India’s First Female Cardiologist Passed Away

  • Dr S Padmavati, the first female cardiologist of the India, popularly known as 'God Mother of Cardiology' passed away on August 29 due to COVID-19 infection.
  • She was born in Burma (now Myanmar) in 1917, a year before the world was hit by the Spanish Flu pandemic. She had migrated to India in 1942 during the World War II.
  • In 1962, Dr Padmavati founded the All India Heart Foundation and went on to set up National Heart Institute in 1981 as a tertiary care modern heart hospital in Delhi.
  • For her achievements and contributions to development of cardiology in India, she was awarded Padma Bhushan in 1967 and Padma Vibhushan in 1992 by the Government of India.