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Being one of the earliest qualified Family Medicine experts in the country, Dr. Kutikuppala served as the Academic Director of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) College of General Practitioners (CGP), and greatly contributed to establishing Family Medicine as a specialty, at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels in IMA-CGP. In addition to a large number of Indian research scholars, Dr. Kutikuppala has also guided two Post Graduate students from the University of Calgary, Canada in 2000-01 and one student from the Federal University of Santa Catharine, Florianopolis, Brazil in 2005-06.

Dr. Surya Rao is known for his noble medical service to the poor and needy people in the villages, slums, semi urban and tribal belts of Coastal Andhra Pradesh. His services to malnourished children, sick and suffering particularly to HIV /AIDS patients with commitment, courage and dedication is an extraordinary work. He runs free clinics in the industrial labour areas of Kancharapalem, Resavanipalem and in the slums of Indira nagar, Mahati Colony etc., He has conducted 384 free medical camps. He has been relentlessly working for the welfare of sick and diseased persons. In every epidemic Dr. Rao responds spontaneously and works round the clock to alleviate suffering of people. He rendered medical services to around 4 to 5 lakhs people through his free clinics and free medical camps besides several community projects of HIV/AIDS, Malaria and TB. He compiled the Telugu Publication of World Health Organization (WHO) AIDS series -5 from 1992 to 1993, the first of its kind in the world for which WHO awarded a grant of 1000 U.S $ to Dr. Rao.

In an era when specialized medical care in India has become highly commercialized, Dr. Rao strives to ensure that his hospital remains true to its philosophy, "Service to one all". Its services are free or subsidized for about 60 percent of its patients; and no fees at all for the poor patients. And through a volunteer program the clinic provides hope-giving emotional support and counseling to thousands of critically ill patients and their families and to HIV infected children. There are hundreds who might say, as AIDS patient Nukaraju, a rickshaw puller, has said, "I owe my life to Dr. Kutikuppala."

Dr. Surya Rao is recognized for his honestly, sincerity and integrity. When Govt. of Andhra Pradesh nominated him as member of the Governing council of Andhra Pradesh Vidya Vidhana Parishad, (APVVP), during his tenure of two years he imposed stringent discipline among the functionaries of 242 Hospitals working under APVVP. He is responsible to bring down drastically the corruption in the Hospitals .It may not be out of place to mention that against many odds, harsh political pressures he suspended many doctors who were found guilty on duty, by doing so he greatly contributed for the improvement of medical and health service delivery to common man. His mission to help the poor and needy people at Government Hospitals is quoted as an example by many hospitals administrators.



AIDS and Ethics - a global challenge 

As so far not much work was done in the Medical faculty on the issues of ethics in the treatment of AIDS Dr .Surya Rao has conducted an analytical study on the ethical challenges involved in the control and treatment of HIV/AIDS which was well acclaimed by world authorities. Prof. Lloyd Steffen, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, USA commented that “This dissertation offers a unique ethical perspective on the HIV /AIDS crisis in India. The writer’s research, however, is wide ranging and draws on examples of ethics issues from culture other than India, so the dissertation has an international and cross-cultural perspective. Prof. Chandra Chakraborti, Department of Humantics and social services, IIT Kharagpur stated that the quality and the originality of the work of  Dr. Rao are certainly impressive .The contribution of the thesis to the existing knowledge-base is significant and valuable”.  And   Prof. S.C.Panigrahi, Professor of Philosophy, Utkal University, Bhubaneswar stated thatDr. Surya Rao’s dissertation is commendable and as so far my knowledge goes no such work has been done in India”

Dr. Kutikuppala published 63 his original research papers in the World renowned medical journals like British Medical Journal (BMJ), Applied Medicine, Antiseptic, Indian Practitioner, Journal of Indian Medical Association (JIMA) etc., and 390 more review as well as education articles in popular print media of National and International repute. His current studies are towards discovery of indigenous Microbicide Gel to empower women with protection from HIV and newer approaches in AIDS treatment besides formulating accessible Anti Retroviral Therapy in resource poor settings.

          The W.H.O ( World Health Organization ) HQ Geneva Professor Didier Pittet Director, Infection Control Programme, University of Geneva Hospitals and Faculty of Medicine External Programme Lead, WHO First Global Patient Safety Challenge: Clean Care is Safer Care and Dr.Edward Kelley, Head Strategic Programmes and Coordinator WHO  patient Safety jointly presented a letter of Commendation to Dr. Kutikuppala Surya Rao in November 2011 for his outstanding contribution in reducing the Health care-associated infections (HCAI) in India in this region. It is a rare honour to receive a commendation letter from none other than the Head of W.H.O patient Safety Geneva, Switzerland. It is an extraordinary honor to an Indian physician to be invited as Keynote Speaker by Beijing International forum, the BIT’s World AIDS Day international     conference. Dr. Surya Rao is one of the keynote speakers out of four selected globally.
At the invitation of Microbicides -2012, Dr Surya Rao participated in an international conference on Microbicides in April 2012 at Sydney, Australia in which field Dr Rao has been working for more than a decade to bring out an indigenous Microbicide gel to empower women on their sexual options.

The celebrated Royal College of Physicians, London selected     Dr Surya Rao kutikuppala for the award of FRCP. Fellowship of the RCP is given in recognition of particular professional merit .Equally the granting of fellowship is very highly regarded, particularly in the less well developed parts of the world where the Fellows  can help to maintain and improve standards in medical care and in medical care systems

Dr. Kutikuppala Surya Rao
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