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Dr. Jagannath Surpure Recommended for Padma Shri Award

Dr. John Fraser, Professor Emeritus of Preventive Medicine and Clinical Health, University of Texas recommends Dr. Jagannath Surpure for a Padma Shri Award from the Government of India.

Dr. Surpure is a Medical Director and has the unique distinction of being a triple board certified physician in: Pediatrics, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, and Adult Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Surpure is well recognized as a pioneer in pediatric emergency care in USA and abroad, as his contributions in medical education has been enormous, particularly in INDIA.  Dr. Surpure has shown a passion for improving pediatric emergency care for children in both the US and in India. He has been bringing faculty from USA to train Indian physicians in children’s emergency care for almost 30 years.  Currently, Dr. Surpure is a clinical professor of pediatrics at UNLV, and a former founding director of pediatric emergency services at UMC Hospital.

He has served as a member of the editorial board and section editor for Indian Journal of Pediatrics. He co-edited a textbook published in India, Synopsis of Pediatric Emergency Care. He was active early on in introducing training courses (Pediatric Advanced Life Support and APLS: The Pediatric Emergency Medicine Course) in principles of resuscitation, stabilization, and transport of critically ill or injured children for child healthcare providers across India.

Additionally, Dr. Surpure has helped local physicians to organize and found a professional society for pediatric emergency medicine (PEM) physicians, Society for Trauma & Emergency Pediatrics (STEP) in India, which centered on training of current practitioners as well as establish new PEM fellowship training programs in the country. As an outgrowth of these initial efforts, STEP-India began to provide an annual national conference, National Assembly on Pediatric Emergency Medicine (NAPEM) in 2009.

Dr. Surpure has been actively involved in planning and teaching each year’s NAPEM. He has been recognized in both countries for his vision and contributions. He was also instrumental in starting the first Poison Information center for India in AIIMS Delhi. He is producing an educational short film on sanitation hygiene named NIRMAL (Swach – Clean), which will be released with English subtitles. His work’s impact has been enormous in children’s emergency and trauma care.

“I highly recommend him to your committee for consideration for the Padma Shri award,” wrote Dr. Fraser.

Dr. Surpure received his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery degree from the B.J. Medical College of the University of Poona in 1965. He did internal medicine training in India, followed by pediatric training in the United Kingdom. After immigrating to the United States in 1973, he completed pediatric residency at Tampa General Hospital and University of South Florida, serving as chief resident in pediatrics. He then did a fellowship in ambulatory pediatrics at Oklahoma Children’s Memorial Hospital and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 1976.



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