The first female cardiologist in India
After more than 60 years, Sivaramakrishna Padmavati is still attending clinics, she tells Karuna Sapru
I started when there were few female doctors in the country I was born in, what was then British Burma. I was inspired by the dedicated doctors in the small town where I grew up. My father also allowed me to choose whatever profession I liked.
In terms of treatment India has improved a lot, but in terms of research the answer is no. Research used to keep up more. For several reasons there are now no funding agencies, a lack of interest, and not so much research. People are not going into research as much as they should, and that—s not just in India. They go into practice because you can earn a lot more. We should really do more. Fortunately, many Indians are doing research in rich technologically advanced countries, such as the United States and in Europe, which is a good thing.