Those chosen for the award are: Valluvan Jeevanandam, heart transplant surgeon and chief of the Department of Cardio-thoracic Surgery at the University of Chicago; Ramakanta Panda, Vice-Chairman and cardio-vascular thoracic surgeon at Asian Heart Institute; Krishna S. Iyer, Director of the Department of Paediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery at Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre; Anil Gangadhar Tendolkar, cardio-thoracic surgeon of Prince Aly Khan Hospital and Anil Kumar Mulpur, Vice-President and Clinical Director at Narayana Hrudayalaya Malla Reddy Hospital in Hyderabad. A press release from K.G. Hospital Chairman G. Bakthavathsalam said the award was being presented to mark the centenary year of the K.G. Group of Institutions. He said the K.G. Eye Hospital had done 90,000 free surgeries and the K.G. Hospital had done 650 free heart surgeries.