Overview

About the Program

To ensure long-term success of the program, a sequential, 3-phase training program will combine strategic short-term and long-term training in HIV-TB epidemiology and laboratory research. Distance-learning modules will supplement regular professional development activities at BJGMC, and off-site trainings held at Hopkins will round out the program. In addition, a Training Advisory Committee (TAC) that includes senior faculty from JHU and BJGMC will be responsible for approval of the final trainees for each Phase of the program, annual review of progress, and recommendations for strategic scientific training priorities.

Meet the Trainees

Dr. Aarti Avinash Kinikar

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Dr. Aarti Avinash Kinikar

Trainee

Education:
MBBS (1984); DCH (1988); MD-Paediatrics (1988), DNB-Paediatrics (2003); MRCP-UK (1995).
Medical  Education- Grant  Medical  College – Mumbai  University, India.

Overview:
As a  medical  teacher  and  a  pediatrician working  in  a  government medical college  and  hospital  I am interested  in generating interest  motivating  medical undergraduate students  to think and participate in  pediatric infectious disease research especially in the field  of  Pediatric HIV and TB epidemiology, as well as clinical profiles and prevention and treatment for children. I am personally interested  in  looking  at  the  implementation and challenges  faced in  caring for children with HIV and TB  under national programmes  and  finding  solutions  that  can help implement  these  programmes  effectively  for the benefit of children  coming to government hospitals . A specific clinical research interest is to investigate chemoprophylaxis  options  for  children  in  contact  with  adults that have sputum-positive MDR TB.     

Honors and Awards:

  1. Awarded  Fogarty  Fellow  Scholarship  at  John  Hopkins  University,  Baltimore  USA;  for  training  in  Paediatric  HIV,  Epidemiology  &  Biostatistics,  (2007)
  2. Awarded  Overseas  Doctor’s  Training  Scheme  fellowship  by  the  Royal  College  Of       Physicians ,  UK  in  1994  for  higher  studies  in  Paediatrics
  3. Awarded  ONE  of  the  20 INNOVATORS  IN INDIA  who are changing lives – For Bubble  CPAP   Invention during Swine Flu Pandemic in India . Awarded by INDIA  TODAY – April 26th 2010 Issue.
  4. AWARDED  PROVISIONAL  PATENT  for   low  cost  indigenous   bubble  CPAP      ventilation  circuit – Mumbai  2011.
  5. AWARDED  THE  DR SHARADINI  DAHANUKAR “BEST MEDICAL TEACHER” 2013 AWARD BY MAHARASHTRA UNIVERSITY OF HEALTH SCIENCES , NASHIK.
  6. TWICE  Won  the  First  Prize in Teachers  Category at  Inter- University Research  Convention –  AVISHKAR  2010  and  AVISHKAR  2011- organized  by  Governor  of  Maharashtra.
  7. Received  “Suchintan Trophy” – Thrice ( 2004;  2005;  2010 ) for Best  Research work presented at Annual  Research Conference at  B.J.  Government  Medical  College,  Pune.
  8. Member and Principal Investigator for Clinical Trial of  IMPAACT  Network    ( HIV/AIDS; TB; Malaria and other Infectious Diseases since 2000. BJGMC-John Hopkins University , USA-Clinical  Trial Unit, Pune, India

Dr. Amit Kale

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Dr. Amit Kale

Trainee

Education
M.S. (ORTHOPEDICS), Diploma of national board (New Delhi), MNAMS,
M.ch (Orth.) Dundee University U.K.,

Overview
I am working as associate professor in orthopedics. Currently, I am conducting various drug trials for rheumatoid arthritis.

My keen interest is in musculo-skeleton tuberculosis especially in spinal tuberculosis. I would be interested in studying effect of drug resistant tuberculosis in orthopedics and the socio-economic impact of MDR –TB in urban Indian population.

I would also like to know more about preventive chemotherapy and vaccination for tuberculosis. I would like to contribute towards development of genome based early detection of MDR-TB facilities in BJ medical college.

Honors and Awards

  1. Gold medal in orthopedics from university of Poona in 2004
  2. 2nd prize for poster presented in University of Dundee for M.ch (orth.) U.K.
  3. Honored by government of Nigeria (health Ministry) for medical social work in corrective orthopedic surgical camps in 2012 through rotary international GLOBAL REACH PROGRAM.

Dr. Anita Basavaraj

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Dr. Anita Basavaraj

M.B.B.S.
o 1990    M.D.(general medicine)
o 1992    D.N.B.(general medicine)
o 2012    P.G.D.G.M.

