Dr. Pradeep Chowbey
Executive Vice Chairperson-Max healthcare
He has pushed the envelope in laparoscopic surgery in India. Currently, Executive Vice Chairperson of Max Healthcare, he established the Minimal Access and Bariatric Surgery Center at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in New Delhi in 1996. It was the first-of-its-kind minimal access and bariatric surgery centre in Asia. Dr Chowbey has had the honour of operating on Shri K.R. Narayanan former President of India and His Holiness Dalai Lama for laparoscopic gall bladder surgery. With over 72000 surgeries to his credit he is featured in the Guinness Book of Records 1997 and Limca Book of Records 2000–2017 (consecutive years) as the first endoscopic surgeon performing most number of minimal access surgeries. He has authored more than 200 clinical publications and several book chapters. He has also been at the helm of many national and international surgical societies as their president. In 2002, the Government of India awarded him the Padma Shri.