Lucy Oommen

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Lucy Oommen
Kerala, India
DiedMarch 2002
Years active1942-1988
Known forMedical administration
Parent(s)P. K. Oommen
AwardsPadma Shri

Lucy Oommen was an Indian gynaecologist[1] and the first medical director of Indian origin at the St Stephen's Hospital, Delhi.[2] Born to P. K. Oommen and Kochannamma and sister to Jacob Oommen and Alice,[3] in the south Indian state of Kerala, she graduated in medicine from the Christian Medical College and Hospital, Vellore[4] and joined St Stephen's Hospital Delhi as a surgeon in 1942.[5] She then took charge as superintendent from Dr. Morris.[6]


She became the first Indian to become the director of the institution, and held the post till her retirement in 1988.[5] She was awarded the fourth highest Indian civilian award of Padma Shri by the Government of India in 1977.[7] St. Stephen's Hospital instituted an award, Dr. Lucy Oommen Award, in 2005,[8] for recognizing excellence in Mother and Child Care,[2] the first of the awards going to Sharda Jain, a known gynecologist based in New Delhi in 2008.[9] She was awarded for her work in Obstetrics and Gynaecology including the social work that she had initiated.[10] Dr. Lucy had been a gold medalist of the year during her college. After her death, St. Stephen's Hospital added her name to a wing of the hospital, now called the Dr. Lucy Oommen, Mother and Child Block.[11]


St. Stephen’s realized a growth from a maternity hospital comprising 140 beds to a general one comprising 450 beds, after the work done by Dr. Lucy. She also formed an institution called Patient’s Welfare Society, which is a group that supports patients for free[11]. She was also the personal physician for the Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.[12]

Oommen remained a spinster throughout her life[4] and died of old age Parkensis[13] in March 2002.

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  1. ^ "The Indian Missionary in Zimbabwe". Praise the Almighty. 2015. Retrieved 23 June 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Lucy Oommen Award conferred". The Hindu. 16 April 2008. Retrieved 23 June 2015.
  3. ^ "P. K. Oommen". Genealogy. 2015. Retrieved 23 June 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Lucy Kizhakkevedu". Genealogy. 2015. Retrieved 23 June 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Dates, Personalities and Events". St. Stephen's Hospital. 2015. Retrieved 23 June 2015.
  6. ^ ": : . St.Stephen's Hospital - History". Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Padma Shri". Padma Shri. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 November 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2015.
  8. ^ "The First Lucy Oommen Award" (PDF). St. Stephens News. 2015. Retrieved 23 June 2015.
  9. ^ "Archive Achievements of Alumni". Lady Hardinge Medical College Alumni Association. 2015. Retrieved 23 June 2015.
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  11. ^ a b "Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam: Former President of India". Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  12. ^ "Roy-P-Thomas-IL - User Trees -". Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  13. ^ "LUCY OOMMEN". geni_family_tree. Retrieved 19 January 2019.

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