2009 Fellow Profiles

2009 Fellow Profiles


Omna Chawla

M.B.B.S., M.D.

I had my basic medical training at Kasturba Medical College (KMC), Mangalore Manipal University and my postgraduation at CMC, Ludhiana. My exposure to teaching methodologies started when I was doing my postgraduate work. I have been actively reading about various teaching methods and have attended various workshops and seminars. Presently I am working as Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology at Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital, Ramnagar, Banur. My other interests include nutrition and preventive aspects of medicine.


Singla Deepak

I am a senior consultant attached to Maharaja Agrasen Hospital, New Delhi since 1991. I completed my M.D. in pediatrics in 1986, D.Ch. in 1984, and M.B.B.S. in 1982 from CMC&H Ludiana. I did my senior residency from Sir Ganga Ram Hospital and Kalawati Saran Children Hospital, New Delhi. I did a postgraduate training program in a pediatric flexible bronchoscopy course held at Cincinnati (USA) in the year 2001, conducted by Dr. Robert Wood, the famous pediatric bronchoscopist. In 2008 I attended an international conference (IPEDIA) on pediatric pulmonology held at Kualalumpur, Malaysia. In 2006 I completed a Diploma in Hospital and Health Management (DHHM) from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi. As a part of the curriculum I did a research project on occupational stress in healthcare providers using occupational sress inventory (OSI) by Samuel H. Osipow . I am also pursuing an M.B.A. – Health Care Services from Sikkim Manipal University (SMU). I am a Life Member of the Indian Academy of Pediatrics, Delhi Medical Association, National Neonatology Forum, and Indian Academy of Allergy and Immunotherapy. We have Diplomate of National Board in pediatrics at Maharaja Agarsen Hospital and I am postgraduate teacher. I was secretary, Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP), West Delhi City branch in 2006 and President IAP, West Delhi City branch in the year 2007.


Suchitra Deolalikar

Qualifications: M.B.B.S., D.G.O., M.D. [(Human Physiology), Topiwala National Medical College (TNMC), Mumbai] and M.S. [Biomedical Sciences (Physiology), USA]. I have worked as a lecturer in the department of Physiology, TNMC, Mumbai. I have done my M.S. from the University of Hawaii, USA. I worked as a teaching assistant in the USA while pursuing my masters. I have joined the Department of Physiology, Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, in October 2007 and am working in the capacity of Associate Professor since then. I teach physiology to undergraduate students of medical, dental, and physiotherapy. I am interested in teaching technology and have attended various programs conducted by the medical education cell at TNMC and at CMC.


Jaishree Ganjiwale

M.Sc. – Statistics, P.G.D.C.A., B.Sc. – Statistics

Work Experience: 5½ years of teaching Bio-Statistics to Medical students.

Currently working with Pramukh Swami Medical College, Karamsad (Gujarat) as Assistant Professor for Bio-Statistics, in the Department of Community Medicine. Also associated with the medical research society of the same institute by helping in the research projects taken by the institute with sound scientific statistical grounds.


James Gonsalves

M.Sc. (Med) Physiology, M.D., Senior Grade Lecturer in Physiology, Melaka Manipal Medical College, Manipal, Adjunct Faculty Department of Medical Education. Graduated from Kasturba Medical College, Manipal. Has a total teaching experience of nine years with various courses including M.B.B.S. (twinning programme). Actively participated in many workshops, conferences, and CME of physiology and medical education. Areas of interest for research are curriculum development, interventional strategies, and neurophysiology.


Muna Shalima Jahan

I am Assistant Professor, Begum Khaleda Zia Medical College. I graduated from Sir Salimullah Medical College, Dhaka, in 1994 and joined Bangladesh Civil Services in 1997, securing first position. Awarded with clinical fellowship in Ob-Gyn in Liverpool Hospital, Sydney, in 2003. Worked in different rural health complexes of Bangladesh for various periods of my service. Obtained fellowship in Ob-Gyn from Bangladesh College of Physicians and Surgeons (BCPS) in January 2005 and masters from Bangabandhu Sheik Mujib Medical University, Dhaka, in January 2006. Received training on epidemiology and biostatistics using SPSS for Windows, (basic and advanced course) organized by joint collaboration of the National Institute of Preventive and Social Medicine (NIPSOM), Bangladesh, and Cambridge University, UK. Have conducted three research works and presented paper in the first joint conference of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and the South Asian Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology (SAFOG) in Kolkata in December 2007 and in the Joint Conference of the Bangladesh College of Physicians and Surgeons (BCPS) and the College of Pysicians and Surgeons, Pakistan (CPSP) in October 2008. Paper on my latest research work on female sexual dysfunction has been accepted for Shan S. Ratnam – Young Gynaecologist Award and is one of the ten best articles selected from all the 27 awardees’ papers. I went to Auckland, New Zealand, to receive the award and present the paper at the XXIst Asia and Oceania Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Congress 2009 in the last week of March 2009. I am author of two books in Bengali on women’s health. I have a special aptitude for conducting basic research in the area of reproductive and women’s health. I want to develop myself as an efficient medical teacher and thereby contribute to the medical education of Bangladesh.


