Authors:Dr. A.K. Kriplani

Dr A K Kriplani, Director and HOD, Minimal Access, Bariatric & GI Surgery at Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurgaon (M.S., FALS, FICLS, FIAGES, FAIS) was awarded the prestigious Dr B C Roy National Award, the highest award in the country in the field of medicine for Best talents in encouraging the development of specialty of minimal access and bariatric surgery by his excellence the President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee. The award is given by Medical Council of India to recognize the merit of an eminent doctor for his contribution in the field of medicine. The glittering award ceremony was held in the Ashoka hall of Rashtrapati Bhawan on 1st July 2016, the Doctors day.

Dr Kriplani has been involved in the speciality for more than 35 years. After his master’s degree in surgery in 1981 from Pt J N M Medical College Raipur, he worked as senior resident in surgery at AIIMS New Delhi and was appointed Asstt. Professor of Surgery at the AIIMS, New Delhi in April 1987. Dr Kriplani is amongst the first few surgeons in the country who not only embraced but also propagated and taught the skills of minimal access surgery to other surgeons. He performed first laparoscopic surgery in India in the Government sector at the AIIMS, New Delhi in October 1991. To disseminate the knowledge and teach other surgeons, he organised “Workshop on laparoscopic surgery” at AIIMS, New Delhi as early as Nov 1992 and again in July 1993 when laparoscopic surgery was totally new in India. He pursued the minimal access surgery programme relentlessly at AIIMS and trained juniors and colleagues and stimulated and supported other government hospitals in starting laparoscopic surgery programs, training hundreds of surgeons. Always remaining a leader and innovator in this cutting edge technology, he is the first in India to perform laparoscopic adrenalectomy in 1993 and laparoscopic splenectomy the same year. He has been a Post graduate Examiner for Surgery to Many Universities and guide for postgraduate thesis and principal investigator for numerous research projects. Because of his distinguished work at AIIMS, he rapidly rose to the position of Associate professor (July 1991) and then Additional Professor (July 1992) and head of Surgery Unit I where he worked till May 1996. He was invited to join Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, New Delhi as Senior Consultant in May 1996 where he worked till sept 2014. At Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi, he performed first laparoscopic gastric bypass for weight loss in 2004 and started center for laparoscopic weight loss surgery. He is the first to perform laparoscopic Whipple Pancreatico duodenectomy in North India in 2012. He took over his present position as Director & HOD of Minimal Access, Bariatric & G I Surgery at Fortis Hospital, Gurgaon. Dr Kriplani has shaped up the department with core strengths being advanced minimally invasive surgery e.g. laparoscopic colorectal and Hepato–bilio pancreatic surgeries, single incision laparoscopic surgery for gall Stones and laparoscopic bariatric surgeries. He has improvised an original technique to perform scar less single incision laparoscopic surgeries and his department perhaps performs the largest number of scar less gall bladder surgeries in India.

surgeons in India for the years 2008-2010 and is currently amongst the trustees. He is also in the Board of Governors of Endoscopic and Laparoscopic Surgeons of Asia, representing India. He started fellowship Courses of the IAGES in 2007 which are still amongst the most popular and prestigious fellowship courses in laparoscopic surgery in India. He has organised 10 national conferences, CMEs, Workshops and has trained hundreds of surgeons in laparoscopic surgery from India and countries like Nepal, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Israel etc. He has trained hundreds of surgeons from India and other countries. His teaching videos on laparoscopic surgical procedures are extremely popular and in a short span of three years, more than 2,25,000 surgeons from all over the world have visited his channel and benefitted by watching his techniques with current average of 350 per day.

Dr Kriplani has been conferred with 28 Awards/ honours/ orations of national and international levels including, Best Video Award 12th Asia Pacific Congress of Endoscopic and Laparoscopic Surgery 2015, Daegu, South Korea, “eMedinews Distinguished Speaker of the year 2009”, Dr. B.N. Balakrishna Rao oration 2008, Bangalore, “Distinguished Services Award”, IMA Academy of Medical Sciences, 2007, Honorary fellowships like FIAGES, FALS, FICS, FAIS etc. He has organised 10 national conferences / CMEs/ Workshops. He is editor of a textbook “Comprehensive Laparoscopic Surgery”. He has contributed 28 scientific publications / invited chapters in Books.

Dr Kriplani in a chat with Medic Mentor
About Family

My family has been very understanding and supporting. My wife, Padmshri Prof Dr Alka Kriplani is Head the Deptt of Obst and Gynae at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi and is herself a great academician and President of FOGSI. Her support has been unconditional. Both my daughters are postgraduate doctors and not only understanding but very encouraging.

How do you feel after the award?

Receiving the award is a great feeling and makes me more humble. It motivates me to be more dedicated to the profession that has given me recognition. However I know that many persons have contributed to my achievements. My parents; who have inspired me and passed on the social and ethical values of the highest standards by example, my spouse and kids who have made personal sacrifices to help me fulfil my dreams, my teachers who have devoted their time to guide, groom and shape me up, my colleagues and team members without whom I wouldn’t be what I am today and my juniors who have energised me. I take this opportunity to thank all of them and dedicate this award to them.


Our profession is the noblest and the most respected profession even today. However, changing trends in the society, inadequate, incomplete and sometimes inaccurate information on social media, increasing cost of treatment due to newer technologies etc sometimes lead to stress, frustration and mistrust in the minds of the patients and their families. These are challenging and testing times for our profession. We all must be more careful and cautious in our approach, at the same time being sympathetic and helpful to our patients. We have to learn to balance these contradictions. The patients may behave like consumers, but we must still remain doctors.

Changes in the health policies

Today, tertiary medical care is still a farfetched dream for distant areas and economically deprived. Health should be a fundamental right. Quality health care should be available to every citizen whenever needed. Distance and affordability should not be a factor. Initiatives are required to provide medical insurance to all and optimal medical care should be available even in interior areas of the country.