Medical profession honors Dr. Kumar

Sailaja Alla, daughter of Dr. Kiran Kumar, accepted the long-service award on his behalf from Cayman Islands Medical and Dental Services president Dr. Virginia Hobday, left, and vice president Dr. Enoka Richens, right.

The Cayman Islands Medical and Dental Society honored Cayman’s former Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kiran Kumar with a long-service award at its annual gala.

Dr. Kiran Kumar
Dr. Kiran Kumar

Dr. Kumar served in his public health role for 33 years before retiring in July last year. He now teaches community medicine at NRI Medical College in southern India.

He first joined Cayman’s Department of Health, which later became the Health Services Authority, in 1982.

Dr. Kumar served as both the director of public health and as the medical officer of health. Among his duties in those roles was heading up primary healthcare services at the public health clinics and overseeing Cayman’s vaccination programs, as well as dealing with health-related travel alerts.

Dr. Kumar has served in a number of other roles in Cayman’s medical field. He was chief medical officer from October 1992 to May 1995, acting chief executive officer of the Health Services Authority from October 1992 to April 1993, chairman of the Health Practitioners Board from October 1992 to May 1995 and again acting chief medical officer from July 2007 to July 2008.

In 2006, he was named as a recipient of the Cayman Islands Certificate and Badge of Honor in the Queen’s New Year Honours for his services to Cayman’s public health.

The Medical and Dental Society held its gala at Pappagallo’s Restaurant on Jan. 31. Dr. Kumar’s daughter, Sailaja Alla, accepted the award on her father’s behalf.