Dr. M.L. Saraf, born on 27 August 1947, is a renowned orthopedic surgeon. To call such a distinguished personality as just an orthopedic surgeon would be inappropriate. To borrow a sporting term, he is an all-rounder in the true sense of the term. We shall look at his qualifications and achievements during the course of this article.
A well-qualified doctor:
Armed with a basic MBBS degree, M.L.Saraf went on to specialize in orthopedics. He is a pioneer in the field of pediatric surgery in orthopedics, having done his masters in this subject at Liverpool. He has an enviable record of topping every examination in his life right from his school days. He is the first Indian to receive the Norman Roberts prize for his achievements at Liverpool. No wonder, his contemporaries call him “Computer in Orthopedics.”
Born in the city of joy, Kolkata (Calcutta as it was known during his time), he shifted to Mumbai (Bombay) at a very young age. The King Edward Memorial Hospital has been his alma mater. He has a tremendous association with the hospital. Having completed his formal education at this hospital, he served as a residential intern at this place. He went on to become an orthopedic lecturer as well as a guest lecturer at this hospital and its affiliated medical college for many years to come.
With pediatrics being his special love and interest, M.L.Saraf moved on to the UK to acquire the coveted M. Ch in Orthopedics from Liverpool University. Subsequently, he had an option of settling down in London. However, his love for the motherland and the burning desire to help the underprivileged society in India made him come back to India. Joining his alma mater, KEM Hospital, he offered his services to the poor and needy people.
At present, he is the Head of the Department of Orthopedics at the Bombay Hospital Institute of Medical Sciences, Mumbai.
As enumerated earlier, Dr. M.L. Saraf has never stood second in his life. No one has ever been able to dislodge him from the top position at any competitive examination. In addition to the academic awards, he has won a horde of professional honors as well. This includes holding prestigious positions such as the Honorary Medical Advisor at the Cricket Control Board of India, Amateur Riders Club of India, and the Armed Forces of India as well. These are only a minuscule portion of his achievements.
His moment of fame arrived when the Government of India entrusted the task of being the Head of the Medical Team attending to the then US President Bill Clinton during his visit to India. The External Affairs Ministry, Government of India, chose him to head the team that treated the President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai. He was on the team of doctors attending to the knee replacement surgery of the former Indian Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
You would require reams of paper to highlight the achievements of Dr. M.L.Saraf. No wonder, he is a true all-rounder.