Dr S. Sahariah
Dr. Sarbeswar Sahariah was born on 1st of April, 1945 at Mangaldai, in the Darrang district of Assam. After completing his Primary School education in a remote village in Assam he joined Mangaldai Higher Secondary School in 1954 and passed Higher Secondary examination in 2nd division in 1961. Incidentally Dr. Sahariah secured the highest mark in Biology in the whole state during that year which helped him in joining the Medical College in Guwahati in 1962. Dr. Sahariah completed the medical course in 1967 and stood 4th in order of merit in the university. Due to the poor financial condition of the family Govt of Assam was kind enough to help him in completing the medical education by offering a scholarship for "economically backward class".
After completing his medical graduation Dr. Sahariah wanted to pursue higher studies in medicine and had to go to Delhi as proper post graduate training facility was not available in the state of Assam during those days. After completion of one year of House job training at Safdarjang Hospital, New Delhi, he was selected at the prestigious Postgraduate Medical Institute at Chandigarh for post graduate training in the field of General Surgery which he completed in the year 1975. He secured the bronze medal in the final examination for the degree of Master of Surgery (M.S). Though there were many opportunities to go abroad for a lucrative job he decided to stay back in the country and pursue his career both in clinical and experimental surgery. He developed interest in experimental transplantation and started working in the field of experimental kidney and pancreas transplantation in 1972. He was also associated with the first successful renal transplantation at PGI, Chandigarh in 1973. Since then Dr. Sahariah has completely devoted his medical career for the development of renal transplantation programme in the country and popularize Cadaver organ donation. While Dr. Sahariah was working as a faculty member at the Post Graduate Medical Institute Chandigarh, he was offered the post of Head of Organ Transplantation Centre at the Osmania University, Hyderabad which he joined in 1981.
Immediately after joining Dr. Sahariah performed the first successful renal transplant operation in the state of Andhra Pradesh in May, 1981 and since then has performed more than 3000 such operations which is probably the highest number performed by a single surgeon in the country. Dr. Sahariah subsequently resigned from the government job and started practicing at various hospitals in the city. He has the distinction of initiating the Renal Transplant Programme in almost every center in the state of Andhra Pradesh which includes the prestigious Nizam Institute of Medical Sciences and Gandhi hospital & medical college. He has single handedly developed the specialty of Organ Transplantation in the state of Andhra Pradesh during last 30 years.