Our Team

Dr. Sanjay Juvekar - Officer in Charge - Vadu Rural Health Program; Site Leader- HDSS, Vadu; PI- Core Vaccine Research Unit, Vadu

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Qualification:PhD (Anthropology)

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Profile: Prof. Sanjay Juvekar, an Anthropologist by training leads a team of anthropologists, medical professionals, computer analysts, biotechnologists, pharmacists, health scientists and field-based researchers. He heads Vadu Rural Health Program (VRHP) including a 30-bed secondary care rural hospital, a Micro Health Center facilitating e-health at Pabal, Vadu Health and Demographic Surveillance System covering over 170,000 people in 22 villages and globally acclaimed Vadu research unit. He has developed the capacities of the community, especially local women to conduct research. His meticulousness and high values for the ethical conduct of research enabled a variety of multidisciplinary research at VRHP including epidemiological, social science research; disease burden studies, vaccine trials & other clinical trials/studies, behavioural interventions, implementation science and microbiome studies. Moreover, many students (undergraduates, Masters and PhD-Scholars) and young researchers have also benefitted from his teaching instinct. His vision and efforts to establish HDSSs across the nation is appreciated nationally. He conceptualized INDEPTH Sharing and Access Repository- the iSHARE which is a world-renowned initiative with a goal to make research data publicly available for use by a global scientific community.

 

Dr. Anand Kawade - Paediatrician

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Qualification:MD (paed). DCH

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Profile: Dr. Anand Shantaram Kawade, M.D; DCH, Consultant pediatric research KEMHRC, VRHP; PUNE is a pediatrician having 26 years of clinical experience of managing children of all age groups in both public and private health care set up as well as in large scale community settings. As a trained vaccinologist and clinical trial specialist, his experience of conducting large phase II & III, GCP/ ICH compliant, community-based vaccine trials is crucial for understanding safety & efficacy of trial vaccine. He was investigator for various vaccines trials like Rota vaccine, Hexavalent vaccine, pneumococcal vaccine and various disease burden like ICMR pneumonia task force study. Currently he is working as principal investigator for cervical cancer vaccine trial. He also supports Vadu HDSS. He is also affiliated IAP and BC. He is keenly interested in medical teaching and medical education technology.

 

Dr. Girish Dayma - Project Manager

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Qualification:B.A.M.S., PGD in Clinical Research

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Profile:Dr. Girish Dayma has a holistic experience of more than 7 years in Clinical Research Operations. He joined KEM Hospital Research Centre Pune in November 2009 in Clinical Research Operations for a large community-based Phase II/III vaccine trials sponsored by WHO, DBT, PATH & BMGF. Dr. Girish is an Ayurveda Physician by training and has worked for four years with multi-specialty hospitals in Pune for direct patient care and critical care management. He then pursued a PG Diploma course in Clinical Research. He also has experience in medical writing, document management, and pre-authorization process for a US based medical review group for 5 years. He is efficient in switch-over roles and has the ability to multi-task. He also possesses strong analytical skills to review and interpret complex medical records for writing medical reports.

 

Dr. Dhiraj Agarwal - Laboratory Manager

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Qualification:M.Sc (Health Sc.), PhD Health Science.

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Profile:Dr. Dhiraj Agarwal is a Project Coordinator, Vadu Labs Coordinator and KEMHRC Academic Coordinator, VRHP; Pune pursued post-graduation and PhD in Health Science from Savitribai Phule Pune University. He joined KEM Hospital Research Centre in July 2007 and have been able to develop mixed methods experience to include working in an effectiveness trial, an implementation study, an epidemiological survey, as well as developing research skills in project management, supervising fieldwork, scientific writing and presentation skills. Currently he is working as principal project coordinator for 4CCORD multi-country study of NIHR-RESPIRE, which aims to study the prevalence of chronic respiratory diseases across four low- and middle-income countries. Also coordinatingstudy titled Burden of Obstructive Lung Disease (BOLD) Follow-up in low/middle income countries (LMICs) (BOLD II). He also initiated a NIHR-RESPIRE small project which involves analysis of spirometry data for development of spirometry predictive values for western Indian population. Recently awarded with NIHR-RESPIRE Fellowship in which he is going to work with primary care doctors in the Pune district in India, to determine their thoughts on the diagnosis and management of lung conditions.


