This year ANIO awards the first ANIO Distinguished Service Award. This award is for the contributions to general field of Nephrology that includes public service, propagation of knowledge or awareness of kidney diseases, significant donation which results in advancement of research or education and well being of the specialty and the people it serves.
This year’s award recipient is Dr Mohan Rajapurkar. He is one of the most eminent nephrologists in India and over the last two decades has built up an amazing kidney institute in Nadiad, Gujarat. He has been a champion for the development of closer links between Indian nephrology and nephrologists of Indian origin overseas and has also been at the forefront of the ISN-ANIO committee.
He is the Director, Postgraduate Studies & Research, at the Muljibhai Patel Urological Hospital & Muljibhai Patel Society of Research in Nephro-Urology, Nadiad, Gujarat. He has experience of over 30 years of approximately 3000 live donor kidney transplantations. He is the first convener of the CKD registry of the Indian Society of Nephrology. He is the recipient of the B C Roy National award in India. He has presented over 138 papers in National and International conferences. He has been awarded 7 Orations at various Nephrology Forums. He also has 75 publications in national & International Journals.
His area of research is on serum catalytic iron as a biomarker for diagnosis of ‘Acute Coronary Syndrome’. He has an US patent on this biomarker. He is presently working on this as a marker of cardio-vascular events in chronic kidney disease.
Above all, he has been a true catalyst for joint initiatives in nephrology between India and Indian origin nephrologists overseas. He has also been an extraordinary mentor to generations of Indian nephrologists in India and overseas.