Lt Gen HL Kakria has taken over as new Director General of Medical Services (Army) from Lt Gen SR Mehta who has retired. Lieutenant General HL Kakria, recipient of Ati Vishisht Seva Medal and Vishisht Seva medal did his MBBS from GSVM Medical College, Kanpur and joined the Army Medical Corps on February 14, 1972. He did his MS (General Surgery) in 1980 and MS (Orthopaedics) in 1989 from Pune University and stood first in the University.
He is an undergraduate and Post Graduate Teacher and Examiner of MS (Orthopaedics), Pune University as well as Teacher and Examiner, DNB (Orthopaedics) National Board of Examination, New Delhi. He has published numerous research papers on Orthopaedics in different National and International journals. He was awarded Major General Amir Chand award in 1990, for the best research work done in Orthopaedics on Knee joint injuries and his work has been appreciated the world over. He is an utive Member of Bone and Joint Decade (BJD) 2000-2010.
During his illustrious 38 years of service career, the General Officer has held various appointments such as Graded Specialist (Surgery), Classified Specialist (Surgery & Orthopaedics), Senior Adviser (Surgery & Orthopaedics) and Consultant (Surgery & Orthopaedics), in various Service Hospitals as well as Field Medical Units of the Armed Forces Medical Services.