Certificate Course in Evidence Based Management of Diabetic Retinopathy - CCDR

Program Secretariat

Prof. K. Srinath Reddy
President – Public Health Foundation Of India

Prof. Reddy is presently President, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and formerly headed the Department of Cardiology at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). He was appointed as the First Bernard Lown Visiting Professor of Cardiovascular Health at the Harvard School of Public Health in 2009. He is also an Adjunct Professor of the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University and Honorary Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney. PHFI is engaged in capacity building in Public Health in India through education, training, research, policy development, health communication and advocacy.

Having trained in cardiology and epidemiology, Prof. Reddy has been involved in several major international and national research studies including the INTERSALT global study of blood pressure and electrolytes, INTERHEART global study on risk factors of myocardial infarction, national collaborative studies on epidemiology of coronary heart disease and community control of rheumatic heart disease. Widely regarded as a leader of preventive cardiology at national and international levels, Prof. Reddy has been a researcher, teacher, policy enabler, advocate and activist who has worked to promote cardiovascular health, tobacco control, chronic disease prevention and healthy living across the lifespan. He edited the National Medical Journal of India for 10 years and is on editorial board of several international and national journals. He has more than 350 scientific publications in international and Indian peer reviewed-journals.

He has served on many WHO expert panels and is presently the President of the World Heart Federation (2013-14). He also chairs the Core Advisory Group on Health and Human Rights for the National Human Rights Commission of India and is a member of the National Science and Engineering Research Board of Government of India. He recently chaired the High Level Expert Group on Universal Health Coverage, set up by the Planning Commission of India. He also serves as the President, of the National Board of Examinations which deals with post-graduate medical education in India. Prof. Reddy is a member of the Leadership Council of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (, established to assist the United Nations in developing the post-2015 goals for sustainable development. He chairs the Thematic Group on Health in the SDSN.

His contributions to public health have been recognized through several awards and honours. They include: WHO Director General’s Award for Outstanding Global Leadership in Tobacco Control (World Health Assembly, 2003), Padma Bhushan (Presidential Honour, India, 2005), Queen Elizabeth Medal (Royal Society for Health Promotion, UK, 2005), Luther Terry Medal for Leadership in Tobacco Control (American Cancer Society, 2009), Membership of the US National Academies (Institute of Medicine, 2005), Fellowship of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (2009), Fellowship of the Faculty of Public Health, UK (2009), Cutter Lecture (Harvard, 2006), Koplan Lecture (CDC, 2008), Gopalan Oration (2009), Ramalingaswami Oration (2010), Paul Dudley White Lecture (AHA, 2010), Sheth Lecture (Emory, 2012), Philip Poole Wilson Memorial Oration (AIIMS-UKIERI, 2012), Sir John Wilson Oration (IAPB,2012), Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) conferred by University of Aberdeen, Scotland (2011), Dr. NTR Medical University (2011), University of Lausanne, Switzerland (2012), and University of Glasgow, Scotland (2013), Doctor of Literature (Honoris Causa) conferred by the Jodhpur National University, India (2013), and Doctor of Medicine (Honoris Causa) by University of London (Buckingham Palace) 2014. He has also won prestigious literary awards such as: the Global Peace Essay contest organized by Economists Allied for Arms Reduction – ECAAR – and judged by 9 Nobel Laureates and the Times of India Essay contest on Human Rights and Media. He was a prize winning debater and quizzer at school and college levels

Professor GVS Murthy
Director, Indian Institute of Public Health, Hyderabad
Principal Investigator and Senior Program Director – Certificate Course in Evidence based Management of Diabetic Retinopathy- CCDR

Dr GVS Murthy graduated from Guntur Medical College in 1979 and then went on to do a Masters in Community Medicine at AIIMS in 1985. He subsequently completed his Masters in Community Ophthalmology from University College, London in 1995 with a distinction.