Biplab Jamatia

First of all I would like to express my heartiest gratitude to my near and dear ones, especially my parents, whose innocent healing touch and support helped me to reach my present stage. I belong to a small tribal village of Tripura and I studied in three different schools in Tripura. I completed my M.B.B.S. from B. R. D Medical College in Gorakhpur in 2000. It was my first time away from home and there I experienced the reality of the world. After my M.B.B.S., I joined the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, in 2001 for my M.D. (Community Medicine). AIIMS was a refreshing experience for me and I learned a lot of good things there. Thereafter, I joined the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) in 2004 as Lecturer in School of Health Sciences and I am still working here, now as a Senior Lecturer in the same school. At present I am looking after the P.G. Diploma in Clinical Cardiology programme at the national level as programme coordinator. At Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), I got the opportunity to develop and design a programme for medical profession, which is very much needed for the country. I love reading books, listening to music, watching movies, travelling, cooking, and photography. To promote the social and cultural aspect of the Tripuri people, I joined Delhi Tripura Society, of which I am presently the President. I have also developed a website for the society. I strongly believe that I can build a system for a better tomorrow. The question I am having in my mind is : “What you have done for which you have not been paid?” I hope that I will be able to do some constructive work within ten years which will answer this question.


Neelkamal Kapoor

I have done my M.B.B.S. from Medical College Kanpur and M.D. (Pathology) from Medical College Rewa. I am currently working as Professor and Head, Department of Pathology, Gandhi Medical College, Bhopal. I am also the Principal Investigator – Population Based Cancer Registry Bhopal (ICMR). I am also passionate about medical education and have focused on problem based learning of oncology under guidance of WHOCCCE (WHO Collaborating Center for Cancer Education). I have authored Practical Manual of Pathology, co-authored the book Commonsense Parenting and have authored a chapter in the book Computer for Nurses. I have presented papers and delivered guest lecturers in various national and international conferences and have published articles in indexed peer reviewed national and international journals. I was awarded a WHO Fellowship to the USA, a Rotary Group Study Exchange Fellowship to the UK, and was member of a scientific committee of the European Association of Cancer Education in 2004. I am a guest faculty to the University of Groningen (The Netherlands) International Summer School “Oncology for Medical Students.” I have been the Co-organizing Chairperson of the national conference of “Indian Academy of Cytologist” 2004 and Organizing Chairperson of National Conference of “Indian Society of Blood Transfusion and Immunohaematology” 2007 besides organizing various other state level CME’s and seminars. I write stories and articles in Hindi and English, which are regularly published in magazines like Kadambini, Sarita, Women’s Era, Grihshobha, and Hindi and English newspaper supplements. I am also very actively engaged in reformist activities. My special focus is on teen and preteen school children whom I educate about ill effects of tobacco and gutkha.


Ilesh S. Kotecha

M.D. (P&S.M.), D.N.B. (P&S.M.), D.N.B. (Maternal & Child Health). Dr. Kotecha works as an Assistant Professor and In-charge – Urban Health Training Center (UHTC), in the Department of P&S.M. at the Government Medical College, Bhavnagar, Gujarat, India. He is actively involved in teaching and training undergraduates, postgraduates, and interns. As In-charge of the Urban Health Center, he carries out outreach public health activities to train undergraduate students and internees after graduation to enable them to conduct/practice the practical management aspects in medical and health care. He is also a member of the Rapid Response Team to carry out epidemic investigations and preventive and control measures. As a medical teacher, apart from teaching of medical undergraduates and postgraduates, he also provides in-service training to medical officers in the district health system and other health providers on topics of public health importance. He has worked in various research projects financially supported by WHO, Unicef, the World Bank, the Micronutrient Initiative – India, India Clen, and the Government of Gujarat. His area of interest includes integrated teaching. He has attended and presented papers in state, national, and international level conferences. His honors include the H.M. Patel Memorial Young Scientist Award for best research in 2002 and Gold Medal for promotion of breastfeeding by Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India in 2008.


