2010 Fellow Profiles

2010 Fellow Profiles


Nirmal Baral

I, Nirmal Baral from Nepal, did my M.B.B.S. from Rajshahi Medical College, Bangladesh, in 1990 and my M.D. in Biochemistry from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, in 1996. I joined as a faculty member at B. P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences (BPKIHS) in 1996 and presently I am professor and head in the Department of Biochemistry with additional responsibility as Dean of examination. I worked in the capacity of Chief of Laboratory Services and member secretary, research committee, at BPKIHS. I have received training in medical education from the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Pondicherry, AIIMS, New Delhi, as well as at the Department of Medical Education, University of Illinois at Chicago, Illinois, USA, and Maastricht University, The Netherlands. My research interests include topics related to thyroid and iodine, diabetes, free radicals, and antioxidants, in addition to medical education. I have been an active member of the health profession, core group for the last five years. My father, C.R. Baral, has always remained a great support and inspiration in my life through his dedication towards mass and moral education for more than 50 years. My wife Mrs. Binita Baral looks after me and our son Arnab Baral. My wife helps me in planning and preparing my teaching-learning resource materials.
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Gaurang Baxi

I am Gaurang, presently working as Lecturer at Padmashree Dr. D. Y. Patil College of Physiotherapy, Pimpri, Pune.

I was born and completed my schooling at Mumbai. I did my Bachelor of Physiotherapy (2005) as well as Master of Physiotherapy (2009) from Padmashree Dr. D. Y. Patil College of Physiotherapy, Pune, and have joined the same college as faculty. I have done postgraduation in Cardiovascular Rehabilitation, from the University of Chester, UK.

I have recently gotten married. My wife has done her M.B.B.S. I intend to start my own physiotherapy and rehabilitation clinic in Pune.

I am shital, 37 years old, presently working as Associate Professor in dermatology, K.J.Somaiya medical college, Mumbai. My special interest is in dermatopathology.

I am born and brought up in Mumbai, a true blue mumbaikar. I have a 6 year old son.I did my MBBS (1996) as well as MD (1999), DNB (1999)and F.CP.S(1999)from TNMC and B.Y.L.Nair charitable hospital, Mumbai  and joined K.J.Somaiya Medical college  as faculty in the year 2000. 

Anjali Deshpande

This is Anjali, presently working as Lecturer in Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry at VSPM Dental College and Research Centre, Nagpur. I have been in the teaching profession for more than 17 years and I have a special interest in working for underprivileged children by conducting diagnostic and treatment camps, creating awareness regarding oral and dental health care, and educating them about the ill effects of tobacco and smoking. I was born in Nagpur, completed my school education in Nagpur and my graduation in Dentistry from Government Dental College and Hospital, Nagpur, in 1991. I have represented India to the USA in a Group Study Exchange Program of Rotary International in 2oo6. This is a cultural and vocational exchange program. Though I am a dentist, yoga is my passion. I have complete a 2-year Diploma in Yoga, Naturopathy and Dietetics from Kavi Kulguru Kalidas Sanskrit University, where I was the topper. I am involved in various projects promoting yoga and giving free yoga trainings. My husband Mangesh is an engineer working with Mahindra and Mahindra, Nagpur. I am a spiritual person and believe in “Live To Give.” I work as Hon. Secretary for TWCO (Together We Can Organization) which is a social, charitable, nonprofit organization working for the cause of community service. I am also working as a volunteer and member of  the Art of Living Foundation.

Vasudha Devi

I am Vasudha, presently working as Associate Professor and Head of Pharmacology at Melaka Manipal Medical College (MMMC), Manipal. As a faculty member I am involved in delivering lectures; conducting practicals, problem based learning (PBL), and self directed learning (SDL) sessions; and mentoring students and junior faculty. I have a special interest in conducting clinical trials and medical education research specifically in the areas of PBL and mentored student projects (MSP). I am the coordinator for the MSP program at our institution. I am also a member of the PBL coordination committee at MMMC. I was born and completed my schooling in Kinnigoli, a place near the Mangalore Airport, where my father retired as a high school teacher. I have been in Manipal for almost 11 years. I did my M.B.B.S. (2001) from Kasturba Medical College (KMC), Mangalore, and my M.D. from KMC, Manipal. After the completion of postgraduation, I joined as Assistant Professor of Pharmacology at MMMC. My husband is an engineer and I have a young daughter. After taking care of my professional duties and those as a mother, daughter, and daughter-in-law, I take part in medical camps organized by various non-governmental organizations (NGO) in and around Manipal.

