Hyderabadi gets honorary doctorate at Buckingham Palace

Hyderabadi gets honorary doctorate at Buckingham Palace

26th November 2014 - Prof. K. Srinath Reddy, President of the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), was conferred the degree of Doctor of Science...

New Delhi: 26th November 2014 - Prof. K. Srinath Reddy, President of the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), was conferred the degree of Doctor of Science (Medicine) by the University of London on November 26, 2014 by Princess Royale of Britain, Princess Anne, who is also Chancellor of the University, at a special ceremony held at the Buckingham Palace. Dr. Reddy received this Honour for his outstanding contributions to public health and cardiology.

A recipient of Padma Bhushan (Presidential Honour), by the President of India (2005), Prof. K. Srinath Reddy has headed the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) since its inception in 2006.
Under his leadership, PHFI has established five Indian Institutes of Public Health (IIPHs) in different regions of India and is working to transform public health through education research, policy support, public communication and development of affordable technologies for primary health services.
Dr Srinath Reddy was previously Head of Cardiology Department at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). He also presently serves as President of the World Heart Federation (WHF) which is the umbrella organization for all national and continental cardiac societies and heart foundations across the world. He is the first Indian to have been elected as President of WHF.
Hailing from Hyderabad, where he did his schooling from St. Paul’s High School, Hyderabad, and then further graduation from New Science College, Hyderabad and MBBS from Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad, Prof. Srinath Reddy chaired the High Level Expert Group on Universal Health Coverage (UHC), constituted by the Planning Commission of India.
The recommendations were incorporated into India’s 12th Five Year Plan. He is the first Hyderabadi to be conferred the honorary degree by Buckingham Palace.
Accepting the award of the Degree of Doctor of Science (Medicine) Honoris Causa at the 2014 Foundation Ceremony of the University of London, Dr K Srinath Reddy said, “I am grateful for this recognition of my lifelong commitment to improving the health of the people of India and my contributions to global health.
I believe it is a tribute to India's resolute pursuit of good health and wellbeing for all of its people and its steadfast solidarity with other nations who seek the same for their people. In an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world, global health is the best unifying platform. The Public Health Foundation of, India (PHFI), which I am proud to lead, represents these values. My work reflects the contributions of the collective PHFI family.”
Apart from leading research that has tracked the trends of heart diseases in India and other developing countries over the last three decades, Prof. Reddy has also created large scale worksite and school based programmes for prevention of heart disease and diabetes.
Their impactful results have been published in prestigious journals and acclaimed internationally as ‘best practices’ for replication.
He has been acclaimed as a global leader in tobacco control and played a prominent role in the development of WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) while representing India in the international treaty negotiations during 2000-2003.
The four Indian Institutes of Public Health (IIPHs), established by PHFI, under his leadership, is scaling up public health capacity for strengthening health systems across the country.
Prof. Reddy has been a member of several national and global expert committees of WHO, World Bank, Institute of Medicine (US National Academies), Wellcome Trust, World Economic Forum, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, ICMR, Ministries of Health, Science and Technology (Government of India).
He served as President, National Board of Examinations (2009-14). Widely regarded as a thought leader in global health, he is also a Visiting or Adjunct Professor at Harvard, Emory and Sydney Universities.
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