Medindia Interviews

Medindia's Interviews include insightful perspectives from leading doctors and stalwarts in their professions. These exclusive interviews speak of new trends and developments in medical sciences and healthcare that have made a deep impact in the society.

Dr. P.B. Lohiya

Dr. P.B. Lohiya

Professor
Professor and Dr. P.B. Lohiya, the Chairman of Indian Academy of Acupuncture Science

Mr. Sunil Kumar

Mr. Sunil Kumar

E-Cigarette Company in India
Mr. Sunil Kumar of Steamz, the E-Cigarette Company in India, explains to Medindia, his reasons for promoting e-cigarettes as opposed to conventional cigarettes with tobacco.

Dr. Suniti Solomon

Dr. Suniti Solomon

Founder-Director of the(YRG CARE)
Dr. Suniti Solomon, Founder-Director of the Y.R. Gaitonde Center for AIDS Research and Education (YRG CARE), a premier HIV/AIDS care and support centre in Chennai and heard her insight on tackling this serious pandemic that almost destroys a person more emotionally than physically, given the social stigma attached to it. Dr. Suniti Solomon and her colleagues documented the first evidence of the HIV infection in India in 1986. She is the Indian Principal Investigator of several pioneering HIV research studies and has published extensively on HIV epidemiology, prevention, care and support, biomedical research, research ethics and gender issues. She has deep interest in community education and mobilization and leads an effort that supports a Phase I HIV vaccine trial at Chennai with community education and volunteer enrollment.

Kanchana

Kanchana

Transgender
Transgender Kanchana's life is very similar to the stuff nightmares are made of. Yet she had the courage to rise above her traumatic past, shelve her miserable present and make a documentary that focuses on the challenges of the differently abled. Kanchana is the youngest transgender documentary film maker among other transgender directors who screened their documentaries at the Russian Cultural Centre, Chennai, thanks largely to the efforts of Alliance Française de Madras and the Sahodari Foundation, founded by Ms. Kalki Subramaniam, India's leading transgender celebrity and activist. Kanchana's maiden attempt, 'Nambikkai', a documentary on Hope, showcases the life of the differently abled.

Jerry P.

Jerry P.

Professional Mountaineer
Jerry P. a professional mountaineer who goes on regular expeditions conquering like an emperor one summit after another.

R. Lavanya

R. Lavanya

Director, Sundar Diabetics Dezire
R. Lavanya, Director, Sundar Diabetics Dezire, the brand that introduced for the first time in India, a whole range of food products and Natural Sugar Substitute especially suitable for diabetics and the health watcher.

Meena Dhadha

Meena Dhadha

Founder and Director, Mukti India, NGO
Meena Dadha, Founder and Director, Mukti India, an NGO that employs skilled craftsmen as well as physically and mentally challenged workers to give amputees and polio victims, free prostheses and freedom from crutches. Mukti has organized several camps in India and abroad to give away artificial limbs and calipers free of cost to people who would otherwise have remained crippled for life. Over a thousand artificial limbs were recently shipped free of cost to Sri Lanka and fitted at a foot camp organized in the country.

David Kinchin

David Kinchin

Author and Trainer on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
David Kinchin, author of 'Supporting Children with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder' (2001), 'Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, the Invisible Injury' (2005), 'A Guide to Psychological Debriefing' (2007) to name a few, assures that help is at hand. He also wrote the course material for 'Certificate in Living and Working with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)', a distant learning programme to help PTSD victims and aspiring counsellors. Kinchin himself a victim of the condition has now become the leading expert of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) in UK and around the world. He shares his understanding of PTSD experiences with Medindia.

Ravi Samuel

Ravi Samuel

Cognitive Behavior Psychotherapist trained at National Hospital, Queen's Square, London and certified by the Rehabilitation Council of India as Rehabilitation Professional
Ravi Samuel, a Cognitive Behavior Psychotherapist trained at National Hospital, Queen's Square, London and certified by the Rehabilitation Council of India as Rehabilitation Professional. With over 20 years of experience in treating people with various mental illnesses, Ravi Samuel provides Cognitive Rehabilitation for patients with Alzheimer's disease, brain damage, dementia and related disorders. He is the Founder of an NGO called Vision Age India that offers solutions to families of patients suffering from Alzheimer's disease and other geriatric diseases.

Dr. Arvind Krishnamurthy

Dr. Arvind Krishnamurthy

Consultant Surgical Oncologist and an Associate Professor in Cancer Institute, Adyar, Chennai, South India
Dr. Arvind Krishnamurthy, MCh Surgical Oncology, DNB Surgical Oncology, Consultant Surgical Oncologist and an Associate Professor in Cancer Institute, Adyar, Chennai, South India talks about the changing prevalence rates of cancer in India and how the 300 million tobacco consumers are likely to double its incidence by 2020.He is actively involved in comprehensive cancer care i.e. from prevention, management to rehabilitation and palliation. Contrary to popular belief, cancer can be cured if it is diagnosed early and modifying lifestyle and behavior such as quitting smoking and alcohol can even prevent it. Leading a healthy lifestyle also helps in the long term to keep the cancers at bay.

