T. K. Lahiri
Born3 January 1941 (1941-01-03) (age 83)
EducationM.B.B.S, F.R.C.S, MCh.
Occupation(s)Cardiothoracic surgeon
Medical academic
Years activeSince 1972
EmployerBanaras Hindu University
Known forCardiothoracic surgery
AwardsPadma Shri

Tapan Kumar Lahiri is an Indian cardiothoracic surgeon, medical academic and writer from the state of Uttar Pradesh, India.[1] He is a former professor at the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery of the Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University.[2] The Government of India awarded him the fourth highest civilian honour of the Padma Shri, in 2016, for his contributions to medicine.[3]


Born in Kolkata, he has done FRCS in Cardiac surgery in 1969 in England and an M.Ch in thoracic surgery in 1972 from the same institution before starting his career as a member of faculty at the Institute of Medical Sciences of BHU where he held the posts of a reader, assistant professor, professor and head of the department of cardiothoracic surgery.[4] Post-retirement in 2003,[5] Dr. Lahiri assumed the position of professor emeritus at BHU, opting not to receive a salary and continuing to provide free medical services.[6] Prior to retirement, his basic salary, including allowances, exceeded Rs 1,00,000, of which he began donating the entire amount to the poor from 1994. Despite now receiving a pension, he humbly accepts only the funds necessary for two meals a day, generously donating the surplus to BHU to aid impoverished patients.[7] The Government of India recognized his altruism with the Padma Shri in 2016.[8][9] Dr. Lahiri’s commitment extends beyond his professional life, aligning with the philanthropic ideals of Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya’s vision for Banaras Hindu University.[10]

See also


  1. ^ "Dr V Shanta gets Padma Vibhushan; Padma Bhushan for Dr D Nageshwar Reddy". India Medical Times. 25 January 2016. Retrieved 30 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Felicitation of Retired Teachers - Prof.T.K.Lahiri". Banaras Hindu University. 2016. Archived from the original on 21 January 2014. Retrieved 30 July 2016.
  3. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 August 2017. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Minutes of the last meeting of the Ethics Committee" (PDF). Medical Council of India. 2007. Retrieved 30 July 2016.
  5. ^ "Singer, archer, surgeon and more". Hindustan Times. 26 January 2016. Retrieved 30 July 2016.
  6. ^ "Faculty". Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University. 2016. Archived from the original on 19 August 2016. Retrieved 30 July 2016.
  7. ^ "Dr. Tapan Kumar Lahiri – A Doctor or An Angel? | Bigumbrella". 4 June 2022. Retrieved 15 January 2024.
  8. ^ "IMA Congratulates all Padma Awardee Doctors of the year 2016". Web report. Indian Medical Association. 2016. Retrieved 30 July 2016.
  9. ^ "Padma Awards | Interactive Dashboard". www.dashboard-padmaawards.gov.in. Retrieved 19 March 2022.
  10. ^ "लोग इस शख्स को कहते हैं महापुरुष और भगवान, दिल जीतने वाला है इनका काम". Dainik Bhaskar.