Dr. Jagat Ram- Icon in the field of medicine | Director PGI, Chandigarh


A doctor has to work with a huge responsibility on his/her shoulders. Every doctor tries to treat his/her patient the level best. Today we are going to introduce you to someone who is an exceptional doctor.

Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare appointed ophthalmologist Dr. Jagat Ram as the Director of Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh in 2017. His term at PGI is till October 30, 2021. His dedication and sincerity got him to a level he is at present.

Dr. Jagat Ram was born in a small village in Himachal Pradesh and belongs to a very humble background.


His medical experience includes serving the society selflessly. He has successfully performed 9,500 surgical procedures of children in his 37 years of work experience. For this reason, he got 24 national and international awards.

His career experience has got him “Best of the Best Winner” for the discovery of a new surgical technique in San Francisco, USA, 2013. He was also a recipient of the Oscar of Paediatric Ophthalmology in Barcelona in 2015. This year on the eve of Republic Day, he was also chosen for the Padma Shri in Medicine (Ophthalmology).


He started off his education from a village school. Later, Dr. Jagat Ram completed his MBBS from Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla in 1978 followed by a residency in Ophthalmology (MS), at PGIMER in June 1982. Also, he took part in his first WHO Fellowship in the field of advanced phacoemulsification in the USA in 1993-94 and was awarded the second one in Paediatric Cataract Surgery in 1998.


In 1994, while working at PGI, he introduced the technique of phacoemulsification which replaced the older technique of extracapsular cataract surgery. A year later he used the techniqut to operate blind patients and restored their vision. Surprisingly, in his 37 years of experience, he treated nearly 90,000 such patients with his surgical skills. Above all, he has regularly offered free services in over 135 relief and screening camps for less privileged individuals.

He is presently the chief coordinator of the International Council of Ophthalmology (London) from India. Administratively, he headed the ophthalmology unit at the PGI for 26 years and has been working for Eye Bank Society of India for 24 years.

His aimis to raise PGIMER to its next best level. Also, he aims to match top global medical institutes in patient care, research, and training. Along with his team, he wants to serve the best possible services and expand its reach to the underserved sections.



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