Prof. R.J.Dash, DM, FRCP(London), fomer Head, Dept.of Endocrinology, PGI, Chandigarh was felicitated by Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, President of India, for his pioneering work and scientific contribution to the field of Endocrinology at the 41st Annual Conference of the Endocrine Society of India , held at Pune.
Prof. Dash is the 1st DM in Endocrinology in India and has served PGI from 1969 – 2003. He is a recipient of Dr.B.C.Roy National Award for developing Endocrinology as a superspeciality. His major Research Awards include: Shakuntala Amir Chand Award (1976) & Raja Ravi Sher Singh of Kalsia memorial Award (1980) from ICMR; Hari Om Ashram Alembic Research Award (MCI) for application of hormone assays at field level from Medical Council of India(1980); Boehringer Knoll Gold Medal (1976), George Coehlo Memorial lecturer in Experimental Medicine (!983), Shurvir Singh Trust Visiting Professorship award(1987), Hoechst Senior Lecturer in Diabetes and Gold Medal (1988) from API .
He was a Postdoctoral Fellow, Reproductive Endocrinology Program, University of Michigan, USA (1973-74); Visiting Fellow, Australian National University, Canberra (1979); Senior Common Wealth Fellow in Endocrinology in UK (1986) and WHO Scientist Award (1980). He has been nominated as Post-Centenary Fellow of the Madras Medical College, Fellow of the International Medical Sciences Academy (India), Fellow International College of Angiology, Founder Fellow of Indian College of Physicians, Fellow, New-York Academy of Sciences (USA) and Royal College of Physicians , London(2006). Prof J.D.Ward, Vice President of RCP described Prof. Dash to be “ahead of his times”. He has been visiting Professor to Universities and Centers of Excellence in Endocrinology in 30 countries abroad and 10 Institutions in India. He has delivered 16 famed orations in Professional Societies in the country.
He is a Founder member and former President of the Endocrine Society of India.