 

Mr. Tathagtata Bhattacharjee - Honorary Consultant – Data Science & IT Systems

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Qualification: MBA-IT

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Profile:Mr. Tathagata Bhattacharjee, Honorary Consultant – Data Science & IT Systems, has relentlessly supported Vadu data systems for over 15 years. He has work experience in both the corporate world and academia. During his tenure in post-graduate teaching, he effectively trained his students on data management using live case studies of VRHP as a win-win scenario to improve data systems at Vadu. He played a pivotal role in rolling out electronic field data capture systems initially using laptop computers and then on android tablets, one of the first exponents of such big scale longitudinal field surveillance using tablets in India.His global exposure, working as a SAC member for INDEPTH Network and thereafter taking lead role in INDEPTH’s iSHARE project, gave Vadu a leading edge in understanding and designing health data management systems. Currently though he is working with London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), he continues to support KEM Hospital Research Centre for data science development in the capacity of honorary consultant.


 

Mr. Sandeep Bhujbal - Database/ System Developer

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Qualification: MCS

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Profile: Sandeep Bhujbal has 10 years of experience in the field of information technology. He has worked as a Sr. Research Associate with I2IT ,Pune for 3 years upto September 2013. Prior to that, he has worked as Freelance trainer at Tech Mahindra & Congnizant.He currently works with INDEPTH Network on iSHARE2 project, the output of which is INDEPTH Data Repository.

 

Dr. Sudipto Roy - Young Investigator

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Qualification: M.B.B.S., M.D. (Community Medicine)

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Profile:Sudipto Roy has been working in the field of public health for the past ten years with experience in healthcare research, program management and delivery. After completing M.D. in Community Medicine from Seth G.S. Medical College & K.E.M. Hospital, Mumbai in 2009, he has worked in WHO- National Polio Surveillance Project followed by experiences in HIV-AIDS prevention programs and Tuberculosis research. He has been a visiting faculty at the Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences at University of Pune for MPH and MSC courses and a peer reviewer for the Indian Journal of Community Medicine. At KEMHRCVadu, Pune he is currently involved in community-based and clinical studies in the domains of neonatal sepsis, household air pollution and pulmonary diseases. He has a keen interest the upcoming field of implementation research and has been involved in four to five such studies at KEMHRC Pune. He is currently pursuing a PhD on care-seeking practices for childhood pneumonia from the University of Edinburgh, U.K.

 

Dr. Rutuja Patil - Young Investigator

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Qualification: M.Sc in Biotechnology, Diploma in Intellectual Property Rights

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Profile:Rutuja is a biotechnologist turned public health researcher working at Vadu Rural Health Program (VRHP) since last 10 years. Rutuja started her work in the as a biotechnologist, to develop a molecular biology laboratory. While doing the lab related work, due to the usual multi-tasking culture at VRHP, she worked with different teams including those leading HDSS and Indoor Air-pollution. In the process, she was involved in the process of generating evidence for policy makers using the research activities conducted at VRHP. She is also involved in the various implementation science studies conducted by the department. Meanwhile she also coordinates communications and related institutional activities. She has authored nearly 17 research papers and one book and is currently Pursuing PhD in “Teleconsultation for management of chronic respiratory diseases” in Global Health at University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.

 

Dr. Ankita Shrivastava - Project Manager

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Qualification: BAMS, Masters in Public Health

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Profile:Dr. Ankita Shrivastava is a trained Ayurveda physician and a Public Health Professional with ten years of progressive experience in community health research mainly around health determinants from epidemiological, socio-demographic and disease burden perspective. In last one decade she has undertaken research activities using mixed methods in the domain of adolescent sexual and reproductive health, WASH, health & demographic surveillance and interdisciplinary translational research in Ayurveda and Genomics. Currently, she is managing a National level multi centric disease burden study at VRHP- KEMHRC, Pune. She is skilled in designing, conducting and implementing qualitative research studies.

