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Dr Rajnish Joshi

Rajnish joined MBBS at MGIMS in class of 1992, and subsequently MD (Internal Medicine) in 2000-03. These formative years at Sevagram shaped his interest in clinical medicine, and sensitized him in clinical epidemiology. Subsequent to completion of his MD Medicine, he stayed on in the institute initially as a research associate in a Fogarty funded project, and soon thereafter as a junior faculty in the department. The same year saw the dawn of digitization of hospital records at MGIMS, an institute that was an early adopter of available technology. Rajnish contributed to this transition from paper-based to electronic record system, by coordinating this change. The next year, in 2005 he secured Fogarty fellowship him-self to complete his Masters in Public Health (MPH) from School of Public Health, University of California at Berkeley (UCB). Back in Sevagram the next year, he was working on various clinical studies, including evaluation of acute-encephalitis syndrome in adults, serial gamma-interferon levels in health-care workers, and evaluation of a unique health-insurance system at MGIMS. All these projects contributed to evidence, with publication in high ranking journals. In 2009 he also completed his PhD in Public Health from UCB. In 2009-10 NHLBI-NIH-United Health funded a Global Non-Communicable disease initiative, of which placed MGIMS among select institutes in the country on a Global NCD-map. Rajnish led a multi-centric primary-prevention randomized control trial, funded by this initiative, to evaluate if non-physician health-care workers in rural areas could help prevent cardiovascular diseases. In 2011 he took a pause from his clinical responsibilities to work for a year in establishing better care systems with respect to Tuberculosis, Visceral Leishmaniasis, childhood diarrheas and pneumonias in rural Bihar. This was an infectious disease initiative funded by Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. This experience sensitized him to realities of clinical care delivery in many far flung rural areas of the country, in much worse shape as compared to rural Vidarbha.

After a brief one year as a faculty in Medicine at Sikkim Manipal, he was selected as a faculty at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhopal in 2013. Currently he is professor and head of the Department here, and has been thickly involved in development of the Department since his inception. He teaches medicine to undergraduate and post-graduate students, carries out hospital and community based research, and is also involved in capacity building training pertaining to non-communicable diseases, and supporting the public health infrastructure in the state of Madhya Pradesh

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