Three doctors of the Lucknow medical fraternity have been conferred with the prestigious BC Roy Award by Medical Council of India (MCI).
Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGI) Director Professor Rakesh Kapoor and King George’s Medical University (KGMU) Vice-chancellor Professor MLB Bhatt have been awarded in the “eminent medical teacher” category.
Dr Deepak Agarwal, a gastroenterologist, has been awarded for his contribution in the field of gastroenterology in the category of recognizing “the best talents in the development of specialties in different branches in medicine”.
In the area of medical research, Prof Bhatt has been credited for developing original biomarkers for testing oral, breast, and urinary bladder cancers.
Prof. Kapoor was also the winner of the prestigious Hewett Medal in graduation and a gold medalist in masters in general surgery. He is known for developing some unique techniques to address the urological problems in women.
He achieved many milestones in his career as a surgeon and teacher. He developed some unique techniques to address the urological problems in women. Vaginoplasty, wherein a vagina is created from a section of the small intestine to help woman born without ovaries and vagina lead a normal sexual life, is perhaps the most remarkable.
Prof Bhatt, who hails from Jaunpur, did his graduation from KGMU and joined the Indian Army’s medical corps under the Short Service Commission. He was part of Operation Meghdoot launched by the Indian Army in 1984 to capture the Siachen Glacier. Later, Prof Bhatt did his masters in radiotherapy and started teaching. He served as KGMU medical suprintendent in 2006-07. He was appointd the vicechancellor in 2017. In the area of medical research, Prof Bhatt is credited for developing original biomarkers for testing oral, breast, and urinary bladder cancers.
Prof Rakesh Kapoor, also an alumnus of KGMU, was the winner of the prestigious Hewett Medal in graduation. A gold medalist in masters in general surgery, Prof Kapoor joined SGPGI Chandigarh for superspeciality in urology. In 1988, he became a faculty at SGPGI Lucknow.
BC Roy Award is the highest medical honour in the country.
The award to eminent medical teachers includes Rs 15,000 and a medal.
MCI also presents BC Roy Award in other areas like medical research, development of new branches of study, and outstanding work in social-medical relief.