Dr Tehemton E Udwadia

Dr Tehemton E Udwadia, a renowned surgeon and gastroenterologist as well as  the father of laproscopic surgery in India. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan, the country’s third highest civilian award, in 2017 and Padma Shri, fourth highest civilian award in 2006. He was a superhero and last hope of inspiration for common people amidst the extremely materialistic mindset we see among people today. Dr.Tehemton became first in the country to conduct country’s first laparoscopic cholecystectomy
at JJ Hospital, Mumbai on May 31, 1990. He was a great altruist with a great heart as well as a man of discipline. He rendered free services to poor people of India traveling from cities to cities. Maharashtra was his home turf and worked Salem in Tamilnadu and Siliguri in West Bengal etc.

Dr.Udwadia, after successful surgery, travelled small cities across India to popularise his new innovations in laproscopic surgery. In those days, even before India adopted liberalisation and globalisation, his team had faced many obstacles from procuring devices from Germany  paying a very high customs duty to stuggling with countinuous power outages in hospital.

Dr. Tehemton has authored many books including “Laproscopic Cholecystectomy” and “Laproscopic Surgery in Developing Countries”. He wrote innumerable articles in journals.

He worked in JJ Hospital in Mumbai and Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai. He took more pragmatic and revoulutionary decisions in healthcare in a time where technology was not advancing at a rapid rate in the country. But he dared to take challenges inspite of many criticism and obstacles.

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