ASAA Distinguished Service Award.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Surgeons (Achievements and awards)
Pub Date: 02/01/2008
Publication: Name: South African Journal of Surgery Publisher: South African Medical Association Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2008 South African Medical Association ISSN: 0038-2361
Issue: Date: Feb, 2008 Source Volume: 46 Source Issue: 1
Persons: Named Person: Pillay, C.N.; Wise, R.
Geographic: Geographic Code: 60AFR Africa
Accession Number: 182036122
Full Text: The recipients of the ASSA Distinguished Service Award are Mr C. N. Pillay (2007) and Mr R. Wise (2009).

Mr Pillay's nomination reads: 'Mr Coomarasamy Nithianathan Pillay's contribution to the development of public sector surgical services in Durban and his longstanding and diverse commitment to the wider community, positions him as a worthy recipient of recognition by the Association of Surgeons of South Africa.

Having qualified at the University of Witwatersrand in 1954, Mr Pillay was the first person of colour, in 1967, to obtain the Fellowship in Surgery (Edinburgh)... Following his service as Surgeon and Lecturer at the University of Natal, Mr Pillay took appointment, in 1969, at the recently established RK Khan Hospital where he started the Department of Surgery single-handedly. This Department developed under Mr Pillay's leadership as arguably the most respected and effective Department of Surgery in the Durban metropolitan region ...

During his tenure at the RK Khan Hospital, Mr Pillay saw the need for a Hospice for the care of the terminally ill ... Thus began, from 1992, a series of endeavours, spearheaded by Mr Pillay, which culminated in the development of the Chatsworth Regional Hospice that was officially opened in February 1995. This noble facility has grown from strength to strength and is today widely acknowledged for its service to the community ...

Mr Pillay has been an exemplary teacher of Surgery and purveyor of surgical service to the impoverished in our community. He continues, in his retirement, to serve the community; he is richly deserving of recognition by ASSA.'
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