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Dr. V. Mohan
Born (1954-04-10) April 10, 1954 (age 70)
Alma materMadras Medical College, Chennai
Occupation(s)Diabetologist, Chennai
Notable workType 2 Diabetes Mellitus
AwardsPadma Shri (2012)
Dr. B. C. Roy Award

V. Mohan is an Indian physician/scientist specializing in diabetology. He is the Chairman of Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centre, which is an IDF Centre of Excellence[1] in Diabetes Care. He is also the Chairman of the Madras Diabetes Research Foundation[2] in Chennai which is an ICMR Centre for Advanced Research on Diabetes.

Dr V Mohan receiving Padma Shri Award from President of India (2012)

Dr. V. Mohan has been delivering care to patients with diabetes & also has contributed to scientific research on diabetes for over 40 years and has published over 1040 original articles and has a h-index of 153.[3] He also serves on various national and international bodies in his field of specialisation.[4][5] He is ranked amongst the top 2% of scientists in the world and the top medical scientist in India as per Stanford University Global.[6][7][8][9]


Dr. Mohan completed his undergraduate (MBBS) and postgraduate medical education (MD, General Medicine) from Madras Medical College Chennai, India. In 1984 – 85, he worked for a year as a Welcome Trust Research Fellow at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School and Hammersmith Hospital, London, U.K and in 1985 – 86 as an Alexander Von Humboldt Fellow at the University of Ulm, Germany.

He was awarded a PhD in 1987 and later a Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) by thesis in 1997 for his research in the field of fibrocalculous pancreatic diabetes (FCPD).[10]

Clinical services

Mohan started his research work on diabetes at the age of 18 as an undergraduate medical student when he joined his father, the pioneer in diabetology in India, Prof M. Viswanathan.[11][12] In 1971, together with his father, he set up the first private diabetes centre in India, the M.V. Hospital for Diabetes[13] and continued to work at this centre till 1991. Mohan and his late wife Rema Mohan who was an international recognized ophthalmologist in the field of diabetes eye diseases, subsequently established their own diabetes centre under the name of "Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centre".

He and his daughter R.M. Anjana[14][15][16] and son in law Ranjit Unnikrishnan[17] and their colleagues later oversaw a chain of 50 diabetes centres across 8 states and 32 cities of India.[18]


In 1996, Mohan and his late wife Rema established the Madras Diabetes Research Foundation (MDRF) at Chennai with over 20 scientists.[19][20][21] Over 75 students have obtained their PhD degree working at MDRF, from 4 Universities, namely the Madras University, The Tamil Nadu Dr MGR Medical University, the Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia[22] and the University of Warwick, UK. Dr. Mohan's research combines clinical, epidemiological, and genomic aspects of diabetes.

As of September 2023, his research work has an h-index of 153, an i-10 index of 926 and has received over 199,000 citations.[3] His areas of work include Epidemiology of diabetes and its complications, Genomics of diabetes, Precision Diabetes, Nutrition and Diabetes and Fibrocalculous Pancreatic Diabetes (FCPD).[23] He described the criteria for diagnosis of FCPD which is known as Mohan's criteria for FCPD.[24][25] He has also done seminal work on describing the Asian Indian (South Asia) Phenotype of type 2 diabetes.[26] He was the national co-ordinator for the ICMR – INDIAB[27] national epidemiological study of diabetes and other NCDs, carried out on 113,000 individuals representative of India's 1.4 billion people and covering all states and union territories of India.[28][29] He has also been involved in the other large epidemiological studies like CURES (n = 225,000 individuals in 27 high, middle and low-income countries) and CARRS[30] (n = 20,000). His work on Monogenic Diabetes is well recognised.[31][32] He and his colleagues have set up a National Registry for Monogenic Diabetes in India.[33]

Training and education programs in diabetes

Mohan started several training courses for diabetes for health care professionals. This includes a two-year full time Fellowship in Diabetology[34] for medical doctors with an undergraduate medical degree. In collaboration with the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), the Dr. Mohan's Diabetes Education Academy (DMDEA) set up by him,[35] has started a Certificate Course in Evidence-Based Management of Diabetes.[36]

Rural Diabetes Services and Charity

Mohan established a rural diabetology service with a fully equipped mobile diabetes van and satellite connection with the initial support of the World Diabetes Foundation (WDF), Denmark, and the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and the National Agro Foundation (NAF).[37][38] Mohan is a follower of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba and is a Trustee of the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust at Puttaparthi in Andhra Pradesh.


