First Padma Shri Prof K V Thiruvengadam Memorial Orator – 2020
Dr Soumya Swaminathan was appointed WHO’s first Chief Scientist in March 2019. A paediatrician from India and a globally recognized researcher on tuberculosis and HIV, she brings with her 30 years of experience in clinical care and research and has worked throughout her career to translate research into impactful programmes. Dr Swaminathan was Secretary to the Government of India for Health Research and Director General of the Indian Council of Medical Research from 2015 to 2017. In that position, she focused on bringing science and evidence into health policy making, building research capacity in Indian medical schools and forging south-south partnerships in health sciences. From 2009 to 2011, she also served as Coordinator of the UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases in Geneva.
She received her academic training in India, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America, and has published more than 350 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. She is an elected Foreign Fellow of the US National Academy of Medicine and a Fellow of all three science academies in India. The Science division’s role is to ensure that WHO stays ahead of the curve and leverages advances in science and technology for public health and clinical care, as well as ensuring that the norms, standards and guidelines produced by WHO are scientifically excellent, relevant and timely. Her vision is to ensure that WHO is at the cutting edge of science and is able to translate new knowledge into meaningful impact on population health worldwide.
A renowned dental surgeon and a Visionary who imparts education on par with international standards in his University exposing
and engaging students and faculty in research.
He is a FELLOW of International Honor of Pierre Fauchard Academy;
Author of award winning book in Tamil “Vaai Pal Maruthuvam" from the Government of Tamil Nadu;
Recipient of “The Life Time Achievement Award”
by The T.N.Dr.M.G.R. Medical University;
“Edupreneur Award” by Times Of India;
“Award of Excellence 2013” by Indian Red Cross Society, TamilNadu Branch
Dr. Sudha Seshayyan
The Tamilnadu Dr. MGR Medical University
Dr. Sudha Seshayyan has an outstanding academic record with a teaching experience of more than 30 years. She has rich administrative experience and has been the
Vice-Principal of the MMC and member of the Editorial Review Board for Grays Anatomy.
She is noted for her Hindu religious discourses and oratory in Tamil.