Dr Anita Basavaraj has done her MBBS from Nagpur University with Honors in Surgery (1987). Thereafter she did her MD in Medicine (1990) and her Diplomat of National Board (D.N.B.) in 1992.She has done her post graduate Diploma in geriatric Medicine (P.G.D.G.M.) winning the university Gold Medal by virtue of standing first in the country (2012), which is a distant education venture run by Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU).


Dr. Anita is at present working as Associate Professor in The Department Of Medicine and Unit In charge at B.J.Medical College and Sassoon General Hospital, Pune ,India. She has special interest in HIV medicine which she learned and practiced in Grant Medical Government Medical college and J.J.Hospital, Mumbai, before coming to Pune. She was pioneer in starting HAART in PLHIV at SGH in 1998 and was given the responsibility of starting and nurturing the first HIV OPD at SGH on 9th April 1999 which later in 2004 merged into NACO’s ART center which today caters to care and follow up of over 30,000 PLHIV. She was awarded and underwent Fellowship for HIV studies at the New York Presbyterian hospital and Weill Cornell Medical center in New York City, USA(2004).she was awarded and felicitated by the first President of Zambia, Mr. Kenneth Kaunda for outstanding work for care and treatment of patients with HIV and AIDS. She has participated in BJGMC-JHU,CTU, projects since last 12 years, monitoring  PEP, toxicities and adverse events. She manages BJGMC-JHU undergraduate students activities and monthly HIV videoconferencing. She has as a research guide studied lyphadenopathy in PLHIV, fever in PLHIV,TB-HIV co-infection, Pulmonary manifestations of PLHIV, Cardiac toxicities, ART toxicities, psychosocial aspects and CD4 as surrogate marker in PLHIV.
She heads the Gastroenterology services at BJ and performs and overviews upper and lower GI therapeutic and diagnostic video endoscopies. She also heads the Geriatric services  at B.J. and is the Programme In-Charge for  PGDGM since last 8 years. She has designed a syllabus for geriatric curriculum for MUHS.


Anita is the daughter of late Shri Vasantrao Pampattiwar, Deputy Director and Senior Scientist  N.E.E.R.I.(Nagpur) and Mrs. Arti. Anita's husband is Mr. Basavaraj V.G., a civil Engineer at Pune and she has 2 lovely daughters Sagarika and Sanjana.

Dr. Chhaya Valvi

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Dr. Chhaya Valvi

Trainee

Education:
MBBS (1997) ; DCH (1999) ; MD -Pediatrics (2000).
Medical Education - Seth G.S. Medical College and  K.E.M. Hospital, Mumbai.  Mumbai  University, India.

Overview:
Dr. Chhaya Valvi has completed her undergraduate and postgraduate medical education from the premier institute of Seth G.S. Medical College, Mumbai, India. She was awarded the prestigious Dr. Palekar prize as she ranked first among the candidates for M.D. exam.

Dr. Chhaya is presently working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College (B.J.G.M.C.) and Sassoon General Hospital (SGH), Pune, India. She is In charge of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), High Dependency Unit (HDU) and Deputy In charge of the Human Milk Bank (HMB). She has 16 publications in National and International Journals.

Dr. Chhaya believes for successful treatment outcome in tuberculosis the co-morbid conditions need to be addressed with dedication. As part of the BJGMC JHU Fogarty training program in HIV-TB she is interested in researching on the complex relationship between tuberculosis and malnutrition.  Research with the endpoint of successful nutritional intervention for prevention of TB, which is one of the key tools, can be formulated where both Tuberculosis and Malnutrition are like double edged sword in developing countries. Nutritional intervention based approach may help in improving the treatment outcome, adherence, relapse, mortality and emergence of MDR TB. Further whether macro and micronutrient intervention may prevent progression of Latent Tuberculosis to active TB is the topic she would like to research further with the availability of backup facility of Nutritional Rehabilitation Center and the dedicated Pediatric TB OPD facility available at SGH. Dr. Chhaya is part of a team who has developed an innovative tool “Barrier device for air borne diseases – mainly tuberculosis” (Provisional Patent registered.)

Dr. Geeta Shrikar Pardeshi

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Dr. Geeta Shrikar Pardeshi

Education:
MD, B J Government Medical College, Pune , 1999 (Preventive and Social Medicine)

Overview:
I have led research projects related to Reproductive and Child Health, Sanitation and Infectious diseases. As part of the BJGMC JHU Fogarty training program in HIV-TB, I have research interest in TB epidemiology. I am interested in studying the association of co-morbidities with clinical presentation and treatment outcomes in tuberculosis. I’d like to investigate how to identify mechanisms to reach the undiagnosed patients of tuberculosis, operational research to assess the effectiveness of current set of interventions for prevention and control of tuberculosis and how to best conduct community based studies which could contribute to our understanding of tuberculosis epidemiology.

