November 22, 2010
For immediate release
Contact: Gerry Ewing / 503-681-1654
Internationally noted physician and researcher, Gerbail T. Krishnamurthy, M.D., was honored with a prestigious Rajyotsava Award bestowed by his native state of Karnataka, India, for his lifetime contributions in the field of nuclear medicine.
Dr. G.T. Krishnamurthy is currently a resident of Portland and a nuclear medicine physician on the medical staff at Tuality Community Hospital in Hillsboro, where he has worked in a department supervised by his wife and fellow nuclear medicine specialist, Shakuntala Krishnamurthy, M.D.
The Rajyotsava Awards are presented each year by the government of Karnataka, a state of nearly 53 million people. The awards celebrate achievements by eminent personalities in diverse fields such as literature, music, sports, medicine, education, agriculture, science and more.
Dr. G.T. Krishnamurthy was one of just nine recipients this year who currently live abroad or in other states in India. The remaining 153 honorees are all residents of Karnataka.
The awards are bestowed as part of the state festival (“Rajyotsava”) to celebrate the Nov. 1 anniversary of Karnataka’s official formation as a unified state in 1956. Final Rajyotsava Award recipients are determined by the chief minister (governor), the state’s highest ranking government official.
The honor includes a monetary prize of 100,000 rupees (equal to about $2,500), a 20-gram gold medallion, a special citation, and a government-approved option to purchase coveted residential land in the state.
While Dr. G.T. Krishnamurthy could not attend the official award ceremony in Bangalore, Karnataka’s capital city, arrangements are being made for him to receive the honor when he visits India in December.
He was both surprised and moved by the announcement of the award, and believes it should be equally shared with his wife. “Shakuntala is literally my boss at Tuality, and has been my collaborator throughout my career,” he said. The couple recently announced their retirement from Tuality after a combined 36 years of service with the organization.
Among their many shared accomplishments, they co-developed a medical software suite for analyzing nuclear hepatology studies, which was approved by the Federal Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 2008. They co-authored Nuclear Hepatology, A Textbook of Hepatobiliary Diseases, which was published in its second edition in 2009. They also have authored more than 250 articles and abstracts published in many peer-reviewed medical journals around the world.
In 1981, Dr. G.T. Krishnamurthy pioneered the “gallbladder ejection fraction” test, still used widely to help determine the cause of severe gallbladder pain. He also is a frequent speaker at global medical conferences. This fall, he was an invited to present at both the World Federation of Nuclear Medicine and Biology conference in Cape Town, South Africa, and the Western Regional Society of Nuclear Medicine in Anaheim, Calif.
Both Drs. Krishnamurthy are noted for their philanthropic efforts here and abroad to improve education and quality of life. Among their many organizing and fundraising activities, they built a community center for the performing arts in Dr. G.T. Krishnamurthy’s home village of Dwaramakki, India.
“The Rajotsava Award is a well-deserved honor, set on a world stage, for a man who has devoted his life to service, research and philanthropy,” said Dick Stenson, president & CEO, Tuality Healthcare. “We have been very fortunate to have Gerbail and Shakuntala Krishnamurthy employ their talents on a daily basis at Tuality these many years. Not only have they helped to elevate this institution, they also have made a lasting difference for thousands of people who have benefited from their compassion and unique medical skills.”