This year ANIO awards Dr. Rajan Ravichandran for the Service Excellence award 2021. He is the director of the Madras Institute of Technology(MIOT) International Director of Nephrology, Chennai and Adjunct Professor at IIT Madras.
In the course of a career that has spanned over 30 years, Dr. Ravichandran has treated more than 20,000 national and international patients with various kidney ailments that involve general nephrology, dialysis, and kidney transplants. .
Dr. Ravichandran has won a number of awards during the course of his long career in medicine. He has chaired several hospital and university committees, and written and published extensively about kidney disease and its effects.
He is the founder of the Sapiens Health Foundation that was started in the year 1997 with the idea of helping patients with kidney diseases. The foundation was started by donations from patients and has been effectively run by transplant patients. Initially the main focus was on providing subsidized dialysis and medications after transplantation. From 2003 the foundation has been conducting awareness lectures in several institutions all over the country. From 2010 the salt reduction campaign was launched with various lectures and media propagation throughout the country. Several walkathons have also been conducted in different parts of the country.
He is also the founding Chairman of the Cystinosis Foundation, that was started in 2012 with the view to help patients with cystinosis. The foundation provides health and information regarding the disease and ways to procure cysteamine which is not available in India. So far 31 children have been registered with the foundation and the report of the registry has been published in Rare Disease Journal of Europe. Five of these cystinosis children have undergone successful renal transplantation and 15 children receive subsidized treatment from the foundation.
We await this award ceremony virtually on Jan 8th 2022.