On Monday, Google Doodle paid tribute to Indian ophthalmologist Dr. Govinda Venkataswamy on his 100th birth anniversary.
Dr. Govindappa Venkataswamy was an Indian ophthalmologist who dedicated his life to eliminating needless blindness. He is the founder and former chairman of Aravind Eye Hospitals, the largest provider of eye care in the world.
Born on October 1, 1918, colleagues in Vadamalapuran, Tamil Nadu, he was known as Dr. colleagues and patient.
Venkataswamy was permanently crippled by rheumatoid arthritis at age of 30. But his despite his arthritis, he performs surgery to remove cataracts. He could perform 100 surgeries in a day. He is best known for developing a high quality, high volume, low-cost service delivery model that has restored sight to millions of people.
Since the inception of the Aravind Eye Care System has seen over 55 million patients and performed over 6.8 million surgeries.
Over 50% of the organization’s patients pay either nothing or highly subsidized rates. Revenues from patients who choose to pay to subsidize care for the rest. Aravind regularly runs a surplus primarily through earned revenue from patient services and does not solicit donations for its core activities.
Dr. V in 1973 received a Padma Shri from Government of India for his outstanding service to the nation.
Over his lifetime, Dr. V built a wide network of partnerships with institutions in India and abroad that continue to work with his organization.
Over 35 members of his extended family, including more than 25 eye surgeons across three generations of his family, work at Aravind.
Dr. V was a disciple of spiritual teachers Sri Aurobindo and Mirra Alfas, In his words: “Aravind Hospital aims at bringing higher consciousness to transform mind and body and soul of people. It is not a mechanical structure repairing eyes. It has a deeper purpose. It is not about buildings, equipment, money or material things, but a matter of consciousness.”
His life work is documented in a film and book, both titled Infinite Vision. He died on 7 July 2006.