Dr. Sanjay Kumar Somani

Dr. Sanjay Kumar Somani (born in Mumbai) is a Senior Indian Gastroenterologist  based in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India.  He got Young Investigator’s Award (YIA) 2002, Kyoto, Japan. Best research paper award in Joint Conference INASL and EASL 2001. Best paper award Cluster, XIIIth Annual Conference of Pediatric Gastroenterology 2003 and Marquis Who’s is who in the World (27th Edition) and 2013.


Dr. Sanjay Kumar Somani, born in Mumbai.  Did his DM from the prestigious SGPGI Lucknow. He was Assistant Professor (Gastroenterology) in Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad. Then he worked as a Senior Consultant in Famous Apollo Hospitals, Colombo, Sri Lanka  He  Was a Senior Consultant in BGS Apollo Hospitals, Mysore and SPS Apollo Hospitals, Ludhiana. Dr. Sanjay kumar somani Also worked in Sahara Hospital Lucknow and Mayo Medical Center Lucknow as a Senior Consultant Gastroenterologist.

. Professional experience

Name of Post Institute/ Hospital
Senior Consultant Gastroenterologist Mayo Medical Center, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow
Consultant Gastroenterologist Sahara Hospital, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow, India
Consultant Gastroenterologist SPS Apollo Hospitals, Sherpur Chowk, Ludhiana, India
Consultant Gastroenterologist BGS Apollo Hospitals, Mysore, India
Senior Consultant Gastroenterologist Apollo Hospitals, Colombo-5, Sri Lanka
Assistant Professor (Gastroenterology) Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS), Hyderabad, India
Senior Resident (DM, Gastroenterology) Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute (SGPGI) Lucknow, India


Senior Resident (HS, Gastroenterology) Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute (SGPGI), Lucknow, India
Senior Resident (Medicine) Safdarjang Hospital, N Delhi, India
Senior Resident (HS, Nephrology) Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute (SGPGI), Lucknow, India
Junior Resident (Medicine) BRD Medical College, Gorakhpur, India




Dr. Sanjay kumar Somani lived in Lucknow with his wife , Daughter and son .


Awards and recognitions


Best research paper award

Joint Conference between INASL and EASL. 23-25 March 2001, Goa, India.

Hepatitis B and hepatitis C infection contribute majority of cases of cryptogenic and alcoholic liver cirrhosis”

Young Investigator’s Award (YIA )

26th International Congress of Internal Medicine (ICIM) May 26-30, 2002, Koyto, Japan. 

“Absence of intra-familial spread of hepatitis E virus infection in sporadic setting”  

Best paper award Cluster

XIIIth Annual conference of  Pediatric Gastroenterology, September, 2003, Pune. Yachha SK, Aggarwal R, Srivenu I, Somani S.            “Antibody testing in childhood celiac disease in India”

Marquis Who’s Who in the World 2009 (27th Edition) and 2013

Dr. Sanjay Kumar Somani features in who’s who a biographical record compiled by Marquis Publication Board, USA. (VIP Number: 34662882)


Papers Published


  1. “Endoscopic drainage of a post-cholecystectomy biloma with biloma-gastric stenting”. Somani SK, Somani A, Singh V. 2013;45 Suppl 2 UCTN:E173-4. doi: 10.1055/s-0032-1326498. Epub 2013 Jun 25.


  1. “Resolution of hepatic hydatic cyst with biliary communication with ERCP”. Somani SK, Srivastava AP. J Gastrointes Dig Syst, 2012,2:114


  1. “Healing of a bleeding solitary rectal ulcer with multiple sessions of argon plasma”. Somani, A. Ghosh, G. Avasthi, R. Goyal, P. Gupta. Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, 2010;71,3,578-582.


  1. “Use of self expandable plastic stent to treat dysphagia post-laryngopharyngectomy”. Somani SK, Verma N, Ghosh A, Goyal R. Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, 2010;71,7,1304-1307


  1. “Healing of solitary rectal ulcers with multiple sessions of argon plasma coagulation”. Somani SK, Ghosh A, Goyal R, Avasthi G, Gupta P. Digestive Endoscopy. 2010; 22, 107–111


  1. “Trichotillomania with Gastroduodenojejunal Trichobezoar”. Somani SK, Srivastava AP. Webmed Central Psychology 2010;1(12):WMC001367


