National, October 21, 2022: Dr Hrishikesh Pai, one of the leading gynaecologists and amongst the pioneers in the field of infertility treatment in India was today announced as the 61st President of FOGSI, the Federation of Obstetric and Gynecological Societies of India. FOGSI is the professional organization representing practitioners of obstetrics and gynecology in India with 262 member societies and over 37,000 individual members spread across the country.
Dr. Hrishikesh Pai, Founder and Medical Director of the Bloom IVF Group, is one of the earliest gynecologists in India to foray into the world of ART in 1991 and has introduced many innovations in the field. He is also a leading teacher and academician and has many articles and research papers published in national and international books and journals.
Dr. Hrishikesh Pai, President - FOGSI, 2022–2023 said, “I am deeply honored to have been selected to serve as the President of FOGSI. It will be a privilege to work towards the betterment of women’s health and to advocate the cause of their reproductive health and rights. Today, digital healthcare is throwing open new dimensions in the delivery of care and I look forward to working with my fellow specialists to ensure that we are always up-to-date with the latest advances in obstetrics and gynecology for the benefit of our patients. Together, we will also ensure that we contribute to critical policies impacting women’s health through collaboration and consultations with the Government.”
Dr. Pai also launched “Badlaav” – CSR Campaign focused on advocacy for all aspects of women's health. The concept is defined by the Integration of information, Equality in treatment and Technology to be accessible for all. It will consist of “Nari Swasthya Janandolan Yatra – Anemia National Ride” in 5 states and “Badlaav Clinics” for free health examination of women on the 18th of every month. This initiative will emphasize on respectful maternal care, enhancing vaginal birth, breastfeeding, fertility preservation, genetic screening, infertility treatment, vaccination, anemia and nutrition, cancer screening, NCDs (diabetes, hypertension, cardiac disease, Vitamin D, thyroid), PCOS, endometriosis, routine health checkups, contraception, MTP, sexual dysfunction, heavy periods, mental health, gender equality, midlife/menopause, obesity and anti-aging.
Dr. Hrishikesh Pai has been honored with over 55 awards including the IMA Special Award to Eminent Medical Men for Distinguished Achievement of the Highest Order 2020-21 by National Indian Medical Association. Dr Pai is also the recipient of the prestigious Fellowship Endeum FRCOG from the Royal College of Obstetrics & Gynecology, London, UK.
"I am pleased to welcome Dr Hrishikesh Pai as President, FOGSI for 2022-2023. He takes charge at a pivotal time as we have emerged from the pandemic into a new normal. I was fortunate to work with Dr Pai during the last year when he was President-Elect and I am confident that he will be committed to advancing FOGSI’s goals in improving women’s health,” said Dr S. Shantha Kumari, the outgoing President, FOGSI (2021-2022).
The Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI) is the professional organization representing practitioners of obstetrics and gynecology in India. FOGSI came into formal existence in Madras on January 6, 1950, at the sixth All India Congress of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Today, with 262 member societies and over 37,000 members spread over the length and breadth of the country, FOGSI is probably one of the largest membership-based organizations of specialized professionals.
FOGSI exists to encourage and disseminate knowledge, education and research in the field of obstetrics and gynecology, to pilot and promote preventive and therapeutic services related to the practice of obstetrics and gynecology for the betterment of the health of women and children in particular and the wellbeing of the community in general, to advocate the cause of reproductive health and rights and to support and protect the interest of practitioners of obstetrics and gynecology in India. FOGSI also collaborates with and partners with the Government of India and is an invited reprehensive on all relevant policy-making bodies of the government on issues related to women’s health.
The Indian College of Obstetrics and Gynecology is the academic wing of FOGSI. It was established by FOGSI on December 21, 1984, to further promote the education, training, research and knowledge in obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive health. FOGSI has close links and affiliations with international and regional organizations like FIGO, AOFOG and SAFOG, with many of its members having occupied prestigious positions in these organizations from time to time.
About Dr. Hrishikesh Pai
Dr Hrishikesh D Pai is one of India’s leading gynecologists and pioneer in ART. In 1990, Dr Pai trained in IVF by doing Clinical Fellowship in Reproductive Biology and Embryology at the Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne Australia. He did his Masters in Science at the Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk USA. He is the Medical Director of Bloom IVF Group with 7 IVF centres all over India including Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, New Delhi, Mohali Chandigarh and Gurugram.
Dr Hrishikesh Pai is a pioneer of several treatments and techniques in India, such as laser-assisted hatching, ovarian tissue freezing, oocyte freezing, spindle view, embryoscope, and many more. All these path-breaking innovations have revolutionized the IVF scene in the country. For his outstanding work in fertility treatment, Dr Pai has been honored with over 55 national and international awards
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