Dr.P. Raghu Ram is one of the youngest Surgeons from India to be conferred PADMA SHRI (2015) – one of the most coveted civilian awards bestowed by the Govt. of India. He has achieved the rare distinction of obtaining the prestigious FRCS from all four Royal Colleges in British Isles – London, Edinburgh, Glasgow& Ireland & FACS from American College of Surgeons, at a very young age. He conceived, designed & established Indian Subcontinent’s FIRST free standing, purpose built and comprehensive Centre for Breast health in 2007 – KIMS-USHALAKSHMI Centre for Breast Diseasesat Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) in Hyderabad (India). He also established Ushalakshmi Breast Cancer Foundation during the same year. To honour Dr.Ushalakshmi’s struggle (Dr Raghu Ram’s mother) in the fight against breast cancer, the Breast Centre at KIMS & the Foundation bear her name.
Within a short span of sieven years, Dr Raghu Ram has made extraordinary contribution at empowering people in India about the importance of early detection of breast cancer through a number of unique & innovative initiatives. Equally, hehas been working with a missionary zeal at bringing about revolutionary changes to Breast healthcare in India. In 2011, Dr Raghu Ram’s proposal to establish India’s FIRST dedicated Society for Surgeons practicing the art & science of Breast Disease was seconded by Surgeons practicing breast surgery from across the Country. In the fullness of time, the newly formed Association of Breast Surgeons of India (ABSI) will endeavor to standardize breast healthcare, and equally, pave the way to establish Breast Surgery as a Subspecialty in India.