Anita Basavaraj, MD

Pune, India
BJGMC-JHU Fogarty HIV-TB Program Trainee
Dr. Anita Basavaraj

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.

Perceptions of HCWs on Barriers and Opportunities to Airborne Infection Control Guideline Implementation

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Led by Dr. Nishi Suryavanshi, this qualitative, cross-sectional study is assessing healthcare worker (HCW) perceptions about barriers and facilitators to the uptake of airborne infection control (AIC) guidelines. Further, the study is assessing the potential barriers and opportunities to develop...

Mother-to-Child Transmission (MTCT) of HIV: India SWEN Study

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Primary and secondary analyses of the India SWEN study, an NIH-funded phase III randomized controlled trial of an extended nevirapine prophylaxis regimen among 783 HIV-infected pregnant women and their breastfed infants in Pune, India.

Vector-borne disease is a common cause of hospitalized febrile illness in India

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American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Diagnostic strategies adapted for season and age may reduce diagnostic uncertainty and identify causative organisms in treatable, fatal causes of AFI.

Antibiotic utilization and the role of suspected and diagnosed mosquito borne illness among adults and children with acute febrile illness in Pune, India

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Clinical Infectious Diseases
Mosquito-borne disease identification is associated with reduced empiric antibiotic use and faster antibiotic discontinuation.

Extended-dose nevirapine to 6 weeks of age for infants to prevent HIV transmission via breastfeeding in Ethiopia, India, and Uganda: an analysis of three randomized controlled trials

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The Lancet
Background: UNICEF/WHO recommends that infants born to HIV-infected mothers who do not have access to acceptable, feasible, affordable, sustainable, and safe replacement feeding should be exclusively breastfed for at least 6 months. The aim of three trials in Ethiopia, India, and Uganda was to...