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Indian American doctor honoured by daily

Srihari Peri was honoured with the Person of the Year award by the Coast Press, for his concern for the welfare of numerous cancer patients and their familes.

india Updated: Jan 23, 2004 14:28 IST
Vasantha Arora (IANS)
Vasantha Arora (IANS)

A leading daily published from Delaware has honoured a local Indian American oncologist with this year's Person of the Year award.

Srihari Peri was honoured by the Coast Press at the annual Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce Installation Banquet.

"I have to share this with all of those who work at the Tunnell Cancer Centre. Everybody there deserves this award -- we work as a team and I'm only a part of that," Peri said.

Peri was chosen by a committee composed of past award winners and the Coast Press management. His selection stemmed from an outpouring of nominations from numerous cancer patients and their family members indicating a genuine concern for their welfare.

One person wrote: "He served my family above and beyond the call of duty. Nothing was too much for him to do. We loved him."

Peri and his family are residents of Lewes, Delaware, where they have lived since he joined the staff at the Beebe Medical Centre in 1991. He has been practicing since 1990 and is board certified in medical oncology, internal medicine and haematology, according to a press release.

He started at Beebe as medical director of the facility's oncology department with three nurses and a secretary on staff. Since then the facility has evolved into the Tunnel Cancer Centre with more than 50 staff members.

Peri was elected president of the medical staff there, a position he will assume in July, according to Beebe's public relations director, Sharon Harmon.

"His patients just love him. They come in and bring him gifts and stop by just to see him," Harmon said.

Originally from India, Peri graduated from the medical school there as valedictorian of his class. He worked in Algeria in a government hospital taking care of villagers and sometimes made house calls on horseback, according to his wife Rama Peri. "He's much too modest about all this," she said. The couple has three children.

First Published: Jan 22, 2004 15:33 IST