Awards & Orations
Vitreo-Retinal Oration Award
In the year 1996, 21st Annual VOS Convention was held. It was in association with Vitreo-Retinal Society of India. It was largely attended  by delegates from Vidarbha and outside Vidarbha and as well. Audited account gave a pleasant surprise that the Organising Committee had enough surplus amounts. Since the corpus was from Vitreo-Retinal Convention, President Dr. Sulabha Deshpande, Secretary Dr. Anant Gade and Chairman Organizing Committee Dr.Prashant  Agnihotri, took the reins in their hand and started Vireo-Retinal Oration, to be held with installation of new President and other Office bearers of Vidarbha Ophthalmic Society.
Dr. Sudha Sutaria
Dr. Sudha Sutaria, “A Lady in White” ! She has her own style and grace.
Born and  brought-up  in a very affluent family at Mumbai, came to a small city like Nagpur in 1952. In the era of handful of private practitioners in Nagpur, She overshadowed not only Ophthalmologist but entire Medical faternity and was elected as the President of I.MA. Nagpur.
All Vitreo-Retinal Surgeons practicing in Nagpur owe to her as she is responsible for developing interest in posterior segment amongst P.G. Students. Way back in 1975 when even having a good Direct Ophthalmoscope was not possible, Madam would bring her own Indirect Ophthalmosope and teach visualization of retina and art of Retinal drawing.
She is responsible for bringing two Legends of retina, Dr.P.N.Nagpal and Dr.S.S. Badrinath in 1980 and members of V.O.S. had enjoyed live demonstration of cryo-coagulation of Retinal hole done by Dr. P.N. Nagpal.
In the year 1995, for the 1st time, Mid year meet Of VRSI was held in Nagpur under aegis of V.O.S. and to pay tributes to Madam ,Dr.Sudha Sutaria  Vitreo Retinal Oration  was initiated. She is a founder member of V.O.S.
In the year 2000, According to recommendations of the committee, following changes in the Vireo-Retinal Oration took place:-
1. It would be named as “Dr. Sudha Sutaria Oration”.
2. Instead of an yearly event it would be awarded once in 3 year’s time.
Dr. Sudha Sutaria is Instrumental in stimulating younger ophthalmologists to opt for posterior segment fellowship and to develop posterior segment surgery in Nagpur. Hence it was decided to name the oration after her. This Oration is awarded to following awardees:-
Awardees:-
Sr.No
Year
Awardees
Topic
1
1997
Dr. Babu Rajendran
Lasers in Ophthalmology
2
1998
Dr. Namperumalsamy
Eale's Disease
3
1999
Dr. P. N. Nagpal
Posterior Segment Complications of Anterior Segment Surgery
4
2000
Dr. S. Natarajan
Age Related Macular Degeneration
5
2001
Dr. S. S. Badrinath
Research in Diabetic Retinopathy
6
2004
Dr. Lingam Gopal
Current Management of Retinoblastoma
7
2007
Dr. T. P. Dasl
Diabetic Retinopathy
8
2010
Dr. C. Shroff
Vitreous in health and Diseases
9
2013
Dr. Tarun Sharma
Diabetic Macular Oedema
 
Dr. A.V. Madangopal
Dr. A. V. Madangopal Oration Award
It is very difficult to describe the personality of Dr. A. V. Madangopal. People who have seen him and worked with him are really fortunate. He had a tremendous working capacity, deep knowledge of Ophthalmology and was very keen to learn new things and picked them up in his practice of Ophthalmology. Due to his extraordinary qualities even though he was never a teacher in Medical College, practiced in a small town like Amravati, he was recognized at all India level and became the 1st President from Vidarbha, of All India Ophthalmological Society. He received “Srinivasan Gold medal” from AIOS. Thus he was responsible for bringing Vidarbha on National Map. He was a multi-faceted personality, a good classical singer, active worker of Lions Club. He did enormous volume of surgery especially for cataract and extensive work for patients from leprosy whose corneas were damaged. This stimulated him to set up an Eye Bank at Amravati. Vidarbha Ophthalmic Society pays tribute to Dr. A. V. Madangopal by awarding an Oration in his name to Ophthalmic Surgeons who have excelled in their work in Cornea and Adnexa. This Oration is awarded to following awardees:-
Awardees:-
Sr.No
Year
Awardees
Topic
1
2000
Dr. H.S. Dua
Stem cells of Ocular surface-Science & Surgery
2
2002
Dr. G.N. Rao
Corneal Blindness & Corneal Transplantation
3
2005
Dr. A.K. Grover
Ptosis
4
2008
Dr. V. Sangwan
Limbal Stem Cell Science & Application
5
2011
Dr. S. K. Rao
Lamellar Corneal Surgeries
6
2014
Dr. Q. Maskati           
PintucchiKeratoprosthesis result of 15 years - Study of 85 patients
 
