Dr. L. H. Hiranandani is the inspiration behind the edifice. He was born in 1917 in Thatta, Sind (now in Pakistan). The family migrated to Mumbai in 1937. He completed his medical education in 1942. He was keen to further his education and went to England for his fellowship (FRCS). On his return to India in 1947, he joined The Topiwala National Medical College and B.Y.L Nair Hospital, Mumbaias Honorary Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeon. In this hospital he rose to be the Head of Department.
Under his professional guidance the department of ENT made a name for itself for its innovative specialized procedures. He initiated several operative techniques which are known as “Dr. Hiranandani’s Operations” globally. He was instrumental in initiating the concept in India that Head and Neck surgeries come under the domain of the ENT surgeons.
The first such department was set up in B.Y.L Nair Hospital in 1972. The department is till date known as “Dr.
Hiranandani’s Department of Otolaryngology and Head & Neck”.
Dr. Hiranandani’s work has earned him many accolades. The American Society of Head & Neck Surgery elected him as their first Indian member. The International Federation of Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Societies awarded him the “Golden Award” the first Indian and fifth in the world to receive it. He has been voted as “Millennium ENT” by SAARC Countries.
Social causes have deeply motivated him. In 1973 he gave up a flourishing private practice to undertake social work in drought areas of Maharashtra for a period of 8 months. He has directed aid for the flood affected people in all over the country . He was awarded “Maulana Azad Award” by Indian National Congress in recognition of exemplary work during 1993 communal riots in Mumbai. In the field of medical ethics he has spear-headed the passing of the Human Organs Transplantation Bill by Lok Sabha in 1994. By this act the buying of kidneys is declared as a crime. His humane nature made him stand up for the rights of people and fight against capital punishment and euthanasia.
For his contribution to the nation, the Government of India awarded him the Padmabhushan (an honour bestowed to only a few) in the year 1972. In 1988, he was conferred the “Dhanvantari Award”, first time awarded in the field of ENT, for his notable contribution to science of medicine.
He has also helped many Sindhi Institutions, one among them is The Hyderabad [Sindh] National Collegiate board. This board manages premier educational institutes like National college, Bandra, KC and HR College in South Mumbai. Government of India has recognized his services not only in the Medical field but also in the social arena Dr. L H Hiranadnani will always be remembered as a visionary who worked selflessly towards the betterment of the society.
Dr. Hiranandani left behind his wife Kanta, and his two sons, Niranjan and Surendra.
Last respects could be offered at Dr. LH Hiranandani Hospital, Powai from 9:30am to 10:30 am on Friday, September 6th 2013.
The Last Rights will be carried out at Chandanwadi (Electric) at 12:30pm on Friday, September 6th 2013.
Prayer Meetings will be held on Saturday, September 7th 2013 at the Atrium at Olympia, Powai from 10:00am to 12:30pm and Jai Hind College Auditorium, Churchgate from 4:00pm to 7:00pm.