Indian gastroenterologist and Padma Bhushan awardee Dr D Nageshwar Reddy was honoured with the Champions of Change Telangana award on February 25 for his exceptional contribution towards social welfare. Justice KG Balakrishnan, Former CJI and Former Chairman, NHRC felicitated him with the award.
The first ever Champions of Change Telangana Award was held on 25 February 2022 at Taj Deccan- Kohinoor Hall in Hyderabad, Telangana. Eminent personalities from the state of Telangana were honoured for their immense contribution towards the society.
Dr Reddy is the Chairman and founder of Asian Institute of Gastroenterology (AIG) at Hyderabad, the biggest gastroenterology hospital in the world. His main area of research interest has been in G.I. Endoscopy particularly in Therapeutic Pancreatio Biliary Endoscopy and Innovations in Transgastric Endoscopic Surgery.
He has published over 670 papers in National & International Peer review journals and has contributed chapters in 20 International Text Books of Gastroenterology and has edited 8 G.I. Endoscopy Text Books. He is on the Editorial Board of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Digestive Endoscopy, World Journal of Gastroenterology, World Gastroenterology News, Gastroenterology Today, Recent Patents on Medical Imaging, and Gastro-Hep.com.
Dr Reddy received the Padma Shri award in 2002 and Padma Bhushan award in 2016.He has been recognized for his achievements by several societies. He received the B C Roy Award from the Indian Medical Council in 1995. He has been elected as honorary member for American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy in 2004, Fellow of National Academy of Medical Sciences, New Delhi in 2001, Fellow of Philippines Society of Gastroenterology in 2001, Fellow of Royal College of Physicians of Ireland in 2003, and is a recipient of Honorary Doctor in Sciences (D.S.C) from Nagarjuna University in 2005.
Dr Nageshwar Reddy thanked Mr Nandan Jha and Justice KG Balakrishnan for the honour. He said, “I would like to thank the IFIE, Nandan ji and Justice Balakrishnan ji for giving me the Champions of Change Telangana Award. I consider it an honour because this award increases our responsibility towards society. I would like to dedicate this award to all the doctors who have been warriors in the fight against coronavirus. Around 1500 of my colleagues died during this fight and many more continue to sacrifice their lives for the society. This award is recognition of their efforts.”
Champions of Change is an Indian award, for promoting Gandhian values, (Swachata), community service and social development (in Aspirational district in India), selected by constitutional jury members headed by K.G. Balakrishnan, Former Chief Justice of India and Former Chairman NHRC along with Former Judge of Supreme Court of India. Champions of Change Telangana award is a state version of Champions of change national award.
IFIE annually organizes Champions of Change Award at International, National and state-Level in India and it is usually presented by the President, Vice-President, Governor or a leading figure of India. Mr. Nandan Jha is the founder and Chairman of Champions of Change Award.