Honors and Awards:

  • First prize for photograph entitled ‘Existent Plights –Deprived rights’ at the 3rd Conference of the Asia Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health in 2007.
  • Mr. Sharangdhar P. Kanhere Prize for the best Paper on Use of an Appropriate Technology at the Joint Annual State Conference of Indian Association of Preventive and Social Medicine (IAPSM) & Indian Public Health Association (IPHA) in 2006.
  • Second prize in All India Essay contest on ‘Challenges and Options for the delivery of Primary Health Care in disadvantaged urban areas’ at the Annual National Conference of Indian Association of Preventive and Social Medicine (IASPM) in 2003.
  • Shri R N Roy Award for the Best Paper published in the Indian Journal of Public Health in 2002 at the All India Annual Conference of Indian Association of Public Health (IPHA).

Dr. Rahul Lokhande

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Dr. Rahul Lokhande

Trainee

Education:
MBBS, BJ Government Medical College , Pune , 1997.
MD, B J Government Medical College, Pune , 2000. (Pulmonary Medicine),from Pune University, Maharasthra.
Dr. Rahul Lokhande, At Present working as Associate Professor in Department of Pulmonary Medicine,

Overview:
He is Unit In charge at B J Government Medical college and Sassoon Hospital Pune . He has special Interest in Bronchoscopy and Respiratory Intensive Care Unit of Sassoon Hospital. As a part of BJMC-JHU Fogarty Training Program HIV –TB Primary Drug he is interested in investigating drug-resistant tuberculosis in normal and immunocompromised patients. He trained as trainer of DOTS and DOTS Plus program under the RNTCP. He has also worked with National Aids Research Institute for their trial in B.J. Government Medical College .

Dr. Sangita Shelke

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Dr. Sangita Shelke

Education:

  • MBBS- S.R.T.R Medical College, Ambejogai, Marathwada University, Maharashtra, Dec- 1990.
  • MD- Preventive and Social Medicine, Government Medical College, Aurangabad. Marathwada University, Maharashtra, Dec- 1994.
  • PG DHA- Diploma in Hospital Administration, Society for Development and education
  • Coimbatore, Dec 1997.
  • PG DND- Diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics, Society for Development and education
  • Coimbatore, Dec 1998.
  • PG DPC- Diploma in Psychological Counselling, Society for Development and education
  • Coimbatore, May 1999.
  • Have done course in Clinical Trials from CMC Vellore Dec- 2009.

Honors and Awards:

  1. Passed MD-PSM, Diploma in Hospital Administration, Diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics, Psychological Counselling all exams with DISTINCTION.
  2. Research paper “Husbands commitment in safe motherhood” presented in international conference on women and child health held at Rural Medical College Loni. Nov 1998 and was awarded prize of best paper.
  3. presented research paper “ A study on female Tamasha artists from pune district.” In Annual research conference of B.J.Medical College Pune 2006 and was awarded first prize.

Research Interests:
Indeed TB is a social disease with so many social problems especially the women suffering from TB/HIV undergoes a pathetic life situation. Women are silent suffers, of both HIV and TB in male dominated society of India. My ultimate desire is if I can make a difference in the lives of these silent suffers. My research interests include understanding the factors that improve overall levels and distribution of health status of women. My research interest also includes operational research and health system research. I am also interested in finding out various ways in which defaulters and drug resistant can be minimised.

Dr. Shilpa Naik

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Dr. Shilpa Naik

Trainee

Overview:
I am working as an Associate Professor & Unit Incharge since 2009 in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at B.J.Govt Medical College & Sassoon General Hospitals Pune. I  have been managing High Risk Obstetrics and has keen interest in Critical Care Obstetrics. I have participated as a Clinician in the prestigious SWEN study at BJMC in collaboration with JHU.As a guide & post graduate teacher I have done research in several topics like Postdated pregnancy& NST Interpretation, BMI in pregnancy & outcome, Ectopic pregnancy, Cardiac disease & PIH in pregnancy. I also completed ICMR STS Project by Undergraduate student in 2012--Study of cases of ‘near miss’ mortality in obstetric cases in a tertiary hospital. As per TB research I am currently working as a co-investigator in a TB Project-Impact of immune changes of pregnancy on Tuberculosis in collaboration with JHU

