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Conferred Honorary FRCS (Thailand)

Dr. P. Raghu Ram, Padma Shri awardee & President elect of the Association of Surgeons of India was on Saturday, 12 July 2019 conferred the prestigious Honorary Fellowship of The Royal College of Surgeons of Thailand – Honorary FRCS (Thailand), which is the highest recognition bestowed by the Royal College during the Convocation Ceremony at the 44th Annual Congress of the Royal College of Surgeons of Thailand being held in association with the Ministry of Public Health in Thailand this weekend in Pattaya.

This highest honour was conferred by Professor Tanaphon Maipang, the President of Royal College of Surgeons of Thailand in recognition of Dr. Raghu Ram's bold vision coupled with an intense body of work that has paved towards significantly improving the delivery of breast healthcare in India, and equally, for his unstinting contribution at promoting the highest standards of Surgical Education in India through his association with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh & England.

Dr. Raghu Ram’s distinguished academic tract record, love for his motherland and passion for social service are very strong characteristics of the Man. He has been an advocate of best practices in his chosen field, coupled with a human touch and many altruistic values. His significant contribution towards improving breast healthcare and surgical education in India through his strong links with the United Kingdom, have been his trademarks. A gentleman who is generous to a fault, he has always placed the needs of others before his own and has achieved in a few years what others might take a lifetime.

With an accomplished & distinguished academic track record and having already obtained FRCS all the four surgical Royal Colleges in the UK and Ireland, the conferment of FRCS (Thailand) today makes Dr. Raghu Ram achieve the very rare distinction to have been conferred FRCS from FIVE Surgical Royal Colleges (London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Ireland & Thailand) in addition FACS from the American College of Surgeons.

Expressing his happiness on being conferred the prestigious Honorary FRCS (Thailand), Dr. Raghu Ram said “I am most humbled and grateful for being hand picked by The Royal College of Surgeons of Thailand for this very prestigious honour. I dedicate this award to my motherland, my family and my patients.
Should I be given a opportunity, would be delighted to offer my services to the Ministry of Public Health in Thailand towards implementing the population based breast cancer screening  programme mirrored upon the large scale screening initiative implemented in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. I shall submit a detailed proposal to the Govt. of Thailand in due course and would also be happy to share the training material used in India towards empowering health care workers with the Ministry of Public Health in Thailand.

Four other world renowned Surgeons who were conferred Hon FRCS (Thailand) today include Prof. Stan J Monstrey (Belgium), Prof. Kyoichi Takaori (Japan), Professor The Lord Ajay Kakkar (United Kingdom) & Dr. Scott D’ Amours (Australia)

Over 2000 delegates from all over Thailand and world renowned surgeons from 20 Countries are participating in this mega Scientific Congress at Ambassador Jomtien Hotel in Pattaya from 13 - 15 July 2019. 

Whilst Dr Raghu Ram is the only invited expert from India, distinguished surgeons from USA, UK, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Australia, Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka & Pakistan are  in attendance sharing their knowledge in one of the most well attended & widely represented International Congress.

The theme of the Conference is “ASEAN Collaboration in Value-based Surgery”. Dr Raghu Ram delivered a key note address outlining South Asia's largest population based breast cancer screening programme that he championed under the auspices of Ushalakshmi Breast Cancer Foundation in partnership with the Governments of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Over 3600 health care workers employed with the Government were trained to perform Clinical Breast Examination (CBE) - a practical, pragmatic & cost effective screening method, which reached out to  200,000 underprivileged women spread across 4000 villages in the Southern Indian States of Telangana and AP between 2012 - 2016. 

Royal College of Surgeons of Thailand (RCST) is the central scientific and educational organization for surgery of all surgical specialties in Thailand. Founded in 1975, the Royal College in Thailand has grown to become a well recognized and respectful national & international surgical organization. The College has been granted the Royal Patronage by His Majesty the King since 7 April 1980.

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