OBE, MS, FCPS, FRCS(Eng.),FRCS(Edin.), FAMS, FIAGES, FACS(Hon.), FICS (Hon.), FARSI (Hon.) Chairman, Center of Excellence for Minimal Access Surgery Training (CEMAST)Emeritus Professor of Surgery, Grant Medical College & J.J. Hospital, Mumbai, Consultant Surgeon and Head, Department of Minimal Access Surgery, P.D. Hinduja Hospital & Research Centre, Consultant Surgeon at B.D. Petit Parsee General Hospital, Breach Candy Hospital & Research Centre, Mumbai.
Professor Tehemton Erach Udwadia is an alumni of St. Mary’s High School, Wilson College, and Seth G.S. Medical College, Bombay, graduating from the University of Bombay in 1956 and did his post-graduation from the University of Bombay and the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of England and Edinburgh. Joined the Surgical Staff of the Grant Medical College & J.J. Hospital, Mumbai in 1963. He retired as Honorary Professor of Surgery in 1994 and is now Emeritus Professor of Surgery, Grant Medical College & J.J. Hospital, Mumbai.
He was Consultant in Surgery to the Armed Forces and Chairman Indian Chapter, Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh. He has been elected President of several National and International Surgical Societies such as the Indian Association of Gastrointestinal Endo-Surgeons (Founder President), Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy of India, the Association of Surgeons of India, International College of Surgeons World Body, Society of Endoscopic and Laparoscopic Surgeons of Asia and President of the International Federation of Societies of Endoscopic Surgeons (IFSES). He has been honoured with the Padma Shri National Award from the President of India in 2006 and the Higher Padma Bhushan Award from the President of India in 2017. He has been honoured with the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and the distinction of Honorary Fellowship by the American College of Surgeons.
His efforts were recognized by several awards bestowed on him. To name a few, Dr. B.C. Roy National Award for promoting the Speciality of Laparoscopic Surgery in India from the President of India, Hunterian Professorship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, Surgikos Lecture of the Association of the Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland, Pandalai Oration of the Association of Surgeons of India, Sir Sriram Oration of the National Academy of Medical Sciences, Sir James Ross Lecture of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Ganga Ram Oration, the Dr. Karl Storz award of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), Indian Association of Gastrointestinal Endo Surgeons, the Association of Surgeons of India, and a Gold Medal and citation from Dr. Abdul Kalam, President of India.
A forceful, innovative and renowned teacher and surgeon, he was the first surgeon in India to start laparoscopy in surgery in 1972, and the first to perform laparoscopic surgery in the developing world in early 1990. With missionary zeal Professor Udwadia has conducted workshops all over India and in Nepal, Mexico, Brazil, China, Myanmar, Bangla Desh, and other developing countries spreading the gospel of laparoscopic and Minimal Access Surgery. He has put all his efforts into realizing his belief that the benefits of surgical advance should be made available to all people, in all places, irrespective of their socio-economic status. His innumerable research papers and presentations over fifty years cover a wide field of surgery - from myocardial revascularisation (his PhD topic) to research in abdominal tuberculosis, ascites, hydrocephalus, peritonitis, flexible endoscopy and diagnostic and therapeutic laparoscopy.
Over the last three years Professor Udwadia as Chairman of ‘Center of Excellence for Minimal Access Surgery Training’ (CEMAST), has laid the foundation of a state of the art Minimal Access Surgery training Center, comparable to the best in the World, giving training to surgeons from all over the subcontinent in every surgical speciality of MAS. To date over 2000 surgeons have been trained in MAS at this Center.
Along with over 30 professional affiliations he has been conferred Honorary Membership of the American College of Surgeons, Japan Section of the International college of Surgeons, Indian Association of Gynaecological Endoscopy, College of Surgeons of Brazil, Surgical Society of Nepal, the International College of Surgeons, German Society of Visceral (Abdominal) Surgery, the Association of Rural Surgeons of India. Examiner in Surgery to several Universities in India and abroad, the National Board of Examination and the Royal College of Surgeons, Past Chairman / Editor Indian Journal of Surgery, and the Editorial Board of several National and International Journals (British Journal of Surgery, International Surgery, HPB Surgery, National Medical Journal of India etc.). Professor Tehemton E. Udwadia is the author of two landmark books on Laparoscopic Surgery – “Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy” (1991), and “Laparoscopic Surgery in Developing Countries” (1997) and contributing author to 34 books on surgery. He is the Editor-in-Chief, the Journal of Minimal Access Surgery.
- Member College Team for Athletics, Cricket, Boxing, Debate.
- Corporal National Cadet Corps
- General Secretary, G.S. Medical College Gymkhana (1954 - 1955)
Member Bombay Flying Club.
- Member, Willingdon Sports Club Golf Team.
- Married in January 1959. Three children. Six grand-children
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