Rustomji Bomanji Billimoria

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] He was married to Gulestan Rustom Billimoria,[4] a known social worker and a Padma Bhushan recipient.[5] The Government of India awarded him the third highest civilian honour of the Padma Bhushan, in 1961, for his contributions to medicine.[6]

Rustomji Bomanji Billimoria
Born(1882-05-13)13 May 1882
Social worker
Known forPanchgani Tuberculosis Sanatorium
Spouse(s)Gulestan Rustom Billimoria
Parent(s)Bomanji Jamshedji Billimoria
AwardsPadma Bhushan


  1. ^ "Panchgani profile on India". India 2016. Retrieved 6 March 2016.
  2. ^ a b "About Us". Belair Panchgani. 2016. Retrieved 6 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Panchgani: Beyond the Five Hills". Red Scarab Travel and Media. 2016. Retrieved 6 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Bel-Air Hospital of Indian Red Cross Society". 29 May 2018. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Padma Awards". Padma Awards. Government of India. 17 May 2018. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2016. Retrieved 3 January 2016.