Honours & Awards:

  • ​1st   at the MPSC INTERVIEW&EXAM for post of Associate Professor
  • Presented “Savitrichya leki” award by Senior Citizen Group Bopodi in June 2009 & Received  Trophy from the Dean B J Medical College on 26th Jan 2010 for outstanding  patient care.
  • First to Deliver a Talk on SWINE FLU IN PREGNANCY-at CME organized by POGS in dept of OBGY BJMC 21ST Aug 2009
  • 1st prize to POSTER ON SWINE FLU-A MENACE at AMOGS State level Conference at Nashik Feb 2010 & 1st prize for case presentation in Safe Surgical conference by KEM on Balloon Tamponade a novel way for PPH management in Jan 2012.
  • Given 2 interviews on National Television on Doordarshan Sahyadri
    Channel under NRHM (National rural Health mission) in programme “SWASTHA BHARAT” on topics
    1)MENOPAUSE&2)PCOD in AUG2012&OCT 2012  respectively.

Dr. Smita Deshpande

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Dr. Smita Deshpande

Trainee

Education:

  • MBBS (1984) , Govt Medical College, Aurangabad, Maharashtra.
  • MD Microbiology (1988 ) Govt Medical College, Aurangabad, Maharashtra.
  • DCA (Diploma in Computer Application) – 1995, from Symbiosis Institute of Computer Studies and Research, Pune

Overview:
My research interests have been: Rapid diagnostic methods for Acute pyogenic meningitis, Diagnosis of enteric fever , Role of Methicillin resistance Staph aureus in infections, Molecular diagnosis of Leptospirosis, Rapid diagnosis of MDR-TB by REMA  ( Resasurine Micro titre Plate Assay)and by Line Probe Assay.

I would in future like to study diagnostic methods for early detection of tuberculosis. I would like to conduct an operational research project to assess the effectiveness of Gene Xpert in the early diagnosis of TB in HIV positives.

Honors and Awards:

  • Worked for NABL accreditation of ICTC ( Integrated Counselling & Testing Center ) 1, ICTC 2 & SRL State Reference Center For HIV testing  in 2013.                 
  • Core committee member for RNTCP,
  • SST (State Surveillance Team )Member for HSS ( HIV Sentinel Surveillance) Program
  • Faculty for  Training of District Surveillance Officers for the Integrated Disease Surveillance Project. 2005.
  • Member of State level Standing Committee for review of Adverse Events Following Immunisation (AEFI)
  • Laboratory Assessor for  State And District level Clinical Laboratories under IDSP for India
  • IDSP Coordinator for BJGMC, Pune. 
  • ‘Best Teacher award’ by Indian Medical Association ,Beed ,Maharashtra 1999.
  • First Best Poster Award at IV Maharashtra Chapter Conference of IAMM at Govt. Medical College, Aurangabad 1998
  • Establishment of plague surveillance centre at SRTR Medical College, Ambajogai ,Maharashtra after Mamala epidemic of plague-like illness 1996
  • P.G. teacher for M.D. Microbiology at MUHS  Nashik

Dr. Sunita Girish

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Dr. Sunita Girish

Education:
Ph.D,  Pune University, 2005 (Medical Biochemistry) title “Antioxidant Status in Leprosy.”

Overview:
How to improve health systems to combat  various infectious diseases like Leprosy, Tuberculosis and HIV in developing countries, is a research and policy issue that affects many aspects of public health. My research interests include further to understand molecular  level changes in cystic fibrosis which is under diagnosed .My interests also involve innovations in molecular techniques dealing with infectious diseases, help  governments in developing countries to improve and modify drug policies and effectively treat infectious diseases.

Honors and Awards:

  1. 1 "Effect of Aspirin on Lens Membrane Permeability."
    Presented at XX Annual conference of Research Society of B.J.Medical College & Sassoon General Hospitals Pune.
    The Paper was awarded First Prize in Competition session.
  2. "Glutathione metabolism as a measure of Oxidant Stress in leprosy          patients on continuous Dapsone therapy."
    Presented at XXX Annual conference of Research Society of B.J.Medical College & Sassoon General Hospitals Pune.
    The Paper was awarded Second Prize in Competition session

Dr. Vasudha Belgaumkar

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Dr. Vasudha Belgaumkar

Trainee

Education:
MBBS (1997); MD-Dermatology (2002),
Medical  Education- S.B.H. Government Medical College, Dhule & B.J.Govt.Medical College, Pune – University of Pune, Maharashtra, India.

