Padmashri Dr. K M Cherian is one of the world's leading cardio thoracic surgeons. He performed India's first successful Coronary Artery Graft, the first internal Mammary Artery Graft, the first Heart Transplant, including the first Paediatric Heart Transplant and the first Heart and Lung Transplant. Till date, he has performed over 30,000 surgeries, with an astonishing success rate. Dr. Cherian was Honorary Surgeon to the President of India for several years. He has held numerous positions in India and abroad. Dr. Cherian founded the Madras Medical Mission at Chennai,
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Dr K M Cherian is the only one from India selected for the unique honour of having his name inscribed in stone during the recent World Congress conducted by the World Society of Cardio Thoracic Surgeons (WSCTS) earlier this month held on the Island of KOS, Greece. This honour which was bestowed upon 36 stalwarts in the field of Cardiothoracic Surgery from all over the world also involved the planting of a tree under each surgeon’s plaque.
The World Congress was held on the Island of KOS which took on a special significance as the stalwarts of cardiothoracic surgery renewed their Hippocratic Oath in the birthplace of Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine.
The award goes to outstanding personalities for transforming and impacting the lives of millions of Indians and helping India emerge stronger in various fields. The award is also in recognition of the excellence shown by him in his profession . The award consists of , a memento and a cash award of Rs. 1,00,000.00 each.
The award ceremony would be held as part of the 80th Anniversary Celebrations of the Bank which would be held on 29th January 2009