According to sources in the PGIMER, Dr Chawla's name has been recommended by one of the neighboring states for his contribution to the field of medical science and education.
He has significantly contributed to the field of liver diseases (hepatology) and was instrumental in starting DM hepatology degree at the PGIMER. The PGIMER was the first institute in country to offer this degree and having fully fledged department of liver diseases.
Dr Chawla did his MBBS and MD from Jabalpur Medical College and completed DM gastroenterology from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi. He joined PGIMER as a lecturer in 1983 and became the director of the institute in 2011.
Earlier, he was awarded Dr BC Roy Medical Council of India Silver Jubilee Research Award 1999 for research in the field of hepatology. He has around 400 scientific publications to his credit.
Earlier last year, PGIMER eye surgeon Dr Amod Gupta was picked for the Padma Shri. Several doctors from the city were awarded Padma awards in the past. Neurologist Dr JS Chopra was honoured with Padama Bhushan, cardiologist Dr KK Talwar with Padma Bhushan and nephrologist Dr KS Chugh with Padma Shri.