Memberships

  • International Professional Associations
    • Regional Representative LMIC, International Society for Developmental Origins of Health and Disease [DOHaD]
    • International Practitioner Member, Faculty of Public Health, Royal Colleges of Physicians, UK.
    • Member, Society for Development Origins of Health and Disease [DOHaD]
    • Member, Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, [RSTMH]
    • Life Member, International Epidemiology Association [ IEA ]
    • Leadership NCD workgroup, International Society for Disease Surveillance [ISDS]
    • Chartered Class Member, National Board of Public Health Examiners
    • Member, Society for Epidemiological Research, USA
    • Member, American College of Epidemiology
  • National Professional Associations
    • Life Member, Indian Public Health Association [M.I.P.H.A]
    • Member, Indian Medical Council, India
    • Member, Karnataka Association of Community Health

Experience

07’2015 – Current: Wellcome Trust-DBT Intermediate Research Fellow in Clinical & Public Health

11’2014- Current: Additional Professor, Public Health Foundation of India, Bengaluru

01’2010– 10’2014:  Associate Professor, Public Health Foundation of India, Bengaluru

08’ 2010–09’2012:  Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Indian Institute of Public Health-Hyderabad, Public Health Foundation of India

01’ 2010–08’ 2010:  Senior Lecturer, Department of Epidemiology, Indian Institute of Public Health-Hyderabad, Public Health Foundation of India

09’2008–04’2009: Special Academic Reader-  Epidemiology, UCLA School of Public Health.

01’2008–04’2009:  Teaching Assistant, Department of Epidemiology, UCLA School of Public Health,

01’2007–12’2008: Research Associate, Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (MACS), UCLA AIDS Institute with Dr. Roger Detels, UCLA School of Public Health, USA

01’2001–08’2006:  State Surveillance Medical Officer and (i/c) Regional Coordinator, National Polio Surveillance Project, World Health Organization

01’2000–12’2000: Junior Resident, Center for Community Medicine & Blood Bank, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi

07’1998–06’1999: Pre-Registration House Officer, Kasturba Hospital, Manipal

 

Brief details of Public Health Experience

2010:

  • Appointed as the only external member in “Karnataka State Committee for creation of Public Health Department”.
  • Conducting doctoral level research on “Prevalence of Job stress, General Health Profile and Hypertension among Professionals in Information Technology sector, Bengaluru, India”.
  • Working as faculty at Indian Institute of Public Health- Hyderabad.

 2008-2009:

  • Special Academic Reader during the quarters Fall 2008 and winter 2009 for teaching Graduade level courses in Epidemiology (200A and 200B) with Dr.Jorn Olsen and Beate Ritz: Core courses for Graduate students in department of Epidemiology.
  • Special Academic Reader during Spring 2009 for teaching Epidemiology 227: AIDS, A major Public Health Challenge, Instructor: Dr.Roger Detels, MD, MS.
  • As Special Academic reader, duties included conduct of discussion sections for graduate students in Epidemiology, office hours, and participation in composition, grading of exercises and examinations. Nominated for the “Best TA of School of Public Health”, have won certificate of recognization from PHSA.

 2006-2008:

  • Teaching Assistant: International Fogarty Programme for HIV-AIDS, under Dr.Roger Detels, MD, MS, Principal investigator for the course “Rapid Surveys in Developing countries”
  • Research Associate, Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (MACS), UCLA AIDS Institute with Dr.Roger Detels, MD, MS, Principal investigator.
  • Conducted a research evaluation of Immunization programme in Bellary, Karnataka under guidance of Dr.Jorn Olsen, Chair, Epidemiology, UCLA. Status: Under revision for Publishing.
  • 2001-2006: State Surveillance Medical Officer and Regional Coordinator, 2001– 2006: World Health Organization, National Polio Surveillance Project-India.
  • State level coordination of Polio and Measles activities on behalf of World Health Organization
  • Network building and Partnership Coordination involving Chief Secretary, Secretary, Health & Family Welfare, Commissioner, Director of Health, Project Director (RCH), UNICEF, and Rotary international and other key organizations.
  • Responsible for Initiation and Advocacy for the Measles surveillance in the state of Karnataka that provided impetus for Multi Year Strategic Plan for Measles control in India and for the constitution and sustained performance of State Core Group on routine Immunization for Karnataka.
  • Demonstrated strong skills in advocacy, Perseverance and technical guidance as per the programmatic requirements.
  • Selected to lead Measles Surveillance at National level for India in WHO.
  • Selected by the country headquarters to be in charge (Additional responsibility) Regional Coordinator that included financial responsibility of NPSP- WHO units in Southern India.
  • Has been deployed as special coordinator of Polio immunization activities in the high risk states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarath and Andhra Pradesh over 24 months.
  • As Chief Consultant for Research, Victoria Foundation, Bangalore, conducted studies on Immunization programs, Maternal & Child Health programs. Key project: Evaluation of Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus elimination in Karnataka for WHO-PATH, GoI.
  • Training State level officers, NGOs, District health officers, RCH officers and Medical officers on Polio-eradication activities, Routine Immunization and other Vaccine preventable diseases. Responsible for Induction training to Consultants, Immunization selected by UNICEF in the state of Karnataka.
  • Academic teaching to Medical postgraduates in Medical colleges of Bangalore on Immunization, RCH, Surveillance for Vaccine Preventable diseases.

