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Dr. C Nageswara Rao and Dr. C Shudha

Dr Chadalawada Sudha

Dr Sudha

A Good Deed never goes unrewarded’ Dr. Chadalawada Sudha, TedX

Dr. Chadalawada Sudha is a highly accomplished Obstetrician and Gynecologist with an illustrious career spanning over five decades. After earning her medical degree from Guntur Medical College in 1961, she obtained an MS in General Surgery from Andhra University in 1966 and served as an Assistant Professor in General Surgery at Guntur Medical College before continuing her medical career abroad. In 1972, she completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Beth Israel Hospital in the prestigious Harvard University with the top rank and she worked as a faculty member until her return to India in 1978.

Dr. Sudha’s professional achievements and academic accomplishments have earned her memberships in many prestigious associations, including the Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists, the Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada, the Fellow of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Society of India, and former membership in the New York Academy of Sciences, USA. She also served as the president of the Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology Society of India from 1995-1996 and as a Member of the Governing Council of Sri Venkateswara University of Health Sciences, Tirupathi from 2004 to 2008 and again from 2011 to 2014. Dr. Sudha has held several notable positions throughout her career, including serving as the president of the Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology Society of India from 1995 to 1996. She also served as a Member of the Governing Council of Sri Venkateswara University of Health Sciences, Tirupathi from 2004 to 2008 and from 2011 to 2014.

In recognition of her outstanding contributions to the field of medicine, Dr. Sudha has received numerous accolades and awards, including a Gold Medal from Sri Deva Gouda from the then Prime Minister of India, at the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of Guntur Medical College in 1997. She was also awarded the Udyog Bharathi Puraskar award by Delhi Telugu Academy and the Kalaprapurna Dr.Paidi Lakshmaiah, Dr. P.L Sanjeeva Reddy Smaraka Pratibha Puraskaram in 2016. Her dedication and commitment to the medical field have been an inspiration to many, and she continues to be an influential figure in the industry.

Dr. Sudha’s devotion to social work is equally noteworthy. After establishing the prestigious tertiary health care institute ‘Pinnamaneni Poly Clinic’, she extended her activities to the medico-social arena with commendable zeal and determination. This hospital provided free medical care for 10% of inpatients and 40% of outpatients for 25 years. In 1987, Dr. Sudha formed the “WATCH” (Women and the Child Health) foundation with the goal of serving the rural populace. The foundation adopted about 100 villages in four mandals (tahsils) near Vijayawada in Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh. They organized free medical camps regularly to help needy people at their doorstep. Another significant contribution in the area of public health was the foundation’s initiative to construct toilets in many schools in these villages in collaboration with the Red Cross Society of Gannavaram branch. About 5000 children were immunized for Polio prior to the Pulse Polio program, and another 6000 for Hepatitis-B, free of cost. Dr. Sudha also established Dr. Pinnamaneni and Smt. Seethadevi Foundation in 1989 in her parent’s name and is reputed in awarding eminent individuals in Literature, Culture, Fine Arts, Medicine, Science, Sports, Social Services, etc., with a cash award of rupees two lakhs and a citation. Her family donated land for to establish the Dr. Pinnamaneni Siddhartha Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Foundation and Drs. Sudha & Nageswara Rao Siddhartha Institute of Dental Sciences in Gannavaram.

Her passion for improving the lives of others has been a driving force throughout her career, and she has dedicated herself to supporting research and technology through grants. Dr. Sudha’s deep commitment to social responsibility and philanthropy led her to establish SreePVF and donate 11,000 sq yards of land as a corpus fund to promote and support scientific research and technological innovation that can benefit society at large. Under her leadership, SreePVF has launched several innovative initiatives, including the Sree Ramakrishna Paramahamsa Research Grant, which has provided critical funding and support to researchers and groups engaged in translational research in biomedical and agricultural sciences. In addition to her work with SreePVF, Dr. Sudha is actively involved in several other social and philanthropic initiatives, including programs aimed at improving healthcare and education in underserved communities. Her unwavering dedication to social welfare and expertise in the biomedical sciences make her a true champion for the betterment of society.

Dr. Sudha’s track record of brilliant academic achievements and professional accomplishments, combined with her devotion to building a better India, exemplifies the spirit of “Janani Janma Bhumischa, Swargadapi Gariyasi” or “Mother and motherland are greater than heaven.” She is a true inspiration to her colleagues and students and a testament to the fact that individual abilities and performances attain rare nobility and dignity when they contribute to the wholesome benefit of society at large.

Dr. Chadalawada Nageswara Rao

Dr  Chadalawada Nageswara Rao

Dr. Chadalawada Nageswara Rao is a well-known figure in the medical community, with an impressive career spanning several decades. He hails from Guntur District and received his medical education from Andhra Medical College. He went on to obtain his M.S. Degree in General Surgery from Andhra University in 1964. After working as an Assistant Professor of General Surgery in Andhra Pradesh Medical Services, he went to the U.S. in 1968 for an internship at Franklin Square Hospital in Baltimore, where he was awarded a certificate of merit as an ‘Outstanding Intern of the Year’ in 1969. Dr. Rao was a fellow in General Surgery at the world-renowned Lahey Clinic for one year and obtained his American Board certification in Urology in 1975.