Over the past 35 years, Dr Murthy has been a faculty at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Sevagram, Indian Institute of Public Health, Hyderabad and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, where he holds a faculty position. He has also worked with WHO (Geneva) on Prevention of Childhood Blindness and UNAIDS (New Delhi) on Behavioral Surveillance and MIS.

He has been a Principal Investigator on 32 research projects funded by WHO, World Bank, DfID, CBM, Sightsavers, ICMR, Queens Diamond Jubilee Trust, OEU, US-India Fund, Welcome Trust and other agencies.

He has published more than 150 papers including 105 in leading peer-reviewed journals and contributed chapters to 12 books and edited 10 books/ monographs and presented more than 300 papers at national and international conferences. He is a member of editorial boards of 4 journals.

He has been the recipient of a number of awards including the ICMR Young Scientist Award (BC Srivastava Award), Dr G. Venkataswamy Award, National Society for Prevention of Blindness Award, Dr Rustam Ranji Oration and Award, the AIIMS Golden Jubilee Oration and GMC Diamond Jubilee Alumni Oration.

Prof. D. Prabhakaran
Director - Center for Control of Chronic Conditions
Vice President - Public Health Foundation of India
Director and Co-Program Investigator – Certificate Course in Evidence Based Management of Diabetic Retinopathy- CCDR

Prof. Prabhakaran graduated from Bangalore Medical College, received his MD (Medicine), DM (Cardiology) degrees from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and MSc in Health Research Methodology from McMaster University, Canada. He has a career commitment to preventive cardiology. He was Additional Professor of Cardiology at the AIIMS, New Delhi till 2007. He is currently Director Centre for Chronic Conditions and Injuries (CCCI) and Vice President at Public Health Foundation of India and Professor at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Adjunct Professor at Rollin’s School of Public Health, Emory University. He is fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, U.K. and Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India.

He is also a member of executive council of International Society of Hypertension (ISH), the executive council of the World Hypertension League, the International Society of CVD Epidemiology & Prevention (ISCEP) and the epidemiology council of Cardiology Society of India. His research work spans from mechanistic research to understand causes for increased propensity of CVD among Indians, to developing solutions for CVD through translational research and human research development. He was an integral part of several major international and national research studies including the INTERHEART Study, the CREATE Registry, ICMR and DST funded studies, British Heart Foundation funded projects on low birth weight among migrant Gujaratis, Wellcome trust funded impact of intra-country migration on CHD, the NIH sponsored STICH trial and the India Health Study. He is currently involved in many community based prevention program, strategic clinical trials and observational studies with funding from several national and International agencies. At a policy level he has assisted the Government of India in formulating the National Program for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular diseases and Stroke, helped the World Bank in developing the regional policy note on NCDs for SAARC countries and assisted the WHO (SEARO) in their capacity building and capacity strengthening program of the SEARO countries. He has mentored over 40 post-doctoral students so far and authored several chapters & over 250 scholarly papers with H-index of 40. He is the lead editor of Cardiovascular Volume of latest Disease Control Priorities Project.

Dr. Sandeep Bhalla
Program Director, Training, Centre for Chronic Conditions and Injuries (CCCI),
Adjunct Associate Professor - PHFI
Program Director – Certificate Course in Evidence Based Management of Diabetic Retinopathy - CCDR

Dr. Bhalla, an AFMC Pune alumni did his MD and DNB in Community Medicine. He has been awarded Fellowship in Leadership and Implementation Sciences to address NCD’s in India (PH- Leader) jointly delivered by PHFI , Emory University and INSP Mexico. He has worked as tutor in department of Community, Medicine, MP Shah Medical College Jamnagar and has Senior Resident in department of Community Medicine at Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and Safdarjung Hospital, Delhi. He has worked as a Technical Officer with Resource Center for Sexual Health and HIV /AIDS (RCSHA) i.e. DFID technical support unit for National AIDS Control Program (NACO) Phase-2 where he compiled the database of HIV/ AIDS/STI research studies of India in form of around 8000 Indian Research studies . During his association with NACO as a Senior Technical Officer for STI Component he has made the operational guidelines for Program Managers and Service Providers for strengthening STI/RTI services for the country with NACO team, which got global recognition.