  1. “Hepatitis E Virus Infection Leads To Severe Hemolysis In Glucose-6-phosphate Dehydrogenase Deficiency Patients”. Somani S K, Srivastava A P, Ahmad M , Khanna D, Gupta N . Webmed Central Gastroenterology 2011;2(2):WMC001537


  1. “Bochdalek diaphragmatic hernia masquerading as tension hydropneumothorax in an adult”. Somani SK, Gupta P, Tandon S, Sonkar D, Bhatnagar S, Saxena M. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2011 Jan;141(1):300-1


  1. “Severe acute pancreatitis with pseudocyst bleed due to Hepatitis E virus infection”. Somani SK, Ghosh A, Avasthi G. Clinical Journal of Gastroenterololgy. 2009;2:39-42


  1. “Aluminium phosphide induced esophageal stricture palliation with Polyflex stent” Somani SK. Dysphagia 2008 Dec;23(4)411-2


  1. “Autoimmune hepatitis in India: profile of an uncommon disease”. Gourdas Choudhuri, Sanjay K Somani, Chalamalasetty S Baba and George Alexander. BMC Gastroenterology 2005, 5:27.


  1. “Correlation of esophageal pH and motor abnormalities with endoscopic severity of reflux esophagitis” Somani SK, Goshal UC, Saraswat VA, Aggarwal R, Mishra A, Krishnani N, Naik SR. Diseases of Esophagus 2004;17(1)58-62


  1. “A serological study of intrafamilial spread from patients with sporadic Hepatitis E virus infection” Somani SK, Aggarwal R, Naik SR, Srivastava S, Naik S. Journal of Viral Hepatitis 2003Nov;10(6):446-9



Publications: NATIONAL


  1. “Coexistence of adenocarcinoma colon with pseudomembraneous colitis”. Somani SK, Kapoor S, Shukla A. Journal of Digestive Endoscopy 2013;4:117-118
  2. “Endoscopic removal of a coin impacted at the ileocecal valve with small bowel obstruction”. Somani SK, Ghosh A, Avasthi G. Tropical Gastroenterology 2009;30(3):149–150
  3. “Duodenal mucosal nodularity in Strongyloides stercoralis infection.” Somani SK, Goyal R, Avasthi G Tropical Gastroenterology 2009;30:47-48
  1. “Antibody testing in Indian children with celiac disease.” Surender Kumar Yachha, Rakesh Aggarwal, Srinivas S, Anshu Srivastava, Sanjay K Somani, Srivenu Itha. Indian Journal of Gastroenterology 2006;25:132-135
  2. “Occult hepatitis B virus infection as a cause of cirrhosis of liver in a region with intermediate endemicity” Agarwal N, Naik S, Aggarwal R, Somani SK, Kini D, Pandey R, Choudhuri G, Saraswat VA, Naik SR. Indian Journal of Gastroenterology 2003 Jul-Aug;22(4):127-31
  3. “Common carotid artery occlusion causing cerebral infarction in a patient with ulcerative colitis” Chetri K, Ghoshal UC, Somani SK, Aggarwal R, Sinha N, Jain M, Naik SR. Indian Journal of Gastroenterology 2002;21:122-123
  4. “Plasmodium falciparum and hepatitis E virus co-infection in fulminant hepatic failure” Ghoshal UC, Somani SK, Chetri K, Akhtar P, Aggarwal R, Naik SR. Indian Journal of Gastroenterology 2001;20:111
  1. “Serum Magnesium in hepatobiliary disorders” Nigam P, Kumar R, Nigam P, Saxena SP, Somani SK. Journal International Medical Sciences Academy. 1997;10(3):75-7


Book Chapters

‘Serum ascites albumin gradient (SAAG)’ in Clinical Medicine update 2007 Vol-X


Hobbies:                    Ghazals, Movies, Current affairs.


Long term goal:        Develop a state of art Gastroenterology and Endoscopy centre in Lucknow

Dr. Sachin Dev Munjal

Dr. Sachin Dev Munjal  is an Indian gastroenterologist and the founder chairman of Gastro Liver care Hospital, a healthcare facility based in Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India.  He got Prof. K. S. Mathur Gold Medal in 2009 for his contributions to medicine.


Dr. sachin Dev Munjal Did his DM from the prestigious SGPGI Lucknow. He completed his fellowship from BIDS Mumbai.  He founded Gastro Liver care Hospital at Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India which has since grown to become a super-specialty healthcare centre for gastro-intestinal diseases.