Smita Ghate

I am Smita, presently working as Assistant Professor in Department of Dermatology at Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College (LTMMC) and General Hospital (LTMGH), Mumbai. I have a special interest in dermatopathology. I look after the histopathology and immunofluorescence of the department. I was born and brought up in Mumbai. My father was lawyer and my mother a housewife. I did my undergraduation and postgraduation at LTMMC and LTMGH. Now I am lecturer in the same institute. My husband is a dermatologist and I have a young son.

Jaishree Ghanekar

I am Jaishree, presently working as Professor and Head, Department of Medicine at Mahatma Gandhi Mission (MGM) Medical College, Navi Mumbai. I have been working at the institute since 1991 and I enjoy teaching medicine to undergraduate and postgraduate students. I am also actively involved in administrative responsibilities as head of the department. My post as Chairperson of the Board of Studies and member of the academic council gives me an opportunity to discuss changes in curriculum and syllabus in various meetings. Apart from teaching, I look forward to overall development of students as good human beings and complete doctors. I was born and completed my schooling at a place in Madhya Pradesh named Rewa. My parents were in the teaching profession and my father retired as a professor of music. I am trained in Hindustani classical music and kathak dance. I did my M.B.B.S. (1987) as well as M.D. (1991) from S.S. Medical College, Rewa, Madhya Pradesh, and joined MGM Medical College as Lecturer in Medicine in 1991. My husband is a civil engineer and is working as DGM in ONGC, Mumbai.

Manisha Gohel

I am Manisha, working as Assistant Professor in Community Medicine Department at Pramukhswami Medical College (PSMC), Karamsad. My area of interest is reproductive and child health. I did my M.B.B.S. in 1995 and M.D. in 2009 in Community Medicine at PSMC. I also have 4 years of Ob-Gyn experience, as I did a job as a medical officer in the P.P. unit at Anand Municipality Hospital. I had also done work in microbiology for three years as a tutor before postgraduation. I am Vice President of our Alumni Association at PSMC and also in charge of the Student Liaison Group for National Assessment and Accreditation Council for our PSMC. I am really enjoying my work in community medicine. My birth place is Rajkot in Saurastra (Gujarat) and birth date is 3rd April, 1974. I did my schooling at Rajkot. My husband is a family physician, having a private hospital in Anand. I have one daughter, Anem Drasti.

Priti Gupta

I am Priti, working as a Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology, Government Medical College, Surat. I have been working in the same institute for 17 years. I am interested in the anterior segment of the eye. I am currently working on many community based initiatives. I did my M.S (Ophthalmology) from M.S. University, Vadodara. My father is a retired microbiologist and my mother was an arts graduate. My husband Arvind is a pediatrician who has his own hospital. I am blessed with lovely daughters Rashi and Vama. Playing dual roles of surgeon and teacher, I realized that I lack knowledge in medical educational technology. I look forward to learning advancements in medical education. I thank Dr. Supe and the team who selected me and gave me a chance as a clinician to become an effective teacher.

Seema Jawalekar

I am Seema, presently working as Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry at Mahatma Gandhi Mission (MGM) Medical College, Navi Mumbai. My special interest lies in clinical biochemistry and metabolic disorders. I am a one of the gurus for postgraduates of biochemistry at our institute and a member of research committee. I am also handling a central clinical laboratory and various other services of the department. I was born and completed my schooling in Pune, which is famous as Vidyanagari for education, research, and cultural development. It is also famous for its religious and historical places. Now about my family:  My father retired as an Administrative Officer from the central government. I have been in Mumbai for more than 6 years. I completed my undergraduate work (1990), as well as postgraduation (1995) from B.J. Medical College, Pune, and I was awarded a Ph.D. (2009) from Grant Medical College and the J.J. Group of Hospitals, Mumbai. Recently, I have been working as an Associate Professor in Biochemistry at MGM Medical College, Mumbai. Though in the month of June Mumbaikar always drenches due to rain water, I am hoping to drench myself in knowledge that will be poured by our outstanding FAIMER resources.

