It is difficult to find people like Dr. M L Saraf in the world today. An orthopaedic surgeon par excellence, he is a philanthropist to the core. In addition, he has the burning ambition of giving back to society. This is evident from the way he imparts knowledge to the students about the finer aspects of paediatric orthopaedics. This subject is very close to his heart. He is a great orator who can speak for hours on this subject. People flock to hear his lectures on this subject. No one ever goes back disappointed after listening to his views on the subject.
As far as accolades and accomplishments are concerned, there are very few equals in his field. Naturally, you feel elated and satisfied when people recognize your efforts and appreciate them. The Government of India has recognized his efforts by bestowing onerous responsibilities on him. He had been chosen to operate on noted luminaries such as Dr. Hamid Karzai, the Premier of Afghanistan. In addition, he has proved his expertise by treating Indian political heads such as former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Shankarrao Chavan. He has also provided valuable inputs to the team that operated on the former Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Under such circumstances, it should not come as a surprise that the Government chose him to lead the medical team attending to the health of the US President Bill Clinton on his visit to India. That is a great honor in its own right. These are tremendous achievements. In addition, he has served as honorary Medical Officer in various organizations such as the Indian Navy, the Cricket Club of India, The Mumbai Racecourse, etc. He has also performed his role to perfection as external examiner to various medical Universities. He had also served the Indian Medical Council in various capacities.
How do you normally expect such a person to feel? Of course, he feels honored but he has gone on record saying that serving the poor underprivileged children of India gives him more joy and satisfaction than anything else in this world. He understands the pain and trauma these children go through as they contact polio at a very young age. This made him take the vow that he will eradicate polio from India completely. He has been an active campaigner of polio vaccination. If Mumbai has a diminishing number of polio cases today, a lot of credit has to go to M L Saraf. He has played a great part in bringing awareness among the people about the benefits of vaccination.
He has been a great advocate of the use of the Jaipur Foot. He feels that this contraption can give hope to innumerable amputation victims. He has played a great role in refining the design of the Jaipur Foot so that it provides the greatest comfort to the wearer.
His contribution to the field of orthopaedics is unparalleled in Indian history. Under such circumstances, you can call him as the true son of the soil.