Dr. sachin Dev Munjal  is involved in healthcare services to the poor people through free medical camps, health awareness programs, and concessional treatment. He want to bring Gastroenterology services to the remote areas and peripheries. He like to do work and research on early diagnosis and management of Malignancies. He has published several articles on the subject, many of them published in international referred journals. He is a recipient of the 1st Prize for poster presentation at IACMCON 2008 Hyderabad.  His patent is approved for novel device for safe endoscopy.


Dr. Sachin Dev Munjals lived in Saharanpur with his wife Dr. Yogita Munjal and kids.


Awards and honors

  • Prof. K S Mathur Gold Medal in Medicine 2009
  • 1st Prize for poster presentation at IACMCON 2008 Hyderabad


Paper published


Amit Prabhakar Maydeo

Amit Prabhakar Maydeo, is an Indian Gastroenterologist and endoscopy expert, known for his pioneering efforts on therapeutic endoscopy and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). He was honoured by the Government of India, in 2013, by bestowing on him the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award, for his contributions to the fields of medicine and medical education. His son, Dr. Rohan maydeo is also a surgeon from MGM Medical College and Hospital, Aurangabad.


Amit Prabhakar Maydeo was born in a family with meagre financial resources in Girgaon, a southern Mumbai area in the western Indian state of Maharashtra. After graduating in medicine, his initial specialization was in surgery, but an internship at a German Hospital introduced him to the minimally invasive technique of endoscopy.

Maydeo is credited with the establishment of the first endoscopic centre in India, Baldota Institute of Digestive Sciences, considered as the most modern gastroenterology and endoscopic centre in India where he works in the capacity of the Director. Reports credit him with introducing the concept of endoscopy in India and starting the first educational course on the topic. He is also reported to have done path breaking work on therapeutic endoscopy and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). His researches have also been quoted to have developed new protocols in the treatment of pancreatic and common bile duct (CBD) stones.

Amit Maydeo, a recipient of the civilian award of Padma Shri, lives along the Bhulabhai Desai Road, popularly known as Breach Candy, in Mumbai.


Amit Prabhakar Maydeo, a former President of the Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy of India, is the Managing Director of the Institute of Advanced Endoscopy, he also holds positions of prominence such as:

Maydeo is also connected with two firms, Elcom Instruments Industries and Centre for Digestive and Kidney Diseases India, in the capacity of the Director.

T. S. Chandrasekar

Thoguluva Shesadri Chandrasekar (born 1956) is an Indian gastroenterologist and the founder chairman of Medindia Hospitals, a healthcare facility based in Chennai. He is credited with the performance of over 23,000 endoscopy procedures and is known for the Braille chart on personal hygiene he prepared in 2015 for the visually impaired people. The Government of India awarded him the fourth highest civilian honour of the Padma Shri, in 2016, for his contributions to medicine.


S. Chandrasekar, born on 14 July 1956, graduated in medicine in 1977 from Madurai Medical Collegewinning the gold medal for the best outgoing student and followed it up with the degrees of MD and DM from Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh. He started his career as a member of faculty at Coimbatore Medical Collegewhere he established the department of medical gastroenterology. Later, he founded Medindia Hospitals at Nungambakkam which has since grown to become a super-specialty healthcare centre for gastro-intestinal diseases.

Chandrasekar is the founder of Medindia Charitable Trust, which is involved in healthcare services to the poor people through free medical camps, health awareness programs, and concessional treatment. He is a former president of the Society of GastroIntestinal Endoscopy of India (2007–08) where he sits in the advisory board of its journal. The incumbent national president of the Indian Society of Gastroenterology, he is credited with the performance of over 23000 endoscopy procedures. He prepared a braille chart for personal hygiene in 2015, for use by the visually impaired people and has prepared fourteen CD-ROMs for teaching endoscopic surgical procedures. He is one of the pioneers of Peroral Endoscopic Myotomy in India, an endoscopic surgical technique involving the insertion of a knife into the oesophagus to remove the blockages in the food pipe. He has published several articles on the subject, many of them published in international referred journals. He is a recipient of the Best Doctor Award of the Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University and serves as an adjunct professor at the university. The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow honored him with their fellowship in 2009 and the Government of India awarded him the civilian honor of the Padma Shri in 2016.

Shinjini Bhatnagar

Shinjini Bhatnagar is an Indian pediatric gastroenterologist. She is elected as Fellow of National Academy of Sciences. Her research was recognised by the World Health Organization (WHO), and at 2nd World Congress of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition. She was awarded the Dr. ST Achar Gold Medal Award for Research in Child Health, and Hotam Tomar Gold Medal in recognition of her research in Pediatric Gastroenterology.

