Pioneer work in Uterine transplant deserves Padma bhushan

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Brief summary: Dr. Shailesh Puntambekar should receive Padma Bhushan.

Noted contributions-

1. Asia Pacific's first baby was born to a Uterine transplant recipient through his vision and effor5s

2. Laparoscopic technique for radical hysterectomy Pioneer work was done by him.

3. Multiple Innovations in laparoscopic surgery particularly laparoscopic cancer surgery.

4. Lakhs of patients benefited without looking at the financial status, race, religion of the patients.


Years 2017-2018 have been landmark for medical sciences in India. This marked the first uterine transplant of the country in 2017 followed by five others until now. All done at Galaxy care hospital Pune under the leadership of Dr. Shailesh Puntambekar.

In a world's first, for the transplant the uterus retrieval and transplant surgery both were done through key-hole techniques (laparoscopy). This significantly reduced the surgical discomfort for both the donor and the recipients.

 These patients received medication to reduce graft rejection, uterine function etc for 8 months before embryos were transferred in.  A delicate monitoring of the pregnancy followed.

On 18th Ocotber 2018, at 12:12 the first baby was born to a Uterine transplant recipient Mrs. Minaxi. This is the first baby born in the entire Asia Pacific region, India is the only third country to do so. 

The leader of this entire team is Dr. Shailesh Puntambekar who conceived this idea and executed it free of cost for the patient. Out of the entire team of twenty private doctors none charged any fees for this.

Dr. Shailesh Puntambekar has done phenomenal work for improvement of women's health and cancer surgery. He taught the world by Pune technique of laparoscopic hysterectomy that a complex surgery like article hysterectomy can be performed through keyhole saving patient morbidity and saving lives.