Dr. Maharaj Kishan Bhan
Dr. MK Bhan (9 November 1947 – 26 January 2019) was a leading biomedical researcher and educator in India. He was a globally recognized researcher, scholar and leader whose efforts have improved the health of children in India and throughout the world.
Dr. Bhan completed his Bachelor Degree in Medicine and Surgery from Armed Forces Medical College, University of Pune in 1969 and Doctor of Medicine (Pediatrics) from University of Delhi in 1974. He joined the All India Institute of Medical Sciences as a Professor with research interests in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Nutrition, and Maternal and Child Health and served as Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, Government of India.
He made pioneering contribution to basic biomedical and application research and is one of the most cited clinical scientists of the country. Dr. Bhan, in collaboration with scientists from Centre for Diseases Control (USA) developed the ROTAVAC® vaccine, which is given to all Indian children as a part of the national immunization program.
In the Year 2013, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India’s second highest civil honour, for his contributions to governance and civil service. He is a recipient of numerous other awards.
Dr. Bhan was our best friend, a great mentor and nurtured all scientists at SAS. He inspired us to aim for the best: learn from the best and deliver our best. His principles, passion and empathy towards everyone will continue to motivate us and to carry his legacy forward.