Dr SS Badrinath Obituary-Death News; Founder of Sankara Nethralaya Passes Away

Dr SS Badrinath Obituary-Death News; Founder of Sankara Nethralaya Passes Away

Dr. SS Badrinath, the founder of Sankara Nethralaya, died on Tuesday, aged 83. Tamil Nadu Congress Vice President Rama Suganthan verified the development on X (previously Twitter). In his tweet, Suganthan further stated that the Sankara Nethralaya hospital in Chennai had served many needy people.

“Deeply saddened by the passing of Dr SS Badrinath ji, a visionary, expert in opthalmology, and founder of Sankara Nethralaya,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Twitter.

His contributions to eye care, as well as his unwavering dedication to society, have left an everlasting imprint. Generations will be inspired by his work. Please accept my condolences to his family and loved ones.

Dr. SS Badrinath, full name Dr Sengamedu Srinivasa Badrinath, was born on February 24, 1940, in Chennai. His father, SV Srinivasa Rao, was an Engineer in the Public Works and Food Production Department of the former Madras government. Lakshmi Devi, Badrinath’s mother, was the daughter of a prominent attorney.

He lost both of his parents while he was a teenager and paid for his medical education with life insurance proceeds after his father’s death. Badrinath began his work in New York after finishing his medical studies, interning at different opthalmology centers.

Dr. SS Badrinath and a group of doctors launched the Sankara Nethralaya in 1978. Sankara Nethralaya is one of the largest charitable and non-profit eye hospitals in India.

The Sankara Nethralaya was developed with three main goals in mind: providing high-quality care at a low cost, teaching and training opthalmologists and paramedics to combat blindness in India, and doing research in vision sciences to address India-specific opthalmological challenges. “Om Shanti,” Prime Minister Modi stated.