Health Celebrities in India

Dr. Harshad R. Purandare
MS, MCh,DNBE (Neurosurgery)
Trained in Tumors, Vascular and Skull Base Surgery, Epilepsy and Functional Neurosurgery, Spine and Spinal cord diseases and Neuro- critical Care.
Experience : Consultant Neurosurgeon at Jupiter Hospital, Ex- Associate Consultant Neurosurgeon D Hinduja National Hospital
Honors / Awards / Publications : 3 Gold Medals & Awards in MBBS, MS & M.Ch /DNB, 3 best paper awards & 25 platform presentations at international & National conferences, 10 publications in international and national journals
Through his time and through Rotary club he helps many citizens of this universe. The important thing is that he thinks that he is just doing his duty as a doctor citizen.

Note : You are able to visit thanks to the help of Dr Purandare & Jupiter Hospital on and after 28.8.2013

Baba Amte
Born on 26 December 1914 AD Died at the age of 93 years. Died on 09 February 2008 AD
Baba Amte was an Indian social worker who dedicated his life to the noble cause of social service, particularly to make life better for the sufferers of leprosy. When he first witnessed the misery and ostracization faced by leprosy patients, his conscience was shaken and he was determined to do something to empower these people. He founded several ashrams and hospitals for these patients. Born into a wealthy family, he lived an enviable life. As a youngster he owned a gun and loved hunting! An avid movie fan, he corresponded with the likes of Norma Shearer and Greta Garbo. But as he matured with age he realized that there was too much injustice and suffering around him. This made him ditch his luxurious life and dedicate himself to the cause of betterment of the world. Fortunately, he met a kindred spirit in Sadhana who shared his passion for social work and he married her. He was a Gandhian and lived a very austere life. A firm believer in the virtue of hard work, he encouraged the leprosy patients to be self-sufficient and worked for their rehabilitation. He also spread awareness about ecological balance and wildlife preservation.

He established the Anandwan ashram, a community rehabilitation center for leprosy patients and disabled people. It is a self-sufficient community primarily dependent on agriculture where everyone learns a skill and earns their livelihood through hard work.

Ramdev (Baba Ramdev)
Born on 25 December 1965 AD Baba Ramdev is an Indian spiritual leader and a renowned yoga teacher. He is famous for popularizing yoga among Indians through the medium of television and his mass yoga camps. His yoga camps are attended by thousands of people and he has taught yoga to several celebrities including Amitabh Bachchan and Shilpa Shetty. Born in the state of Haryana, India, as Ramkrishna Yadav, he became interested in yoga early on. He realized that he was not meant for the worldly life when he was a young adult and entered into Sanyas (monastic living) - taking up the name Baba Ramdev. After becoming a ‘Sanyasi’ he spent many years undertaking a study of ancient Indian scriptures and also practiced intense self-discipline and meditation. During this time he started offering free yoga lessons to disciples and realized the need to popularize this ancient art among the Indians. He went on to establish the Divya Yoga Mandir Trust in 1995 and became a popular yoga guru over the years. His fame reached new heights when he started appearing in a television program aimed at promoting yoga and he gained a large following. He is also the founder of Patanjali Yogpeeth, an institution for promoting the practice of yoga and ayurveda

Baba Ramdev is best known for promoting yoga among the Indian masses. He founded Patanjali Yogpeeth in Haridwar which is one of the largest yoga institutes in India. The main purpose of the institute is to promote and develop yoga and ayurveda. It is also the home of the University of Patanjali.

Upendranath Brahmachari
Born on 19 December 1873 AD Died at the age of 72 years. Died on 06 February 1946 AD
Rai Bahadur Sir Upendranath Brahmachari was a renowned Indian scientist and a prominent medical practitioner of his era. He had a remarkable personality and his most outstanding research contribution was the discovery of Urea Stibamine, an organic antimonial compound, which played a vital role in the treatment of Kala-azar, a protozoal infection. After gaining a firm foundation in mathematics and chemistry, he decided to study medicine after which he joined the Provincial Medical Service. Later, he was appointed as a teacher at the Campbell Medical School, where he spent the most productive time of his life and performed his groundbreaking research regarding the treatment of Kala-azar. During the years of his service and even after retirement, he remained actively connected to various spheres in the University of Kolkata. He was associated with almost all the known scientific and literary organizations at Kolkata and took a keen interest in humanitarian and cultural activities. He also played a significant role in the formation of the world’s second Blood Bank at Kolkata. He was the founder of Brahmachari Research Institute which became successful in the fields of both research and manufacture of medicine. He had an insatiable thirst for knowledge and as a teacher and medical practitioner, his contribution to the society is invaluable

He made outstanding contributions to medical science, particularly in the treatment of Kala-azar by discovering ‘Urea Stibamine’. It had no painful effects and was an effective substitute for the other antimony-containing compounds in the treatment of the disease.

He is also notably remembered for his pioneering work in the treatment of dermal leishmaniasis, malaria, the old Burdwan fever, quartan fever, blackwater fever, cerebrospinal meningitis, filariasis, leprosy and syphilis.


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