Dr. Pratap C Reddy Biography
Dr. Pratap C Reddy is a doctor and a businessperson credited with establishing the first chain of corporate hospitals in India-the Apollo Hospitals Group. He currently holds the post of Executive Chairman in the group.
Dr.Pratap Reddy revolutionized the health care system in India. He pioneered the establishment of private hospitals in India.
Dr.Reddy is a cardiologist with international experience. He worked at the Missouri State Hospital in the U.S where he also had the distinction of heading multiple research programs.
He started on his mission for providing quality health care in India in the eighties. It is believed that he was spurred by his failure to provide critical care to a patient in the U.S. The patient died as a result. This incident prompted him to start world-class affordable health care facilities in India. He set up the first of a chain of Apollo Hospitals in India in Chennai in 1983.
Dr.Pratap Reddy then started India’s first hospital consultancy body-the Indian Hospitals Corporation. He consequently commissioned two more tertiary health centers in India. Dr.Reddy has been successful in attracting the cream of Indian medical doctors from developed economies like the U.S and U.K. For his efforts Apollo Hospital is recognized as one of the finest in the world-at par with the hospitals in the First World countries.
Dr.Reddy has also been pro-active in modifying government regulations to suit current medical trends. He helped to ease import restrictions and made the government take a more liberal view on organ transplants among others.
The Apollo Group opened its first clinic in Dubai in 1999. He also has plans for SAARC countries. He has plans for opening secondary health centers in India.
His new projects include ‘Med-varsity’-a virtual medical university providing total access to medical experts and ‘MEDNET’-a hospital systems management package.
Dr.Reddy was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1991.