Education and career

Shinjini Bhatnagar is the professor, and head of the Pediatric Biology Centre, at the Translational Health Science and Technology Institute (THSTI), Faridabad (National Capital Region, India). Projects under her leadership include exploring poor intake of oral vaccines in developing countries, extent of celiac disease in India, etc.


How does an infant’s immune system respond to a bacterial infection; what are some of the markers that can be used to track the severity, progression and outcome of infections—these are the broad questions being pursued by the Bhatnagar Lab. Shinjini Bhatnagar and her team came up with a quick and an economical test for gluten intolerance Shinjini Bhatnagar and her team have proved that zinc supplement boost infant survival from infections.

Awards and honors

  • Fellow, National Academy of Sciences, India
  • WHO Temporary Advisor for research in childhood diarrheal diseases
  • Recognition for research in Pediatric Gastroenterology at 2nd World Congress of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition (2004)

Dinesh K. Bhargava

Dinesh K. Bhargava is an Indian gastroenterologist, medical academic and writer and a senior consultant at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, Delhi. He is one of the pioneers of gastrointestinal endoscopy in India for which the Medical Council of India awarded him Dr. B. C. Roy Award, the highest Indian award in the medical category, in 1989. He is also a recipient of the civilian honor of the Padma Shri.


A former professor at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences Delhi, Bhargava has published over 150 medical papers in peer-reviewed international journals and has served as an investigator in many clinical studies of the Indian Council of Medical Research. He is a member of the scientific advisory committee of the Centre for Liver and Biliary Surgery (CLBS) and a fellow of the American Gastroenterology Association (AGAF) and American College of Gastroenterology (FACG). He is a member and a former president of the Indian Society of Gastroenterology. The honors he has received include Dr. B. C. Roy Award, Hari Om Ashram award (1985) and Amrut Mody Unichem Prize (1989) of the Indian Council of Medical Research, Dr. R. M. Kasliwal Award of the National Academy of Medical Sciences (1989), and Olympus Mitra Award (1984) and Searle Award (1989) of the Indian Society of Gastroenterology (1989). The Government of India awarded him the fourth highest civilian honour of the Padma Shri, in 2008, for his contributions to medical science.

Selected bibliography

  • Divij Mehta, DK Bhargava (December 2010). “Non-steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs and Gastrointestinal Toxicity”. Apollo Medicine. 7(4): 251–262. doi:1016/S0976-0016(12)60018-0.
  • K. Bhargava, Y. Chawla (May 1983). “Intermittent unexplained rectal bleeding in childhood”. The Indian Journal of Pediatrics. 50(3): 329–332. doi:10.1007/BF02752772.

Shekhar Saxena

Shekhar Saxena, MD, FRCPsych, DAB, MRC, Psych, since 1998 has worked at the World Health Organization (WHO) and since 2010 has been the Director of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse (MSD) at World Health Organization‘s Headquarters Office in Geneva, Switzerland. He is recipient of the 2017 Leon Eisenberg Award. In September 2018 he will join the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health as Visiting Professor of Global Mental Health in the Department of Global Health and Population.



Before joining WHO in 1998 and moving to Geneva, Saxena served as a clinical psychiatrist to patients in Delhi, India. One of the organizations he worked for was the All India Institute of Medical Sciences. He has worked with many major European and North American research and academic institutions, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Institute of Mental Health in the United States and has been interviewed widely on television and radio, including NPR. In 2010, he was appointed the Director of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse.

Some of his work involves the prevention and management of mental, developmental, neurological, and substance use disorders, and suicide prevention. At WHO, he also led the implementation of the organization’s mental health Gap Action Programme.

On May 9, 2017, he received the 8th Annual Leon Eisenberg Award at the Harvard Faculty Club in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In June 2018, after 8 years, he stepped down as the Director of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse at WHO.

He is scheduled to speak to the 3rd Global Conference on Health and Lifestyle at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California, July 9–13, 2019.

Personal life

Shekhar Saxena is married to Dr. Abha Saxena, Director of Global Health Ethics at the World Health Organization. She is also a medical doctor, anesthesiologist, and a bioethicist, and together they live in Geneva, Switzerland. They have two adult daughters no longer living with them.