Angel Magar

Dr. Magar is a graduate from Kathmandu Medical College (KMC), Kathmandu, Nepal. After graduation he worked for the Department of Anatomy at KMC for years and felt the need of improvement in medical education in his institute and the system in Nepal. He has special interest in academic medicine ever since he was a medical student. He joined the student British Medical Journal (BMJ) as an international advisor when he was a medical student and has worked as a peer reviewer for the student BMJ even since. Later on he became a peer reviewer for the BMJ, and was recognized as top 10% reviewer of the BMJ in 2007. He is an advocate for academic medicine in Nepal. He is working for three different medical journals in Nepal: As an Executive Editor for Journal of Nepal Health Research Council, Deputy Executive and Web Editor for Journal of Nepal Medical Association, and as an editor in Kathmandu University Medical Journal. He has keen interest in medical information technology. He loves to use information technology in medicine. He is the co-coordinator for diploma in HIV/AIDS for Gandhi National Open University, Kathmandu, Nepal, and also works for an HIV/AIDS organization. He has published two researches and seven articles in the indexed journals, and is author and co-author of seven books. He loves charity work, community services, and advocating for the prevention of HIV/AIDs and other health related issues in Nepal. He wishes to advocate and improve the medical education system in Nepal through his CMCL-FAIMER fellowship.


Amrita Mishra

Lecturer Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Mahatma Gandhi Ayurved College, Hospital and Research Centre,Wardha. A gold medalist throughout my academics and have done my postgraduation from Government Ayurved College, Nagpur, and have done M.B.A. in clinical research. Having an inclination towards research and academics, I have presented papers at various national and international platforms. I was the reciever of Jiwaka Ayurved Award at Bangkok for my paper on scientific and holistic approach to Ayurved. I am a member of the Institutional Ethical Committee, and the faculty of medical education unit of Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences University. In our medical education unit we work on some innovative projects on medical education


Rakesh Mittal

M.B.B.S., M.D. (Pharmacology) Assistant Professor at Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College (JNMC), Belgaum, since July 2008 and is alumnus of the same institute. Within a very short span he holds various academic positions in the college, such as Member – Department of Medical Education, Secretary – JNMC Spiritual and Personality Development, National Accreditation and Assessment Committee, Secretary – Faculty Development in the Department of Pharmacology, and Coordinator – JNMC Mentorship Programme. He has been honored with the SRCIP Commemoration Cash Award 2009 for scoring highest marks in M.D. Pharmacology Examination and also with the prestigious “The Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award” in 1994 for his excellence in extracurricular work. His research project on genetic toxicology was nominated for presentation in the valuable Prof. Govind Achari Award at the 40th National Conference of the Indian Pharmacological Society (IPS) at the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Research (NIPER) in 2007, Mohali, and is now accepted for publication in the Indian Journal of Medical Research (IJMR) (journal with highest impact factor in India). He is a regular resource faculty member for the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Quality Improvement Programme conducted in KLE College of Pharmacy, Belgaum, since 2006. He was also selected for the Indo-French Symposium on Pharmacogenomics for Young Scientist in 2007 at AIIMS, Kochi, and for the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)- sponsored National Workshop in Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics in Pharmacogenomics at the Jawaharlal Institute of Post-graduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Pondicherry. He was also selected for a training programme by the Government of India in September 2008 on “Biomedical Information Retrieval Programme.” He has been presenting papers at various forums both national and international and is instrumental in conducting various programmes, workshops, and conferences being organized at JNMC, Belgaum.


Surapaneni Krishna Mohan

M.R.S.C., F.A.G.E. Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Saveetha Medical College and Hospital, Saveetha University, Chennai.

