r Dr. Soumya Swaminathan: India’s Pride at WHO

Dr. Soumya Swaminathan: India’s Pride at WHO

by Razak Aviyoor

Posted on April 10, 2018 at 10:46 AM

Dr.Soumya Swaminathan achieved a rare feat, never by an Indian, when she was appointed as the Deputy Director General at WHO. This is the highest  post ever hold by an Indian in this international organisation. She will be the second-in-command of the global body. She was until now the Director General Of Indian Medical Research and Council. Swaminathan holds M.B.B.S. from Armed Forces Medical College and M.D. from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi, along with a Diplomate of National Board from National Board of Examinations. She subsequently held Post Doctoral Medical Fellowship in Pediatric Pulmonology at the Children's Hospital Los AngelesKeck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California.

She is the daughter of the great scientist Dr. MS Swaminathan, who was the real progenitor of the green revolution in India. Dr. Soumya was part of the drafting committee which drafted surrogacy bill, that ended commercial surrogacy. She is a world acclaimed doctor and a prolific researcher. She carried forward the impending quest of her father, in the relentless quest for innovative ideas and research. WHO has termed her as a globally recognized researcher on tuberculosis and HIV.The greatest contribution of Dr. Soumya was to translate research into impactful programmes.

The benchmark set by this eminent doctor is really both a challenge and inspiration for present generation medical graduates. It really gives a big message of the great capability of doctors our country has produced. The ladders she crossed out of her sheer passion for medicine and research is something of a great story of success.

She is the proud daughter of India. It was really a proud moment for the country when news of her appointment in WHO was officially announced. Every medical student can take pride that the role they have taken up is unique and challenging. The real episode of Dr. Soumya will really show how vast and challenging this field is and with real dedication how you can reach the pinnacle of your respective field.

Indeed Dr.Soumya Swaminathan has bestowed, a proud moment for India

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