Overview:
Dr.Vasudha has completed her undergraduate medical education from S.B.H. Government Medical College, Dhule,Maharashtra .A meritorious student throughout, she topped her first and  final year University examinations. She is presently working as Associate Professor of Dermatology at B.J. Government Medical College, Pune. Having completed her post-graduation in Dermatology, Venereology (including HIV) and Leprology from this premier institute, she has acquired clinical skills as well as an affinity for research. She has been instrumental in establishing the cosmetology, dermatosurgery and laser units in her institute & is equally adept at handling administrative duties and academic responsibilities. Throughout her tenure, she has been involved in innovative research in diverse areas ranging from basic immunology to therapeutics, and in due course, has developed an inspiration to undertake research in the fascinating field of TB/HIV.She has to her credit more than a dozen publications in reputed national and international journals. Her inclination towards this field stems from the fact that these diseases with profound effect on communities and nations, still continue to inflict misery on humans. Although a lot of ground has been covered globally in TB/HIV control, the journey towards achieving this elusive goal is far from over. Dr Vasudha is eager to be part of this crusade.

She believes that the paucity of reliable data on epidemiology of MDR-TB in India warrants attention. Review of literature strongly suggests that the most powerful predictor of MDR-TB is a previous history of treatment of TB with doubtful compliance.

She is keenly interested in analyzing the risk factors and identifying potential predictors for development of MDR-TB including host factors like genetic predisposition, epidemiological attributes and above  all  adherence  to treatment. She would like to indulge in studies to document and monitor compliance through alternative sampling methods.                                              

Honors & Awards:

  1. Paper on “A study of serum cytokine profile in leprosy.” won Best Paper Award at    Annual Research Society Conference of B.J. Medical College , Pune & was appreciated at the South East Asian Conference of Dermatology
  2. Paper on “Applications of Platelet rich plasma in Dermatology” was presented in the Award session at Dermacon 2015.
  3. Felicitated on Teacher’s Day as a popular undergraduate and postgraduate Teacher and guide by Pune Branch of Indian Association of Dermatologists,Venerologists  & Leprologists.
  4. Ranked first in University of Pune for Certificate in German & Higher Secondary Certificate board level examination.

Activites & Training

Distance Learning Activities

  • Core Research Competencies will cover a range of topics for all trainees to establish a baseline of excellence. Topics will include human subjects research compliance, GCP/GCLP, and Introduction to Scientific Presentations, Paper Writing, Grant Writing, and Data Management.
  • iMPH programs and 2-year post-doctoral fellowships will primarily be completed on-line for Phase 2 trainees in conjunction with their mentors.

Off-Site (JHU) Training

  • All program trainees will participate in either the JHU Graduate Summer Institute of Epidemiology and Biostatistics or a strategic TB laboratory assay training at JHU.
  • The post-doctoral fellowship for laboratory trainees will involve travel between JHU and BJGMC labs by the trainees and mentors.

On-Site (BJGMC) Activities

  • Establishment of a local Data Management and Biostatistics core that will be available during all phases of the program. This core will be led by on-site JHU faculty and will assist trainees in data management and statistical analysis.
  • Monthly HIV-TB Research meetings, journal clubs, and grand rounds will initially be led by Hopkins faculty, but will quickly be the responsibility of the program trainees. These monthly activities are meant to foment expertise and collaboration between BJGMC core faculty.
  • Phase II trainees are able to receive up to a $15,000 research grant in order to support their iMPH capstone research projects/lab-based research projects
  • HIV-TB workshops in Q1 2014 and Q2 2017 will be 3-day workshops open to TB researchers from the US and India. The first workshop will help to set priorities for the program, while the second workshop at the end of the program will be used for program assessment and setting the direction of future HIV-TB research at BJGMC.

Timeline

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10 Trainees from BJGMC selected and vetted through training program

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4 of 10 trainees selected for additional training, mentorship, and research

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BJGMC Phase 2 trainees responsible for HIV-TB activities and final program training

Demonstrating Success

The JHU-BJGMC HIV-TB training program will be successful if program activities are sustainable and responsibility for HIV-TB development is shifted from JHU to BJGMC. Trainees are expected to demonstrate increasing expertise in HIV-TB and quantitative measures will be used to track how this knowledge is transferred to the BJGMC community. Yearly evaluations will be performed to keep the program on track and evaluate the trainees and structure of the program. The best measure of success will be the recognition of BJGMC faculty as leaders of HIV-TB research.