 

Dr. Aditi Apte - Young Investigator

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Qualification: MBBS, M.D (Pharmacology)

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Profile:Dr. Aditi Apte is Working in the area of public health research including hospital and community based clinical studies. She joined KEM Hospital research centre after spending 7 years in pharma industry with experience clinical research, medical review and pharmacovigilance. Her areas of interest include nutrition, vaccines and drug development, maternal and child health and medical ethics. She is currently pursuing her PhD at Nanomedicine Lab, Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay as an external student from KEM Hospital Research Centre in the area of transdermal delivery of iron and vitamins.

 

Ms. Himangi Lubree -Project Manager

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Qualification:MSc Biometry, Health and Nutrition

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Profile:Himangi Lubree has been working with KEM Hospital Research centre as a senior nutritionist and anthropologist in the field of community-based research for the past 25 years. Her experience in conducting community based longitudinal cohort studies in the field of nutrition and body composition has been greatly utilized by research projects. She has expertise in body composition techniques namely Anthropometry, Dual X-ray absorptiometry, Duetrated water and Doubly labelled water technique and nutritional measurements. Responsible for planning, designing, conducting and coordinating observational and interventional studies in managerial capacity Responsible for training junior staff in body composition and nutrition measurement and has also conducted a training session on Neonatal anthropometry and Bioimpedance technique for Research staff nurses of the Royal Infirmary, Leicester, UK (2003). She was awarded the best employee award by KEMHRC in 2015.

 

Mr. Bharat Choudhari -HDSS Coordinator & Data Manager (National Surveillance system for Enteric Fever in India) KEMHRC

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Qualification:MA Politics and Marathi

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Profile:Mr. Bharat Choudhari, HDSS Coordinator (HDSS) and Data Manager (National Surveillance system for Enteric Fever in India) KEMHRC, VRHP; PUNE from 2003. His research interest is in demographic research, epidemiology and social science. He is responsible for managing training, monitoring of surveillance activities including verbal autopsy and extensive planning of fieldwork for HDSS. He has been involved in various research projects (clinical and non-clinical) where he conducted training on spirometry, GPS data collection, anthropometric data. Additionally, he was designing sampling strategies and development of study tools. In addition to his field management and data management skills he has acquired and developed his knowledge data cleaning and analysis using SPSS & STATA.

 

Dr. Arunkumar Gondhali- Study Physician

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Qualification:B.A.M. S., Msc Pharmaceutical Medicine, DYA, Fellowship in Child Health (FICH)

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Profile:Dr. Arunkumar Arjun Gondhali is currently working as a Study Physician on “Quadrivalent Human Papilloma Virus (qHPV) vaccine” study, sponsored by Serum. He coordinates qHPV study very efficiently and supports other studies.Dr. Arunkumar is an Ayurveda physician by training and worked for six years with multi-speciality hospitals for direct patient care and critical care management. He then pursued his Masters in "Pharmaceutical Medicine" in 2009 and has worked as a CRC with Vedic life sciences on Phase IV study. He joined Vadu in Jun 2011 to and worked on more than 8 vaccine clinical trial projects (Phase II to Phase IV) at various designations. He is a back bone for SAE reporting on various projects. He is efficient in child healthcare management and completed his “Fellowship in Child Health” in 2018.

 

Mr. Rakesh Patil- Project Coordinator

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Qualification:Masters in Biotechnology, PG Diploma in CRCDM

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Profile:Mr. Rakesh Patil has over 10 years of extensive experience in clinical research operations, Quality control of documents and coordinating internal/external audits and inspections. He has coordinated, managed and supervised more than 20 (Phase I to Phase IV) clinical trials with special focus on cardiology and vaccine clinical trials. Presently he is working as Project Coordinator on various vaccine clinical trials at KEM Hospital Research centre, Vadu Rural Health Program. Having started as clinical research coordinator (CRC) and growing as Quality Assurance Manager and project coordinator, he has a rich experience in operational execution leading to outstanding quality of study conduct and data.