Dr. S. U. Joshi

Dr. S. U. Joshi Oration Award
Born on 1st March, 1922 in a village from Rajasthan, he had a higher training in Diploma in Ophthalmology at Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians in London in 1954. He started his private in Nagpur in 1955. He served the Indian Army as 2nd Lieutenant and Captain from 1945 to 1949 and was presented with U. S. Carbine by the battalion for his meritorious services on Kashmir in 1947. He was Honorary Ophthalmic Surgeon in Mayo Hospital, Nagpur from 1969 to 1980 and an examiner in Ophthalmology for M.B.B.S. of Nagpur University. He organized and assisted a number of free eye camps since 1959 in various parts of Vidarbha region and in tribal and backward areas of Rajasthan. Dr. S. U. Joshi was a unique combination of charity, military discipline and academics. Since he has done a tremendous work in Community Ophthalmology, Dr. Anil Bhonde, Chairman Organizing Committee of 19th and 23rd Annual VOS Convention, started Oration in the memory of Dr. S.U. Joshi. This Oration is awarded to following awardees:-

Awardees:-
Sr.No
Year
Awardees
Topic
1
1999
Dr. Titiyal
Therapeutic Contact Lens
2
2001
Dr. Ravindran
Ocular Trauma
3
2003
Dr. N.N.Sood
Paediatric Glaucoma
4
2006
Dr. Ramanjeet Sihota Primary Angle Closure Glaucoma
5
2009
Dr. Minoo Mathen Cataract in Difficult situations
6
2012
Dr. G. Chandrashekhar Pearls & Perspectives in Glaucoma Management
7
2015
Dr. Arup Chakrabarty Cataract Surgery in Eyes with Posterior Segment Diseases
 
Dr. Ishwarchandra
Silver Jubilee VOS Dr. Ishwarchandra Award
Dr. Ishwarchandra known as the best teacher all over the country. He is a dedicated & extremely disciplined person. Being a Professor of Ophthalmology in Govt. Medical College, Nagpur for 27 years, he has been responsible for shaping career of many Ophthalmologists in India and abroad either by teaching them or as an examiner for M.B.B.S., D.O., and M.S. Examination. He is truly a father figure for all the members of Vidarbha Ophthalmic Society. All the members salute him and bow in front of him. Organising Committee of Silver Jubilee Annual VOS Convention under the president ship of Dr.Anand Pangarkar decided to start a special award known as “Silver Jubilee VOS Dr. Ishwarchandra Award.” Award is given every year during annual VOS convention as a token of respect to this towering personality. Following are the awardees.
Awardees:-
Sr.No
Year
Awardees
Topic
1
2002
Dr. Patnaik
Past, Present & Future of Retinal Detachment
2
2003
Dr. P.Vijayalaxmi
Childhood Blindness & Low Vision
3
2004
Dr. M.Srinivasan
Corneal Blindness Indian Perspective
4
2005
Dr. Mahipal Sachdeo Recent Advances in Phacoemulsification
5
2006
Dr. Pradeep Sharma Nystagmus Simplified
6
2007
Dr. Shridhar Rao Medical Treatment of Glaucoma
7
2008
Dr. H.S. Dua Journey ThroughMillenniumnFrom Couching Era To Multifocals
8
2009
Dr. H.K.Tewari CSR
9
2010
Dr. D. Bhattacharya Disha Experience
10
2011
Dr. RamaMurty Refractive cataract surgery
11
2012
Dr. T.P. Lahane Advances In PhacoTechnology ForVarious Grades Of Nuclear Sclerosis
12
2013
Dr. Santosh Honavar Retinoblastoma- “They Live They See”
13
2014
Dr. B. Shanta Surgical management of complications of filtering surgeries
14
2015
Dr. Aashish Bansal Keratoconus management : step by step
 
