IMA All-Time Achievement Award for Indian Healthcare Leader for Outstanding and Distinguished Contribution to the Health Sector
Dr. Alexander Thomas, President of the Association of Healthcare Providers – India (AHPI), was awarded the prestigious IMA Dr. M. G. Garg All-Time Achievement Award 2022.
Dr. Alexander Thomas won the award for his outstanding and distinguished contribution to the medical profession in India. The award was presented to Dr. Thomas by IMA President Dr. Sahajanand Prasad Singh and IMA Secretary-General Dr. Jayesh Lele at the 97th Annual National Conference of the Indian Medical Association held on 27 December in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh.
Dr. Thomas is an orthopaedic surgeon and healthcare policy leader and is currently the President of AHPI, and also advises the Association of National Board Accredited Institutions (ANBAI) and the Consortium of Accredited Healthcare Organisations (CAHO), among others.
Dr.Thomas was successful in bringing together two of the largest organisations of our Country, the Association of Healthcare Providers India (AHPI), representing over 10,000 healthcare institutions and the Indian Medical Association (IMA), representing over 3,75,000 practitioners of modern medicine. Together, they have effectively tackled various issues, including the Covid crisis, the problem of violence against healthcare workers, and making an assault against healthcare workers a non-bailable offence, among others. He was responsible for the formation of the National Working groups with IMA, AHPI, Assocham, CII, FICCI and NATHEALTH, which effectively liasoned with the Government and States in successfully handling the COVID 19 Crisis and in seeking package rates which are scientifically arrived at and operationally feasible and viable for the hospitals.
As the Director of the Bangalore Baptist Hospital from 2006-2014, he upgraded the institution into a nationally-awarded multi-speciality Centre of Excellence. Dr. Thomas is working closely with the Central government, State governments and the private sector, liaising between them for improved healthcare quality, with the ultimate aim of providing affordable, accessible, quality healthcare for all.
Dr. Thomas has been recognised for his work by the UAE Government (2022), the Association of National Board Accredited Institutions (2022), the Consortium of Accredited Healthcare Organisations (2018), the Indian Medical Association (2016) and the National Board of Examinations (2014).