Recent publications

  • Saxena, Shekhar; O’Connell, Kathryn; Underwood, Lynn (2002). “A Commentary”. The Gerontologist. 42: 81–5. doi:1093/geront/42.suppl_3.81PMID12415137.
  • Saxena S, Paraje G, Sharan P, Karam G, Sadana R. The 10/90 divide in mental health research: trends over a ten-year period. Br J Psychiatry 2006; 188: 81-82.
  • Saxena, Shekhar; Thornicroft, Graham; Knapp, Martin; Whiteford, Harvey (2007). “Resources for mental health: Scarcity, inequity, and inefficiency”. The Lancet. 370(9590): 878–89. doi:1016/S0140-6736(07)61239-2PMID 17804062.

PMID 27078549.

  • Kleinman, Arthur; Estrin, Georgia Lockwood; Usmani, Shamaila; Chisholm, Dan; Marquez, Patricio V; Evans, Tim G; Saxena, Shekhar (2016). “Time for mental health to come out of the shadows”. The Lancet. 387(10035): 2274–2275. doi:1016/S0140-6736(16)30655-9PMID 27302252.
  • Marquez PV, Saxena S. “Mental Health Parity in the Global Health and Development Agenda” The World Bank Blogs. 2016. Apr 4, 2016

Jagat Ram

Dr. Jagat Ram is an ophthalmologist and current Director of Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) Chandigarh, India.

Early life

Jagat Ram was born in family of humble background at Pabiana village in Sirmaur districtHimachal Pradesh. He used to walk daily for a distance of about 10 km to reach his high school in Rajgarh. He completed MBBS from Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla, in 1978 and later completed residency in MS in Ophthalmology from PGIMER in June 1982.


Ram was head of department of ophthalmology at PGIMER. In 2015, he received the Oscar of Paediatric Ophthalmology at the World Congress of Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus in Barcelona. He assumed office of Director at PGIMER in March 2017 when he had 24 awards to his credit. He was conferred Padma Shri award by the President of India in January 2019. In 2019, he completed 40 years in PGIMER.

Vikram Patel

Vikram Harshad Patel FMedSci (born May 5, 1964) is an Indian psychiatrist and researcher best known for his work on child development and mental disability in low-resource settings. He is the Co-Founder and former Director of the Centre for Global Mental Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), Co-Director of the Centre for Control of Chronic Conditions at the Public Health Foundation of India, and the Co-Founder of Sangath, an Indian NGO dedicated to research in the areas of child development, adolescent health and mental health. Since 2016 he has been Pershing Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine of Harvard Medical School in Boston. He was awarded a Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellowship in 2015. In April 2015, he was listed as one of the world’s 100 most influential people by TIME magazine.


Patel was educated at the University of Mumbai, (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, 1987) the University of Oxford (Master of Science, 1989) and the University of London where he was awarded a PhD in 1997 for research on mental disorders in Harare.


Patel’s work spans a wide variety of topics and disciplines including, but not limited to, epidemiologymedicinepsychologydisabilityneurological disease, Non-communicable diseasespublic healthsubstance abuse, economic evaluation, and implementation research. His primary interest, however, is in global mental health, specifically the improved treatment and care of people with mental disorders around the globe. His work has been financially supported by the London-based biomedical research charity The Wellcome Trust since 1996 where he has served as Senior Research Fellow in Clinical Science since 2005.

He currently serves on four Government of India committees: the Mental Health Policy Group (which drafted India’s first national mental health policy, launched on October 10, 2014); the National Rural Health Mission ASHA Mentoring Group; the National Human Rights Commission Core Committee on Health; and the Technical Advisory Group of the Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram. He was Founding and Joint Director of the Centre for Global Mental Health, a partner of the LSHTM with Kings Health Partners, until handing over the role to Professor Ricardo Araya in October 2014. He is currently Joint Director of the Centre for Chronic Conditions and Injuries at the Public Health Foundation of India located in New Delhi. He serves on three WHO Committees, which include: Mental Health; Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health; and EMRO Mental Health. And he served as co-chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Grand Challenges in Global Mental Health of the National Institute for Mental Health.

In 1997, he and several local colleagues founded Sangath, a mental health research NGO located in Goa that works with the LSHTM on multiple projects focusing on child development, adolescent health, and mental health. In 2008, Sangath won the MacArthur Foundation’s International Prize for Creative and Effective Institutions and is now using the grant money to pioneer various ways in which task-sharing in mental health care can be properly distributed between primary care professionals and community based workers. Sangath is now ranked amongst India’s leading public health research institutions.

