LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - We want to say congratulations to Dr. Surendra Varma, a Pediatric Endocrinologist at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center.
This weekend in Austin, he was given the Texas Medical Association's Distinguished Service Award recognizing his many accomplishments in more than 40 years of service to Lubbock and beyond.
Varma is regarded as the father of an effort in the 70s that pushed legislation requiring CH Screening for every newborn in the state. That blood test from a heel prick after birth identifies children with a condition that could reduce intelligence unless medication is started immediately.
"Pushing that legislation when we know what we should do science wise, he really contributed," Dr. Richard Lampe, Chairman of Pediatrics at the TTUHSC, said. "He has made children's lives better."
The young state senator who helped Dr. Varma push that required screening through the legislature was Kent Hance. Together they worked to pass a law which has protected tens of thousands of families in Texas from a severe mental disability.
Look for more about Dr. Varma and what he has accomplished in our upcoming Children's Miracle Network telethon. That broadcast is coming up June 2 and 3 live from University Medical Center.