papers on Mycobacteriology presented by her and on Immunology by Dr Mahalakshmi and Bacteriology by Ms Aarthi were very well received and appreciated.

Acknowledging the award conferred on him Dr HN.Madhavan thanked the organizers for the rare distinction, he expressed his thanks to the Medical and Vision Research Foundations for their gesture in conducting the IAMM-EQAS.

It was indeed a proud moment for Sankara Nethralaya!

Date: 22/11/12
Dr SS.Badrinath’s yeoman service to society wins high recognition
The 123rd birthday of India’s first Prime Minister and one of its most adored leaders, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was celebrated with great fanfare on 17th November 2012 at the bustling industrial city of Ludhiana, Punjab, by the Nehru Sidhant Kender Trust. The function was attended by Shri Rakesh Bharti Mittal, President of the Trust and presided over by Shrimathi Sheila Dikshit, Chief Minister, Delhi. The event marked the distribution of the Nehru and Mittal Pandey scholarships to deserving students by the Chief Guest Shrimathi Sheila Dikshit in keeping with the special place that that Chacha Nehru had in his heart for children. The Trust recognized Dr SS.Badrinath’s service to humanity on this solemn occasion and honoured him with the Satpaul Mittal National Award which was presented to him by Shrimathi Sheila Dikshit
The Indian Express on November 18, 2012
Cityair News on November 17, 2012

Date: 22/11/12
Dr H.N. Madhavan wins prestigious award at international symposium on viral infections

A two day international symposium on “Challenges and strategies in the prevention and management of viral infections” was conducted by the IAMPVC at Triple Helix auditorium at CLRI on 9th and 10th November 2012.

The symposium was inaugurated by Dr.H.N.Madhavan, President, Vision Research Foundation after which the auspicious Kuthuvillaku was lit by him along with Dr. Hansel Fletcher, Professor, Chair Division of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, School of Medicine, Loma Linda University, California.

The Society of International Association of Medical and Pharmaceutical virologists (IAMPVC) awarded the ‘Professor S. Subramanian Oration Award’ for the year 2012 to Dr.H.N.Madhavan on the occasion for his oration on “Insights of molecular techniques in the diagnosis of viral infections’. The talk was well received and he was awarded a citation and a medal.

Following the oration, Dr. Hansel Fletcher, Professor, Chair Division of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, School of Medicine , Loma Linda University, California delivered a novel and highly informative lecture on the role of anaerobes in the oral cavity in the activation of oral viral infections particularly EBV.

In the afternoon session, three guest speakers namely Dr. Wilson Aruni (Loma Linda university, California), Dr. Ramasamy Paulmurugan (Stanford university, California), delivered interesting lectures on the role of nano particles in diagnostics and drug delivery in the management of viral infections. Dr. Thirumurugan (TANUVAS, Vepery, Chennai) gave an overview on ‘Toll –like receptors and its variations present in animals’.

This was followed by the presentation of Dr. K. Venkataraman Endowment Lecture by Dr.Nalini Ramamoorthy former director of King Institute and presently a WHO consultant on the topic “Role of WHO in the control of viral infections mainly with special focus on Dengue”.

Dr. Soumiya Swaminathan, Director TRC, ICMR, delivered a talk on ‘HIV and tuberculosis co-infection’ on 10th November and Dr.Priya Abraham, CMC, Vellore explained the current strategies on HIV treatment.

Other informative research works presented on the occasion include a paper on ‘Role of Host factors that regulate HIV infections in Humans’ by Dr.A.R.Anand former PhD student, Sankara Nethralaya (Associate professor, The Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, USA) and ‘Changing molecular profiles of re-emerging arboviruses in India’ by Dr. Sreekumar, Rajiv Gandhi Center for Biotechnology, Thiruvanandapuram.

Dr. J. Malathi, Reader, Microbiology Department, Vision Research Foundation delivered the invited lecture on “Ocular Herpes viruses” which was very well received.

Overall the symposium was very informative and served as an eye opener for current trends in the field of virology.

