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TALKS BY EMINENT FACULTY

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Vincent Rajkumar

S. Vincent Rajkumar, M.D., is Professor of Medicine and Consultant, Division of Haematology, Department of Internal Medicine at the Mayo Clinic, USA. After completing his MBBS at CMC Vellore, he went on to do his Internal Medicine Residency at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Fellowship in Haematology & Medical Oncology at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine. He is engaged in clinical, epidemiological and laboratory research in myeloma and related disorders. He served as the principal investigator on several landmark clinical trials for the treatment of myeloma, including the pivotal trials that led to the regulatory approval of thalidomide for the treatment of the disease in the United States. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Investigator Award, Mayo Clinic for the year 2018. He is currently Editor-in-chief, Blood Cancer Journal, Associate Editor, European Journal of Haematology, Member, Myeloma Steering Committee, National Cancer Institute, Member of the board of directors, International Myeloma Foundation and Chair, Myeloma Committee, ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group. 

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Chandrika Wijeyaratne

Professor Chandrika N Wijeyaratne is currently the 18th Vice Chancellor of the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.  She attends on women with complex endocrinopathies and serves as a clinical consultant for all pregnant women with severe endocrine and medical complications. Her contributions to the field of Endocrinology was celebrated internationally with the prestigious Laureate Award for International Excellence in 2017 by the Endocrine Society of USA – in its centenary year, for her internationally pioneering work on the ethnic variations of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and her successful efforts to transform the management of diabetes in pregnancy in a resource-limited setting.

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Peter John Victor

He is the current Director of CMC Vellore and Professor of Critical Care Medicine, Division of Critical Care. He is the President, Indian Association of Respiratory care (IARC) since October 2018. He has trained in Internal Medicine and Critical Care at the The Queen Elizabeth Hospital & Lyell McEwin Health Services, Westmead Hospital, Sydney & Wesley Hospital, Brisbane and Lyell McEwin Health Services, South Australia. He has received the Presidential Citation, Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine, 2017. He was the Editor, Critical Care Update (2006 to 2010), is currently editorial board member, Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine and section Editor for Critical Care, Pathways in Emergency Medicine journals. He has also been invited to speak at various national and international conferences. He was more than 120 publications in various indexed national and international journals.
 

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M S Seshadri

He is currently consultant in Medicine and Endocrinology, Thirumalai Mission Hospital, Ranipet. 
He is Retd. Professor and Head, Department of Endocrinology, CMC Vellore. He trained at Sydney University, Australia and pioneered endocrinology at CMC. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, (Edinburgh) since 1995. He has over 90 publications in national and international journals. A beloved teacher, his medicine clinics are sought after by postgraduates of all generations. He regularly takes clinics for the Internal Medicine Post graduates at CMC.

He was bestowed with the Distinguished retired faculty and oration for the year 2014.

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Priscilla Rupali

She is Professor of Infectious Diseases at CMC Vellore and Deputy chairperson of the Hospital Infection Control Committee. She has been extensively involved in the containment and management of the COVID-19 Pandemic at CMC.
She was a Senior ID fellow in the Dept. of Adult Infectious Diseases, Auckland City Hospital and has a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from Universidad Cayetano Heredia, Lima. She runs a popular international annual course in Clinical Tropical Medicine at CMC. In the early 2000s, she joined in pioneering distance learning course educating people in HIV Medicine. She has formal training in Transplant Infectious Diseases, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit and has established Transplant related services in CMC and founded the Transplant Infectious Diseases Conference in Vellore, Chennai and Ludhiana.

