Dr. S Padmavati, India’s first female cardiologist passed away at the age of 103 on Sunday (30th August 2020) due to COVID-19. We have lost an inspiring soul who saved thousands of lives.
Some souls are born to change the world with the immense power of their determination and courage. One such soul was Dr. Padmavati Sivaramakrishna Iyer, also known as ”God Mother of Cardiology”.
Dr. Padmavati was director of the world-renowned heart institute – National Heart Institute, Delhi, and the founder president of the All India Heart Foundation. For her immense contribution to the medical field, Dr. Padmavati was awarded India’s second-highest civilian honor, the Padma Vibhushan in 1992. She was the first woman cardiologist in India in 1954 and established the first cardiac clinic and cardiac catheter lab in India.
Born in 1917 in Myanmar, Dr. Padmavati was born to a barrister.
She was blessed with three brothers and two sisters. After receiving an MBBS degree from Rangoon Medical College in Rangoon, she moved to London in 1949 for further education. In her time in the United Kingdon, she worked at various hospitals. Post which, she worked in Sweden for three months and then went to the US for further studies.
In 1953, Dr. Padmavati came to India and started her career as a lecturer at Lady Hardings Medical College, Delhi, where she set up a cardiologic clinic. In 1954, she was among the first few women cardiologists in India. In 1967, she joined Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi, and was awarded the Padma Bhusan in the same year.
During the 1970s, she was the chief administrator of 3 major hospitals at the same time – Maulana Azad Medical College, Lok Nayak Hospital, and G.B.Pant. She retired as the Director (Principal) of the Maulana Azad Medical college, in 1978. Post-retirement, she set up the National Heart Institute (NHI) under AIHF, in South Delhi, in 1981, where she continued to work.
Dr. Padmavati was infected with COVID-19. She developed pneumonia in both lungs and needed ventilator support. But, she sustained a cardiac arrest and passed away on Sunday.
Many netizens came forward to express their grief on the loss of this inspiring soul:
May her soul rest in peace.