2000-2001:

  •  Junior resident, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. Positions Held: Junior Resident, Center for Community Medicine, Blood Bank
  • Conducted Knowledge, Attitude & Practices survey regarding blood donation awareness, National Health Programmes at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
  • Planned and conducted free health blood donation campaigns in the slums of New Delhi.
  • Carried hospital and field based surveillance to detect the prevalence rate of HIV in the STD patients.
  • Was managing and analyzing all the data related to the blood donors and especially of HIV patients. 

1998-1999:

  • Pre-Registration House officer, Kasturba Hospital, Manipal, India.
  • Conducted a study on Prevalence of Contraceptives in Udupi district with Dr.Shalini, Professor, Department of Community Medicine, KMC, Manipal.

Education

  • Ph.D. (Epidemiology), University of California (UCLA), Los Angeles.
  • MPH: Masters in Public Health (Epidemiology), University of California (UCLA).
  • MBA: (Hospital and health Administration), IBMR, TASMAC, Pune.
  • PGMLE: Post Graduate Diploma in Medical Law & Ethics, National Law School of India University, Bangalore
  • MBBS: Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal

Recent Papers and News

Visiting private clinic for immunisation?: Deccan Herald

Hypertension and high BP afflicts one-third of techies: Bangalore Mirror

Software professionals more prone to hypertension: study: The Hindu

Recent Papers :-

Assessment of screening practices for gestational hyperglycaemia in public health facilities: a descriptive study in Bangalore, India

Background. Screening and timely treatment of gestational hyperglycaemia (GH) is proved to be beneficial and improves maternal and foetal health outcomes. To understand screening practices, we explored the knowledge and perceptions of doctors working in public health facilities in Bangalore, India. We also studied participation factors by examining whether undergoing glucose estimation tests affects morning sickness in pregnant women.

Design and Methods. We aimed to understand the screening practices and knowledge of doctors. A semi-structured questionnaire was self-administered by the 50 participant doctors, selected from the sampling frame comprising of all the doctors working in public health facilities. We included 105 pregnant women for baseline assessment, in whom a well-structured questionnaire was used.

Results. We reported that gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) screening was done in nearly all the health centres (96%). However, only 12% of the doctors could provide all components of GDM diagnosis and management correctly and 46% would diagnose by using a random blood glucose test. A majority (92%) of the doctors had poor knowledge (68%) about the cut-off values of glucose tests. More than 80% of pregnant women experienced some discomfort mostly due to rapid ingestion glucose in short span of time.

Conclusions. Our study established that screening for GH is done in most public health facilities. Nonetheless, knowledge of doctors on the glucose tests and their interpretation needs improvement. Re-orientation trainings of the doctors can improve their knowledge and thereby can efficiently screen for GH. Further, adequate planning prior to the tests can aid successful completion of them.

The Epidemic of HIV, Syphilis, Chlamydia and Gonorrhea and the Correlates of Sexual Transmitted Infections among Men Who Have Sex with Men in Jiangsu, China, 2009

Background

In China, the HIV/AIDS epidemic is expanding among men who have sex with men (MSM). As independent risk factors of HIV infection, the epidemics of Chlamydia (CT) and Gonorrhea (NG) in MSM were not well studied, particular for the risk factors of these infectious. The objectives of current reported study were to understand the dynamics of HIV and other sexual transmitted infections (STIs) among MSM in Jiangsu, China, and to measure factors that correlated with STIs.

Methods

In order to gain more participants, a multisite cross-sectional study design was used in our study, by using convenience-sampling to recruit MSM in two Changzhou and Yangzhou, Jiangsu, China, between the July and October of 2009.

Results

In this comprehensive survey involving MSM in two cities of Jiangsu province of China, the prevalence of STIs of CT (6.54%), NG (3.63%), syphilis (20.34%) and HIV (11.62%) were measured. Overall, the STIs prevalence (CT, NG or syphilis) for the participants in our study was 26.39%, meanwhile, 3.4% (14 out of the 413) participants had at least two kinds of STIs. Meeting casual partners at parks, public restrooms or other public areas, having had anal sex with men in the past six months, having had STI symptoms in the past year were positively correlated with STIs positive, with adjusted ORs of 4.61(95%CI 1.03–20.75), 1.91(95%CI 1.14–3.21) and 2.36(95%CI 1.07,5.24).

Conclusion

Our study findings reiterate the fact that Chinese MSM are highly susceptible to acquiring syphilis, CT, NG and HIV, and there is an urgent need for intervention targeted towards this population. Behavioral measures should constitute an important part of the targeted intervention. Furthermore, the already implemented preventive and diagnostic services for HIV should be expanded to include syphilis CT and NG, too.

An appraisal of the tuberculosis programme in India using an ethics framework

This is a review of the manner in which the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) is being implemented, with a focus on the attention being paid to ethical principles and the incorporation of these into the programme. The article elucidates how ethical principles can be applied to protect the rights of the potential beneficiaries of the RNTCP. The authors consider the RNTCP in the light of a framework that is usually applied in research to evaluate ethical principles in public health practice. The three key principles of the framework are: respect for persons, beneficence and justice. The authors propose that this framework be used to make an ethical evaluation of other public health programmes at several levels, since this could bring far- reaching benefits to society .

Consistently High Unprotected Anal Intercourse (UAI) and factors correlated with UAI among men who have sex with men: implication of a serial cross-sectional study in Guangzhou, China

Is hypertension associated with job strain? A meta-analysis of observational studies

Epidemiological Correlates of Breast Cancer in South India

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