Dr. Rao obtained his F.R.C.S in Urology from the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada. He was on the faculty of Tufts University as Assistant Professor in Urology till 1978. He returned to India in 1978, where he made an exemplary contribution to the medical profession, particularly in his specialty of Urology. Having been trained at the best institutions in the world, he chose to come back to his motherland and native place and started his Urology practice in 1978 at Vijayawada, a small town in Andhra Pradesh. He established a 120 bedded specialty hospital and a state-of-the-art Urology Centre at Pinnamaneni Poly Clinic in Vijayawada. Under his aegis, the clinic had a free clinic that served 40% of outpatients and 10% of inpatients free of charge. Dr. Rao also conducted rural programs for over 15 years, reaching 100 villages in 4 mandals in Krishna District and serving the poor and school children.

In addition to his work as a medical practitioner, Dr. Rao has also contributed significantly to the medical community. He served as a Council member, Honorary Secretary, and President-elect of the Urological Society of India. He was the President of the Urological Society of India from 1997-1998. He has published many articles and presented numerous papers in National & International Journals and meetings. Dr. Rao is also a Post-graduate teacher for the DNB Course in Urology since 1991 and is a Professor at Pinnamaneni Poly Clinic, which is one of the fifteen to be recognized for training in urology in the entire country till 2004.

Dr. Rao has received numerous accolades for his contributions to the medical field. He received the Urology Gold Medal in 1999 for his outstanding contribution to Urology. He delivered the prestigious Himadri Sarkar Memorial Oration in their 32nd Annual conference held at Bhuvaneswar. Dr. Rao also delivered another prestigious oration conducted by the South Zone of Urological Society of India, Professor H.S. Bhatt Oration in 2002. Dr. Rao was the recipient of the Ugadi Puraskar award by Madras Telugu Academy in 1994, along with Dr. Sudha, for their dedicated work in their profession.

Despite growing up in a small town, Dr. Nageswara Rao’s academic zeal was never inhibited. Throughout his career, he has made significant contributions to the field of urology, with over one hundred scientific papers published in journals, books, and presented at national and international conferences. In addition to his academic achievements, he also started a DNB course in Urology and produced twelve post-MS candidates who are now qualified urologists with DNB qualifications.

His impressive track record in urology led him to become the National President of the Urological Society of India after serving as a Governing Committee Member for three years and Honorary Secretary for four years. In 1986, he hosted the 20th National Conference of the Urological Society of India in Vijayawada. Furthermore, he was the first person to start the state chapter of the Urological Society of India, named APSOGUS (Andhra Pradesh Society of Genito-Urinary Surgeons), which led to the formation of many other state chapters. He also established SUN – Vijayawada, a society of urologists and nephrologists that meets once a month.

Dr. Rao’s impact extends beyond the field of urology. He was instrumental in bringing a team of 25-30 doctors from Padua University, the oldest medical university in Italy, to Dr. Pinnamaneni Siddhartha Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Foundation for five years to perform free surgeries for needy patients. Additionally, he established the Sri Padmavathi Venkateswara Foundation in 2014 and donated 11,000 square yards of land in the heart of Vijayawada as a corpus fund, with the income generated used for health care, education, innovations, agriculture, and the fulfillment of United Nations Millennium goals.

Dr. C Nageswara Rao’s dedication to the medical field extends beyond his work as a surgeon. He is also involved in philanthropic work. He is the Managing Trustee of Dr. Pinnamaneni & Smt. Seetha Devi Foundation, which was established in 1990 to honor eminent persons in various fields every year with a cash award of Rupees Two lakhs and a citation. The foundation also extends financial assistance to meritorious students who are economically backward, to pursue their professional studies. Dr. Rao is the Director-General for Dr. Pinnamaneni Siddhartha Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Foundation and Drs. Sudha & Nageswara Rao Siddhartha Institute of Dental Sciences.

In addition to his many accomplishments, Dr. Rao is also a published author. He has compiled and published several books, including Pour Faire Rire (To Raise a Laugh), Scaling New Heights, Future Surgeons Key Surgical Skills, and Infectious Inspiration & Pursuit of Excellence. Numerous organizations have recognized his contributions, including the Udyog Bharathi Puraskar Award by Delhi Telugu Academy in April 2016 and the Kalaprapurna Dr. Paidi Lakshmiah and Dr. P.L Sanjeeva Reddy Smaraka Pratibha Puraskaram in June 2016. His achievements were honored when he was conferred with the ‘Degree of Doctor of Letters’ Honoris Causa on 18th November 2017 by Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Viswa Mahavidyalaya (SCSVMV University) at Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu. 

Dr. Rao’s career and accomplishments inspire many young people aspiring to make significant contributions to their chosen fields, proving that with hard work and dedication, anyone can achieve their goals, no matter where they come from.

India is rapidly transforming into a dynamic hub of intellectual innovation and discovery. To support the science and technology ecosystem in the country, the Sree Padmavathi Venkateswara Foundation has created peer- reviewed funding programs that recognize exceptional researchers with the potential to achieve ground-breaking results in areas of critical national
importance. Our foundation provides these researchers with generous funding and empowering mentorship to generate knowledge and develop sustainable solutions of the highest quality, particularly in the fields of biomedical and agricultural research. We also work on projects to deploy advanced knowledge and improve the income of small and marginal farmers. We believe that by working together, we can create sustainable solutions that will benefit not only India but also the world.

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