Dr Vikas Bhatia
When an MGIMS alumnus becomes the dean of AIIMS, the alma mater has every reason to be proud of.
Dr. Vikas Bhatia belongs to the MGIMS class of 1981. Dr. Bhatia did his MBBS and MD in Community Medicine from MGIMS and is among the privileged few post-graduate students to acquire his degree under supervision of Hon’ble (late) Dr. Sushila Nayar, in 1989.
Dr. Bhatia is Dean of All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhubaneswar since August, 2012. He executed the starting of academic courses of MBBS, B.Sc (Nursing) & other academic activities in newly created institute by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoH & FW), Govt. of India under Act of Parliament. He is also Professor and Head, Deptt. of Community and Family Medicine at AIIMS, Bhubaneswar and has started a Journal as Chief Editor, “Indian Journal of Community & Family Medicine” under aegis of MoH & FW, Govt. of India from AIIMS, Bhubaneswar.
Dr. Bhatia has served in PGIMER, Chandigarh, UCMS, Delhi, and Govt. Medical College, Chandigarh where he played key role in establishing Department of Community Medicine and Urban Health Training Centre in particular. During his mission of about 3½ years as National Professional Officer in UNICEF, he made significant contribution with Govt. of Uttar Pradesh in Immunization, creating a network of Health & Nutrition Resource Centres, introducing new Vaccine of Japanese Encephalitis, SNCU, NRC and others to strengthen maternal and child health.
Dr. Bhatia has been awarded and honoured by UNICEF, MoH & FW, Govt. of India and other organizations. With over 75 publications, authoring 2 books, publishing 32 project reports/documents and making over 100 presentations, he has made enormous contributions in academics & public health at national and international level. He has travelled extensively in India and abroad and is fully committed in improving the health care of underprivileged community in the country. He has dedicated his work and contribution to his mentor and teacher, Badi Behen Ji, Late Dr. Sushila Nayar, as she carries her vision in reaching out to poor & enhancing academic environment in India.