Dr. L. H. Hiranandani is the inspiration behind this organization. He was born in 1917 in Thatta, Sind
(Now in Pakistan). The family drifted to Mumbai in 1937. He completed his medical education in 1942.
He was interested to further himself and went to England for his fellowship (FRCS). On his return to India
in 1947, he joined The Topiwala National Medical College and B.Y.L Nair Hospital, Mumbai as honorary
ear, nose and throat surgeon. In this hospital, he rose to be the head of department.
Under his stewardship, the department of ENT attained vitality. He initiated numerous operating
teachings which are acknowledged as "Dr. Hiranandani's Operations" internationally. He was
instrumental in instigating the conception in India that head and neck surgeries come under the domain
of the ENT surgeons. The first such department was setup in B.Y.L Nair Hospital in 1972. The department
is recognized as "Dr. Hiranandani's Department of Otolaryngology and Head & Neck". Dr. Hiranandani's
work has earned him many accolades. The American Society of Head & Neck Surgery chose him as their
first Indian member. The International Federation of Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Societies
awarded him the "Golden Award" the first Indian and fifth in the world to get it. He has been voted as
"Millennium ENT" by SAARC nations.
Social causes have intensely driven him. In 1973, he gave up a vivacious private practice to undertake
social work in drought regions of Maharashtra for period of 8 months. He has directed aid for the flood
affected individuals in Orissa and Bihar. He was bestowed "Maulana Azad Award" by Indian National
Congress in recognition of representative work during 1993 communal riots in Mumbai. In the field of
medical ethics, he has spear-headed the passing of the Human Organs Transplantation Bill by Lok Sabha
in 1994. By this act the purchasing of kidneys is professed as a crime. His human nature made him stand
up for the rights of individuals and also to fight against capital punishment and euthanasia. He has won
other public awards such as, in 1972, was awarded "Padma Bhushan" by President of India. In 1988, was
conferred the "Dhanvantari Award", first time awarded in the field of ENT, for his prominent
contribution to science of medicine.