Army confers Honorary Brigadier rank on Dr Arvind Lal

      Dr Arvind Lal, Chairman and Managing Director of Dr Lal Pathological Laboratories, has been awarded the Honorary Rank of Brigadier by the Armed Forces Medical Services. President Pratibha Patil, the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, granted this award to Dr Lal in recognition to his outstanding contribution in the field of health care. Dr Lal, alumni of the Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), is a pioneer in bringing laboratory services in India at par with the Western world. Dr Lal also worked as a Demonstrator (Lecturer) in the Department of Pathology in AFMC. In 1977, Dr Lal took charge of the Pathology Laboratory founded in 1949 by his late father. Dr Lal has revolutionized laboratory medicine in the country by introducing new tests, instruments and ICT systems i.e. Information, Communications-Technology systems. A member of many expert and advisory bodies set up by the central and state governments and on the panel of several professional bodies and institutes, Dr Lal has served as a pathologist to many present and past Prime Ministers of India. Conferred with the Padma Shri award by the President this year, Dr Lal is also a recipient of the Indira Gandhi Solidarity Award in 1994, Delhi Ratan Award in 2005, Lifetime Achievement Award in Medicine in 2003 and the International Business Council Award 1994.

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