"We feel happy that our institution’s excellence in teaching, treatment and medical education are recognised. These doctors have put in more than two decades of service," Dr. Mohan said.

Six senior doctors of the Government Rajaji Hospital (GRH) and Madurai Medical College here, who received Best Doctor Award and Best Teacher Award from the Tamil Nadu Dr. M. G. R. Medical University, were felicitated on Thursday.

Led by Dean N. Mohan, the top brass of the hospital congratulated the award recipients and hailed the distinguished contributions made by them in their respective fields. The awards were presented to them by the Tamil Nadu Dr. M. G. R. Medical University on July 1 on the occasion of Doctor’s Day and University Day celebrations.

Two doctors from the Orthopaedics Department — T. Chandraprakasam, specialist in hand surgery and A. Rajamani, specialist in spine surgery — received Best Doctor Award.

The Best Teacher Award recipients were: L. Thayumanavan of Department of Gastroenterology; S. Jeyakumar, Head, Department of Vascular Surgery; and Chitra Ayyappan of Institute of Paediatrics and Jhansi Charles of Department of Microbiology.

The Dean said that it was a proud moment for the GRH as six of its senior doctors were recognised at a time by the university. “We feel happy that our institution’s excellence in teaching, treatment and medical education are recognised. These doctors have put in more than two decades of service,” Dr. Mohan said.

Expressing thanks on behalf of the doctors, Dr. Rajamani and Dr. Thayumanavan said that the award provided stimulus to do more service and was a motivation to teachers of medical colleges.

“We feel honoured to get this award close to my retirement and we thank the Dean and university for recognising our service,” Dr. Thayumanavan said.

Hospital authorities said that Dr. Chandraprakasam was instrumental in establishing hand surgery unit in GRH’s orthopaedics department. Similarly, Dr. Rajamani established spine surgery unit. Dr. Thayumanavan has been serving in the GRH since 1986 and became Head of Department of Medical Gastroenterology in 2001. He introduced a procedure called ‘Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio Pancreatography (ERCP) to clear jaundice by endoscopy and till now more than 200 ERCPs have been performed in the department.

A. Pragadeeswaran and K. Thirumaivozhi Perumal, Resident Medical Officers, V. Ramanujam, Deputy Superintendent, and S. Gandhimathinathan, Resident Medical Officer in-charge, GRH Trauma Care Centre, were present.

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