Organ Donation

Dr. (Colonel) Avnish Seth

Head, Department of Gastroenterology & Hepatology at Manipal Hospital, Dwarka, New Delhi.

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Dr (Colonel) Avnish Seth has pioneered organ donation (OD) after brain death in North India since 2006 and is currently spearheading the deceased organ donation program in Manipal Hospitals as Head of Manipal Organ Sharing & Transplant since January 2022. Dr Seth is a member of International Society for Organ Donation and Procurement (ISODP), The Transplantation Society (TTS), Apex Technical Committee for National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization (NOTTO) and Advisory board for MOHAN Foundation. He is Chair of Expert Committee on ‘Ang Daan Yojana’, an initiative of Government of Haryana and the lead author of consensus document of National Working Group on Donation following Circulatory Death (DCD) in India, 2022. In 2016 he led the Healthcare Federation of India (NATHEALTH) National Working Group on Organ Transplant.

16000 walked in 6 cities to promote organ donation in August 2017: seen here at Gurugram with actor Irfan Khan and RJ Khurafati Nitin

Awards/Recognition in the field of Organ and Tissue Donation

2008: Awarded the VishistSeva Medal by President of India for meritorious service to the nation beyond the call of duty. Set up the first successful deceased donor organ transplant program in North India.

2016-17: Organized Season I of ‘Fortis-NDTV More to Give’ campaign on OD. The campaign received following awards:-

2017-18: Organized Season II of‘Fortis-NDTV More to Give’ campaign on OD that received following awards:-

2018-19: Organized Season III of‘Fortis-NDTV More to Give’ campaign on OD that received the following awards:-

Landmarks in the Field of Organ Donation

Achievements in the Field of Organ Donation

International Annual Summits on Organ Donation organized

Annual summits/conclaves were organized over the years. The following events, attended by faculty from Spain, Australia and UK, were organized at Gurugram, India. These events were co-hosted with MOHAN Foundation and endorsed by NOTTO, ISODP and ISOT:-

Invited talks and Live shows

Participated in invited talks and live shows on OD including ‘We The People’ and ‘The Buck Stops Here’ by NDTV.

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