EAST LANSING, Michigan — The Michigan State Medical Society has honored Drs. AppaRao Mukkamala, chair of radiology at Hurley Medical Center, and wife Dr. Sumathi Mukkamala, a retired pediatrician, with Community Service Awards for volunteerism.
The couple are being honored for their continuing efforts to improve medical conditions and the general welfare of people in their native India.
Sumathi Mukkamala founded the Chinmaya Vijaya Orphanage in the coastal farming district of Andhra Pradesh, where she spends eight months each year working with 50 young girls who have been given a permanent home and education through the orphanage.
AppaRao Mukkamala was the primary creator of the NRI Medical Center and Medical School in Andhra Pradesh, where nearly 100,000 inpatients and 1.2 million outpatients have received low-cost care for everything from cataracts to coronary bypass. The medical school accepts 150 young men and women each year to its program rated among the best in India.
The husband-and-wife team have each given more than $1 million of their individual savings to create their humanitarian projects, which continue to thrive and grow each year.