 

Dr. Bhimsen Turorikar - Study Physicain, Clinical Coordinator & Study Pediatrician

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Qualification:MBBS, DCH

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Profile:Dr. Bhimsen Turorikar, pursued MBBS from Marathwada University, Aurangabad and DCH from Pune. He joined KEM Hospital Research Centre in August 2010. He has previously worked in various government hospitals as a Medical Supritendant, Pediatrician and Medical Officer. He was a study physician for various vaccine trials like qHPV, rBCG, Pneumococcal conjugate, Rota vaccine, MMR and Measles Aerosol, Fractional IPV, LBRV-PV, Tdap and Flu Vaccine Study. He has also worked in the Yakult Probiotic Obbservational study. Currently he is working as a study physician for the RVICS study. He has an extensive experience of over 40 years as a Pediatrician.

 

Dr. Ravikant Vishwakarma - Project Coordinator

Qualification:B.H.M.S., MA (Sociology)

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Profile:Dr. Ravikant Vishwakarma is currently working as a study coordinator for ongoing Recombinant BCG Vaccine project at KEMHRC Vadu sponsored by SIIL. He joined as Clinical Coordinator at Vadu Rural Health Program in Mar 2013, He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Medicine from Pune University in 2002. He is a practicing clinician since 2003. He is also working as a Study physician ,Field Coordinator, Document manager under various vaccine trial in KEMHRC Vadu .He has vast experience of all departments of vaccine unit. He has expertise in reporting Adverse events and SAE that occur in during clinical trial of vaccine project.

 

Dr. Anil Pardesi - Study Physician

Qualification:B.A.M.S., M.Sc. (Pharmaceutical Medicine-KEM Hospital Mumbai), Diploma in Healthcare Ethics Committees (ICEB, Cordoba).

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Profile:Dr. Anil started his career in Clinical research as a Clinical Coordinator to Senior Research Fellow (Medical) at present and is having experience of 5 years in clinical trial activities. He is a certified Study Coordinator from Faculty of Capacity development and University of Siena. He also works as Study-physician on BRV-PV ROTA, ROTAVAC-EPI, MMR-PHARMAJET, Fractional IPV study, Tdap study, and Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine study. Since 2014, working with KEM Hospital Research Centre, Vadu in Clinical Research Operations for large community-based phase III/IV Vaccine /Medical Device Trials sponsored WHO, PATH. He has managed the AE/SAE safety and documentation on vaccine clinical studies under the guidance of Principal Investigator. He has successfully handled external audits and Inspections and has five international paper publications. He is having a Professional membership of The Global Health Network professional development scheme (PDS) program.

 

Mr. Manoj Dagwar - Project Coordinator

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Qualification: B.Pharmacy, M.B.A(RA-IPR),PGDPM

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Profile:Mr.Manoj Dagwar has a holistic experience of more than 5 years in clinical trial management and operations. He has been working with working with KEM Hospital Research Centre Vadu since May, 2014 in Clinical Research Operations for large community-based phase III/IV Vaccine /Medical Device Trials sponsored WHO, PATH. He is presently working as a project coordinator. He has previously worked as Asst.Document Manager and study coordinator cum data manager on PHARMAJET and Fractional IPV study sponsored by PATH, WHO. He has previously managed the documentation and IP management on Rotavirus studies. Mr.Manoj is Pharmacist by education and training and has worked for a year in Research and Development in Alkem Lab. He has successfully handled external audits and Inspections and has international paper publication and presented papers in national and international seminar. He appeared more than 10 international online certificates exam in 2019, recently he has completed WHO-TDR diploma by university of Siena for Study coordinators Asia 2018.

