Three Eminent Surgeons Honored With ASI Lifetime Achievement
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His Excellency, Dr Lotay Tshering, Hon'ble Prime Minister of Bhutan graced the Convocation Ceremony held and delivered his Chief Guest's address at the 80th Annual Conference of the Association of Surgeons of India (ASI), which is being held on a 3D virtual platform from 16 – 19 December 2020.

Delivering his Chief Guest's address virtually, His Excellency, Dr. Lotay Tshering, Hon'ble Prime Minister of Bhutan said I compliment and commend Dr. Raghu Ram, President ASI for his outstanding leadership. It is important to be good human beings first and later good surgeons.

Dr. Tshering further spoke about Gross National Happiness (GNH), which is a philosophy that has been the guiding force for Bhutan that aims for collective happiness and well being of a population. As a doctor himself, he emphasized to the surgical fraternity about the importance of serving selflessly for the greater good of humanity.

Three eminent Surgeons from India - Prof. C.R.Ballal from Mangalore, Prof. DD Patel from Ahmedabad and Prof. Tehemton Udwadia from Mumbai were conferred the ASI LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS for the year 2020 in recognition of their invaluable and tireless contribution to ASI over many decades.

Prof. Patricia Numann from USA, Prof. Tony Sparnon from Australia, Prof. Iain Anderson from UK, Prof. Jayaindra Fernando from Sri Lanka, Prof. Takao Ohki from Japan & Prof. Jose Antonio Salud form the Philippines were the six world renowned surgeons conferred with Honorary Fellowship of ASI during the Convocation ceremony, which is the highest award that is bestowed upon distinguished overseas surgeons annually.

57 Surgeons from all across India were conferred FAIS (Fellowship of ASI). Dr Lotay Tshering exhorted the recipients of FAIS to utilize this Fellowship not only to further advance their careers, but also strive towards providing best possible care for their patients.

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