New Delhi: Quite matching the  rare reputation of Sir Ganga Ram as the best healthcare model in India, Dr I. C. Verma, expert on Rare Diseases, emerged rare doctor in Delhi to receive Padmashree Award this Republic Day. In a way, Dr Verma has rare expertise on rare diseases in the country as his decorations show and counts as one of the few in the world. For unversed, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital itself is counted rare among best healthcare models globally.

Dr (Prof ) I C Verma , Advisor , Institute of Medical Genetics & Genomics , Sir Ganga Ram Hospital has been selected for prestigious Padma Shri Award this year. Dr Verma is a renowned specialist in Genetic Medicine and is working in Sir Ganga Ram Hospital for many years.

Expressing happiness over being honored with prestigious award, Dr Verma said, ‘I am very pleased to have been selected for this great honour. Genetic diseases have been big burden on our society. We should focus more research especially on Rare Diseases.

Dr I.C. Verma is a renowned specialist in Genetic Medicine. After practising one and half year in Medicine in East Africa, he acquired training in pediatric and genetics from London. He practised at AIIMS from 1967 to 1996. Over a period of time, he established himself as a professor of pediatrics and Head of Genetic Department there. Later, this unit got recognition as WHO Collaborating Centre in Genetics due to his creditable performance. Dr Verma has been awarded various recognitions including FRCP Fellowship, Ranbaxy Science award , ICMR, NAMS and B.C RoyMedical Council Award. In the year 2003, he made a successful entry in Limka Book of Records as pioneer in Genetics in India.

To deliver his knowledge worldwide, Dr Verma imparted training in many national and international healthcare organizations. For the past two decades, Dr Verma is a member of the advisory body of the World Health Organization Committee of Genetic Disorder. He also headed the Indian Society of Human Genetics. Presently Dr I.C. Verma is the head of the Department of Genetic Medicine at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital. His researches added valuable contribution in the field of Pediatric Genetics and Community Health in India. He handles approximately 2000 cases with expertise in Fetal Medicine and reproductive Genetics, Genetic Counseling and prenatal Diagnosis using Molecular, Cytogenetic and biochemical Techniques.