Theme: Making ABSI ‘Voice for Breast Surgery in India’

Dr. P. Raghu Ram

Dear Friends,

I am deeply humbled, delighted & honoured to have taken the mantle of serving as President of our esteemed Association.

At the outset, I would like to express my sincere & heartfelt gratitude to Dr Devendra Patel, Founding President, Dr Chintamani, immediate Past President,Dr Diptendra Sarkar, President elect, Dr Somshekar, newly elected Honorary Secretary and members of the Past Executive Committee of ABSI for having worked diligently & placing ABSI on a firm platform, which now enjoys national & international recognition.

My role now is to work alongside Colleagues on the newly elected Executive Committee & Membership at large to build on the excellent work that has been accomplished by my predecessors and develop ABSI as the Best Section of the Association of Surgeons of India, and equally, ensure ABSI becomes the ‘Voice for Breast Surgery in India’.

Over the next couple of years, with your support, I promise to work with missionary zeal at implementing a vision and ensure that ABSI works in partnership with Govt. of India, State Governments, Non Governmental Organisations, Royal College of Surgeons & world renowned Breast Surgical Societies on three areas outlined below:

1. Implement Indian Subcontinent’s First pan India Population based Breast Cancer Screening Programme with a singular goal to detect breast cancer in the early stages and save more lives from this disease, which is the commonest cancer affecting women in India.

2. Develop a uniform ‘ABSI Breast Surgery Training module’ for practicing General Surgeons particularly in small towns in an endeavor to educate General Surgeons about the basic concepts of delivering effective Breast Healthcare.

3. Establish a one year ‘ABSI Overseas Fellowship Programme’ in partnership with the Royal College of Surgeons and Association of Breast Surgeons of United Kingdom to train budding Surgeons & Surgical trainees interested in obtaining advanced Subspecialty training in Breast Surgery at world renowned Centres of excellence in the United Kingdom.

I assure you of being in touch from time to time updating you on the activities of our Association. The website is currently being updated by our dynamic Hon. Secretary, Dr Somshekar.

In closing, I look forward very much to your suggestions and guidance in making ABSI a ‘truly’ national Organisation that would make an impact at improving the delivery of Breast healthcare in India, and in the fullness of time, serve as a role model for similar overseas Breast Surgical Associations world over.

Best regards.


Dr. P. Raghu Ram
MS, FRCS (Edin), FRCS (Eng), FRCS (Glasg), FRCS (Irel), FACS

Padma Shri awardee (2015)

The Association of Breast Surgeons of India

Director & Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon
KIMS-USHALAKSHMI Centre for Breast Diseases, Hyderabad, India

CEO & Director
Ushalakshmi Breast Cancer Foundation, Hyderabad, India

Governing Council Member
The Association of Surgeons of India

International Surgical Advisor
The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

Honorary Secretary Message

Theme: Making ABSI ‘Voice for Breast Surgery in India’

Aim: Develop a uniform ‘ABSI Breast Surgery Training module’

Dear Friends,

Its indeed, is an honor to be elected Honary Secterery of the Association of Breast Surgeons of India. I am grateful to my seniors in ABSI and mentors, as well as to my peers and colleagues for placing their trust in me to carry forward the task of steering this great organization.

Right from 20-30 founding members, from year 2011, we have reached nearly over 500 life members in ABSI till 2015 and I hope with your support, we will soon cross 1000 members’ mark.

We are entering a new era where Breast surgery is at an important crossroads. Finally, the discipline is gaining recognition. It is my dream that we have a robust program for all subspecialty trainees that will provide them a forum to exchange news and views, as well as to build interpersonal bonds that can lay the foundation for collaborative programs and research in the years to come, while helping to enrich their personal connections and celebrate milestones together as they grow from strength to strength.

The theme for 2015 is Theme: Making ABSI ‘Voice for Breast Surgery in India’
And “Accessing technology – Imparting skills”. We plan to introduce programmes for hands-on training to enable Breast surgeons to provide state-of-the-art care to their patients with confidence and dexterity. The first step in this direction will be Cadaver Hands-On Workshop and various skill courses to be held in training centers across India.

Develop a uniform ‘ABSI Breast Surgery Training module’ for practicing General Surgeons in an endeavor to educate General Surgeons about minimum effective treatment in Breast Healthcare. And in coming months we will start these programmes in second tier cities across all states of India and target General surgery trainees in various medical colleges across India. And we need all your support.
Best regards.

Long live ABSI!



Hon. Secretary ABSI
Chairman & HOD Surgical Oncology,
Manipal Health Enterprise
Consultant Surgical Oncologist,
Manipal Comprehensive Cancer Center,
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