Manthan Festival 2011, a celebration of thoughts, debates and culture.
Can you trust your doctor?
The medical profession is the noblest of all. The doctor, and the hospital, are expected to place patient interest above everything else, and do all to ensure that the patient’s health is taken care of in the best possible manner.
Do doctors, hospitals and pharma companies think you, the patient, is the most important person for them and that they should think of you, even above themselves, in all they do? Is the doctor cheating you? Can you trust him and them?
The healthcare industry is plagued with many ills and malpractices. All these place patient interest nowhere near the top. Commercialisation and corruption are rampant, leaving the patient helpless.
This meeting explored all facets of the healthcare industry – the good and the bad and aims to enlighten the consumer.
A talk with Dr G N Rao, Founder, LV Prasad Eye Institute ,Dr Sriram Chandra, Neurologist, Mediciti Hospital
and Chandana Chakrabarty, Writer, Actor, Activist
PS : This talk has no video.
G N Rao, Dr
Gullapalli N Rao completed his medical school and ophthalmology residency in India following which he pursued the subspeciality of cornea. After fellowship training with Drs. Jules Baum and James Aquavella, he continued on the clinical faculty at the University of Rochester until 1986 where he was involved in clinical care, teaching and research. His research interests included corneal endothelium, specular microscopy, neurobiology of cornea, contact lenses, corneal transplantation and Keratoprosthesis.
In 1986 he moved back to India to establish the well-known L V Prasad Eye Institute for which he was the Founder Director. The Institute is renowned for its innovative models of eye care delivery from primary to advanced tertiary care levels and is a WHO Collaborating Centre and one of the three global resource centres for the VISION 2020: The Right to Sight, the global initiative to eliminate avoidable blindness. It has one of the most comprehensive corneal services in the world encompassing clinical care, education, research and planning.
Dr.Rao held many international leadership positions and is on the Boards of many organisations in the area of cornea as well as in the prevention of blindness activities around the world. His standing in this area is epitomised by his appointment as Secretary – General of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (1998 – 2004) and then as Chairman, Board of Trustees, President and CEO (2004 – 2008) (the first ever to be given all these responsibilities). He has played a key role in initiating, coordinating and mobilising Vision 2020: The Right to Sight activities, which will improve eye care worldwide and provided exemplary leadership to this program.
Dr Rao’s main areas of interest are Corneal Diseases and Eye Banking, Community Eye Health, Health Policy & Planning, Eye Care Reforms. He developed innovative models of eye care delivery and eye banking systems in addition to expanding his research interest into corneal infections, public health aspects of ophthalmology and operations research.
Dr.Rao has received numerous honours and awards, notable among which are – one of the Chairs of Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis; International Blindness Prevention Award by the American Academy of Ophthalmology; Pisart Vision Award by Lighthouse International; Prince Abdulaziz International Prevention of Blindness Award; G.B. Bietti International Award for Prevention of Blindness by the Italian Society for Prevention of Blindness; Padma Shri – Republic Day Civilian Award from the President of India; “Fellow qua surgeon” of the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons, Glasgow; Honorary Doctorate of Science from University of New South Wales, Sydney and Honorary Doctorate of Medicine from University of Melbourne in Australia; Jose Rizal Medal from the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology for outstanding contributions to ophthalmology in Asia-Pacific region; World Cornea Congress medal from International Cornea Society for outstanding contributions for the advancement of cornea specialty globally (2010); Honorary Doctorate of Medicine from Dr. N.T.R. Health University, Vijayawada, India; Bernard Streiff Medal for Outstanding contributions to International Ophthalmology from Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis. Bernardo Streiff Medal for Outstanding contributions to International Ophthalmology from Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis (2010); Kupfer Award for outstanding accomplishments as a researcher, ophthalmologist and humanitarian, by The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (2011).
He published over 250 papers and on the Editorial Boards of many journals.