2nd September 2017

On Saturday evening, nearly 500 guests attended an award ceremony at the Hilton Hotel in Anaheim to celebrate the exemplary and dedicated work of healthcare professionals and volunteers who have supported the Sathya Sai Global Health Mission around the world. The evening started with a riveting performance by Ms. Raji Venkat, a young adult opera soprano.

Awards were given to 14 healthcare professionals and two volunteers by Dr. Narendranath Reddy, Chairman, Prasanthi Council, for their outstanding contributions and long-term dedication to Sathya Sai Global Health Mission and the practice of Sathya Sai Ideal Healthcare.

Dr. V. Mohan, a pioneer in the field of diabetes in India, has conducted over 2,000 free diabetes camps, and published over 1,000 peer-reviewed papers.

Dr. Kathir Nadanachandran, a neurosurgeon from Australia, established Fiji's first neurosurgical team and has been part of the annual free medical camps in Fiji.

Dr. Geetha Kamath, a hematologist and oncologist from Florida, has participated in medical camps in Prasanthi Nilayam since 1975, and has conducted free medical camps in Florida since 2004.

Dr. Neelam Desai, Head of Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery at the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, Puttaparthi, has performed over 7,000 Cardiothoracic and Vascular surgeries.

Dr. Chandra Varadachari, a pathologist from the USA, is the coordinator of Medical Service rotations in the Sri Sathya Sai General Hospital and Medical Camps in Prasanthi Nilayam.

Dr. Rangasami Varadachari from the USA served as the first head of the Department of Orthopedics, started in July 2006 at Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, Prasanthigram.

Dr. Hector Castaneda, a neurologist, has been conducting free medical clinics in El Salvador for many decades.

Dr. Surendra Upadhyay, an ophthalmologist from UK, has been coordinating SSIO National and International Medical Camps and health awareness seminars all over the world since 1985.

Dr. Hari Conjeevaram, a gastroenterologist from the USA, has coordinated multiple medical relief missions in disaster stricken areas and medical camps across the globe.

Dr. Joseph Phaneuf, a dermatologist, serves as the Medical Director at the Ashland Free Medical Clinic in Northern California, USA.

Dr. Ganesh Yadlapalli, a nephrologist from the USA, has participated in Sathya Sai medical missions in Zambia, Guyana, Haiti, New Zealand, and other countries.

Dr. Venkatraman Sadanand, a pediatric neurosurgeon from the USA, has been serving in the Sathya Sai Global Health Mission for many years.

Dr. Bangaruraju Kolanuvada, an internist from the USA, has been coordinating medical camps in Prasanthi Nilayam for many years.

Dr. Yatish Merchant, a cardiologist from the USA, has coordinated and served in international medical camps in many countries.

Ms. Urvi Widhani, a Sathya Sai volunteer, has coordinated SSIO medical missions in remote and underprivileged areas of the world since 1998.

Mr. Pravin Wagh, has been serving in the divine mission in various capacities for many decades with youth, media and graphic design.

The lively and highly enjoyable evening concluded with a soul-stirring music program presented by talented young adults.

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