Digambar Behera (born 1953)[1] is a doctor from Cuttack, Odisha, India. His specialization is in pulmonary diseases. In 2020, he received the Padma Shri honour from the Government of India for his contribution to the field of medicine.[2][3]


Behera completed MBBS in 1978 from SCB Medical College and MD in 1981 from Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGI), Chandigarh.[1]


In 1978, Behera joined the Department of Medicine at the PGI as a junior resident. He teaches the department of pulmonary medicine as a senior professor since 2000. He became the Head of the Department of Pulmonary Medicine in 2014 and the Dean of the Pulmonary Research Department in 2017 with two years extension from the Union Ministry.[1][4]

In 2011, he became the director of PGI. He is the chairman of the National Tuberculosis Elimination Program and of some divisions under the Indian Tuberculosis Research Consortium.[4]

He is a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians, the National Academy of Medical Sciences, and the Asia Pacific Society of Respirology. He is on the editorial board of the Indian Journal of Chest Diseases and Allied Sciences and the Indian Journal of Tuberculosis. He is also the founding President of the Indian Study for the Study of Lung Cancer.[5][1]



  1. ^ a b c d "Dr Behera, lung cancer specialist, gets Padma Shri". Tribuneindia News Service. Retrieved 2020-04-14.
  2. ^ "गरीबी से लड़के लंग कैंसर विशेषज्ञ बनने वाले डॉ. दिगंबर बेहरा पद्मश्री से आभूषित". KhabarTak (in Hindi). 26 January 2020.
  3. ^ "आनंद महिंद्रा सहित 11 कारोबारियों को पद्म पुरस्कार". Bhaskar (in Hindi). 26 January 2020.
  4. ^ a b c Kanwar, Shimona (January 25, 2020). "Dr Digambar Behera of PGIMER selected for Padma award". The Times of India. Retrieved 2020-04-14.
  5. ^ "Chandigarh PGIMER doctor, 'langar baba' on Padma Shri list". Hindustan Times. 2020-01-26. Retrieved 2020-04-14.
  6. ^ "Dr D Behera receives Dr PRJ Gangadharam award". www.mgims.ac.in. Retrieved 2020-04-14.
  7. ^ "The Karel Styblo Public Health Prize". The Union. Retrieved 2020-04-14.