I am a medical doctor, a public health specialist and a certified fitness trainer. I have over 18 years of experience in clinical and community health setting, medical and health research and capacity building of health and fitness professionals. Besides being an academician and experienced healthcare professional, I pursue fitness and nutrition as a passion and therefore promote evidence based principles of the fitness science among all groups of people through innovative means. I have substantial experience in designing programs in nutrition and fitness for individuals and groups for prevention of lifestyle disorders besides establishing modern and customized fitness solutions for institutions and gyms. I currently manage few large scale projects in various parts of Northern India in the areas of Diabetes, Hypertension and Cervical Cancer, besides leading monitoring and evaluation functions of almost all programs under Population Services International - India. I speak five major Indian languages fluently including Assamese (Native) besides English.
Health And Social Care Professional
Over 18 years of experience in primary care and public health programs.
Expertise in design, implementation and evaluation of large scale health projects.
Curriculum design for public health education and Capacity building of health professionals.
College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Centre, Omaha, USA
January 2011 - December 2011
I was the preceptor, E-learning program in India for conducting the Certificate in Public Health course of the College of Public Health at University of Nebraska Medical Centre, Omaha, USA.
Associate Professor and Head, Centre for Chronic Diseases
Asian Institute of Public Health, Bhubaneswar
July 2010 - December 2011
I designed & implemented a hybrid Master of Public Health program under Ravenshaw University, conducted by Asian Institute of Public Health, Bhubaneswar in collaboration with University of Nebraska Medical Centre, Omaha, USA. I taught epidemiology and prevention of chronic diseases its students.
Faculty of Community Medicine
Pramukhswami Medical College, Karamsad, Gujarat, India
September 2001 - June 2010
I joined the Community Medicine department of PS Medical College as a Tutor in 2001 while doing post graduate studies in the same department. In 2004, on completion of the MD degree, I was promoted to Assistant Professor and in 2009, I became an Associate Porfessor. SInce 2007, I was also the head of research at the institution.
I set up Central Research Services as a central body for all institutions run by Charutar Arogya Mandal, (the trust managing the Pramukhswamy Medical College) in order to facilitate clinical, epidemiological and socio-behavioural research at different institutions under the trust (http://www.charutarhealth.org/node/207). This is the first of its kind of a research facilitation centre in any medical institution in India. I successfully led the initiative to get accreditation for it from Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India, as a Scientific and Industrial Research Organization in 2009. The most unique feature of this facility is that it has a centralized randomization room for sponsored clinical trials within the teaching hospital, which has attracted several pharmaceuticals and CROs to conduct studies.
I also set up a telemedicine set up (hub and spoke model) at Pramukhswamy Medical College besides several Primary Healthcare Centers in rural, urban and institutional settings managed by Charutar Arogya Mandal (CAM) in Gujarat (2000 - 2007).
I set up a state of the art sports, wellness & fitness centre in 2007 in the same campus.
Medical Officer, Shree Krishna Hospital
Pramukhswami Medical College, Karamsad, Gujarat
February 1999 - March 2001
Ramakrishna Mission Hospital, Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh
January 1997 - January 1999
Honorary Medical officer
Sports Authority of India, Guwahati Chapter
August 1996 - December 1996
Trainee Medical Officer
MASHWARA, a drug addiction centre and HIV couselling centre, Guwahati
June 1996 - September 1996
Director, M&E and Health Services Delivery
Population Services International, India
Supervise research and MIS teams and contribute to their capacity building in conducting various research studies as well as all other Monitoring and Evaluation activities. Design and implement innovative monitoring and evaluation methods.
Chief of Party for PSI, the Lily NCD Partnership, an operations research project to promote awareness, early detection and treatment for Diabetes and Hypertension in Sonepat and Vishakhapatnam funded by Eli Lily Foundation
Chief of Party, a Cervical Cancer screening and treatment program in Uttar Pradesh funded by Women’s Investment Network
Team Lead, social franchising of AYUSH doctors in a large family planning promotion program under PSI-India
Strategic assistance to new business development.
Qualifications & Certifications
MPH (Master of Public Health ) 2005-06, International Program,
Hadassah-Braun School of Public Health & Community Medicine, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel
MD (Doctor of Medicine in Community Medicine)
Pramukhswami Medical College, Gujarat; under Sardar Patel University, V V Nagar, Gujarat
MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery)
Guwahati Medical College, Guwahati University, Assam
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