He also served as Associate Professor (Public Health) at International Institute of Health Management Research (IIHMR), New Delhi. He is the founder member of Association for the Prevention and Control of Rabies in India (APCRI) and assessor of Healthcare Excellence award of CII and National Assessor for NABH. As Program Director (Training) , Centre for control of chronic conditions (CCCC), He is leading; Certificate Course in Evidence Based Diabetes Management (CCEBDM), Certificate course in Gestational Diabetes Management(CCGDM), Advanced certificate course in prevention and management of Diabetes and Cardiovascular Diseases (ACMDC). Certificate Course in Management of Thyroid Disorders (CCMTD), and is responsible for successful implementation and management of these programs all across India along with his team. Recently IDF (International Diabetes Federation) recognized PHFI for excellence in providing diabetes education to healthcare professionals with CCEBDM & CCGDM Model, in which more than 7000 doctors have already undertaken the training. CCEBDM has also been adopted by Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) and Government of Kerala, NRHM for training their Medical Officers, similarly, Certificate Course in Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (CCGDM) has also been adopted by National Health Mission, Govt. of Gujarat and it got the accreditation of South Asian Federation of Endocrinology Societies (SAFES). Dr. Bhalla has around 30 publications in various journals.

Dr. Vivek Singh
Associate Professor
Indian Institute of Public Health-IIPH Hyderabad

Dr. Singh was part of the founding cohort of future faculty fellows of Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI). Prior to joining PHFI in 2006, he has worked as a medical officer with the World Health Organization (WHO) and Government of India’s polio surveillance project for 6 years in some of the most operationally challenging locations like the state of Bihar and the Mumbai metro region. He has also worked at the grass roots as a medical officer in-charge of a primary health center in Maharashtra, India. He also has experience of working in Africa, providing technical support to the WHO Kenya country office for strengthening of the polio eradication initiatives and integrated disease surveillance, through the US, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) ’STOP’ program.

Dr. Singh has an appointment as a research scholar at the international health department of the CAPHRI School of public health at Maastricht University. He is a graduate of Emory University in Atlanta and Government Medical College in Nagpur, India.

As a faculty at the Indian Institute of Public Health (IIPH) – Hyderabad, he is engaged in development of competency-based training and teaching programs in applied epidemiology, public health surveillance and program management. He also coordinates the Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) and a portfolio of short term training programs at the institute. He conducts the modules on public health surveillance and public health program management in the post graduate diploma programs of the institute.

Dr. Singh serves as a public health expert in technical advisory groups and panels of UN agencies; state governments and other health development partners. He has led and participated in program evaluation studies commissioned by the state governments, the World Bank and UNICEF and he provides policy advice to state governments and development partners on disease control and maternal & child health programs. He has been instrumental in forging strategic alliances of PHFI with regional and global health networks and institutions, e.g. the SPHERE India network; Asia Alliance for Global health (AAGH); International Society for Disease Surveillance (ISDS) and the Maastricht University, to name a few. He is a member of the board of directors and the global outreach liaison of the International Society for Disease Surveillance (ISDS).

Mr. Manoj Joshi
Program Manager
Certificate Course in Evidence Based Management of Diabetic Retinopathy

