Prof. Hegde is a physician, clinician, and a teacher in the true Guru tradition. After obtaining his M.D. from Lucknow University in India, he went to England and passed the Membership of Royal College of Physicians of UK examination. He then underwent advanced training in cardiology at Harvard Medical School, and at the National Heart and the Middlesex Hospitals in London. He is now the Fellow of all Royal Colleges and the American College of Cardiology.
Prof. Hegde began his teaching career as a tutor in Manipal in 1962, serving the Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore and Manipal for 45 years, during which he occupied with distinction the posts of Professor of Medicine, Director PG studies, Principal, Dean, Pro- Vice Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor of Manipal University. He is also Affiliate Professor of Human Health (University of Northern Colorado) and former Professor of Cardiology (The Middlesex Hospital Medical School, University of London). He has been visiting Professor to a number of universities in India and many countries abroad.
Prof. Hegde has received numerous prestigious awards worldwide, and his monumental contributions to the art of bed-side clinical examination on specific topics have been published in distinguished medical journals. He is a prolific writer himself, frequently published in various magazines and newspapers, and his talk shows are sought after in the electronic media. He has penned nearly 35 books and over 3,000 articles in lay press. During the last decade, Prof. Hegde, along with 15 world-renowned scientists, some of them Nobel Laureates, has been working to publish a journal entitled “Journal of the Science of Healing Outcomes,” of which he is the Founder Editor-in-Chief. Prof. Hegde’s service to society through Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and its activity are legendary.
In 2010, he was honored with the prestigious Padma Bhushan Award, conferred by the President of India. The following year, in recognition of his outstanding contributions as a dedicated teacher in the true Guru tradition, a physician par excellence, original researcher, medical philosopher and an able administrator, the Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences (State University) presented him to the Chairman for the award of the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D., Honoris Causa).