Dr. Shankar Man Rai, director emeritus of Interplast’s surgical outreach center in Nepal, has been named an “Unsung Hero of Compassion” and will receive the honorary award from the Dalai Lama on April 25-26, 2009 at ceremonies in San Francisco.
This prestigious international award is given only every few years to “individuals who, through their loving kindness and service to others, have made their communities and our world a better place.” The "Unsung Heroes of Compassion" awards are given through Wisdom in Action, a California based foundation. They were previously given in 2005 and 2001.
Interplast congratulates Dr. Rai for restoring the hope and functionality for thousands of poor children in Nepal through reconstructive surgery. Born to a poor farming family himself, he has dedicated his entire career to the comprehensive health and well-being of children living in poverty in Nepal and across the developing world. As an incredibly gifted reconstructive plastic surgeon and outreach director, Dr. Rai has provided more than 10,000 free surgeries for impoverished children with clefts, disabling burn and hand injuries. He has also helped more than 2,250 children in rural Nepal heal their speech impediments through the speech therapy camps he founded.