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Raman Gangakhedkar
Born1958
Nationality India

Raman Gangakhedkar (born 1958) is an Indian public health expert and epidemiologist. He served as Head Scientist of Epidemiology and Communicable Diseases at the Indian Council of Medical Research before retiring on 30 June 2020.[1] He is a recipient of the 2020 Padma Shri award, the fourth highest civilian award in India.[2]

Early life and education

Gangakhedkar earned his Master's in Public Health (MPH) at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore.[3]

Career

Gangakhedkar worked in several fields after completing his post graduate medical education. He worked in the National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad and in the National Institute of Immunohaematology, Mumbai.[4]

In the early 1980s, he began researching HIV/AIDS, at a time when the knowledge of the disease was developing. He worked with the National Institute of Virology and National AIDS Research Institute, Pune. He continued to work in the public sector in HIV/AIDS and was active in developing national policies and patient empowerment. Along with research, he worked with patients at the government-run Kotnis Clinic in Gadikhana, Pune, serving disadvantaged HIV/AIDS patients.

After nearly two decades, he became Director-in-charge of the National AIDS Research Institute. In 2018 he was appointed Head of Epidemiology and Communicable Diseases Wing of the Indian Council of Medical Research.

In his two-year stint with the ICMR, he was active in handling the Nipah virus outbreak and the 2020 coronavirus pandemic.[5]

He was awarded the Padma Shri - the fourth highest civilian award in India - for his service and research in HIV/AIDS.[6]

Recognition

References

  1. ^ "NIV scientists working 'round-the-clock' to ensure smooth coronavirus testing across country". ETI. 8 March 2020. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  2. ^ "Full list of 2020 Padma awardees". The Hindu. 26 January 2020. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  3. ^ SWAGATA YADAVAR, ABANTIKA GHOSH (30 June 2020). "Dr Raman R Gangakhedkar, face of ICMR in Covid communication, retires today". The Print. Retrieved 2 August 2020.
  4. ^ Rajagopal, Divya (30 June 2020). "ICMR's chief epidemiologist retires, sources say will continue to advise govt in Covid-19 policy decisions". ET. Retrieved 2 August 2020.
  5. ^ "Dr Raman Gangakhedkar, the face of ICMR during COVID-19 pandemic, retires". The New Indian Express. 1 July 2020. Retrieved 2 August 2020.
  6. ^ "Dr. Gangakhedkar, the face of ICMR at COVID-19 briefings, retires". The Hindu. 1 July 2020. Retrieved 2 August 2020.