I am Surapaneni Krishna Mohan, 29 years old, presently working as Assistant Professor of Biochemistry at Saveetha Medical College and Hospital, Chennai. I have a special interest in oxidative stress and antioxidant status in health and disease and I am in charge of the clinical biochemistry division of the department. I have 15 research papers published in reputed national and international indexed journals to my credit. I am a Life Member of many professional national and international scientific societies/bodies. I am involved in teaching M.B.B.S., B.D.S., M.D.S., Nursing, Physiotherapy, M.Sc. – Medical and other paramedical students. I am involved in undergraduate teaching and postgraduate academic program of the department. I am a member of the medical education unit as well as a member of the board of studies, Saveetha University. I was born and completed my schooling at Vijayawada, the holy city at the bank of the Krishna River where my father is working with the Vijay Agro Products Limited. I did my M.Sc. (Medical) – Biochemistry from Kasturba Medical College, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE now called as Manipal University), Manipal, and stood second in the university and then joined first as a Tutor in Katuri Medical College and Hospital, Guntur, and then as Assistant Professor in Dr. Pinnamaneni Siddhartha Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Foundation, Chinoutpally, Andhrapradesh. After that I joined Saveetha Medical College and Hospital, Saveetha University, as Assistant Professor and also to pursue my Ph.D. Now I am continuing my research on Non-Alcoholoic Steato Hepatitis (NASH). I have one lovely son. After taking care of my professional duties and those as a father, I don’t have much spare time left. However, I like reading fiction and watching movies.


Jasleen Narula

I completed my M.B.B.S. in 1998 from Guru Gobind Singh Medical College, Faridkot, and did my M.D. Pharmacology from Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, completed in 2003. I became Assistant Professor in 2003. I have attended various conferences and workshops in my subject. I am married to Dr. Baldeep Singh. Hobbies: Reading and going to market.

Ranabir Pal

M.B.B.S. 1979; D.C.H. 1984; M.D. (Community Medicine) 1986; M.B.A. (Health Care Services) 2007. I have twenty-five years of teaching experience. Presently as Associate Professor for undergraduates and post-graduates of medical, nursing, physiotherapy, pharmacy training programmes in Sikkim-Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences, Gangtok, in System Based Teaching of Evidence Based Community Medicine, Epidemiology, Bio-Statistics, Sociology; Adjunct Faculty, Masters in Hospital Management course; engaged in Community level research works in clinical epidemiology including exhaled breath analysis, a project funded by the Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Government of India; honored as Guest Lecturer and Examiner in other Indian Universities; presented many original scientific papers in national and international conferences. He had association with several national level workshops and funded projects. He is also the founding member of the Gangtok Chapter of the Indian Academy of Pediatrics. He has many publications in national and international peer reviewed journals including Annals of Tropical Medicine and Public Health, Journal of International Medical Sciences Academy, Journal of Tropical Pediatrics, European Journal of Ophthalmology, Eye and Contact Lens, Saudi Journal of Kidney and Transplantation, International Journal of Green Pharmacy, Asian Journal of Transfusion Sciences, Indian Journal of Public Health, and Indian Journal of Community Medicine, Indian Medical Journal. He is reviewer of several international medical journals: Canadian Family Physician, Saudi Medical Journal, and International Journal of Green Pharmacy. He is contributor of A Handbook on Bio-Statistics, Spotters in Pediatrics and Tracking Progress towards Sustainable Elimination of Iodine Deficiency Disorder (IDD) in Sikkim among several health science title publications and received Traveling Fellowship in Community Pediatrics from the Indian Academy of Pediatrics. He is proficient in English and German languages, and has eleven books of poems in Bengali and English published from Kolkata. Life Member and Fellow of renowned national and international professional associations including the International Epidemiological Association, John Snow Society, and Rotary International.


Jayshree Phurailatpam

Dr. Phurailatpam is presently working as Senior Tutor/Demonstrator, Department of Physiology, Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal, Manipur, India. She passed her M.B.B.S. in January 1996 (Manipur University, Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal, Manipur) and M.D. (Physiology) from Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Sewagram, Wardha, Maharashtra (Nagpur University, April 2008). She has more than eight years of teaching experience and loves interacting with her students and colleagues. On the academic front, she has been presenting seminars and scientific papers of high standards in the scientific sessions in local and national seminars and conferences like Annual Conference of Association of Physicians of India (APICON), Annual National Conference of Medical Biochemists (AMBICON), and AONEI, etc. She has already published three papers in indexed journals and one is in press. She has always been one of the toppers right from her school days throughout her medical career, winning many awards and honours. Her academic interests are especially in neurophysiology and reproductive physiology. She enjoys gardening, music, dancing, traveling, trying out new recipes, meeting new people, and making new friends.


