Dr. K. Vasudeva Rao
Born in 1896, Dr. Vasudeva Rao belongs to a respectable family of Salem. His early education was at Proddatur, Cuddapah District, where his father was stationary Sub-Magistrate. He passed his S.S.L.C. Examination in 1911 from the Wesleyan Mission High School, Madras, and joined the Christian College for his Arts Course. He studied in the Madras Medical College from 1917 to 1922, when he took his M.B.B.S. Degree with distinction in Medical Jurisprudence, Medicine and Midwifery. During his five years at the Medical College, he won 6 prizes, 3 medals and 6 certificates of Honour. He was the best outgoing student of the College of the year 1922, in recognition oif which he was awarded the Blue Ribbon of the College. He stood first in the First Class. He served as Hony. Surgeon in the General Hospital under Lt. Col. Elvis, I.M.S., C.I.E. While he was a House Surgeon, he took his M.D. in 1924 with Tropical Diseases as his Special Subject. In July 1925 he was appointed as Assistant Surgeon, Tindivanam, but was soon re-transferred to Madras as Assistant to the Professor of Surgery, in which capacity he served till 1928, when he was posted as Assistant to the Professor of Medicine. In 1929 he was posted as the Resident Medical Officer, Tuberculosis Hospital, Royapettah, which post he held till the end of 1933.
After service for one and a half months as Assistant District Medical Officer, Cocanada, he went to England for further studies. He took the M.R.C.P. of Edinburgh with Tuberculosis as his special subject and the T.D.D. (Tuberculosis Diseases Diploma) of the University of Wales. After his return to India in July 1935, he was appointed Director of the Tuberculosis Institute, Egmore and Superintendent of the Tuberculosis Hospital, Royapettah. When Government took over the Tuberculosis Sanatorium from Dr. Muthu, he was appointed as the Superintendent of the Sanatorium as well. He is now recognized as one of best Medical Men in South India.