Ashok Kumar Hemal
Born5 September 1960
Occupation(s)Professor, Department of Urology, Chief of Uro-Oncology, Comprehensive Cancer Center, Professor Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Chair, Robotics Committee, Baptist Medical Center, Fellowship Director, Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery, Fellowship Co-Director, Endourology, Wake Forest Medical School & Baptist Medical Center, NC, USA
Known forLaparoscopy, Minimally invasive and Robotic surgery, Uro-oncology
AwardsPadma Shri
UGC Outstanding Social Scientist Award

Ashok Kumar Hemal is a urologist and medical academic, known as the first surgeon to perform robotic surgery in India.[1] He is a former professor of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi and is credited with efforts in establishing the department of robotic surgery at AIIMS where he has performed over 100 surgeries for cancer on kidney, prostate glands and urinary bladder. He has also served at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, as a professor[2] and was a member of the team which developed teaching modules for the Centre for Medical Education Technology of AIIMS and Indira Gandhi National Open University.[3] He has been involved in with many medical conferences[4] and has published several medical articles; PubMed, an online repository of medical articles has listed 320 of them.[5] Besides, he has authored a medical text book, Robotics in Urological Surgery, published by Springer Verlag.[6] He is an elected fellow of the National Academy of Medical Sciences and a recipient of the 2005 Outstanding Social Scientist Award of the University Grants Commission.[7] The Government of India awarded him the fourth highest civilian honour of the Padma Shri, in 2007, for his contributions to medical science.[8]

See also


  1. ^ "Uro-surgeon gets Padmashri". Hindustan Times. 1 February 2007. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  2. ^ "NAMS fellows" (PDF). National Academy of Medical Sciences. 2016. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Expert Profile". ND TV. 2016. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Workshop - Urinary Diversion" (PDF). Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and Research Centre. 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 September 2016. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  5. ^ "PubMed listing". PubMed. 2016. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  6. ^ Ashok Kumar Hemal (2011). Robotics in Urological Surgery. Springer Verlag. ISBN 9781848821132. Archived from the original on 16 January 2020. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Honours & Awards". University Grants Commission. 2016. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  8. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2015. Retrieved 20 August 2016.