Organisation: Public Health Foundation of India
Prof. K. Srinath Reddy is presently President, Public Health Foundation of India and till recently headed the Department of Cardiology at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). He graduated from Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad and later trained at AIIMS, Delhi, where he received his MD (Medicine) and DM (Cardiology) degrees, with high academic honours. He is a clinical cardiologist, also trained in epidemiology (at McMaster University, Canada), and has a career commitment to preventive cardiology and public health. Prof. Reddy has been involved in several major international and national research studies including the INTERSALT global study of blood pressure and electrolytes, Indian Council of Medical Research commissioned national collaborative studies on Epidemiology of Coronary Heart Disease and Community Control of Rheumatic Heart Disease and INTERHEART global study on risk factors of myocardial infarction. He is Coordinator of the Initiative for Cardiovascular Health Research in the Developing Countries, a global partnership programme which serves to strengthen research related to prevention of cardiovascular diseases in the developing countries. He has served on many WHO expert panels. He has also served as Chair of the Scientific Council on Epidemiology of the World Heart Federation (2003-2006) and has recently been elected to serve as Chair of the Federationís Foundation Advisory Board (2007-2010). Prof. Reddy edited the National Medical Journal of India for 10 years and is on editorial board of several international and national journals. He has more than 200 scientific publications in international and Indian peer reviewed-journals. Prof. Reddy was awarded the WHO Director Generalís Award for Global Leadership in Tobacco Control at the 56th World Health Assembly in May 2003. He has represented India in inter-governmental treaty negotiations on the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) and the Conference of Parties of that treaty. He was conferred the prestigious national award PADMA BHUSHAN by the President of India (one of the highest civilian awards conferred by the Government of India) on the occasion of the 57th Republic Day of India, in 2005. The Royal Society for the Promotion of Health, UK, conferred the award of the Queen Elizabeth Medal for 2005 to Prof. Reddy. Prof. Reddy has been active in organizing school based health education programmes, under the HRIDAY-SHAN programme which he initiated in 1992. HRIDAY has won international recognition for its innovative programmes of health awareness and advocacy and was awarded the WHO Global Tobacco Free World Award in 2002. It has been recommended by WHO as a model programme, to be replicated in other countries. He recently organized the first ever Global Youth Meet on Health (GYM 2006) in New Delhi and facilitated the launch of the Youth For Health (Y4H) global network for health advocacy and action.