Minnie Kalyanasundaram

I am Minnie, currently working as an associate professor in the Department of Biochemistry at Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore. My special interests are in e-learning and developing resources for e-learning. I am mainly involved in teaching medical students, postgraduates and other allied health sciences students and I try to do it with innovative methods. I was born in Kotagiri, Nilgiris District, Tamil Nadu. I completed my schooling there. My parents are both retired teachers. I did my M.B.B.S. (1995) at Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, and my M.D. in Biochemistry (2003) at CMC, Vellore, and subsequently joined the faculty in the Department of Biochemistry. I have two daughters who are in school at Vellore. I love to read and write. I like solving crossword puzzles. I enjoy cooking. I believe that “I should put in MY best to the best of my ability and then leave everything else to the Almighty” for every task given. It is a great pleasure to be given an opportunity to meet others with a similar goal to learn, debate, agree, and disagree (!!) in the field of medical education. Hoping that the months ahead will reap benefits for one another and for the institutions we represent!

Rashmi Patil

Hi, I am Rashmi, born on 6th June, 1979, in Mumbai as Rashmi Avinash Patil and rechrishtened as Rashmi Amit Mhatre on 8th May, 2007 (after marriage). I am still known by my maiden name. Both my parents and in-laws are retired now and look after my young son, Aryan. My husband, Amit, is a pediatric cardiac intensivist, working with Fortis. All my family members are inclined toward education and research, and support me to achieve my goals in life. I am a hard core Mumbaite, born, brought up, and educated in Mumbai—the city of dreams. I completed my M.B.B.S. in the year 2000, M.D. in 2006 & D.N.B. in Anatomy in 2008 from the University of Mumbai. For the last three years, I have been working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anatomy, Seth G.S. Medical College, Mumbai. I am also a postgraduate of this institution. The active involvement of the departmental staff members in medical education and research and the collaboration with FAIMER made me interested in medical education. As a postgraduate student, I was trained in the basic course in medical education. Later, I received further exposure in the same and at present I am a resource person of the medical education unit of our institution. In the department, I make use of my medical education knowledge in routine teaching activities. I am involved in planning and executing the postgraduate teaching program. In day-to-day teaching, I enjoy implementing various innovative methods in teaching and learning. My sole purpose of joining the FAIMER fellowship program is to widen my views and gain knowledge in medical education by interacting with educationists from all over the world.

Shital Poojary

I am Shital, presently working as Associate Professor in dermatology, K.J.Somaiya Medical College, Mumbai. My special interest is in dermatopathology.

I am born and brought up in Mumbai, a true blue mumbaikar. I have a 6 year old son. I did my M.B.B.S. (1996) as well as M.D. (1999), D.N.B. (1999), and F.CP.S (1999)from Topiwala National Medical College and B.Y.L. Nair Charitable Hospital, Mumbai, and joined K.J. Somaiya Medical College as faculty in the year 2000.

Girish Rajadhyaksha

I am Girish, presently working as a professor in the Department of Medicine at Topiwala National Medical College (TNMC) and B.Y.L. Nair Charitable Hospital, Mumbai. I look after the Hypertension Clinic as well as the lecture programme for M.B.B.S. students and dental (B.D.S.) students. I was born and raised in Mumbai. I completed my early schooling from Balmohan Vidyamandir, Dadar, and my M.B.B.S. (1984) and M.D. (1989) from Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College and General Hospital, Sion, Mumbai. I joined the same as Lecturer on February 1, 1989, and worked there until September 30, 2008. I then joined TNMC as Professor of Medicine on October 1, 2008. My wife is also a physician and rheumatologist, who works at Seth G.S. Medical College and King Edward Memorial Hospital as a professor in the Department of Medicine. I have a young daughter.