Patel has also served as editor for several major medical publications including the influential Lancet series on global mental health in 2007 and 2011 (as well as universal health care in India again in 2011), the PLoS Medicine series on packages of care for mental disorders in 2009, and the series on Global Mental Health Practices in 2012 and onwards. He was also editor of the International Journal of Epidemiology series on global mental health and psychiatric epidemiology in 2014. And as of recent, he is the editor of two Oxford University Press textbooks on global mental health titled “Global Mental Health: Principles and Practice” and “Global Mental Health Trials”.

In 2007, he played a key role in setting up the new Movement for Global Mental Health, a global coalition of professionals and civilian volunteers working together to assist those affected by mental illness, by helping to promote as editor the 2011 Lancet series’ Call to Action. The movement has since amassed over 10,000 individuals working with over 200 institutions around the world. And as co-chair of the Grand Challenges in Global Mental Health, Patel has recently led efforts to identify promising research opportunities and priorities in global mental health.

In 2003, he wrote the book “Where There Is No Psychiatrist,” a mental health care manual primarily used in developing countries by non-specialist health workers and volunteers. It has since been translated into fifteen languages.

Patel is based in Boston, New Delhi, and Goa.


Patel has spent much of his career in trying to educate people on the nature and importance of global mental health. In 2012, he played an integral role in the establishment of Sangath’s Masters in Global Mental Health program, which is jointly run with the Institute of Psychiatry, London. He is presently the chair for the Exam Board of the same program and has helped to design and teach many of the core modules within the program. One week out of the year, he teaches an intensive Short Course on Research Methods in Global Mental Health in London to aspiring global health workers; this program is also jointly run with the Institute of Psychiatry, London.

He also coordinates flagship short courses on Leadership in Mental Health in concordance with Sangath in India.

In tandem with his research, Patel supervises a number of PhD students and candidates in the fields of global mental health.

Aside from academic forms of teaching, he also has given over a dozen auditorium speeches, including a global conference in 2012 in association with TED. Patel’s philosophy towards global mental health and its potential treatments can be succinctly summarized in the following quote extracted from his 2012 TED talk introduction:

Nearly 450 million people are affected by mental illness worldwide. In wealthy nations, just half receive appropriate care, but in developing countries, close to 90 percent go untreated because psychiatrists are in such short supply. Vikram Patel outlines a highly promising approach — training members of communities to give mental health interventions, empowering ordinary people to care for others.


Patel has published over 250 peer reviewed scientific articles. The main focus of his research has been on epidemiology and the sociocultural determinants and treatment of mental disorders in impoverished regions of India and other resource poor settings. Examples of his major research contributions include: the burden of mental disorders and suicide in young people; the association of poverty and gender based violence with depression and suicide; the relationship of mental disorders with other health priorities such as gynecological morbidities, adolescent health, HIV/AIDS and maternal and child health; and the development and evaluation of interventions for mental disorders integrated in routine care settings including in schools and primary health care. He has recently become increasingly involved in researching mental disorders and developmental disabilities in children, seeking to integrate mental health care with more pervasive forms of health care treatments, such as those involving chronic illnesses.

Awards and honours

Patel was won numerous awards including:

Padmini Murthy

Padmini Murthy is a physician, Professor and Global Health Director at New York Medical College. In 2016 she was awarded the Elizabeth Blackwell Medal by the American Medical Women’s Association for her contribution to the field of women in medicine.


Murthy is a qualified physician. She attended medical school at Guntur Medical College in India, and she did her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

She has a Masters in Public Health and a Masters in Management from New York University, and is a Certified Health Education Specialist with the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing.

She is author of Women’s Global Health and Human Rights, published in 2010.

She services on United Nations NGO committees and has previously been a consultant to the United Nations. She was appointed Chair of the Committee on Women’s Rights of the American Public Health Association for three consecutive terms.

She is currently Associate Professor in Health Policy and Management and Family and Community Medicine and Global Health Director at New York Medical College.


Murthy became a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine in 2010.

In 2015 Murthy was named Professional of the Year by the International Association of Who’s Who, for her achievements in medicine, education and public health. She was awarded the Marie Catchatoor Memorial Award in 2013, the Dr Lata Patil Inaugural Oration Award in 2016, and the Dr Homi Colabawalla Oration Award. She was also awarded the Sojourner Truth Pin, awarded to women who excel in community service, and has received the Jhirad Oration Award.

In 2016 she was awarded the Elizabeth Blackwell Medal, the highest award given by the American Medical Women’s Association, which recognises annually a woman physician for her outstanding contribution to the cause of women in medicine.