Maharaj Kishan Bhan
Award Name : Padma Bhushan
Year of Award : 2013
Award for : Civil Service
Location : Thang, Kashmir, India
Maharaj Kishan Bhan is an Indian Paediatrician and Clinical Scientist. He was born on November 9, 1947 in Kashmir. MK Bhan obtained his MBBS (1969) from AFMC, Poona University and MD (1974) from Delhi University, Delhi. His areas of specialization are pediatric gastroenterology, pediatric infectious diseases and nutrition. He held the positions of Registrar, Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi (1974-76); Senior Consultant, Institute of Child Health, Kabul (1976-78); Lecturer, Post-graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh (1978-79); Assistant Professor (1979-81); Associate Professor (1981-87) and Additional Professor (1987- ), All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). His research contribution with health impact on national and developing country programs include development of a Rotavirus vaccine, Zinc as treatment of diarrhoea, low osmolarity ORS, identification of enteroaggregative E. Coli its association with persistent diarrhoea in children and treatment approaches to this disorder. The Management of Neonatal and Childhood Illness (IMNCI) integrated program developed under his Chairmanship has been introduced in the reproductive child health program of the Government of India. This strategy is playing a key role in reducing child mortality in India.
He is recipient of numerous awards:Padma Bhushan 2013, “Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award", 1990, for medical sciences, the highest Scientific Award below 45 years of age in Indian Sciences, National Ranbaxy Award, 1990, for Medical Sciences, Achar Gold Medal of the Indian Academy of Pediatrics, 1984, for the best original research, S.S. Mishra Award of the National Academy of Medical Sciences, 1986, for the best unpublished research, Biotech Product and Process Development and Commercialization Award, 2003 and Pollins Foundation Research Award for US 100,000 (Year 2003)