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Dr. Tehemton Udwadia awarded the prestigious Padma Bhushan.

Mumbai’s Dr Tehemton Erach Udwadia has been conferred with India’s third-highest civilian award, the Padma Bhushan. The government announced the list of notable people, who will receive the Padma Awards, on Wednesday.

The 80-year-old surgical gastroenterologist is known as the father of laparoscopy surgery as he was the first to start it in India in 1972. He is also the first surgeon to perform laparoscopic cholecystectomy in the developing world in 1990.

Udwadia had earlier received Padma Shri in 2006 for his contributions to Indian medicine. Udwadia is known for his radiant personality, his passion for teaching and love for students as well as his compassion for patients.

He is a practising general surgeon at two Mumbai hospitals, Breach Candy Hospital and PD Hinduja Hospital.

It is a proud moment not only for him, but all the Indian surgeons. He has been a guiding force for all of us in last 30 years. Not just technological advice, but Udwadia sir has been giving philosophical and psychological support to us. He is the founder president of the Indian Association of Gastrointestinal Endo-Surgeons too, said Dr Avinash Supe, Dean of KEM Hospital, Mumbai, and a Surgical Gastroenterologist.

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