Indian Origin surgeon Dr Raghu Ram Pillarisetti conferred with Orders of the British Empire award
New Delhi: Eminent surgeon Raghu Ram Pillarisetti has found a place in the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II's 2021 New years Honours list, published in the "London Gazette", the official publication of the Crown.
Instituted in 1917 by King George V, The Queen's Honours are amongst the most prestigious awards worldwide.
The 54-year-old Padma Shree Awardee, Dr Raghu Ram has achieved the rare distinction of becoming one of the youngest Surgeons of Indian origin in over 100 years to be honored by the Queen with an OBE - Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
This is the second-highest-ranking Order of the British Empire award (excluding a knighthood/damehood) conferred in recognition of his outstanding services towards improving breast cancer care and surgical education in India and to UK/India relations.
The British Honours system aims to show gratitude publicly to those who have 'gone the extra mile' in their service and who stand out 'head and shoulders' above others in their distinction. The Queens Honors, which is part of the British Honours system has a robust and thorough selection process.
The "Honours Committee" produces the list, independently of the Government, before it is submitted to the Queen through the Prime Minister. As 'fountain of honour' in the UK, Her Majesty, The Queen has the sole right of conferring titles of honour on deserving people from all walks of life, in public recognition of their outstanding merit, exceptional service or bravery.
Some of the well-known names who received an OBE in the recent times include Om Puri (Actor), Prof. Michael Griffin - President, The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, David Beckham (Sports), Ben Stokes (Vice-captain, England's cricket team), Victoria Beckham (Fashion), JK Rowling (Author-Harry Potter series), Kiera Knightley (Actor), Damon Albarn (Musician) and others.
Speaking on this happy occasion, Dr Raghu Ram Pillarisetti said, "It felt surreal and was at loss for words when I was informed that Her Majesty, the Queen may graciously appoint me as an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. I am deeply grateful and incredibly humbled to accept this high honour conferred by Her Majesty, the Queen. For well over a decade, I have strived to replicate the best of British practices in my motherland & feel immensely proud to be a 'living bridge' between the UK and India."
"I dedicate this astonishing moment and tremendous recognition to my family who stood rock solid by me, and equally, to my patients who have given me the unique privilege to be involved in their care. I owe a deep sense of gratitude to the Board of Directors of KIMS Hospitals who gave me a free hand to translate my vision into reality and to my Colleagues at KIMS-USHALAKSHMI Centre for Breast Diseases & Ushalakshmi Breast Cancer Foundation for their extraordinary contribution to ensure the best possible care to my patients. The Queen's honour has well and truly added fre in my belly to make an even greater impact to further improve breast healthcare in Mother India - the country that I was born and raised."