Dr. J.M. Pahwa was one of the most prominent eye surgeons of India. He was recognized internationally for his services. He conducted numerous eye camps all over India and provided medical care to eye patients. For his selfless service Government of India awarded him the title of Padam Shri in 1973. He was awarded numerous awards by many organizations.

Dr. Pahwa modified the techniques of retinal detachment to suit the Indian conditions. He was associated with Nehru Institute of Ophthalmology and Research, Sitapur since its inception as a Professor and Deputy Director. He has specialized in the difficult subjects of the Retinal Detachment and Photocoagulation, and has utilized his expertise entirely in a spirit of selfless service to people suffering from eye diseases. He has also organized a large number of eye relief camps for the benefit of the poor and rural section of the community.

He was a relentless, selfless, dedicated crusader against blindness. He was really champion for the cause of the poor, needy and downtrodden. He has brought Eye care to the very doors of the needlessly blind people living in the remote, rural, hilly and far flung areas by organizing hundreds of Eye Relief Camps on Scientific lines.


  • 1981
    Founder Fellow of the International Academy of Medical Sciences
  • 1967
    F.A.C.S. – Fellowship of the American College of Surgeons
  • 1957
    M.S. : Ophthalmology – Retinal Detachment: University of Lucknow
  • 1945
    M.B.B.S. - K.E. Medical College Lahore – The University of the Panjab


  • 1970
    Dr. Narayan Rao Oration Gold Medal by All India Ophthalmological Society, Patna
  • 1973
    Padma Shri: Government of India
  • 1973
    Dr. B. C. Roy National Award
  • 1976
    Dr. Mohanlal Oration Medal


  • Member of Editorial Board
    Chief Editor of Indian Journal of Orthoptics and Pleoptics: 1968-1990
  • Books Written
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