Rename Lady Hardinge Medical College as Dr Padmavati Medical College

Rename Lady Hardinge Medical College as Dr Padmavati Medical College

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K Ravikiran started this petition to Hon'ble Minister of Health, Government of India

Dr Sivaramakrishna Iyer Padmavati, (20 Jun 1917 - 29 Aug 2020) popularly known as the ‘Godmother of Cardiology‘ was India’s first woman cardiologist. She obtained her MBBS degree from the Rangoon Medical College where she was the first female student. In 1949, she received a FRCP from Royal College of Physicians, London followed by FRCPE from Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. In her time in the United Kingdom, she worked at the National Heart Hospital, National Chest Hospital, and the National Hospital, Queen Square, London. Subsequently, she moved to Sweden for three months, where she took cardiology courses at the Southern Hospital. She went on to study with noted cardiologist Helen Taussig at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, part of Johns Hopkins University. In 1952, she joined Harvard Medical School (Harvard University), where she studied under Paul Dudley White, a pioneer in modern cardiology.

Back in India, she started her career in 1953, as a lecturer at Lady Hardinge Medical College, Delhi, where she had established North India’s first cardiac catheterisation laboratory in 1954. In 1954, she was among the first few women cardiologists in India, later as an examiner with Medical Council of India she started the first DM in cardiology in India. She founded the All India Heart Foundation in 1962. She got the 5th World Congress of Cardiology to New Delhi in 1966 of which she was the President. She joined Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi in 1967, and was awarded the Padma Bhushan, by Government of India in the same year. She established one of the first departments of cardiology, at the G. B. Pant Hospital in 1967. During the 1970s, she was the chief administrator of 3 major institutions at the same time - Maulana Azad Medical College, Lok Nayak Hospital and G.B.Pant hospital. She retired as the Director (Principal) of the Maulana Azad Medical college, in 1978.

Post retirement, she set up the National Heart Institute in Delhi, in 1981, which expanded in following years to include tertiary patient care, research and population outreach, and where she continued to work. She was also an Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Cardiology of the University of Delhi. She was awarded Padma Vibhushan, India's second highest civilian honor in1992. She became a fellow of the European Society of Cardiology, in 2007, at the age of 90, making her the most senior fellow of the ESC.

Dr Padmavati had placed her lifetime earnings in a trust that she and her sister (Janaki, who was a neurologist) had founded. Called the Janaki-Padmavati Foundation, it provides free heart surgeries to financially-poor patients.

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