Biography

Present posts held • Associate Professor at Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Medical College, Trivandrum from January 2014. • Consultant for Development and Implementation of the Kerala government’s State COPD prevention and control Program – SWAAS • Chairman, Zonal Operational research committee, RNTCP South Zone II, India • Vice-Chairman, State Task Force for Medical Colleges in RNTCP, Kerala State • Nodal Officer - PMDT, Drug-resistant TB Centre, Southern seven districts of Kerala Past posts • Assistant Professor at Government Medical College, Thrissur January 2006 to July 2008 • WHO Consultant RNTCP in South India, 2003-2005 • Assistant Surgeon, Government Hospital, Chalakudy • District TB Officer Idukki, 1999 to 2001 Areas of interest • Tuberculosis, including MDR TB, HIV-TB, Diabetes-TB • COPD, including Pulmonary Rehabilitation • Asthma • Respiratory and TB public health • Research methodology Achievements • Developed for the first time in India, a Public Health Program for COPD for a State. Kerala state is now rolling out this program “SWAAS” in 100 primary health centres • Member of the committee guiding the state government of Kerala on achieving SDG goals, for TB, COPD and NCDs • Trainer in MDR TB for National PMDT trainings and for the International Union against TB and Lung Diseases for the National level trainings for Clinical management of MDR TB. Participated in these trainings for four countries • Participated in developing National Guidelines for TB in 2004 • Member of treatment sub-committee that formulated National Strategic Plan for TB Control for India 2012-2017 • Member of scientific committee that formulated Practical Approach to Lung Health Guidelines for Kerala