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NRI gets Physician of Year Award

A leading hospital in the US has honoured Prasanta Raj for his distinguished contribution to medicine.

india Updated: May 13, 2006 10:54 IST

A leading hospital in the US has honoured an Indian-born doctor with the Physician of the Year award for 2006.

The Fairview Hospital of Cleveland Clinic Health System at West Cleveland, Ohio, honoured Orissa-born, US-based surgeon Prasanta Raj for his distinguished contribution to medicine, the doctor said.

The Fairview hospital is the largest and most renowned Westside hospital of the Cleveland Clinic that came up in 1892. It has 840 medical staff members and Raj is the 12th physician to receive the honour.

The award includes a bronze plaque, a replica of which is placed at the hospital entrance. It was given to him at the Renaissance Hotel in the presence of about 300 physicians.

Born and raised in Cuttack in Orissa, Raj attended Sriram Chandra Bhanja Medical College in that city and worked with the state government as a medical officer.

After completing his post graduate training in general surgery and receiving a Master's in Surgery in 1972, he worked as chief medical officer of the Rairakhol Hospital. He was also the superintendent of a sub-divisional jail.

Raj moved to the US in 1973. After his one-year stint as a house officer, he entered the Fairview Hospital Surgery Residency Program in 1975.

He received board certification in general surgery in 1980 and has been re-certified twice since then. Raj is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and an active member of many prestigious medical societies.

Raj has over 60 presentations and publications to his credit, including two surgical textbooks.

He has also developed training curriculum for attending surgeons and residents besides designing the laparoscopic surgery credentialing process in several hospitals.

In addition, he has devised several cutting edge operative techniques and has patents pending on various surgical operations and materials.

The "Raj Laparoglove" is his innovative specimen retrieval bag, which is used by surgeons worldwide during laparoscopic surgery and is estimated to save $300 million in healthcare per year in the US alone.

The Association of Indian Physicians of Northern Ohio had also honoured him as the Distinguished Physician of the year 2005.

Raj, a member of the Kalinga Hospital, has been an active and benefactor member of the Orissa Society of America (OSA) and secretary and president of its Ohio chapter. He also organised the OSA convention held in Kent, Ohio.