Patna cancer specialist gets Padma Shri

PATNA: Noted cancer specialist and director, Mahavir Cancer Sansthan and Research Centre (MCSRC), Patna, Dr Jitendra Kumar Singh has been awarded Padma Shri for his outstanding contribution to the field of oncology. Dr Singh thus joins a galaxy of eminent doctors from Bihar who were earlier awarded Padma Shri.

Expressing his happiness, Dr Singh told TOI, “It is recognition of my dedicated service to the suffering humanity. I accept this honour with humility on behalf of all those doctors and employees of the MCS who are working hard at the MCSRC to serve cancer patients. It has encouraged me and other employees of the MCSRC to work with even more sincerity and dedication.”

Dr Singh said, “I always feel highly rewarded when a cancer patient responds to my treatment and gets cured. My life-long mission is to serve cancer patients not only from Bihar, but also from others parts of the country.”

Born in a freedom fighter’s family at village Majhauni in Banka district, Dr Singh obtained his MBBS degree in 1975 from the Patna Medical College and MD in radiotherapy in 1980. Honoured with several prestigious awards, Dr Singh has received specialized training at the Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, and served the PMCH Radium Institute as senior faculty member for about 14 years. Dr Singh was awarded the prestigious Guenella Belton Award for his noble service in the field of cancer. Dr Singh has been shouldering the responsibility as director, MCSRC for the past 11 years. He is instrumental in achieving all-round development of the MCSRC in the field of cancer research and awareness programme.

Bihar State Board of Religious Trusts chairman Kishore Kunal congratulated Dr Singh on his being awarded Padam Shri. IMA members also congratulated him. Several Bihar ministers, including health minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey and food and consumer protection minister Shyam Rajak, also congratulated him.

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