Father of Laparoscopy in India, Dr Tehemton Udwadia awarded the prestigious Padma Bhushan

80-year-old surgical gastroenterologist had been awarded the Padma Shri in 2006 for his contributions to Indian medicine


Dr Tehemton Udwadia (in suit) with late Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, former President of India, in an undated photo in Mumbai

Mumbai’s Dr Tehemton Erach Udwadia has been conferred with India’s third-highest civilian award, the Padma Bhushan. The government announced the list of notable people, who will receive the Padma Awards, on Wednesday.

The 80-year-old surgical gastroenterologist is known as the father of laparoscopy surgery as he was the first to start it in India in 1972. He is also the first surgeon to perform laparoscopic cholecystectomy in the developing world in 1990.

Udwadia had earlier received Padma Shri in 2006 for his contributions to Indian medicine. Udwadia is known for his radiant personality, his passion for teaching and love for students as well as his compassion for patients.

“It is a proud moment not only for him, but all the Indian surgeons. He has been a guiding force for all of us in last 30 years. Not just technological advice, but Udwadia sir has been giving philosophical and psychological support to us. He is the founder president of the Indian Association of Gastrointestinal Endo-Surgeons too,” said Dr Avinash Supe, Dean of KEM Hospital, Mumbai, and a Surgical Gastroenterologist.

He is a practising general surgeon at two Mumbai hospitals, Breach Candy Hospital and PD Hinduja Hospital.

The Padma awards are announced annually on the eve of Republic Day. This year, the President of India has approved conferment of Padma Awards to 89 people from the field of entertainment, literature, sports and art. This year, many personalities from the field of health and medicine have also made it to the list.

The list comprises 7 Padma Vibhushan, 7 Padma Bhushan and 75 Padma Shri awardees.

  • shital jayant sawant

    God bless him. He is such a good surgeon and person. Feeling honoured to have worked under him at Parsee Hospital in 2004

  • Chinmay Gandhi

    Dr T Udwadia is a great person. He finds good skills in young surgeons and encourages them. I feel blessed to have worked with him in my early surgical career.

  • Pinky

    It’s a proud moment , one feels blessed to be part of this field of medicine and to know him. Sir is indeed an excellent human being and is passionate to mould and inspire young surgeons. His enthusiasm is unremarkable.. God bless him

  • Pinky Thapar

    It’s a proud moment , one feels blessed to be part of this field of medicine and to know him. Sir is indeed an excellent human being and is passionate to mould and inspire young surgeons. His enthusiasm is unremarkable.. God bless him

  • Vishal

    It’s fantastic. Feel blessed to work with him

  • Elaine Fernandes

    Had the privilege of working with this clever, charismatic surgeon in Breach Candy Hospital. Well deserved award.

  • Vandana

    Hats off to you Sir l am highly privileged to work under your guidance

  • Dr.Odile Saldanha

    Congratulations on your award.Well-deserved.

  • Dr Lucio Fernandes

    A distinguished and accomplished surgeon, an excellent teacher, a selfless humble human being and above all a special gift to us all in India.
    Professor Udwadia has single handedly contributed to the establishment of laparoscopic surgery in India at grass root levels
    I feel priveleged to have worked with him in 1991 at Breach Candy Hospital, Bombay where he personally taught me the art of laparoscopic surgery with only a telescope and no camera / monitor. Those early lessons have gone a long way in development my laparoscopic skills
    Thank you Sir and wish you Godspeed in this new era of your life

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