Dr. K. K. Aggarwal Biography: Padma Shri Awardee and former National President of IMA succumbed to COVID-19
Padma Shri Awardee, former National President of Indian Medical Association (IMA), and an eminent cardiologist, Dr. K. K. Aggarwal, succumbed to COVID-19.
After a lengthy battle with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, he passed away at AIIMS, New Delhi. The 62-year-old was on ventilator support and breathed his last at 11:30 p.m. on Monday.
As per a statement posted on his Twitter handle, "Even during the pandemic, he made constant efforts to educate the masses and was able to reach out to 100 million people through numerous videos and educational programmes and saved countless lives. He wanted his life to be celebrated and not mourned. His spirit of spreading positivity in the direst of circumstances must be kept alive in each one of us."
Dr. K. K. Aggarwal: Birth and Education
Dr. K. K. Aggarwal was born on 5 September 1958 in New Delhi, India. He did his schooling in Delhi and obtained MBBS and MD degree from Nagpur University in 1979 and 1983 respectively.
Dr. K. K. Aggarwal: Career as a Cardiologist
Dr. K. K. Aggarwal was a prominent face of the medical fraternity in India. He was a cardiologist and headed the Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI). He was the former National President of the Indian Medical Association (IMA). In 2019, he was unanimously elected as the new President of the Confederation of Medical Association of Asia and Oceania (CMAAO) for 2019-20. Dr. K. K. Aggarwal also served as a senior consultant at Moolchand Medcity, New Delhi.
He was one of the pioneers of streptokinase therapy for heart attacks and introduced the technique of Colour Doppler Echocardiography in India.
Dr. K. K. Aggarwal: Awards and Recognition
1- Dr. B. C. Roy Award in 2005, the highest Indian award in the medical category.
2- Padma Shri Award in 2010, India's fourth-highest civilian award for his contributions to the field of medicine.
He was also the recipient of the Vishwa Hindi Samman, National Science Communication Award, FICCI Health Care Personality of the Year Award, Dr D S Mungekar National IMA Award, and the Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Award.
Dr. K. K. Aggarwal: Published Work
Dr. K. K. Aggarwal published several books on health including Alloveda in which he combined ancient Vedic medicine with modern allopathy. He has also written textbook chapters on echocardiography, and articles in the national and international press.