CHANDIGARH,28.01.20-Dr. R. K. Dhiman, Professor & Head, Department of Hepatology has been appointed for the prestigious post of Director, Sanjay Gandhi PGI, Lucknow. He is also an alumnus of this Institute.

Dr Dhiman completed his graduation and post-graduation in Medicine from King George's Medical College, Lucknow in the year 1983 and 1987 respectively. He obtained Doctorate in Medicine (DM) in Gastroenterology from Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, in 1991. He is working in the Department of Hepatology of PGIMER, Chandigarh since 12 October 1993 in various capacities such as Assistant Professor, Associate Professor (1998), Additional Professor (2003), Professor (2008) and finally Professor & Head since 1 October 2017. Dr Dhiman is an internationally recognized Hepatologist.

He is instrumental in starting the Hepatitis C Control Program [Mukh-Mantri Punjab Hepatitis C Relief Fund (MMPHCRF)], and Injection Safety Project successfully in the state of Punjab. Dr Dhiman is currently working towards the Elimination of Viral Hepatitis from India. The Government of India launched the National Viral Hepatitis Control Program (NVHCP) on 28 July 2018 with provision of free diagnosis and treatment for viral hepatitis through the National Health Mission; he is the Chairperson of Technical resource group of NVHCP.

Dr Dhiman has been front runner in promoting the organ donation. With all his efforts, the “Pledging for Organ donation” on driving license in Chandigarh UT became a realty in 2013; Chandigarh UT is the 2nd state/UT in India to have this honour.

He is instrumental started a new super-speciality course (DM) in Hepatology at PGI Chandigarh for the first time in the country and a successful Liver Transplantation program at PGIMER Chandigarh.

He is the recipient of several National and International Awards. National awards include highest honour in the Medical field - Dr BC Roy National Award - received from Honorable President of India Smt Pratibha Devisingh Patil on July 2, 2008 and Indian Council Medical Research Awards (ICMR). ICMR is the highest medical body facilitating research in various medical fields in India and he has been awarded 4 times - “Basanti Devi Amir Chand” by ICMR for the year 2009, “Amrut Modi Unichem” in 2007, “Shakuntala Amir Chand Award” in 1998 and “Dr DV Datta Memorial Oration Award” in 1996 for excellence in research in Liver Diseases.

International awards include Harold O Conn award by American Association Liver (AASLD) for high quality research in liver diseases and 3-times "Young Investigators' Award” by (i) 11th Asian‑Pacific Association of Gastroenterology and 8th Asian‑Pacific Society of Digestive Endoscopy at Hong Kong, in 2000, (ii) "Young Investigators' Award” by Japanese Society of Gastroenterology at Yokohama 1996 and (iii) "Young Clinician Award" by World Congress of Gastroenterolo­gy, at Los Angeles, 1994.