Odisha CM Appoints Eminent Doctors Group For SCB’s Transformation; Details Here


Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday appointed a group of eminent doctors to advise on the transformation of SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack, into a world-class institution.

Seven out of the team of 10 are Padma awardees, four are SCB alumni.

This is part of the 5T initiative that the Chief Minister had announced relating to SCB in November last year.

The members of the advisory group are Dr Ramakanta Panda, Dr Devi Shetty, Dr K Srinath Reddy, Prof. (Dr) Subrat Acharya, Prof. (Dr) Mukut Minz, Dr Rajan Badwe, Prof. (Dr) Digambar Behera, Dr Jagat Narula, Dr G N Rao and Prof.(Dr) Purna Chandra Mohapatra​.

Director Medical Education and Training, Odisha , will be the Member-Convenor, a press release from the CMO said.

This transformational initiative is aimed at providing world-class health facilities to people of Odisha, it added.


Dr Ramakanta Panda
Padma Bhusan awardee and an alumnus of SCB, He is currently the Chief Consultant for Cardiovascular Thoracic Surgery and the Vice Chairman and Managing Director of the Asian Heart Institute. He set up the Asian Heart Institute in 2002. He specialises in coronary artery bypass grafting using only arterial grafts over a beating heart, redo bypass surgery, valve repair and repairing complex aneurysms. Dr Panda is also called the ‘Surgeon with the safest hands’.

Dr Devi Shetty
Padma Bhusan awardee and Chairman of Narayan Health, Dr. Shetty is a professor at Rajiv Gandhi University of Medical Sciences, Bengaluru, India and University of Minnesota Medical School, USA. He is the recipient of a number of awards and honours, most noteworthy being ‘Padma Shree’ and ‘Padma Bhushan’ Award in 2003 and 2012 respectively. He successfully performed the first neonatal heart surgery in the country in 1992, on a 9-day-old baby named Ronnie. In Kolkata, he operated on Mother Teresa. He founded Narayana Hrudayalaya, the heart hospital. It is the largest in the world with 1000 beds performing over 30 major heart surgeries a day.

Dr K Srinath Reddy
Padma Bhusan awardee and President Public Health Foundation of India and ex-President of World Heart Federation. Prof. K. Srinath Reddy is currently the President, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), and formerly headed the Department of Cardiology at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). He was appointed as the First Bernard Lown Visiting Professor of Cardiovascular Health at the Harvard School of Public. He has served on many WHO expert panels and has been the President of the World Heart Federation. Prof. Reddy is a member of the Leadership Council of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network established to assist the United Nations in developing the post-2015 goals for sustainable development.

Prof. (Dr) Subrat Acharya
Padma Shree awardee and an alumnus of SCB, he is the ex-Prof and HOD, Gastroenterology, AIIMS, New Delhi. He spent almost 40 years in public service at AIIMS, New Delhi, and as Executive Director of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Fortis Flt. Lt. Rajan Dhall Hospital, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi. In 2012, he was appointed director of AIIMS, Bhubaneswar, but chose to continue his service as the Head of the Department of Gastroenterology at AIIMS, New Delhi. He has received P N Berry Award,Commonwealth Medical Fellowship Award, Best Young Investigator Award by Asia-Pacific Association for Study of the Liver.

Prof. (Dr) Mukut Minz
Padma Shree awardee and ex-Prof. Head, Department of Renal Transplant Surgery, PGI, Chandigarh, he is a veteran in kidney transplant and performed over 3500 such cases. He received advanced training in cadaver organ retrieval and transplantation at various centres/universities of Norway, Sweden, Germany and USA. Under his mentorship, several complicated dialysis access procedures (AV Fistulas for Haemodialysis) have been performed. He has been a Visiting Professor in various universities in India and has been conferred several awards and honours

Prof. (Dr) Digambar Behera
Padma Shree awardee and an alumnus of SCB, he is the HOD, Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh He is known as a pioneer of lung cancer chemotherapy in this part of the country. He is the founder president of the Indian Study for the Study of Lung Cancer. He has published over 462 papers and has received many awards. He has been working more towards TB elimination and lung cancer treatment. He is Fellow of Indian College of Physicians, International College of Angiology, Indian Chest Society and Indian Society of Oncology.

Dr Rajan Badwe
Padma Shree awardee and Medical Director, Tata Cancer Hospital, he is considered as an expert in oncology. His opinions are reportedly considered for devising cancer care strategies, disease management and research protocols worldwide. He is credited with pioneering research in breast cancer treatment.

Dr Jagat Narula
He is Professor of Medicine and Philip J. and Harriet L. Goodhart Chair in Cardiology, and the Director of Cardiovascular Imaging Program in Mount Sinai’s Zena and Michael A. Wiener Cardiovascular Institute and the Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Center for Cardiovascular Health. He is the Associate Dean for Global Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
He has been awarded as the Best Educator and as also the Innovator in Cardiovascular Medicine He has brought novel experimental strategies to bedside and defined their applicability at the community level. He is currently actively involved in numerous population-based heart attack prevention programs including HAPPY (Heart Attack Prevention Program for You).

Dr G N Rao, Prof.(Dr) Purna Chandra Mohapatra​
He is the Director of L V Prasad Eye Institute. He has been the President of the prestigious Academia Ophthalmological Internationalist (AOI), a group of 80 eminent academicians in ophthalmology in the world, and is a past Chair of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB). He was selected to the 2017 Ophthalmology Hall of Fame instituted by the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. The founder and chair of the LV Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, Rao has been honoured at ASCRS for his contribution to the field of ophthalmology and the way he has shaped the way modern ophthalmology is practiced.

Prof.(Dr) Purna Chandra Mohapatra​
He is an alumnus of SCB and is a name to reckon with in Obstetrician and Gynaecologist .He is ex-Prof., O.& G, SCB and Ex-President, FOGSI. He has been the Chairperson Medical Education Committee. He was the executive member of ISOPARB.

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