Alka T. Rawekar

Dr. Mrs. Alka T. Rawekar, age 47 years with Indian nationality, born and brought up at Pulgaon Dist., Wardha M.S., which is a rural place where I have done my primary and high school education. In 1980, I succeeded in getting through through the All India entrance examination for Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Sewagram, Wardha M.S., and Nagpur University offered me M.B.B.S. degree in 1985. Also from Nagpur University, I was offered a postgraduate degree in Physiology in the year 2002. I got married in 1983 and blessed with a son in 1986. After passing my M.D. degree I stayed there only for two and half years and then joined Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Sawangi (M), Wardha M. S.  In December 2007, I got promoted as Associate Professor. My total teaching experience hence is more than 10 years. In our college we have responsibility for teaching M.B.B.S. students (intake capacity 150), B.D.S. (100), B.P.T.H. (50), and nursing students (80 intake capacity). My area of interest in research is male infertility, in which I have four publications. I have interest in attending the national conference of physiology (attended five with paper presentations). Ours is a Deemed university―Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences University―where I have responsibility of Convenor, Attendance Cell/Committee, member Academic Council, Member Academic Review committee, member Women grievance redressal committee, and member Research cell.


S. Srikesavan Sabapathy

Principal and Chief Physiotherapist, Sh. Ghantakaran Mahavir Physiotherapy College and Rehabilitation Research Center, Godhra, Gujarat. Bachelor in Physiotherapy (1998): Government College of Physiotherapy, Trichy, Tamil Nadu; Master in Physiotherapy (2006): College of Applied Education and Health Sciences, (Orthopedics) Meerut, Uttar Pradesh; Ph.D. in Physiotherapy: Gujarat University (Registered and pursuing). I started my career with Krupanidhi College of Physiotherapy, Bangalore, and after gaining five and a half years of valuable experience I joined my current job in September 2003. I am enjoying my work in a peaceful semi-urban set up. I am fortunate to work under a Chairman who understands his responsibility towards the society, and we are treating around 120 patients a day without any charges in three specialized OPDs. We conduct regular camps and are currently involved in a massive public health project with the Government of Gujarat and Handicap International. Teaching is my passion and I enjoy all the interactions that I have with my students. General areas of teaching interest are musculoskeletal physiotherapy, exercise therapy, clinical reasoning, and rehabilitation. I also take classes on management, administration and ethics for physiotherapists, and evidence based physiotherapy. I strongly believe that a teacher has actually taught only if the student has been able to comprehend the subject. This has made me open to innovative methods of teaching and I discuss the same with others who have a passion for teaching. My areas of interest are neck related disorders. I am also interested in the cross cultural adaptation and translation of functional outcome measurement instruments. I also actively engage myself in the dissertations that my students do.


Mala Bhalla Sethi

I am Assistant Professor in the Department of Dermatology, Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh, since October 2004. I did my M.B.B.S. from GGS Medical College, Faridkot, Punjab, in 1994 and completed M.D. in Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy from Government Medical College and Rajendra Hospital, Patiala, in 1999. Subsequently, I did my Senior Residency in the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh from 2000-2003. Professional responsibilities include patient care, undergraduate teaching, and various administrative responsibilities. I have more than 30 research paper publications in various national and international journals. I am a Life Member of Indian Association of Dermatologists, Venereologists and Leprologists and Cosmetic Dermatology Society of India, as well as Executive Member of the Chandigarh Dermatology Society. My birthday falls on 4th of September and my hobbies include reading and travelling.


Jayant Vagha

Dr. Jayant Vagha is Professor in Paediatrics at Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College (JNMC), Sawangi (Meghe), Wardha, Maharashtra. Dr. Vagha did his undergraduate (1984) and postgraduate (1988) M.D. (Paediatrics) from Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Sevagram, where he worked as Lecturer for next two years (1989-1991). He started his private practice at Wardha as consultant Pediatrician in 1991. In 1997 he joined the present Institute as Lecturer, was promoted as Associate Professor in 2000, and became Professor in Pediatrics in August, 2005. He is in-charge of a unit and is a Postgraduate Guide. Dr. Vagha has visited South Africa, Swaziland, Moza, Botswana, and Mozambique under the banner of Rotary International. An ardent teacher, Dr. Vagha is interested in medical education technology, rural paediatrics, and adolescent medicine. He is the In-charge of his college’s annual Magazine SPARSH, which was adjudged as the “Best Annual Magazine” in Nagpur University. Dr. Vagha loves singing, dramatics, and quizzing. On the family front, Dr. (Mrs.) Sunita Vagha is a Professor and Head of Department (Pathology) at JNMC, Sawangi (Meghe); son Aniket, 21 yrs, is studying mechanical engineering at the Vellore Institue of Technology (VIT), Vellore (Tamil Nadu); and daughter Keta, 16 yrs, is studying in 11th standard and is aspiring to become a doctor.