Rustomji Bomanji Billimoria was an Indian physician, social worker, and the founder of Bel-Air Hospital, a tuberculosis sanatorium at Panchgani, a hill station in Maharashtra.[1] Born on 13 May 1882 in Mumbai to Bomanji Jamshedji Billimoria as the youngest of his four children,[2] Billimoria took up medicine as his profession and, in 1912, established a sanatorium for treating tuberculosis at Dalkeith in Panchgani.[3] The facility has grown over the years to become a 250-bedded healthcare centre and is managed by Indian Red Cross Society.[2] The Government of India awarded him the third highest civilian honour of the Padma Bhushan, in 1961, for his contributions to medicine.[4]


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  4. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2016. Retrieved January 3, 2016.