At Buckingham Palace this spring, Dr. Chamarthy Subbarao, Professor of Clinical Skills at St. George’s University, was appointed an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his outstanding service to health care in Grenada. The OBE award, which is given on the recommendation of the Governor General of Grenada, was presented by Prince Charles on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II, Grenada’s Head of State.
“The OBE is a great achievement for any physician,” said Dr. Subbarao. “I am very happy to receive it, and honored that the people of Grenada have recognized my service. I am grateful to them for giving me the opportunity to take care of them.”
Coming from a family of doctors, Dr. Subbarao has served the Grenadian community for over three decades. Before coming to SGU, he worked within the Ministry of Health. He was based at the General Hospital and at Carriacou before being assigned to St. David’s, where he was instrumental in introducing health centers in Vincennes, Belle Vue, Crochu, Westerhall and Perdmontemps, and the St. Martin’s Home for the elderly, where he still serves as Director.
As a member of the primary health care team in St. David’s, Dr. Subbarao has trained many nurse practitioners and led programs to provide health education to community leaders. He helped launch diabetic associations in Gouyave, Carriacou, and St. David’s, sits on the Port Safety Committee, and is active in the Grenada Red Cross to date. At SGU, Dr. Subbarao served as the Director of the University Health Services for several years, and is still the Director of the Grenada Heart Foundation.
Throughout his career in Grenada, Dr. Subbarao has served hundreds of Grenadian families and is known for his kindheartedness and compassion. “I wanted my focus to be humanitarian rather than monetary in caring for patients because some people cannot afford to buy medications or see a doctor,” he said.
Founded in 1917 by King George V, the Order of the British Empire is divided it into five classes – Knight/Dame Grand Cross, Knight/Dame Commander, Commander, Officer, and Member. According to the British Monarchy website, it recognizes “distinguished service to the arts and sciences, public services outside the Civil Service, and work with charitable and welfare organizations of all kinds.”