Date: 19/11/12
Senior Consultant and Director – Medical Affairs makes a strong impact at major Ophthalmology meet

Dr Pramod S.Bhende, Director – Medical Affairs and Deputy Director & Senior Consultant, Shri Bhagwan Mahavir Department of Vitreo Retinal Surgery participated in the 9th Annual Ophthalmic State Conference titled ‘Uttara – Eyeone 2012’ conducted between 26th – 28th October 2012 at the picturesque Jim Corbett National Park Resorts on the banks of the Kosi river, at the invitation of the Uttarkhand Ophthalmological Society

The two talk sessions presented by him on ‘Postoperative Endopthalmitis – Management Options’ and ‘Globe perforation during periocular infection’ How to identify and manage? drew great interest and were very well received by the participants. Dr. Bhende was also honoured as the judge for the Free Paper session and called upon to Chair the Uveitis symposium. The meet witnessed a special competitive session titled ‘Ophthalmic Premier League’ in which 4 teams from all over the country participated. The teams presented 2 video presentations each of 3 minutes duration on an interesting surgical case or complication which they had encountered and solved effectively while other team members probed and critically analyzed the process and techniques used. The presentation on the critical ophthalmic procedure ‘Management of dislocated SF IOL’ presented by Dr Pramod Bhende’s team was adjudged as the winner of the competition.

The highlight of the meet was the awarding of the Gold Medal for excellence in ophthalmology and Vitreo- retinal surgeries to Dr Pramod S.Bhende by the Uttarkhand Ophthalmological Society. The occasion provided a wonderful interactive platform and an opportunity to catch up with old Fellows from Sankara Nethralaya like Dr Mahesh P.Shanmugham, also a winner of a gold Medal on the occasion.

Date: 12/06/12
Sankara Nethralaya Anesthesiologist wins high praise and twin honours at the WCOA 2012

It was a day of glory and recognition for an eye care institution which was among the earliest in the country to understand the criticality and role of ocular anesthesia in major ophthalmic processes and to its representative anesthesiologist Dr VV.Jaichandran at the “World Congress of Ophthalmic Anesthesia” WCOA 2012, held at Ankara, Turkey. The man and the institution he represented had played a key role in the formation of the Ophthalmic Forum of Indian Society of Anaesthiologists (OFISA) with the objective of promoting quality anesthesia for patients undergoing eye procedures, perform collaborative research and to act as a vibrant platform for the exchange of information, latest findings and real time experiences of anesthetists and ophthalmologists from eye care centers around the world.

Dr SS.Badrinath was among the first to realize the need to develop ocular anesthesia as a sub-specialty on par with obstetrical anesthesia, cardiac anesthesia, pediatric or orthopedic anesthesia at a time when the ophthalmologist would himself/herself administer the anesthesia and carry out the required process. He played a key role in getting the due importance to this field by involving leading Ophthalmologists and Anesthesiologists to jointly form the OFISA as a platform between the two. The high recognitions at an international anesthesia Congress were a fitting culmination to these efforts.

Dr V.V.Jaichandran, represented Sankara Nethralaya at the “World Congress of Ophthalmic Anesthesia” WCOA 2012, held at Ankara, Turkey, his talk titled “Tips and tricks for managing difficult patient under local anesthesia” was very well received, appreciated by the participants and highly interactive. His workshop on “Simulation in regional blocks using ‘Eye-Practicing Orbital Device’ (POD) conducted with the help of Mr. Biswarup Mukherjee, from the Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras was a first of its kind simulation in eye blocks to be demonstrated in an international Congress. It won great praise from distinguished international dignitaries, with many of them wondering openly on the modalities of the technique and enquiring about the mechanism and cost involved in its making.

The Free paper, co-authored by Dr V.V.Jaichandran, titled “A Novel way of teaching Orbital blocks- Eye ‘Practicing Orbital Device” (POD) was adjudged as the Best Free Paper at the Congress. The final feather on the cap for Dr VV.Jaichandran known for his organizational skills was being chosen to be the Organizing Secretary of the 4th World Congress of Ophthalmic Anesthesiologists (WCO) to be held in 2016 at Chennai jointly by the British Ophthalmic Anesthesia Society, BOAS, UK and Sankara Nethralaya.