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K. Srinath Reddy 

K. Srinath Reddy
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Professor K. Srinath Reddy is presently President or the Public Health Foundation of India and until recently headed the Department of Cardiology at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). Having trained in cardiology and epidemiology, he is presently regarded as a global leader in preventive cardiology and a thought leader in global public health.

He edited the National Medical Journal of India for 10 years and is on the editorial board of several international and national journals. He has more than 250 scientific publications in international and Indian peer reviewed journals. He has recently been appointed as the First Bernard Lown Professor of Cardiovascular Health at the Harvard School of Public Health and is also an Adjunct Professor of the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University.

Prof. Reddy has been involved in several major international and national research studies including the INTERSALT global study of blood pressure and electrolytes, INTERHEART global study on risk factors of myocardial infarction, national collaborative studies on epidemiology of coronary heart disease and community control of rheumatic heart disease. Widely regarded as a leader of preventive cardiology at national and international levels, Prof. Reddy has been a researcher, teacher, policy enabler, advocate and activist who has worked to promote cardiovascular health, tobacco control, chronic disease prevention and healthy living across the lifespan. He established school based health promotion and youth led health advocacy programmes through HRIDAY, with active engagement of school and college students across India. He set up worksite based programmes for health promotion and cardiovascular risk reduction in industries in several regions of India. All of these programmes have been rigorously evaluated, widely published and progressively scaled up.

Prof. Reddy has worked with, in many leadership / board / committee / advisory / consultancy positions, with several governmental agencies, National Human Rights Commission, research bodies and NGO networks in India as well as WHO, World Health Federation, World Bank, Institute of Medicine (USA), CDC, NIH, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Global Forum for Health Research, Initiative for Cardiovascular Health in Developing Countries, Wellcome Trust and the World Economic Forum. He represented India at the international negotiations on the Framework Convention for Tobacco Control.

He is Chair of the Initiative for Cardiovascular Health Research in the Developing Countries (IC Health), a global partnership programme which promotes research for prevention of cardiovascular diseases in developing countries. He has served on many WHO expert panels and chairs the Foundations Advisory Board of the World Health Federation. He is co-chair of the World Economic Forum's Global Advisory Council on Chronic Diseases and a member of the Forum's Global Health Board. He also chairs the Core Advisory Group on Health and Human Rights for the National Human Rights Commission of India.

His contributions to public health have been recognised through several awards and honours. They include: WHO Director General's Award for Outstanding Global Leadership in Tobacco Control (World Health Assembly, 2003), Padma Bhushan (Presidential Honour, India, 2005), Queen Elizabeth Medal (Royal Society for Health Promotion, UK, 2005), Luther Terry Medal for Leadership in Tobacco Control (American Cancer Society, 2009), Membership of the US National Academies (Institute of Medicine, 2005), Fellowship of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (2009), Fellowship of the Faculty of Public Health, UK (2009), Cutter Lecture (Harvard, 2006), Koplan Lecture (CDC, 2008), Gopalan Oration (2009) and Paul Dudley White Lecture (American Heart Association, 2010).

Prof. Reddy has also won literary awards including the ECAAR Global Peace Essay and contest (adjudged by 11 Nobel Laureates in 1992) and the Times of India Essay Contest on Human Rights. He was a prize winning debater and quizzer at Unviersity level and now writes on health related issues for national newspapers such as The Hindu, Indian Express, Economic Times and the Financial Express.