Mr. Gopi Natarajan,

Mr. Gopi Natarajan,

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Omega Healthcare Management Services Ltd
Mr. Gopi Natarajan, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Omega Healthcare Management Services Ltd., speak on the challenges and rewards of excelling in business outsourcing in India.

Vidya Reddy

Vidya Reddy

Founder Director, Tulir
Tulir, a registered non-profit Trust based in Chennai, South India, that has been working against child sexual abuse in India since 2004. The Centre for Prevention & Healing of Child Sexual Abuse (CPHCSA) is the inspiration of Vidya Reddy, Founder Director, Tulir,who saw the high prevalence of child sexual abuse while volunteering for a child helpline in Chennai and decided to start an organization exclusively to highlight and address this serious issue in India. Alankar, Vipin and Nancy have joined hands with her in the crusade against a malady that is desperately crying out for attention in India.

Karen Anderson Zabe,

Karen Anderson Zabe,

A Yoga Teacher in Mexico
Kären Anderson Zabé, a Yoga teacher in Mexico, who began her tryst with Yoga very early in life and went on to share the benefits of this great art of living after experiencing the fullness of life through a diligent practice of Yoga for many years.

Padmashri Dr. Shanthi Ranganathan

Padmashri Dr. Shanthi Ranganathan

Founder, Director of TTK Hospital
Padmashri Dr. Shanthi Ranganathan, Founder, Director of TTK Hospital, a non profit, pioneer voluntary organization involved for more than three decades in the holistic treatment and rehabilitation of persons addicted to alcohol, narcotic drugs and smoking.

K.Parthasarathy

K.Parthasarathy

Co-founder and Vice President, Hemophilia Society-Madras Chapter at Voluntary Health Services Hospital
K. Parthasarathy, Co-founder and Vice President, Hemophilia Society-Madras Chapter at Voluntary Health Services Hospital and heard him speak on the yeoman services rendered by the society in facilitating treatment at affordable cost for patients and families reeling under the burden of dealing with the bleeding disorder.

Dr. Prakash Boominathan

Dr. Prakash Boominathan

Associate Professor, Department of Speech ,Language and Hearing Sciences, Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai
Dr. Prakash Boominathan, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai, India. He also serves as a consultant speech language pathologist and audiologist at several Hospitals and ENT Research centers in Chennai.

Dr. V. Vishwanathan, DCH, MRCP, Ph. D (Pediatric Neurology)

Dr. V. Vishwanathan, DCH, MRCP, Ph. D (Pediatric Neurology)

Consultant Pediatric Neurologist and Founder President, Muscular Dystrophy Association India
Dr. V. Vishwanathan, DCH, MRCP, Ph. D (Pediatric Neurology) Consultant Pediatric Neurologist and Founder President, Muscular Dystrophy Association India, a project that has crossed cultures and borders in research and facilities for improving the quality of life for children affected by Muscular Dystrophy.

Kalki Subramaniam

Kalki Subramaniam

A Transgender activist, celebrity and Founder/Director of Sahodari—an organization based in Tamil Nadu, South India
Kalki Subramaniam, a transgender activist, celebrity and Founder/Director of Sahodari—an organization based in Tamil Nadu, South India, working for the economic and social empowerment of transgender population. A transsexual woman herself, Kalki holds Masters degrees in Journalism and Mass Communications and International Relations, is an independent media specialist featuring on TV shows, developing web based projects and scripting and directing documentary films.

Dr. R.Thara, MD, Ph.D

Dr. R.Thara, MD, Ph.D

Director of SCARF (Schizophrenia Research Foundation), the only WHO Collaborating Center in India for Mental Health Research and Training.
Director of SCARF (Schizophrenia Research Foundation), the only WHO Collaborating Center in India for Mental Health Research and Training. SCARF makes available a broad spectrum of interventions in different settings including day care, outpatient, community and in patient residential centers. Dr. Thara has published many scholarly papers on mental health and is known for her use of simple and clear language to enlighten laypeople on mental health issues particularly Schizophrenia.

Sushama Saldhana

Sushama Saldhana

Co-founder trustee of the Pranic Healing Foundation of Tamil Nadu, South India and Editor of Prana World, the international magazine of GMKCS Pranic healing and Arhatic Yoga
Sushama and her husband Dr. Cliff Saldhana who are senior disciples of Choa Kok Sui, founder of modern Pranic healing. Dr. Cliff Saldhana has widely researched on the benefits of Pranic healing and together the couple have been conducting Pranic Healing workshops and training many people in the ancient art of energy healing.