Mohan has received several awards, including the Padma Shri National Award by the Government of India for his accomplishments in the field of diabetology.[39] In 2018, he received the Dr. Harold Rifkin Distinguished International Service in the Cause of Diabetes Award[40][41] from the American Diabetes Association.[42] He is also a recipient of the Dr. B. C. Roy Award of the Medical Council of India.[43]

Books published


  1. ^ "Dr. Mohan's Diabetes Specialities Centre".
  2. ^ "::Madras Diabetes Research Foundation::".
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  4. ^ "Living on the edge". Live Mint. 12 November 2012.
  5. ^ "Voice of Healthcare (VOH), Changemaker story". 13 January 2021.
  6. ^ "Stanford varsity ranks MDRF diabetologists among top 2% researchers". The Hindu. 16 October 2023.
  7. ^ Ioannidis, John P. A.; Boyack, Kevin W.; Baas, Jeroen (16 October 2020). "Updated science-wide author databases of standardized citation indicators". PLOS Biology. 18 (10): e3000918. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.3000918. PMC 7567353. PMID 33064726.
  8. ^ "'100+ Tamil Nadu scientists among top 2 per cent in world'". The Times of India. 6 November 2021.
  9. ^ "Dr V Mohan tops Endocrinology & Metabolism by Stanford University Global Ranking in India". BioSpectrum India. 16 October 2023. Retrieved 15 November 2023.
  10. ^ "Dr. Mohan's Diabetes Specialities Centre".
  11. ^ "History Today in Medicine - Prof. Dr. M. Viswanathan". 25 August 2023.
  12. ^ "Doctor who predicted the diabetes epidemic in India". The Times of India. 20 September 2023.
  13. ^ "MV Diabetes – A Healthier, Happier You". 14 October 2020.
  14. ^ "Dr R M Anjana, .B.B.S., M.D., Dip.Diab (UK),Ph.D., FICP, FACP,FRCP (Glasg ,Edin, Lond)".
  15. ^ Ranjit Mohan Anjana's research while affiliated with Center for Diabetes and Endocrine Care and other places ResearchGate [failed verification]
  16. ^ "India is sitting on a diabetes time bomb: Dr R M Anjana".
  17. ^ Ranjit Unnikrishnan's research while affiliated with Madras Diabetes Research Foundation and other places ResearchGate [failed verification]
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  19. ^ "Madras Diabetes Research Foundation (MDRF)". 31 October 2023.
  20. ^ Mohan, Viswanathan (2018). "My 40-year journey in diabetes research: The power of collaboration". Perspectives in Clinical Research. 9 (3): 113–122. doi:10.4103/picr.PICR_86_18. PMC 6058504. PMID 30090709.[non-primary source needed]
  21. ^ Power, Carl (January 2022). "Viswanathan Mohan: a dynasty of diabetology". The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. 10 (1): 22. doi:10.1016/S2213-8587(21)00316-8. PMID 34919869. S2CID 245177443.
  22. ^ Deakin University celebrates 25 years Deakin University "Research partnership moves forward". 28 September 2017.
  23. ^ Fibrocalculous Pancreatic Diabetes (FCPD) in India
  24. ^ Mohan, V.; Premlatha, G. (1996). "Fibrocalculous pancreatic diabetes - Part II". Journal of Applied Medicine: 883–887.[non-primary source needed]
  25. ^ Unnikrishnan, Ranjit; Mohan, Viswanathan (February 2015). "Fibrocalculous pancreatic diabetes (FCPD)". Acta Diabetologica. 52 (1): 1–9. doi:10.1007/s00592-014-0685-9. PMID 25395047. S2CID 2704559.[non-primary source needed]
