Ravi Kannan R
Kannan R in November 2021
Known forFree treatment to cancer patients
Medical career
AwardsPadma Shri
Mahaveer Award
Ramon Magsaysay Award

Ravi Kannan R RM is an Indian surgical oncologist, based in Assam, India. He is the Director of Cachar Cancer Hospital and Research Centre (CCHRC), Silchar,[1] a nonprofit hospital, that provides free cancer treatment. He is the former Head of Department of surgical oncology at Adyar Cancer Institute in Chennai. He is a recipient of Padma Shri, one of India's highest civilian honours, and the Ramon Magsaysay Award, the highest award in Asia (called the "Nobel Prize of Asia").[2] [3]


Kannan did his schooling from Kendriya Vidyalaya, Tambaram. And then he graduated with an MBBS degree from the Kilpauk Medical College in Chennai and holds an MS degree from the Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi and MCH Surgical Oncology from Cancer Institute, chennai.[4]


Kannan was heading the surgical oncology department of Adyar Cancer Institute.[5] In 2006, he visited the Cachar Cancer Hospital and Research Centre for the first time for a consultation on the request of a colleague and that's when he met the then director of CCHRC who offered him to head the centre.[4] Kannan left his practice in Chennai and moved to Assam with his family in 2007 to provide basic healthcare facilities to the people of Barak Valley through Cachar Cancer Hospital and Research Centre in Silchar.[6]


President of India Ram Nath Kovind presents Padma Shri to Dr Ravi Kannan R. for Medicine
Vice President of India Mohammad Hamid Ansari presenting Mahaveer Award in Medicine to Ravi Kannan R in 2013


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  5. ^ Ramani, Hema Iyer (5 February 2020). "Dr. Ravi Kannan: Facilitating equitable and accessible healthcare". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 30 October 2020.
  6. ^ Jain, Sanya (30 January 2020). "Meet The Padma Shri Awardee Who Treats Cancer Patients Free Of Cost". NDTV. Retrieved 30 October 2020.
  7. ^ "Oncologist R. Ravi Kannan of the Cachar Cancer Hospital and Research Centre wins 2023 Ramon Magsaysay award". The Hindu. 1 September 2023. Retrieved 1 September 2023.
  8. ^ "Padma Awards List 2020" (PDF). Padma Awards, Government of India. Retrieved 4 September 2020.
  9. ^ "Mahaveer award in medicine". Bhagwan Mahaveer Foundation. Retrieved 4 September 2020.