Anita Ramchandran

I am Dr. Anita Ramchandran, presently working as Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology at Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College and General Hospital, Sion. I was born and brought up in Mumbai except for the first two months of life, when, being the first grandchild, I was at my native place (District Karimnagar, Andhra Pradesh). I did my M.B.B.S. from Terna Medical College (1998) and my M.D. (Microbiology) from Seth G.S. Medical ocllege and King Edward Memorial Hospital (2006). In between the two courses, I got married to my husband, Mr. Ramchandran Ananthan, and took a break to settle down with my married life. My husband works with Crompton Greaves Ltd. as Manager, International Business (Transformers). My work in the HIV section of microbiology involves supervision and quality management of HIV testing services. It also includes interaction with patients, counselors, technicians, etc. on a daily basis. I am also an educator for lab technicians, counselors, medical officers, nurses, etc. under the MDACS (Mumbai District AIDS Control Society) project. I also have a keen interest in issues of national importance like HIV education and control, HIV research, STI management, etc. I am also a spiritual mentor (with one of the organizations) and work with the youth to enable learning and the inculcation of moral, ethical, and sprirtual values.

Pragna Rao

I am Pragna, Professor of Biochemistry at Kamineni Institute of Medical Sciences. I am associated with the hospital laboratory’s Biochemistry Department and am also Principal of the Paramedical College that is run by the same group. I am quite a nomad. Bangalore is my birthplace but I have studied in Mumbai for almost 20 years. I did my M.B.B.S. at Grant Medical College, my M.D. (Biochemistry) from Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, joined there as faculty, and worked there for my PhD. It was here that I became interested in medical education. I attended several workshops, including a PBL summer course at the University of Maastricht, Netherlands. Later I shifted to Hyderabad. My husband is another variety of chemist, a Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry, and works in the R&D of a pharmaceutical company. My two children keep me busy when I am not working. I am a confirmed shopaholic, avid reader of fiction, and an amateur balcony gardener. I look forward to learning about medical education and the meticulous manner in which workshops are organized. The warm spirit of camaraderie among the FAIMER faculty and fellows which creates the perfect learning environment is now legendary. And on my “must do at Mumbai” list is a walk along the Queen’s Necklace in the rain!

Priti Shah

I am Priti Shah, presently working as lecturer in the department of surgery at Bharati Vidyapeeth University Medical College (BVUMC) and Bharati Hospital, Pune. I have a special interest in doing laparoscopic surgery and have a keen interest in setting up a multispecialty surgical skills training centre with a laparoscopic surgery training centre. I was born in Ujjain and completed my schooling at Khachraud, a taluka place in Madhya Pradesh. I did my M.B.B.S. (1990) as well as M.S. (1996) from Mahatma Gandhi Mission (MGM) Medical College and Maharaja Yashwantrao Hospital, Indore, MP,  after which I did three years of post postgraduate registrarship at Mumbai and Delhi, then observership and fellowship in laparoscopic surgery in Toronto, Canada. In all I have more than 17 years of surgical and more than 13 years of post M.S. surgical experience, and more than eight years of undergraduate and six years of postgraduate teaching experience. I was organizing committee member for multiple national and local conferences and workshops and certain training programmes. I have attended about 30 national and international conferences, CMEs, and workshops. I have taken a few laparoscopic training courses in Canada and worked in a surgical skills lab. I was In-charge of an endotraining session during the Fellowship of Indian Association of Gastrointestinal Endosurgeons (FIAGES) 2009 conference. I am a member of the editorial team for the abstract book of the National Conference on Health Professionals’ Education (NCHPE) 2009, a life member of the Association of Surgeons of India (ASI) and the Indian Association of Gastrointestinal Endosurgeons (IAGES). My husband is an interventional cardiologist. We have a loving and caring daughter. I give equal importance to my professional and family life and try to do both duties at their best. Credit goes to my family in supporting me for everything.

