Award Name : Padma Bhushan
Year of Award : 2014
Award for : Medical
Location : Srinagar, Kashmir, India
Neelam Kler is an Indian neonatologist, known for her pioneering work on neonatal intensive care and ventilation. She is credited with developing neonatal care to better the survival rate of extremely tiny preterm babies to 90 per cent. The Government of India honoured her with the third-highest civilian award, Padmabhushan, in 2014, for her services to the fields of medicine and neonatology. She was born in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India. Over the last 25 years, Kler has developed a state-of-the-art department of neonatology, one of the largest in the country, providing care at par with best in the world. Sir Ganga Ram Hospital Neonatal intensive care unit is a centre of excellence equipped with latest modes of ventilation, including High Frequency ventilation facilities for delivering Nitric Oxide besides bedside cerebral function monitoring. As a result of her continuous efforts to improve infrastructure and provide quality care through evidence based medicine, the survival of extremely tiny preterm babies has increased to 90 per cent and infection rates are down to 9.8 per 1,000 admissions. Dr Kler works on various Global committees like WHO Expert Committee on prevention of birth defects in South East Asia, Master trainer for Helping Baby’s Breath, Member of global Neonatal Nutrition consensus group in developing international guidelines on feeding the preterm infants.