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Sivaramakrishna Iyer Padmavati, MD

Born: 1927

S. Padmavati, known widely and affectionately as “Paddy,” was, from her position in the National Heart Institute in New Delhi, the leading cardiologist of the Asian subcontinent to embrace and support cardiovascular disease (CVD) epidemiology and prevention research and training. Born and educated in Burma (now Myanmar), Padmavati received her MD in 1945 from Rangoon University. She trained in cardiology in the UK and in the U.S. under Helen Taussig and Paul White.

Soon after she returned to India in 1954, she established herself as a prominent academic cardiologist and continued active in clinical investigations throughout her career. She was a founding member of the All India Heart Foundation and chief consultant in cardiology for the National Heart Institute (NIH). As an early leader in the International Society of Cardiology (ISC) she was centrally involved in its orientation to epidemiological and prevention researches and to the formation of the ISC Council on Epidemiology at the World Congress in Delhi in 1966.

She focused much of her research on preventive cardiovascular medicine and became a major proponent of government regulation of lifestyle-related CVD risks, such as fast food and cigarettes. (EH)


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