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Samuel George Hansdak

He is Professor and Head of Medicine Unit 4 at Christian Medical College, Vellore. He is a graduate and postgraduate from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. 
As a part of his interest in Lifestyle medicine, he was awarded Senior Training Fellowship, visiting and observing the principles and practice of lifestyle medicine in various lifestyle centers in North America including Loma Linda, PMRI, Tuft’s university, Weimar, Wildwood, Uchee Pines and Hartland. He is the Chairman of the Lifestyle Medicine Team at CMC. The vision of the department of Lifestyle Medicine is to provide services, training and conduct research in the principles of lifestyle medicine. The department provides training to the undergraduates & post-graduates of medical, nursing and allied health science students. He is currently the President of the Indian Society of Lifestyle Medicine and the Secretary of the Asian Society of Lifestyle Medicine.

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Sowmya Satyendra

She is Professor of Medicine and Head, Department of Medicine Unit III at CMC Vellore. She completed her MBBS from the Christian Medical College, Vellore following which she worked as Medical Officer in Redfern Memorial Hospital, Hassan, Karnataka, Lakhadon Christian Hospital, Madhya Pradesh and C.S.I Hospital, Bangalore. Following this she completed her MD in Internal Medicine from CMC. From 2002 to 2005 she was the resident physician at Raxual Christian Hospital, Raxaul. She is a Member of the Royal College of Physicians of UK since 2012.
Her interest in Medical disorders in pregnancy led to the establishment of an obstetric medicine subspeciality in the department together with Dr Sudha Jasmine. Currently the specialty runs 3 clinics a week in the obstetric and medicine OPD. Their efforts have helped in reducing peripartum mortality and morbidity by identification and early treatment of medical conditions associated with pregnancy. She is a core faculty member Medical Education Unit CMC, Vellore and has numerous publications in various international and national journals.

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Ramya Iyadurai

She is Professor of Internal Medicine and Head of Medicine unit 5 at Christian Medical College, Vellore.

Following the completion of her undergraduate training at the Madras Medical College, Chennai she went on to do her MD and DNB in Internal Medicine. She joined as faculty in the Department of Medicine, CMC. She is a member of the Royal College of Physicians, UK. She is a member of the Association of Physicians of India. Her interest and area of research lie predominantly in medical toxicology and tropical medicine. She has authored numerous publications on these topics. She presented the findings of Toxicology Clinical care, research, and training using a Videoconferencing network based on Project ECHO at the Asia Pacific Association of Medical Toxicologists conference Hanoi Vietnam 2011. She has authored more than 50 research papers on various medical topics in both national and international journals

She has been involved in the teaching of both undergraduate and postgraduate trainees since 2002.

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Gagandeep Kang

Gagandeep Kang is Professor in the Department of Gastrointestinal Sciences at the Christian Medical College, Vellore, India was till recently, the executive director of the Translational Health Science and Technology Institute, Faridabad, an autonomous institute of the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India. She is a leading researcher with a major research focus on viral infections in children, and the testing of rotaviral vaccines. She also works on other enteric infections and their consequences when children are infected in early life, sanitation and water safety. She was awarded the prestigious Infosys Prize in Life Sciences in 2016 for her contributions to understanding the natural history of rotavirus and other infectious diseases. In 2019, she became the first Indian woman to be elected as a Royal Society Fellow. She played a significant role in the efforts that culminated in the development of Rotavac, a vaccine from Bharat Biotech International that targets diarrhea. She was one of three principal investigators in the Phase III clinical trials of the vaccine.

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Guy Thwaites

Guy Thwaites is Professor of infectious diseases and Director of the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit. Guy qualified from Cambridge University and the United Medical and Dental schools of Guy’s and St Thomas’ and trained in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology in Brighton, the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit (OUCRU) in Vietnam, Imperial College London, and the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in London. He has held Wellcome Trust Training (2001-2004) and Intermediate (2006-2011) Fellowships, and was recently awarded a Wellcome Trust Investigator Award. In 2013 he was appointed Director of the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit and Wellcome Trust Major Overseas Programme in Viet Nam. He is responsible for the scientific strategy of the programme, with its major research themes of emerging viral infections, dengue, brain infections, tuberculosis, malaria, enteric infections, antimicrobial drug resistance and care of the critically ill.