  26. ^ Unnikrishnan, Ranjit; Anjana, Ranjit Mohan; Mohan, Viswanathan (2014). "Diabetes in South Asians: Is the Phenotype Different?". Diabetes. 63 (1): 53–55. doi:10.2337/db13-1592. PMID 24357697. S2CID 14690336.[non-primary source needed]
  27. ^ Anjana, Ranjit Mohan; Pradeepa, Rajendra; Deepa, Mohan; Datta, Manjula; Sudha, Vasudevan; Unnikrishnan, Ranjit; Nath, Lalith M; Das, Ashok Kumar; Madhu, Sri Venkata; Rao, Paturi Vishnupriya; Shukla, Deepak Kumar; Kaur, Tanvir; Ali, Mohammed K; Mohan, Viswanathan (July 2011). "The Indian Council of Medical Research–India Diabetes (ICMR–INDIAB) Study: Methodological Details". Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology. 5 (4): 906–914. doi:10.1177/193229681100500413. PMC 3192597. PMID 21880233.[non-primary source needed]
  28. ^ Perappadan, Bindu Shajan (9 June 2023). "India logged 31 million new diabetes patients in 2019-21: Study". The Hindu.
  29. ^ "India has a much higher burden of metabolic NCDS: ICMR-INDIAB - ET HealthWorld".
  30. ^ Nair, Manisha; Ali, Mohammed K; Ajay, Vamadevan S; Shivashankar, Roopa; Mohan, Viswanathan; Pradeepa, Rajendra; Deepa, Mohan; Khan, Hassan M; Kadir, Muhammad M; Fatmi, Zafar A; Reddy, K Srinath; Tandon, Nikhil; Narayan, KM Venkat; Prabhakaran, Dorairaj (28 August 2012). "CARRS Surveillance study: design and methods to assess burdens from multiple perspectives". BMC Public Health. 12: 701. doi:10.1186/1471-2458-12-701. PMC 3491014. PMID 22928740.[non-primary source needed]
  31. ^ "Understanding Monogenic Diabetes with Dr V Mohan". 17 November 2021.
  32. ^ "MDRF opens centre to study monogenic diabetes". The Hindu. 12 November 2021.
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  34. ^ "Dr. Mohan's Diabetes Education Academy".
  35. ^ "National Diabetes Summit 2013 held in Amritsar - Times of India". Archived from the original on 16 July 2013.
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  37. ^ Mohan, Viswanathan; Deepa, Mohan; Pradeepa, Rajendra; Prathiba, Venkat; Datta, Manjula; Ravikumar, Sethuraman; Rakesh, Hari; Sucharita, Yarlagadda; Webster, Premila; Allender, Steven; Kapur, Anil; Anjana, Ranjit Mohan (November 2012). "Prevention of Diabetes in Rural India with a Telemedicine Intervention". Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology. 6 (6): 1355–1364. doi:10.1177/193229681200600614. PMC 3570875. PMID 23294780.[non-primary source needed]
  38. ^ "Addressing the Challenges of Diabetes in India".
  39. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  40. ^ "2018 Harold Rifkin Award for Distinguished International Service in the Cause of Diabetes - Viswanathan Mohan, MD, PhD | American Diabetes Association".
  41. ^ Piemonte, Lorenzo (23 July 2018). "Distinguished International Service awarded to advocate and doctor from India". Retrieved 4 December 2022.
  42. ^ "ADA awards Indian Doctor, Dr V Mohan for distinguished service in Diabetes". Medical Dialogues. 6 March 2018. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  43. ^ "B.C. Roy awards for 55 doctors". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 2 July 2008. Archived from the original on 5 July 2008.
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