Renowned breast cancer surgeon and director of KIMS-Ushalakshmi Centre for Breast Disease, Raghu Ram Pillarisetti will be conferred with Queen Elizabeth II's 2021 New Year’s honours, according to a KIMS hospitals release on Thursday.

Expressing gratitude towards the crown, rejoiced Raghu Ram Pillarisetti said "It felt surreal and was at loss for words when I was informed that Her Majesty, the Queen may graciously appoint me as an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.I am deeply grateful and incredibly humbled to accept this high honour conferred by Her Majesty, the Queen.”

A Padma Shri awardee, Raghuram is one of the youngest Surgeons of Indian origin in over 100 years to be honoured by the Queen with an OBE Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

The honour will be conferred on him for his outstanding services towards improving breast cancer care and surgical education in India and to UK/India relations.

Instituted in 1917 by King George V, The Queens Honours are amongst the most prestigious awards worldwide, which aims to show gratitude publicly to those who have 'gone the extra mile' in their service.