Dr. R. N. Gandhewar
Dr. R. N. Gandhewar Award
Dr. R.N. Gandhewar did his MBBS,DO & Ms from GMC with Laurels. Did his fellowship FACS in 1984. He has taught under &postgraduate.  Has worked as a Lecturer, Reader & Professor at various Government Medical Colleges in the state for more than a decade. He was a post-graduate examiner in these years. In spite of his busy schedule he persued his training in advanced technique in the field of Retina, Neuro-Ophthalmology, IOL implantation, & the subspecialty close to his heart i.e. Paediatric Ophthalmology. He has experience of working overseas at Oman for 19th long years. Coming from a very small village Sawana in Yavatmal district, he had an urge to serve the poor & community at large & he did so by successfully conducting numerous, diagnostic & surgical eye-camps &delivering talks on eye & health related issues on AIR. His lifelong work was present in numerous papers in Indian & International Journals. His professional excellence is carried forward by his son and daughter who with their spouses are pursuing ophthalmology overseas. VOS acknowledges his invaluable contribution, by instituting “Dr. R. N. Gandhewar Award” to be given annually to ophthalmic surgeons who have excelled in   their field of expertise. Following are the awardees.
Awardees:-
1
2010
Dr. Abhay Vasavda Paediatric Cataract
2
2011
Dr. Ronnie George Paediatric Glaucoma
3
2012
Dr. S. Haldipurkar Fine Timing Cataract Surgery Result
4
2013
Dr. Pramod Bhende Paediatric Retinal Detachment
5
2014
Dr. Karobi  Laheri ROP screening guidelines and recent management
6
2015
Dr. Milind Naik Management of congenital ptosis
 
Dr. Neelima Pawade

Late Dr. Neelima Pawade Lifetime Achievement Award          
Dr. Neelima Pawade, a coveted member of our organization met an untimely death on 5th November 2006. Dr. NeelimaPawde did her MBBS & MS in Ophthalmology from GMC Nagpur. She then quenched her thirst for learning by doing her FRCS (Edinburgh) from UK in the first attempt. On coming back to India she joined Lata Mangeshkar Hospital and NKPSIMS Medical College. She was instrumental in starting the eye department there. In short time due to her talent and dedication, she developed the eye department to such heights that it was considered as a referral center for complex eye problems by colleagues. She was a gifted surgeon, an excellent academician and teacher par excellence.
She is blessed with two sons are now pursuing their careers in animation and computer engineering. With generous donation from her husband Dr. MilindPawade, a radiologist of repute, VOS has started “Late Dr. NeelimaPawade Lifetime Achievement Award” in 2008. This award is given to an eminent person in the field of ophthalmology. Following are the awardees:

Awardees:-
Sr.No
Year
Awardees
Topic
1
2008
Dr. Babu Rajendran
Back to Surface Ablation
2
2009
Dr. Jeevan Titiyal
Lamellar Corneal Surgeries
3
2010
Dr. Keiki Mehta
Frontiers in Refractive Surgeries
4
2011
Dr. Vimala Menon Approach to a Patient with Swollen Discs
5
2012
Dr. Anil Kulkarni Group Practice
6
2013
Dr. H.S. Dua Lamellar Corneal Surgery reveals a new lamella “Dua Layer”
7
2014
Dr. Rajeev  Choudhari Presbyopia correcting IOLS
8
2015
Dr.  Rajesh Sinha Component corneal surgery