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Prof Rama Subbarayudu, Dr Kakarla, and Governor Rangarajan on the diasMost of the Radiologists and specialist doctors of Hyderabad took off from their hectic schedule on March 17 2001, to attend the felicitation ceremony of Dr Kakarla Subba Rao, world renowned radiologist and present Director, Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS). As a result, the venue of the felicitation, Ravindra Bharati, was flooded with Dr Subba Rao's well wishers, students - present and former, eminent doctors, their family members and all those who knew Dr Rao for the last fifty years. The felicitation ceremony was organised by AP Chapter of Indian Radiological and Imaging Association.

Welcoming the guests, Prof. B Rama Subbarayudu, Chairman of Felicitation committee and Vice-president of IRIA AP Chapter said, "It was two years ago that IRIA decided to institute a 'Lifetime Achievement Award' to present it to its members who contributed their mite for development of radiology and present the first such award to Dr Kakarla Subba Rao, who has been excelling and enriching the field of Radiology for the last 50 years."

There were several dignitaries from all fields of work who were eagerPresenting the citation to express their feelings and share experiences of working with Dr Rao during the last five decades. But due to lack of time, only a few of them were allowed to speak for only two minutes. Most of the speakers who came with lengthy speech copies with them cut their words to fit into the time frame, while others turned poetic and expressed their feelings with the help of poems, ghazals and shairs. Prasanna, CEO, Wipro GE Medical Systems said, "Dr Kakarla was responsible for bringing the first MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) machine into the country." Dr Soma Raju, eminent cardiologist and promoter of Care Hospitals praised Dr Kakarla as the man who brought culture into the field of medicine. Dr Soma Raju, a student of Dr Kakarla, who worked with him at NIMS quoted several examples regarding Kakarla's discipline. P Ramchandra Reddy, Ex-speaker of AP, who spoke on behalf of public praised Dr Kakarla as a noble personality who always worked for the poor people and the development of NIMS from a mere orthopedic hospital to a Super Specialty Hospital in the Public Sector and a Deemed University, which brings out and nurtures hidden talents of the students and makes them into gems like Dr Soma Raju.

While reading out the citation Dr K D Wakeel, a member of IRIA, said, "Dr Kakarla Subba Rao is a legend in his life. With contributing 50 years of his valuable life for the development of Radiology, he has reached the zenith of the profession."

Dr Kakarla, expressing his gratitudeAfter presenting the "Lifetime Achievement Award", Governor
C Rangarajan
complemented the eminent radiologist for his outstanding contribution to several areas of medicine. Mr Rangarajan said there could be no better model than
Dr Subba Rao for young medical professionals to follow. He had time and again drawn the attention of the medical profession to the fact that medicine was not only a profession but a mode of service to the people.

Love and affection in the form of flowersResponding to the felicitation,
Dr Subba Rao said, "The medical field has expanded so rapidly but still there is no proper method to scale the human emotions. I am short of words to express my gratitude. My mother gave me courage, from my father I got leadership qualities, my wife, family, friends, all contributed to my successful 50 year career. I never dreamt of becoming a doctor. In my school days I wanted to be a Telugu Pandit, but when I entered the college the influence of Satyagraha movement tilted me towards politics, later I thought of joining in an engineering course but ultimately I landed in the medical field. Then, I wanted to be a surgeon but fascinated by radiology, I opted for it, at a time when nobody was interested to take up the specialisation. I served 50 years as a radiologist, and now everybody is asking me about my future. I spent my first 30 years of life for study, next 30 years in earning and I want to spend my last 30 years in serving the people." As soon as he finished his speech, several well wishers of Dr Rao, presented him with bouquets and heavy garlands as a token of their love and affection towards him.
- Mohan G Jagan
Photographs by Srinivas Setty

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