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NRI doctor to get top US award

Vikram Kumar will be getting the "Ten Outstanding Young Americans" award.

india Updated: Sep 15, 2005 23:11 IST

Indian American doctor Vikram Sheel Kumar will join the ranks of former US President Bill Clinton, entrepreneur Henry Ford and rock legend Elvis Presley as a recipient of the "Ten Outstanding Young Americans (TOYA)" award.

Twenty-nine-year-old Vikram, who is an alumnus of Modern School and the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi, and the Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, will be the first Indian American to receive the award.

The honour will be given to him at the 67th TOYA awards ceremony at the World Trade Centre in Boston September 17, for showing leadership and helping people in the healthcare sector.

The Junior Chamber of Commerce of the US set up the award in 1938 to felicitate 10 young Americans of 21-40 years of age for their contribution to the society and considered one of the most prestigious recognition programmes in the world.

Among prominent personalities who have received the TOYA award in the past are former US presidents John F Kennedy and Richard Nixon, as also former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger.

"It is an honour for me, my family and above all the whole country. I just can't express my joy," Vikram's father Vijay Sheel Kumar said.

"Vikram helps people in the US through his clinic Dimagi. He provides healthcare to people in South Africa, Zambia, Rwanda and many other countries."

Kumar leaves for the US Thursday night to attend the awards event and carries with him a congratulatory note from President APJ Abdul Kalam. "I am sure my son will be thrilled to receive the message from our president."

Vikram, who migrated to the US in 1996, was earlier named among the 'World's 100 Top Innovators Under 35' in biotechnology and medicine by the prestigious Technology Review magazine of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The founder of a medical clinic - Dimagi Inc - in Boston, he was honoured by the magazine for his contribution in erasing the boundaries between life sciences and information technologies.

First Published: Sep 15, 2005 18:48 IST