Medindia's Medical Review Team

Medindia’s Medical Review Team consists of a highly qualified team of medical doctors, specialists, experts and healthcare professionals.  They work closely with our team of editors and writers to ensure that all medical and health content published on the site is accurate and backed by medical research and studies, with references and citations provided where relevant.  They are an integral part of Medindia’s content development process and many of them also contribute their expertise as editors and writers.  

Medical Review Team

Dr. Sunil Shroff

Dr. Sunil Shroff, MBBS, MS, FRCS (UK), D. Urol (Lond)

Editorial Director, Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Sunil Shroff is the Editorial Director and Chief Medical Officer at Medindia and heads its Medical Review and Editorial Teams.

Dr. Shroff is a Urologist & Kidney Transplant Surgeon with the Madras Medical Mission, Chennai. He has an MBBS and MS from India, and a FRCS from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, UK and Urology specialization from University College London. He worked in various senior positions in UK from 1986 to 1995, including as a lecturer at the Institute of Urology and at the Royal London Hospital in London from 1991 to 1995. In 1995 he returned to India to head the Department of Urology and Renal Transplantation at the Sri Ramachandra Medical College & Research Institute in Chennai.

Dr. Shroff is a founding trustee of MOHAN Foundation, a national NGO, and has been instrumental in establishing the deceased donation and transplantation programme in India. He is the president of The Nephrology, Urology and Transplantation Society of the SAARC region for the years 2013 - 2016. He is also the convener of the Indian Transplantation Registry under the agesis of the Indian Society of Organ Transplantation. He is the editor of Indian Transplant Newsletter, a quarterly publication that has been keeping track of deceased donation activities in India since 1998. He has over 60 publications in peer reviewed journals and delivered over 700 Keynote lectures and presentations at medical conferences. He has edited four books for paramedical staff and has written eight chapters in medical books.

A detailed biographical sketch including references and publications are available on Wikipedia.

Dr. Lakshmi Venkataraman

Dr. Lakshmi Venkataraman, MD, DCP, DNB (Path)

Freelance Content Writer
Lakshmi is an alumni from Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute, Porur, Chennai. She has published an Android App 'drexampill' containing study material for First and Second year MBBS students. She is interested in academics, teaching and enjoys writing. Her hobbies include reading, solving cryptic crosswords, cooking and baking, listening to South Indian classical music.

Dr. Santhoshkumar

Dr. Santhoshkumar, MBBS

Medical Writer and Editor
Dr. Santhoshkumar completed his MBBS from Stanley Medical College, Chennai in 2012. He's currently pursuing his Postgraduate MD at Cancer Institute, Adyar, Chennai. He's passionate about health education, and strongly believes that doctor patient relationship needs ample attention in this Modern Medical era of Tech dominant medicine. During his tenure as Doctor in a rural area in Trichy, Tamil Nadu, he had the experience of reaching out to hundreds of poor rural patients about various community related diseases. He's passionate in reaching out to a larger audience in sharing his experience and knowledge.

Dr. Smitha S. Dutt

Dr. Smitha S. Dutt, PhD

Freelance Content Writer
Dr. Smitha Dutt received a PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the State University of New York, Buffalo, USA with a specialization in Oncology. She completed her post-doctoral training from University of California, Davis, USA. She is active contributor to the site as a freelance writer on a variety of health topics.

Dr. Tamilarasan Senthil

Dr. Tamilarasan Senthil, MBBS, DO, FICO

Editor - Vision Care
Dr. Tamilarasan Senthil has set up a viable Ophthalmology model in India through his entrepreneurial skills. Through his centers, over 10,000 patients are screened every month. Dr Senthil completed his MBBS and Ophthalmology Residency from Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute in Chennai. For the last decade, Dr. Senthil has been founding trustee of Pranav Foundation, a national NGO, which works in eradication of preventable Blindness. Dr Senthil is recipient of the Humanitarian Volunteer of the Year Award at Stanford University in 2014, and also received the Gold Medal for excellence in Ophthalmology from Tamilnadu Governor in 2015. He is a member of various national and International societies in Ophthalmology.

Dr. Simi Paknikar

Dr. Simi Paknikar, MD Pharmacology

Dr. Simi Paknikar is an MD in Pharmacology with professional experience of over a decade, that includes medical writing, teaching and conducting quality audits for medical services companies. Dr Paknikar is passionate about educating consumers about health and keeps abreast of the latest medical research. She contributes by editing and reviewing articles as well as writing on various health topics.

Dr. Annapurna Kumar

Dr. Annapurna Kumar, MBBS, MS (Ophthalmology)

Freelance Writer
Dr. Annapurna has 24 years of experience in Ophthalmology, a solid background in research methodology and medical education and 14 publications under her belt, of which 2 are in international journals. She is a member of the All India Ophthalmological Society and Glaucoma Society of India. Dr. Annapurna has a great passion for teaching with special interest in using new and innovative methods of teaching and learning. Her hobbies include, Carnatic music and reading.