 

Dr. Ashit Meshram - Project Coordinator

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Qualification:BAMS

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Profile:Dr Ashit Meshram is having extensive experience of more than 4 years in the core clinical vaccine trial and Observational clinical research. He is working with KEM Hospital Research Centre since July, 2015, He is presently working as project coordinator. He has previously worked on various projects as clinical Coordinator and study physician. He has in depth knowledge of GCP and regulatory Guidelines. Recently he has gained a certificate in Current Regulatory requirements.

 

Dr. Shilanand Dhole - Study Physician

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Qualification:M.D. in Ayurveda

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Profile:Mr. Shilanand Dhole has completed his M.D. in Ayurveda from Maharashtra University of Health Sciences Nashik in 2012. Currently he is working in KEM Hospital Research Centre, Vadu as a Study Physician. He has been engaged in the Clinical Research work for the past 4 years. In his tenure of 4 years he has worked on 5 different Clinical Trial studies mainly Vaccine trials such as Rotavirus vaccine study, Pneumococcal Vaccine study, Tdap study, Hexavalent study etc., where he was involved in coordination, communication and team management etc. He also supports Vadu HDSS. He has worked as a Study Physician on all Clinical trial studies. Apart from Study Physician he has also worked as a Safety Associate on 3 Clinical trial studies.

 

Mr. Prakash Hurali - Document Officer

Qualification:Master’s degree from Pune University.

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Profile:Mr. Prakash Basappa Hurali is working in KEM Hospital Research Centre, Vadu as a Document Officer. He has been engaged in the Clinical Research work for the past 4 years. In his tenure of 4 years he have worked on 7 different Clinical Trial studies mainly Vaccine trials such as Rotavirus vaccine study, Pneumococcal Vaccine study, Tdap study, Human Papillomavirus Virus study, Recombinant Bacillus Calamette Guerin vaccine study, Hexavalent study etc., where he was involved in coordination, communication, safety reporting and team management etc. He also supports Vadu HDSS. He has worked as a Document Officer on 3 Clinical trial studies. Apart from Document Officer, he has also worked as a Safety Associate, Quality Assurance Officer, and Randomization officer on 4 Clinical trial studies.

 

Mr. Shriram Sadafal - Clinical Data Manager

Qualification:M. Pharm (Pharmacology)

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Profile:Mr. Shriram Shivnath Sadafal is a Clinical Research Scientist at KEMHRC, VRHP, Pune. He has more than 4 years of clinical research experience of clinical study coordination, communication and team management. He has completed his Masters in Pharmacology from Pune University in 2016. As a trained clinical trial specialist, his experience of conducting large phase II & III, GCP/ ICH compliant, community-based vaccine trials is crucial for understanding safety & efficacy of trial vaccine. He has worked on different Clinical Trial studies mainly Vaccine trails such as Rotavirus vaccine study, Pneumococcal Vaccine study, Human Papillomavirus Virus study, Pharmajet Needle free injector device study etc. He has also worked as a Research Coordinator, Document Manager, Safety Associate, and Investigational Product Manager on various studies. Currently he is working as Clinical Data Manager for Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine trial.

 

Mr. Shrikant Masalkar - Document Officer

Qualification:Bachelor from Pune University

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Profile:Mr. Shrikant Shamrao Masalkar has completed his Bachelor’s from Pune University in 2011. Currently he is working in KEM Hospital Research Centre, Vadu as a Document Officer. He has been engaged in Clinical Research work for the past 3 years. In his tenure of 3 years, he has worked on 8 different Clinical Trial studies mainly Vaccine trials such as Rotavirus vaccine study, Pneumococcal Vaccine study, Human Papillomavirus Virus study, Recombinant Bacillus Calamette Guerin vaccine study, Hexavalent study etc., where he was involved in coordination, communication and team management etc. He also supports Vadu HDSS. He has worked as a Document Officer on 3 Clinical trial studies. He has also worked as an Investigational Product Manager on 4 Clinical trial studies.

 
 

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