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Dr Alexander Thomas
M.S. Orth (CMC Vellore), M.Phil. (BITS Pilani), PGDMLE (NLSIU Bangalore)
Dr. Alexander Thomas ,Founder-Member and President of the Association of Healthcare Providers of India (AHPI), Founder-Member and President of the Association of National Board Accredited Institutions (ANBAI), Founder-Member and President of the Consortium of Accredited Healthcare Organisations (CAHO) and Consultant to the World Bank, has served the healthcare sector for over 30 years. Dr. Thomas has played a key role in advancing progress in India’s healthcare landscape, especially in the areas of Quality and Communication.
He is a Member of the four-person committee set up by the Union Health Ministry to investigate ways to reduce the cost of medical training; Member of the Working Group on Public Private Partnership (PPP) for Non-Communicable Diseases in District Hospitals, NITI Aayog, Govt. of India; Member-Secretary, Task Force on Karnataka Public Health Policy, Karnataka Jnana Aayoga, Govt. of Karnataka; Board Member, National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Organisations (NABH); Chair, Steering Committee, Health and Environment Leadership Platform, Public Health Foundation India; Member, Expert Committee for Amendment, Karnataka Private Medical Establishment Act 2007, Government of Karnataka; and Advisor to the UNESCO-NBE Steering Committee on the Teaching of Bio-Ethics in the PG Medical Education Curriculum.
His recent publications are the Handbook of Healthcare Quality (2016), the Guidebook for Pre-Accreditation Entry-Level Standards for Small Healthcare Organizations (2015), and Communicate. Care. Cure: A Guide to Healthcare Communication (2014). His recent awards include the Emeritus Teacher Award (2014) by the National Board of Examinations for his contributions to the field of medical education and the Distinguished Service Award (2016) by the Indian Medical Association for his services to the community and the medical fraternity.
Dr Girdhar Gyani
Dr Girdhar Gyani, is widely recognised as founder of healthcare quality in India. During his tenure as Secretary General, Quality Council of India (2003-2012), Dr Gyani played pivotal role in formulation and operating of National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH), for the first time in the country. He was Principal Coordinator in developing of accreditation standard for hospitals and getting it accredited by International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua). This was followed up with development of standards for Blood Banks, Radiology Centres, Dental Clinics, Wellness Centres, and AYUSH Hospitals.
NABH has been the single most important initiative which has dramatically changed the healthcare scenario in INDIA, bringing Patient Safety at the centre stage. NABH has emerged as key criteria for evaluation of hospitals for variety of government and private paying schemes.
Currently Dr. Gyani is working as Director General, Association of Healthcare Providers (India). The Association is registered as ‘not for profit’ NGO, under society registration ACT-1860. AHPI represents vast majority of healthcare providers in India. Mission of AHPI is to build capacity in Indian health system with focus on patient safety and affordability.
Dr Prem Nair
Dr Prem Kumar Vasudevan Nair currently serves as the Medical Director at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences at Kochi campus of Amrita University. He is a skilled clinician par excellence and also serves as a Professor at the Department of Gastroenterology at the School of Medicine, Kochi.
He has pursued a Doctor of Medicine (DM) and has completed his Fellowship of American College of Physicians (FACP) in Hepatology from the School of Medicine at University of Southern California in June 1986.
Dr Bhabatosh Biswas
Dr Bhabatosh Biswas is the Vice Chancellor , Health University , West Bengal. Dr Biswas has gathered extensive clinical experience as well as academic excellence for more than three decades as UG , PG and post doctoral teacher, examiner, trainer and research guide for Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Nursing, Paramedics and others.
During the last three decades he worked whole heartedly for the improvement of medical education. Innovations & customisation in the field of Health Sciences education & training to address our needs, have always been my top priority. Founder of the Thoracic & Cardio Vascular Research Centre-the Open Heart Surgery unit of The Institute of Child Health, Kolkata. Since its inception in 1995,the centre has established itself as a savvier for those, who cannot even dream of having “Heart Surgery”.
Besides medical degrees Dr Biswas has studied diverse subjects relating to human society and acquired degrees in Law (LLB,LLM), Management (MBA), Social Services (MSW) and Education (M.A).