Dr. G. Venkataswamy Endowment Oration and Award Ceremony 2019
Aravind honoured Dr. William B Stewart, a renowned Oculoplastic Surgeon, former Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at California Pacific Medical Center, with the Dr. G. Venkataswamy Endowment Award. Dr. Stewart has a long-standing association with Dr. V and all its founding members. His visit to Aravind in the early 1980s was a turning point in his life. At the peak of his career as an ophthalmologist, he decided to leave surgery and started exploring the establishment of an integrative medical programme. He ended up co-founding the Institute for Health and Healing (IHH) at California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco which combined the benefits of modern medicine with an integrative approach. Dr. Stewart has been a mentor to many, be in ophthalmology or spirituality. Aravind is indebted to him for his great support and guidance towards the establishment of the Department of Orbit and Oculoplasty. He continues to guide the department and has always been of support in it various departmental initiatives.
At the function held at LAICO auditorium, Mr. G. Srinivasan, President – GOVEL Trust presented the trophy. Dr. P. Namperumalsamy, Chairman Emeritus, Aravind Eye Care System presented the citation. Dr. Stewart delivered the Dr. G. Venkataswamy Endowment Oration titled, “More than meets the eye: The legacy of Dr. V”.