Conferred OBE by HRH Prince Charles, Windsor Castle
Dr. P. Raghu Ram, Director, KIMS-USHALAKSHMI Centre for Breast Diseases and Founder CEO of Ushalakshmi Breast Cancer Foundation based out of Hyderabad, has achieved the rare distinction to become one of theyoungest surgeons of Indian origin in over 100 years to be conferred OBE(Officer of the Most Excellent Order of British Empire).
The award was bestowed by His Royal Highness, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, who represented Queen Elizabeth II during a glittering Investiture ceremony held on 30 March 2022 at the Windsor Castle in Windsor near London, which is the oldest & largest occupied Castle in the world and is one of the official residences of the British Monarch.
Mr. Venkaiah Naidu, Hon'ble Vice President of India tweeted congratulating Dr Raghu Ram on receiving this rare honour.
OBE is the second highest ranking of the British Empire award(excluding a knighthood/damehood)that has been conferred in recognition of Dr Raghu Ram’s “outstanding services towards improving breast cancer care and surgical education in India and to UK/India relations.”
Dr Raghu Ram’s honour featured in the prestigious Queen ElizabethII’s 2021 New year’s Honours list, which was also published in the “London Gazette”– the official publication of the Crown. Instituted in 1917,Queen’s Honours are amongst the most prestigious awards worldwide.
A world renowned Surgeon, Dr Raghu Ram is also one of the youngest recipient of the prestigious Padma Shri & Dr BC Roy National awards conferred by the Hon’ble President of India in 2015 & 2016 respectively.
Speaking after being formally presented the OBE,Dr Raghu Ram said “I am deeply grateful to her Majesty, The Queen for conferring this high honour. Over the past 15 years, I have strived to replicate the best of British practices in my motherland & feel immensely proud to have been a ‘living bridge’ between the UK and India. I dedicate this astonishing moment and tremendous recognition to my family, my patients, my Colleagues at KIMS Hospitals and to the Indian Surgical fraternity world over. Proud to represent my motherland at the Windsor Castle today in the traditional Indian attire with India’s tricolor pocket square representing Bharath”.
The British Honours system aims to show gratitude publicly to those who have‘ gone the extra mile’ in their service and who stand out ‘head and shoulders’ above others in their distinction. The Queens Honours, which is part of the British Honours system has a robust and thorough selection process. The “Honours Committee” produces the list, independently of the Government, before it is submitted to the Queen through the Prime Minister. As 'fountain of honour' in the UK, Her Majesty, The Queen has the sole right of conferring titles of honour on deserving people from all walks of life, in public recognition of their outstanding merit, exceptional service or bravery.