An internationally recognised Indian Canadian neurosurgeon is among
60 people honoured with the Order of Canada this year.
The top civilian awards are announced Wednesday to mark Canada Day,
celebrated as the birth of the country as a confederation in 1867.
Regina-based neurosurgeon Krishna Kumar, who is internationally
known for his research in treating chronic pain, was given the
honour for his pioneering work in medical sciences.
A statement from Canadian Governor General Michaelle Jean said Kumar
is being honoured "for his contributions as a clinical professor and
researcher in neurosurgery, and for the development of innovative
brain and spinal implants used for the treatment of chronic pain."
Based in Saskatchewan province of Canada, 78-year-old Kumar has
practised neurosurgery in Canada for almost five decades.
Apart from receiving almost two dozen national and international
awards, he has also been honoured with two lecturerships named after
Last year, he was named the provincial Saskatchewan Physician of the
Year for his medical services.
Bestowing the honour on Kumar, president of the Saskatchewan Medical
Association Milo Fink summed up his contribution, saying, "He
(Kumar) has been a pioneer in the management of pain with
neurosurgical procedures and the bulk of his international
reputation is based upon such procedures as spinal stimulation and
deep brain implants."
The Indian neurosurgeon is famous for treating chronic pain with
spinal implant therapy rather than conventional therapies.
To avoid the need for pain medication, he has also developed a
programmable and implantable pump for patients.
Further, he has also pioneered a deep brain stimulation technique in
which an electrode delivers low-voltage stimulation to the brain to
reduce the feeling of chronic pain.
Kumar's pioneering work has been featured in a documentary called
"Living with Pain".
Started in 1967 during Canada's 100th anniversary, the Order of
Canada recognises Canadians for their accomplishments in various
walks of life. Many Indian Canadians have received this award which
is presented at a grand ceremony in the nation's capital Ottawa.