Presentations

Sangita Shelke, MD: Preventive and Social Medicine; Diplomas in Nutrition, Hospital Administration, Psychological counseling

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

Dr. Smita Deshpande: Microbiology

BJGMC-JHU Fogarty HIV-TB Program Trainee
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.

Dr. Chhaya Valvi: Pediatrics

BJGMC-JHU Fogarty HIV-TB Program Trainee
Pune, India
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. Vasudha Belgaumkar: Dermatology

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

Rahul Lokhande, MD: Pulmonary Medicine

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

Dr. Shilpa Naik: Obstetrics and Gynecology

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

Bharat Randive, PhD

Study Coordinator
Pune, India
Bharat Randive, PhD
Bharat Randive is Study Coordinator for the Healthcare-Associated Sepsis study in Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) in Pune, India, supported by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) SHEPheRD Domain 7 program. This study aims to understand the epidemiology of neonatal sepsis and guide future interventions to prevent the sepsis in NICU. The study also includes analysis of antimicrobial resistance patterns to inform antibiotic selection for suspected neonatal sepsis. Dr. Randive leads the implementation of a quality improvement initiative—Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program...

Spruha Kurlekar

Spruha Kurlekar
Spruha Kurlekar is a final year MBBS student in Seth G.S. Medical College and KEM Hospital, Mumbai, who is working with Dr. Matt Robinson on antimcrobial resistance in India. In her latest University Examinations, she secured a 'first-class' grade along with a distinction in ENT. Spruha follows a detail-oriented approach and has won praise from teachers and colleagues for her contributions during postings. A conscientious learner, Spruha is excited by the prospect of being a well-rounded, practical, and compassionate doctor. Spruha is interested in research and participated in a 'Clinical...

Erica Orsini, MD

Pune, India
From January 3, 2018 to February 26, 2018, Dr. Orsini worked under Drs. Vidya Mave and Amita Gupta to observe clinical rounds and provide support to the BJGMC Clinical Research Site. She also supported provides the CTRIUMPh substudy entitled “Residual Respiratory Impairment Following Pulmonary TB” and the study entitled “Antimicrobial Use and Diagnosis among Hospitalized Febrile Patients.”

Rahul Rajkumar, MD

Pune, India
Dr. Rahul Rajkumar visited BJGMC from January 9, 2018 to January 20, 2018, where he provided targeted lab support on a CDC ShePHERD protocol, "Healthcare-Associated Sepsis in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Pune, India." Dr. Rajkumar is a Johns Hopkins Master of Public Health (MPH) student with a medical degree. Dr. Rajkumar is mentored by Dr. Yuka Manabe, and worked under Derek Armstrong, a Johns Hopkins microbiologist who collaborates closely with BJGMC on lab strengthening activities. Whiel on site, Dr. Rajkumar supported Derek Armstrong in conducting quality checks of specific...

Lubaina Arsiwala

Lubaina Arsiwala
Dr. Arsiwala is a Johns Hopkins Masters of Health Science student with a Bachelor in Dental Survey from DY Patil University School of Dentistry, Navi Mumbai, India. She visited BJGMC from June 18, 2018, to August 11, 2018, to provide support to the BJGMC Clinical Research Site. She is working with Dr. Matthew Robinson to support to ongoing studies, including “Antimicrobial Use and Diagnosis among Hospitalized Febrile Patients in Pune, India” and “Prevalence and Risk Factors for Oral Cancer among HIV-Infected Adults.” Dr. Arsiwala received funding for her visit through the Johns Hopkins Global...

Pranay Vishwanath

Baltimore, Maryland
Pranay-Vishwanath
Pranay Vishwanath is a master's candidate in the field of Bioinformatics at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and anticipated to graduate in Fall 2018. He is working with Drs. Amita Gupta and Jeffrey Tornheim, and is focusing on organization of data and generation/streamlining of bioinformatic pipelines for analysis of TB drug resistance assays. He received a bachelor's degree in Biotechnology at the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology in 2016.

Alison Pack

Baltimore, Maryland
Alison Pack
Alison Pack is Program Administrator at CCGHE where she is responsible for grants development and project management for the India Clinical Research portfolio. This portfolio includes complex TB and HIV clinical research studies being implemented in partnership with academic institutions in India. She also plays a role in tracking deliverables, coordinating among collaborators, and managing field research opportunities for students and junior researchers interested in infectious diseases in India. Prior to CCGHE, Ms. Pack worked for Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security where she provided...

Jessica Elf, MPH, PhD

Post Doctoral Fellow
Dr. Jessica Elf was a post doctoral fellow in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Her primary research focus was on the epidemiology and health impacts of tobacco use and exposure to indoor air pollution from the combustion of biomass fuels. She is a former Fogarty Fellow who lived and worked in Pune, India conducting research for her thesis project, which investigated the association between indoor air pollution and tuberculosis. She completed her undergraduate education in nutrition at the University of Florida and received an MPH and PhD the...

Puja Chebrolu

Global Health Research Fellow
Puja Chebrolu
Dr. Chebrolu is an Internal Medicine physician and a Cornell Global Health Research Fellow. She is working with Dr Jyoti Mathad and Dr Mallika Alexander at BJGMC primarily to study gestational diabetes within the PRACHITI cohort. She will be working with BJMC over the next 3 years and plans to study diabetes in other study populations as well.

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