Congratulations to Dr Soumya Swaminathan, appointed as Chief Scientist at WHO (first Indian)…#proud_moment_for_Indians
Soumya Swaminathan is an Indian Paediatrician and Clinical Scientist known for her work in Tuberculosis. In 2017, she has been appointed as the Deputy Director General of Programmes (DDP) at the WHO. Most recently, she has been working as Secretary, Department of Health Research - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, and Director General of Indian Council of Medical Research the apex body in India for the formulation, coordination and promotion of Biomedical research.
Swaminathan holds M.B.B.S. from AFMC and M.D. from AIIMS, New Delhi, along with a Diplomate of National Board from National Board of Examinations. She subsequently held Post Doctoral Medical Fellowship in Pediatric Pulmonology at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California.
Soumya Swaminathan joined the National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis in Chennai in 1992 (later became its director). She started a multi-disciplinary group of clinical, laboratory and behavioral scientists studying various aspects of TB and TB/HIV. Swaminathan along with her colleagues was among the first to scale up the use of molecular diagnostics for TB surveillance and care, to undertake large field trials of community-randomized strategies to deliver TB treatment to underserved populations. Most recently she is part of the TB Zero City Project which aims to create “Islands of elimination” working with local governments, institutions and grassroots associations.