Dr SP Kalantri, MD, MPH is director professor of Medicine at MGIMS and Medical Superintendent of Kasturba Hospital. He obtained MD from Government Medical College in 1981 and joined MGIMS immediately. In 2004, he won Fogarty AIDS International research scholarship, and obtained MPH (Epidemiology) from the School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley.
At MGIMS, Dr Kalantri heads an internal medicine unit, teaches medical students and residents, conducts clinical research and manages the hospital. He successfully campaigned against sponsorship of medical conferences by drug industry and introduced low-cost drugs in the hospital. He also helped the hospital build a Hospital Information System that has improved the quality and management of clinical care.
Dr Kalantri edited MFC bulletin (1989-92) and was associate editor of Indian Journal of Medical Ethics (2001-2004). His general interests include evidence-based medicine, medical ethics, public health, and information technology. His research involves collaboration with researchers from University of California, Berkeley and McGill University, Canada. He is also a part of a group from India that has won United Health Group- NHLBI funding to study the epidemiology of chronic diseases at primary and secondary level.