An AP born Kamma heart specialist has been honoured by the Tampa Bay Business Journal in Florida.
Dr Rao Musunuru, a Florida cardiologist, was honoured by the journal as a 'Healthcare Hero' and conferred with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his 26 years of service in cardiology, community education, charity and advocacy.
His work has helped make the Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson, Florida, as one of the major heart hospitals in the United States.
He played a major role in the campaign regarding passage of anti-tobacco legislation last year. Dr. Musunuru served as the board secretary for the Floridians for Youth Tobacco Education, a coalition of the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society and American Lung Association, which waged the anti-tobacco drive.
Following the legislation, Governor Charlie Crist of Florida allocated 50 million dollar to the campaign last year.
The Governor then honoured Dr Musunuru with an 'Excellence in Caring and Sharing' award for his enormous voluntary contributions to improve the lives of senior citizens in Florida.
Last year, Dr Musunuru had won the American Heart Associations National Volunteer Advocates of the Year award.