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Nicholas Grassly

Nicholas Grassly is a Professor in the Department for Infectious Disease Epidemiology. He is interested in the individual immune response to vaccination  – particularly for enteric infections such as enteroviruses (including poliovirus) and rotavirus – and how this translates to impact at the population level. He studied biology at Oxford University, trained in epidemiology at Imperial College London and learnt mathematics with the Open University. He was a Royal Society URF (2004-2011) and then Professor at Imperial College London (2011-present). He has served on various boards and committees, including the MRC Infections and Immunity Board (2012-16) and the WHO SAGE polio group (2008-2020). He teaches on the MSc (Epidemiology), MPH and undergraduate biomedical courses at Imperial College London. His work is funded by the MRC, Wellcome Trust, Royal Society, WHO and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Kurien Thomas

He is Professor and HOD Department of Medicine, Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences. He is Retd. Professor and Head of the Department of Medicine, CMC Vellore.
He received training in Clinical Epidemiology at McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada from October 1987 - March 1989.
Recipient of the Career Scientist Award from the International Clinical Epidemiology Network. Editor-in Chief of multiple national and international journals; He is an astute clinician and epidemiologist whose workshops and lectures in epidemiology and clinical medicine have benefited the numerous doctors trained by him over his extensive clinical practice.
He was Member
disease control priority project World Health Organization, 2007, Member of International Clinical Epidemiology Network (chairman global meeting subcommittee since 1998, member working group since 2007), Indian Clinical Epidemiology Network (chairman global meeting subcommittee 1998, chairman research subcommittee 2000-2003, president elect since 2006).

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Balamugesh T

He is currently Professor of  Pulmonary Medicine, Christian Medical College, Vellore and Clinical Epidemiology and Radiology Chair , RePORT consortium – Indo-US collaboration for TB Research. 
He completed his Internal Medicine training at the PGIMER, Chandigarh, following which he has completed his DM in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. He is Fellow of American College of Chest Physicians since Jan 2008. 
He is recipient of the  Indian Council for Medical Research award in recognition for significant contributions for biomedical research – “Smt. Kamal Satbir Award”. He has numerous publications in both National and International journals. 

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Thambu David

He is the current Head of the Department of Medicine and Head of the Clinical Epidemiology Unit at CMC, Vellore. After completion of his MBBS in CMC Vellore, he went on to do his MD in Internal Medicine. Following this he has been faculty of the department and has trained generations of medical students and postgraduate trainees. As part of the Clinical Epidemiology Unit, he organises numerous workshops on research methodology, critical appraisal of studies, thesis completion and manuscript writing. His epidemiology lectures and workshops are sought after across various departments at CMC. He has propelled the department of Medicine into the digital age making all department lectures and invited talks accessible online via the official Department YouTube Channel and Department of Medicine Website. His key areas of interest are heart failure, postgraduate training and clinical epidemiology. He has numerous publications in various National and international journals.

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Sudha Jasmine

She is Professor of Internal Medicine and Deputy Director the at Christian Medical College, Vellore.

Obstetric medicine is her special area of interest as a physician. She has established an obstetric medicine clinic for ambulatory care and provides regular inpatient and emergency referral support to the obstetric department for medical emergencies. She is working on networking with peripheral hospitals and train doctors to handle medical disorders in pregnancy to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity.
Her passion is to teach and to pass on to the future generation the vision and mission of the 
College, “Not to be ministered unto but to minister”, so that the trainee aims to alleviate the suffering of people irrespective of caste, creed or social status in our society.
She has completed an advanced course in medical education. The institution is a Regional training centre for 43 medical colleges in South India. She is the co-convenor for the Basic Medical Education training and Curriculum Implementation Support Program Workshops and facilitates sessions in the Advanced Medical Education Technology Workshops. She is also part of the administrative team in my institution. As Deputy Director with a portfolio of Faculty Mentoring, she has set up a formal mentoring program for the junior level faculty in the institution to create a culture of mentoring within the institution.