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RCSEd Surgeon Becomes One of the Youngest Elected Presidents of The Association of Surgeons of India (ASI)


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27 Nov 2018

Following the highest ever polling in the 80 years’ history of the Association of Surgeons of India (ASI), of over 7,000 surgeons from all over India actively participating to choose their President, RCSEd International Surgical Adviser and Director of KIMS-Ushalakshmi centre for Breast Diseases Dr P Raghu Ram’s presidency was awarded following a landslide victory of almost 2,000 votes.    

Dr Raghu Ram has worked with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) as an International Surgical Adviser to support the training and development of RCSEd initiatives in India. On his election, Dr Raghu Ram has become one of the youngest surgeons in the country to be elected to the top post; there have been only three other presidents in the 80 years’ history of ASI have been of the same age as Dr Ram. Established in 1938, the Association of Surgeons of India is widely considered the ‘voice for surgery’ in India who exist to realise a long-standing wish among Indian surgeons to collaborate, share professional experiences and enhance surgical skills.

On his appointment, Dr Rahgu Ram, RCSEd International Surgical Adviser& Director for KIMS-Ushalakshmi  Centre for Breast Diseases in Hyderabad said:

I am honoured and humbled to become one of the youngest surgeons elected to the largest surgical association in the Asia Pacific region. It has been the highest polling ever in the 80 years’ history of ASI and the landside margin of victory means that membership is looking forward to creative leadership and accountable governance. I shall do my very best and wish to take this opportunity in expressing my heartfelt gratitude to the members of ASI for their rock solid support.

Mr Pala Rajesh, the first Indian Vice-President elected to the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in the College's 513-year history commented on the appointment:

“The college is delighted at Dr Raghuram Pillarisetti’s appointment as president of ASI, we wish him every success. He is the college’s International Surgical Advisor and has been instrumental in advancing surgical care, assessments and driving standards in India. We will work with him and the ASI to collaborate further to enhance patient safety and surgical care in India.


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