Mumbai: It is a proud moment for the city when Dr Udwadia has been nominated for the Padma Bhushan award for his excellent service in the field of medicine. Dr Udwadia, who is an Emeritus professor of surgery in Grant Medical college and J.J Hospital, Mumbai, is 82 years old but is still active as a doctor and renders his services to a number of renowned hospitals in the city.
Dr Udwadia completed his education from University of Bombay and has headed several National and International Surgical Societies. He has also got a citation from Dr Abdul Kalam. Dr Udwadia was also honoured with Padma Shri National Award in the year 2006. In the same year, he was also honoured with the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and the distinction of Honorary Fellowship by the American College of Surgeons.
He is also credited to be the first surgeon in India to start Laparoscopy in surgery in 1972 and also the first to perform Laparoscopic surgery in the developing world in early 1990. He also believes in distributing his knowledge all around the world. He has conducted workshops all over India and in Nepal, Mexico, Brazil, China, Myanmar, Bangladesh, and other developing countries spreading the gospel of laparoscopic and Minimal Access Surgery. In India too he has trained over a 1000 rural doctors to perform this surgery..
Dr Udwadia believes that the laparoscopic technique of surgery is a surgical revolution since this only requires small cuts for carrying out procedures. He said, “Certain kinds of instruments are used for carrying the surgery by looking at the monitor and hence the surgeons have to be trained in carrying out this work. The reason is that such a technique is needed for a developing country like India since the patients have to get back to work as quickly as possible.” He also added that through a facility of live transmission of the technique a surgeon sitting in any part of the country can watch and learn them.
The biggest benefit of this technique for patients is that it is low cost and less painful with minimum medication, the doctor said. A total of 4000 surgeons have been trained at this centre so far and this has helped in better treatment and faster recovery of the patients, he pointed out.
Dr Udwadia’s contribution to the world of medicine has created a ripple effect and many doctors and patients have benefited from his works. This year President of India has approved conferment of Padma Awards to 89 persons. The list comprises of 7 Padma Vibhushan, 7 Padma Bhushan and 75 Padma Shri Awardees. Nineteen of the awardees are women and the list also includes 5 persons from the category of foreigners, NRIs, PIOs and six Posthumous awardees.