Mr. Joshi graduated from Delhi University in Bachelors in Life Sciences and holds Post- Graduation in Healthcare & Hospital Management, with specialization in Healthcare Management from International Institute of Health Management & Research (IIHMR), Delhi. He has additional certificates in Project Management, Disaster Management and Monitoring and Evaluation.He has worked as Consultant- Healthcare Advisory with ICRA Management Consulting Services (IMaCS), for successful implementation of Quality Management System in multi-specialty hospitals for National Health System Resource Center (NHSRC) and state government and with UNICEF on various projects. He has also worked as Program Officer on RESPOND NSV initiative, USAID funded project led by Engender Health and Johns Hopkins University Centre for Communication Programs (JHU.CCP) to promote modern methods of contraception and Addresses the unmet need for family planning in Kanpur Dehat district of Uttar Pradesh. Mr. Joshi has worked as Senior Monitoring & Evaluation Coordinator for Advanced Certificate Course in Prevention and Management of Diabetes & Cardiovascular Disease (ACMDC) and Certificate Course in Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (CCGDM) at PHFI and presently he is working as Senior Program Coordinator in Certificate Course in Evidence Based Management of Diabetic Retinopathy. (CCDR) and is responsible for coordination and management of all components of the program which is modeled on the framework of an interdisciplinary multi-partner collaboration across the country.
Dr. Tanu Soni
Program Coordinator
Certificate Course in Evidence Based Management of Diabetic Retinopathy

Dr. Tanu Soni completed her BDS from DAV © Dental College, Yamunanagar under Kurukshetra University, Haryana in 2010. She completed her Master’s in Public Health (MPH) from Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh in 2014. Prior to her appointment at the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), Dr. Soni worked for 8 months as Research Assistant in International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases (The Union), SEARO, New Delhi. She is currently working as Assistant Program Coordinator for the Certificate Course in Evidence Based Management of Diabetic Retinopathy (CCDR) under the Centre for Chronic Conditions and Injuries (CCCI). In the past Dr. Soni has worked in the global field based studies for a community development project in Development of a questionnaire to assess the impact of ‘Eve teasing’ on the mental health of young women in rural India. She also has a research experience in the area of Tobacco & Tuberculosis control. She has completed the Project Management course conducted by The Union authorized under International Association for Continuing Education & Training (IACET). She has actively participated in the International Workshop on Public Health Leadership organised by School of Public Heath, PGIMER, Chandigarh in collaboration with Division of Public Health, University of Utah, USA.
Dr. Vasudha Kalra Sharma
Assistant Program Coordinator
Certificate Course in Evidence Based Management of Diabetic Retinopathy

Dr. Vasudha Kalra Sharma acquired her degree in Bachelors of Dental Surgery (BDS) from Kurukshetra University and holds Post Graduate degree in Masters in Health Care Sciences (MBAHCS) from Sikkim Manipal University. She did her Junior Residency from Deen Dayal Upadhayay Hospital , Jail Road , Delhi for 6 months . She also worked as Dental Department Coordinator at Religare, Rajouri Garden. She also worked as Assistant Hospital Administrator in R.N Memorial Nursing Home, Khyala, Janak Puri. In her current Position as Assistant Program Coordinator she is responsible for assisting in management and coordination of all program activities of the Diabetic Retinopathy training program (CCDR).
Mr. Rajesh Mishra
Data Manager
Certificate Course in Evidence Based Management of Diabetic Retinopathy

Mr. Rajesh Mishra being a Graduate in Statistics from Sambalpur University, and PGDCA in MIS from IIMS Calcutta, Involved in statistical data handling and anlysis since last 15 years with various National as well as International agencies such as Registrar General of India, Indian Institute of Mass Communication, WHO, UNDP, UNICEF, UNESCO, DFID etc. Through his analytical ability and reporting his contribution by preparing the proposals for development of sectors such Health, Education, Social Reforms are remarkable. He possess extensive knowledge on various tools such SPSS, SAS and MIS. Currently he is serving Public Health Foundation of India in Certificate Course in Evidence Based Management of Diabetic Retinopathy (CCDR) as an Data Associate.
Mr. Omkar Singh Rawat
Technical Associate
Certificate Course in Evidence Based Management of Diabetic Retinopathy

Mr. Omkar Singh Rawat is working as a Technical Assistant for the certificate course in Evidence Based Management of Diabetic Retinopathy. He Graduated from CSHJM University, Kanpur in 2007. He worked as a Technical Assistant in R.N Khetarpal Memorial Nursing home for 1 year. Presently he is serving as an Technical Associate in Public Health Foundation of India in Certificate Course in Evidence Based Management of Diabetic Retinopathy. (CCDR)