Dr. Ramesh Babu

Dr. Ramesh Babu, MBBS, MS, FRCS (UK)

Assistant Editor
Paediatric Surgeon with keen interest in paediatric urology. Keen to use technology to improve patient care. Contributes to the paediatric section of medindia

Dr. Vivek Kute

Dr. Vivek Kute, MBBS, MD Medicine (GMC Mumbai), FCPS, DM Nephrology, FASN

Medical Editor
Dr. Vivek Kute is Professor of Nephrology and Transplantation at Institute of Kidney Diseases and Research Center and Dr. HL Trivedi Institute of Transplantation Sciences, (IKDRC-ITS) at Gujarat University of Transplantation Sciences (GUTS) Ahmedabad India. As a transplant physician he is recognized for his work on expanding living donor kidney transplantation (LDKT) with kidney-paired donation (KPD) and completed more than 390 KPD transplantations at IKDRC-ITS. He was awarded Gujarat University Gold medal for nephrology and Fellowship of American Society of Nephrology for his academic excellence. He has received various awards for his major contributions in the field of transplantation. Prof Vivek Kute has published over 130 research papers in peer reviewed journals and Invited Speaker in various national and international conferences.

Suchitra Chari

Suchitra Chari, M.S. Pharmacology, M.Sc. Biological Sciences

Medical Writer/Editor
Suchitra has completed her M.S. in Pharmacology at Northeastern University, Boston in addition to B. Pharmacy and M.Sc Biological Sciences from BITS Pilani. She is currently pursuing the AMWA (American Medical Writer's Association) Essential Skills Certification course. She has around 12 years of research experience in the field of Neuropharmacology, Drug Metabolism and Biochemistry. Her education background in biology and pharmacology and work experience in neuropharmacology and drug metabolism has given her good knowledge on the drugs in the market, their benefits, side effects and interactions. Suchitra hopes to bring her expertise to the field of medical writing by providing accurate and authentic information about diseases and conditions, drugs and supplements to the general public. Her hobbies include reading, traveling, cooking and cycling.

Dr. Manoj Kumar Shah

Dr. Manoj Kumar Shah, MBBS, PG Diploma in Health Sciences (PGDHSc), Master of Health Sciences (MHSc)

Medical Editor
Dr. Manoj Kumar Shah is a General Physician and Diabetologist with 8 years of experience. Dr. Manoj practices at Madras Medical Mission Hospital, Chennai. He completed MBBS from Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai in 2007, Post Graduate Diploma in Health Sciences (PGDHSc) from Annamalai Universtiy in 2011 and Master of Health Sciences (MHSc) from Annamalai Universtiy in 2012. He is a member of Tamilnadu Medical Council. Dr. Manoj is a patient friendly doctor and has a strong desire to help people and make a difference in their lives.

Contributing Review Team

Dr. Sanjeev Nair, MBBS, MD, DM

Contributing Editor Dr Sanjeev Nair is a consulting nephrologist based in Chennai with special interests in preventive nephrology and renal transplantation. He completed his MD in Rajah Muthiah Medical College and has worked at Madras Medical Mission, Chennai.

Dr. Christopher T. Barry, MD, PhD, FACS (USA)

Contributing Editor Dr. Barry is a senior hepato-biliary surgeon with interests in solid organ transplants from School of Medicine, University of Rochester, Rochester NY, USA. He has a B.A. with Honors in Music, as well as an M.D. and Ph.D. in Immunology from Tufts University, School of Medicine. He completed his residency in surgery and did post- doctoral work at Stanford University School of Medicine. He is passionate about organ donation, a TEDx speaker, avid blogger and written for The Hufffington Post.

Dr. Reeja Tharu, M.Phil.,Ph.d

Assistant Editor Dr. Reeja Tharu has an M. Phil and a Ph.D in Biomedical Genetics from the University of Madras. She is passionate about health issues and adept at presenting complex health topics in easy to understand language. She contributes both as a writer and an editor on the site.

Dr. Nithin Jayan, MBBS

Assistant Editor Dr. Nithin Jayan has an MBBS degree and is currently pursuing an MD in Anaesthesia from Lake Shore Hospital, Kochi. He is an aspiring writer, singer and an active blogger. He reviews and edits articles and also contributes special and in-depth reports on a variety of health topics.

Dr. P Manokar, MD, DM, FACC, FSCAI

Contributing Editor Dr. Manokar is an Interventional Cardiologist with special interest in radial, primary and structural interventions. He has conducted extensive research in the areas of heart failure and cardiac transplantation. He is passionate about finding a cure for primary pulmonary hypertension. He contributes his expertise as a contributing editor on various health topics, particularly related to Cardiology and heart health.

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