Salama Sherine

Sherine is my first name. I am Egyptian. I was born and completed my education in Alexandria, the second city and Egyptian harbor on the Mediterranean sea. I studied medicine in our famous Alexandria University which was built in 1938. I spent most of my life there (except for the last 10 years), and earned my Master’s Degree in Pathology from the same university in 2002. My dad, who was retired as university professor was also teaching at the same university. I am married; my husband is also a physician and he is an ICU specialist. We have two kids. I joined my husband when he traveled to work at Jeddah, KSA. In Jeddah, my second home, I practiced my real career at King Abdulaziz University (KAU), as I joined them as Lecture and Registrar Pathologist in 2005. I gained more experience and was introduced to innovative fields during my work at KAU. My first attraction to medical education was aroused when a new colleague in the medical education (ME) department with her Ph.D. in ME started applying problem based learning to our curriculum. My interest was getting higher and higher in this field, so I couldn’t resist applying for another Master Degree in Medical Education from Maastricht University (Joint Master of Health Professions Education [JMHPE]), which I have successfully finished. I look forward to fostering my passion for ME by getting more involved with FAIMER Fellows.

Sushil Singh

I am Sushil, presently working as Professor and Head, Physiology Department at Pramukhswami Medical College, Karamsad, Gujarat. I have a passion for teaching physiology to students. I love my students and enjoy teaching. I have a special interest in medical education. I have also been working as coordinator of the medical education unit of our institute for more than four years. I was born and completed my schooling at Lucknow. I did my M.B.B.S. (1980) as well as M.D. (1989) from King George’s College, Lucknow. I joined Pramukhswami Medical College in 1990 and have been working in the same institute for the last 20 years. My wife is a gynecologist and is practicing in Anand. I have an adult son, who is studying for his M.B.B.S. at Pramukhswami Medical College, Karamsad. I have special interest in prayer, yoga, and meditation, and I have introduced prayer, yoga, and meditation in the M.B.B.S. curriculum. Please accept my love and best wishes and oblige me.

Raakhi Tripathi

I am Raakhi, presently working as Associate Professor in Pharmacology at Seth G.S. Medical College (GSMC) and King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH), Mumbai. It was my keen interest in teaching that made me decide to stay in academics and not join the pharmaceutical industry. I have a special interest in conducting clinical trials for new drugs. I was born and brought up in Mumbai (true Mumbaikar!). In my childhood Mumbai was more beautiful than today (I played near the beaches, did cycling on roads groomed with trees, and enjoyed the rains). Subsequently, I joined Lokmanya Tilak Muncipal Medical College at Mumbai, to pursue my M.B.B.S. degree. At that time, I was interested in becoming a surgeon but my subject marks for surgery were not high enough to get a surgery seat (no state entrances existed at that time!). Later my pharmacology marks were excellent, hence I decided to do postgraduate work in pharmacology at the same institute. Post M.D., I joined GSMC as lecturer on an ad hoc basis, where I was introduced to the field of clinical research and learned the nuances of the same. Then I received my permanent post at Tamil Nadu Medical College (TNMC) where I spent nearly eight years. Time at TNMC was beautiful and allowed me to groom not only as teacher but also as researcher (I had to do projects on my own!). In addition, I also ventured into the field of bioethics to become a member and at present the secretary of the renowned non-institutional Independent Ethics Committee, Mumbai, with Dr. R.D. Lele as chairperson. Nearly one and half year back I was promoted and re-transferred back to GSMC. I am looking forward to interacting in the GSMC FAIMER program.

Pinaki Wani

I am Pinaki , presently working as Assistant Professor of Physiology, K.J. Somaiya Medical College (KJSMC), Sion, Mumbai. I am a faculty member of the Physiology Department at our institute and I have a keen interest in neurophysiology and sports physiology. Being an assistant professor, I am learning various advances taking place in the medical field and also learning to deliver the latest knowledge and right skills and attitudes to the medical students. I was born in Thane and completed my early schooling in Airoli, Navi Mumbai. My father worked in R& D department at one of the reputed plastic manufacturing industries in Mumbai, opted for VRS. I did my M.B.B.S. (1998 batch) from Rajiv Gandhi Medical College and Chhatrapati Shivaji Hospital, Kalwa, Thane, after which I was attached to Harkishan Das Narrottamdas Hospital as a resident in ICU and HDU. Then I completed my M.D. Physiology (2009) from Seth G.S. Medical College (GSMC) and King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH) and joined K.J. Somaiya Medical College (2009), Sion, Mumbai.