Pavi emailed this morning, Dr. V passed away.
one of the true heros. He is one of the doctors we should make mandatory study for all of us in medicine. One of the people you want to bring up in nearly every conversation and pass the word like GOOD NEWS. If anybody is around LA or anywhere, you should watch a documentary on him called Infinite Vision... by Pavi. I am going to show it to the residents in a couple weeks.. We can get you copies...
SOUTHERN NEWS - TAMIL NADU
Jul 8, 2006
Aravind Eye Hospital founder G Venkataswamy passes away
Saturday July 8 2006 00:58 IST
MADURAI: Renowned ophthalmologist and founder of Aravind Eye Hospital Dr G Venkataswamy passed away at his residence here on Friday after a brief illness. He was 88.
‘Dr GV’, as he was affectionately called, was conferred Padmashri in 1973.
Born in Vadamalapuram in Thoothukudi district in 1918, he graduated in medicine from Stanley Medical College (SMC), Chennai. He had served in the Indian Army Medical Corps during the British regime.
He began his career as a tutor in ophthalmology at SMC in 1955 and later became the Vice-Dean of Madurai Medical College.
Post retirement, Venkataswamy, chairman of the Aravind Eye Care System, founded Aravind Eye Hospital in Madurai in 1976 and subsequently established a chain of eye hospitals in Theni, Tirunelveli, Coimbatore and Pondicherry.
A pioneer in conducting free eye camps, he had helped lakhs of cataract patients regain vision.
He was honoured with numerous national and international awards, including the Helen Keller International award, American Ophthalmic Association International Award, the Hall of Fame Award from the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeries and the B C Roy Award conferred by the Medical Council of India in 2004.
Venkataswamy, who remained a bachelor and dedicated his life for the cause of the visually impaired, is survived by his sister Natchiar, also a well-known ophthalmologist, and two brothers, Nallakrishnan and Seenivasan.
The body has been kept for public homage in his residence at Anna Nagar in Madurai. The cremation will take place on Saturday afternoon.