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Interview Dr. S.I. Padmavati Dr. Sivaramakrishna Iyer Padmavati commonly known as S. I. Padmavati (born on June 20, 1917) is an eminent Indian cardiologist. She is the founder and head of the National Heart Institute, Delhi and the founder president of the All India Heart Foundation. Dr.Padmavati, an elected fellow of the National Academy of Medical Sciences, was the first woman cardiologist in India in 1954 who established the first cardiac clinic and cardiac cath lab in North India. She was the President of 5th World Congress of Cardiology, New Delhi (1966) and was awarded India's second highest civilian honour the Padma Vibhushan in 1992. Here, TechAgappe readers can read her experiences which was shared with AGAPPE.

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he is not just the mother figure or God figure, but she is the God of cardiology in India,” says renowned cardiologist Dr. Ashok Seth of Fortis Escorts Heart Institute about Dr. Sivaramakrishna Iyer Padmavati, who, at age 101, is as active now as she was when she started treating patients in India 64 years ago. A recipient of the Padma Vibhushan, the country’s second highest civilian award and Padma Bhushan, Padmavati not only trained herself in cardiology from the UK and the US in the late 40’s and the early 50’s, but also taught several of India’s best cardiologists. “She is profoundly knowledgeable. She created the whole concept of heart treatment in India from scratch”, comments Seth. “I have seen the world of cardiology grow under my eyes,” says Padmavati, seated in her office in the hospital. The cardiology veteran has many ‘firsts’ to her credit- she is India’s first woman cardiologist; she set up the country’s first cardiology clinic; she created the first cardiology department in an Indian medical college and she founded India’s first heart foundation meant to spread awareness about diseases of the heart. A Long Journey She was born in Burma (now called Myanmar) in 1917, in the year of the October Revolution that redrew the world’s political map, in the year the late Indian Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, was born and a year before anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela’s birth. Her father and elder brother were barristers and she grew up in Mergui, near the oil fields of Burma. A brilliant student, she stood first in the province in her final school examination. Thanks to her exemplary performance, her local school was ‘upgraded’, she recollects. And then, she went on to study medicine at the Rangoon Medical College where she was the first female student. The young maverick completed her MBBS magna cum laude,

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Agappe Diagnostics Limited is the first Indian IVD company publishing an International Diagnostic News Journal “Techagappe” for the public t...

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