Women pioneer in Indian medicine: Dr Shrivastava
January 21, 2013 was an important day for the Indian medical fraternity. On this day, the Florida based Paediatric Interventional Cardiology Society (PICS), felicitated the first woman ever in history, for her exceptional contribution to the field of Paediatrics. Dr. Savitri Shrivastava, Director of Pediatric & Congenital Heart Diseases, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre, New Delhi, did India proud in the international medical arena, as she received the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ 2013 at the annual PICS convention held in Miami, Florida, U.S.A. in January. Every year, the PICS society nominates and awards pioneers in the field of Paediatrics who have significantly contributed to interventional cardiology in congenital and structural heart diseases and treatment
of the same. The society annually invites leading international Paediatric cardiologists, cardiac surgeons and adult cardiologists to convene on the latest developments in the field of paediatric and adult cardiology. Healthcare professionals who are interested in the care of children and adults with structural chronic heart diseases can also attend the convention. Dr. Shrivastava, a distinguished cardiologist in India is no stranger to recognition and is nationally and internationally recognized for her exceptional contribution in the field of medical sciences. She is the founder of Paediatric Cardiac Society of India and the first person in the country to perform the highly complex balloon mitral valvotomy procedure.
In 2006, Dr. Shrivasatava received the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ for her outstanding contribution to Cardiology from Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, the erstwhile President of India. Again in 2008, she was felicitated with a Lifetime Achievement Award by Mrs. Pratibha Patil, the former President of India.
Given her past and on-going achievements in the field of medical sciences, it can be surmised that both the national and international medical fraternities are likely to witness more such exceptional feats from Dr. Shrivastava as she continues to contribute to paediatric cardiology.
The entire Fortis community salutes Dr. Shrivastava’s contribution to the medical world.