Odisha Doctor Among Padma Awardees, Served The Poor For Three Decades

Berhampur: Celebrating the frontline warriors against the COVID-19 pandemic, a few doctors were conferred the Padma awards this year. They include J N Pande, V Thiruvengadam, and Krishna Mohan Pathi.

Dr Pathi, is a noted orthopedic surgeon from Odisha known for his landmark work in tribal districts of the state. Pathi will receive the Padma Shri for his service to society in the field of education.

Born on August 1, 1939, in Sukunda village near Berhampur, Pathi completed his MBBS from SCB Medical College and Hospital (MCH) in Cuttack. He moved on to England for higher studies and pursued his MS there.

Dr Pathi worked at Oxford University for three years during which his achievements were noteworthy. Dr Pathi has served at VSSUT MCH and MKCG MCH in Burla and Berhampur respectively. He has been healing the poor free of cost for more than three decades.

He went to England in 1972 as a Common Wealth Medical Fellow and worked at Radcliffe Infirmary Oxford, Liverpool, and Birmingham when he was only 32-years-old and leading an affluent life abroad.

But he soon returned to his home in Sukunda village near Berhampur in Ganjam district to serve the poor and tribal people from rural areas to fulfill the dream of his father, the late Bhimasen Pathi, who was also a popular ayurvedic doctor during those days.

Dr Pathi has traveled extensively, at least 22 countries, and imparted education. Post-retirement, he dedicated his life for the poor, in a grand way. He conducts bone marrow test, free-of-cost for the underprivileged and in the process has come to the help of thousands of poor persons.

Dr Pathi said he is very happy for being awarded the Padma Shri this year.