Our Chairman's Profile
Dr. Prathap C Reddy
Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group
'A compassionate humanitarian, dedicated to bringing world-class healthcare within
the economic and geographic reach of millions of patients' best describes Dr. Prathap
C Reddy, Founder Chairman of the Apollo Hospitals Group.
Dr. Reddy received his medical degree from the Stanley Medical College in Chennai
and later trained as a Cardiologist in the UK and USA. He did his Fellowship from
the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston and went on to head several research
programs at the Missouri State Chest Hospital, USA where he worked for several years
before returning to India in 1971, at the behest of his father.
This act of leading by example in reversing the brain drain eventually became an
agenda with Apollo Hospitals, India's first corporate hospital that heralded the
country's burgeoning private healthcare industry.
The dream of making world-class medical available in India spurred him to set up
the Apollo Hospitals in Chennai in 1983 at a time when private healthcare institutions
were virtually unknown in our country. The new hospital attracted the best medical
talent, including eminent non-resident Indian doctors from hospitals in the US and
Starting from a 150-bedded Hospital in 1983, the Group has since continuously excelled
and maintained leadership in medical innovation, clinical services and cutting edge
research. With a network of over 10,000 beds across 64 hospitals at culturally diverse
locations in India and overseas, over 4000 top class clinicians and total employee
strength of more than 65,000 professionals, the Apollo Hospitals Group is one of
the largest hospital groups in the world, being consistently ranked amongst the
best hospitals for advanced medical services. These hospitals have served over 42
million patients from 120 countries, with seven of them having the prestigious JCI
Dr Reddy's pioneering success includes the initiation of a change towards preventive
care, by pushing for a new standard in assessing and diagnosing India's health to
fight the triple terrors of diabetes, heart diseases and cancer through preventive
health checks. Telemedicine, as in the world's first V-SAT enabled village, and
health insurance like the Aragonda Re. 1/day scheme, were other successful pilots.
His mantra has been to identify the need of India, and fill the lacuna using a stretch
of innovation, technology and commitment.
Dr Reddy has undertaken pioneering work in bringing about institutional changes
in the private healthcare infrastructure by establishing Apollo Institutes for post
graduate Medical and Nursing Education, Hospital Administration, Physiotherapy,
Clinical Research and a large number of Paramedical Programs. With the setting up
of the Apollo Telemedicine Networking Foundation, Health Super Hiway, Apollo Munich
Insurance Co and the Apollo Reach Hospitals, he helped establish a modern healthcare
network through both in-house and outreach services, reaching out to millions of
As the Chairman of the CII National Healthcare Committee since 2006, Dr Reddy constituted
sub-committees for drawing up standards for accreditation of Indian Hospitals for
the very first time in the country. Ever since, the committees have done commendable
work in the areas of medical value travel and medical code of ethics. One of the
areas of significant impact has been in the area of budget recommendations to the
Government and development of Health Insurance.
As the Chairman of the CII Health Council since 2010, Dr Reddy is Advisor to its
committees on Healthcare, Health Insurance, Public Health and Pharma. As Chairman
of the CII National Council on Public Health since 2011, with a view to supplementing
Government's efforts in the area of public health, Dr Reddy is working on expanding
their coverage through efficiency and quality interventions, by leveraging appropriate
partnerships with the private sector as well as civil society institutions.
Dr Reddy was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1991 for his contribution to the emergence
of the private healthcare sector and his role in bringing about several regulatory
changes relating to licensing, import restrictions, organ transplantation, etc.
He received a number of esteemed awards and recognitions such as Mother St Teresa's
'Citizen of the Year Award', recognition in Harvard School publications for pioneering
efforts in healthcare, 'Life Time Achievement Award' by Hospimedica International,
the 'Asia Pacific Bio Business Leadership Award' by the University of Southern California,
Modern Medicare Excellence Award by the ICICI Group for outstanding achievements
in the healthcare industry and numerous others.
Dr Reddy is also a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement award from Rotary International.
In addition he has received Lifetime Achievement awards from the Federation of Indian
Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and the Association of Surgeons of India.
He was also awarded the Alexandria – Frost & Sullivan 2010 India Excellence Lifetime
Achievement Award. Marking a new beginning, the All India Management Association
conferred the AIMA Lifetime Contribution Award upon Dr. Prathap C Reddy recently.
The Government of India honoured the pioneering spirit of the Apollo Hospitals Group
with the release of a commemorative Postage Stamp.
Dr Prathap C Reddy was conferred with second highest civilian award, the 'Padma
Vibhushan' in March 2010. This unequalled commendation from the Government of India
is an acknowledgement of his untiring pursuit for excellence in healthcare as Apollo
strives towards touching a billion lives.
Under Dr Reddy's leadership, the Apollo Group has undertaken philanthropic work
through 'Save a Child's Heart Initiative' (SACHi), the CURE Foundation for cancer
care, the Indian Head Injury Foundation (IHIF), 'Distance Healthcare Advancement'
(DISHA), and many others that have touched the lives of several hundred thousand
children, differently-abled people, cancer and brain trauma patients.