Though Aravind does not project itself as a family-run organization, the leading role that Dr. V’s kin play is impossible to ignore. Today, over 35 members across three generations of his family work in the Aravind Eye Care System. Several are employed in nonmedical areas of LAICO and Aurolab, while a few of his nieces are full-time volunteers heading divisions such as publishing, hospitality, and catering. By 2011, more than 20 people from Dr. V’s family were senior surgeons or student doctors at Aravind. An additional four were in medical school.

A potent blend of custom, trust, caring, and respect molded members of Dr. V’s family to be guardians and implementers of his legacy. Children of the founding team ...

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