FROM THE PRESIDENT’S DESK
Theme: Making ABSI ‘Voice for Breast Surgery in India’
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.
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
Chairman & HOD Surgical Oncology,
Manipal Health Enterprise
Consultant Surgical Oncologist
Manipal Comprehensive Cancer Center,
Manipal hospital ,