FROM THE PRESIDENT’S DESK
Theme: Making ABSI ‘Voice for Breast Surgery in India’
As the new year begins, I take this opportunity to wish you & your family Festive greetings (Sankranti/Pongal/Lohri) and a Happy Healthy, Successful & Prosperous New year. Established precisely FIVE years ago, ABSI is the fastest growing Specialty Section of The Association of Surgeons of India & has rapidly emerged as the ‘Voice for Breast Surgery’ in the Subcontinent.
On a personal note, the year gone by(2015) has been my best year thus far & have experienced ‘never to forget’ moments in my life…. From becoming one of the youngest Surgeons to be conferred one of the highest civilian awards of the land…. to the distinct honour of formally participating at the Annual Congresses of the American Society of Breast Surgeons – ASBrS (world’s largest Breast Surgeons Meeting – May 2015,Orlando), Association of Breast Surgeons of United Kingdom – ABS (June 2015,Bournemouth), College of Surgeons of Sri Lanka (August 2015, Colombo) & at the World Congress of Controversies in Breast Cancer – COBRA (October 2015, Melbourne)…..my journey this year has given me many reasons to be grateful to the lord almighty for his unwavering blessings…
My Presentation at ASBrS in Orlando was voted (through voting pads) as one of the BEST presentations delivered at the Congress (Photos & Voting result as attachments). In fact, this was the first time ever in eighteen years since inception of American Society for Breast Surgeons for a Surgeon practicing in India to be formally invited for this prestigious Congress…
In Melbourne, at the COBRA Congress, I won an Oxford style debate with a thumping majority relating to ‘Margins in BCS’ against Prof Chris Pyke, Immediate past President of Association of Breast Surgeons of Australia & New Zealand through a vote casted by some 700 delegates (photos as attachments). On a lighter note, the Chair compared Australia’s debate loss with a huge margin to Australia losing test cricket against India in 2001 with VVS Laxman(from Hyderabad) responsible for a ensuring a crushing defeat for the Australia!!!
It has indeed been a humbling experience to have been able to represent India in THREE Continents within a space of six months, and equally, receive appreciation from the President & Prime Minister of India during the same year in recognition of the innovative initiatives undertaken over the past eight years by Ushalakshmi Breast Cancer Foundation & KIMS-USHALAKSHMI Centre for Breast Diseases.
Equally happy to share with you that a Bollywood movie (‘Bhavishya’ starring Late Saeed Jaffrey) was made by Mr Nikhil Kaushik, Consultant Ophthalmologist from United Kingdom (Wrexham) in 2006 inspired by my bold decision to relocate to India. I was felicitated by the Indian High Commissioner for London & by Dr Nikhil Kaushik (Bollywood producer) during a Reception organised by British International Doctors Association – the largest Indian doctors Organisation in the UK (Photos as attachments).
Nothing gives me more joy than to share a LINK – compilation of some ‘never to forget’ professional milestones & testimonials compiled by my children, Sai & Krishna earlier this year after being conferred one of the highest civillian Awards of the land – The Padma Shri
In closing, I am writing to place on record my heartfelt thanks to all my Friends & Colleagues for your good wishes, encouragement, guidance, support and help, all along.
I look forward to the pleasure of meeting some of you at the ABSI West Zone CME Programme in Ahmedabad in February 2016 and many of you at ABSICON 2016 in Bengaluru.
With best wishes & warm 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 Diseses
CEO & Director
Ushalakshmi Breast cancer Foundation, Hyderabad, India
International Surgical Advisor
The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh