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With a brilliant academic career and over thirty years of medical experience, Dr. Radha S Murthy has established herself as an eminent doctor. A strong believer in humane and personalized care, she co-founded the Nightingales Medical Trust and is presently its managing trustee. On account of her expertise in the field of Geriatrics and Dementia care, Dr. Murthy has delivered talks at national and international conferences. Dr. Murthy is a member of the International Federation of Ageing (Canada), Elders Task Force (Govt. of Karnataka) for implementing and monitoring the State Policy for Senior Citizens and is also the President of the Alzheimer’s & Related Disorders Society of India (ARDSI), Bangalore Chapter. For her services rendered, Dr. Radha S. Murthy has received several awards, the highest being the Rajyothsava Award (2003) by the Govt. of Karnataka and the International Research Award by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI).
Dr. Charit Bhograj – Cardiologist
Dr. Charit Bhograj is an experienced interventional cardiologist and has performed numerous Coronary Intervention and Device Implantations. With a vast experience in Advanced Myocardial Imaging, Dr. Charit has the largest experience in advanced modalities of Tissue Doppler, Speckle Tracking, Strain and Strain Rate imaging. He has several ongoing National and International collaborations in research towards developing newer modalities of cardiovascular functional assessment. He is an expert in Heart Failure management including cutting edge real time monitoring, advanced multimodal imaging and dyssynchrony analysis and assist devices. His special interests include Advanced Coronary interventions like Chronic Total Occlusions, Left Main Stenting and Percutaneous Valve replacement. He has a special interest in delivering health care to the underprivileged and rural poor.
Dr. Soumya is a Consultant Geriatric Psychiatrist and the Associate Director of the Nightingales Centre for Ageing and Alzheimer’s, Bangalore. Having completed post-graduation in Psychiatry from Mumbai and MRC Psychiatry and CCT in Old Age Psychiatry from UK, Dr. Soumya has to her credit over a decade of extensive experience in managing mental health problems in the geriatric population, particularly in dementia.
Additionally, she has fervor for developing community models of care for mental illness, understanding cultural variations in provision of care, alcohol problems in the elderly and management of dementia. Understanding the various challenges in dementia, training the family members, use of non-pharmacological interventions and developing individualized care plans for patients to ensure optimum quality of life are her forte.
Dr. Srikala Bharath – Geriatric Psychiatrist
Professor at the Department of Psychiatry, NIMHANS, Bangalore and a Consultant at the Adult and Geriatric Services of NIMHANS, Bangalore, Dr. Srikala has more than 25 years of Teaching Experience. She trains both the residents and other non medical personnel in old age psychiatry, guiding residents in research in various aspects of Old Age and also liaisons with various NGOs towards consultation, training and capacity building in elderly mental health. Her areas of interest and research and publication in Old Age Psychiatry are Training and Capacity Building in Old Age Mental Health, Advocacy on Elderly in India, Healthy and Active Aging, Carer Burden in Dementia, Cost of Dementia, Imaging in MCI and Alzheimer’s Dementia in liaison with the Department of Imaging Molecular Genetics in Dementia, Late Onset Depression and Late Onset Psychosis, Late Onset Depression and Psychoses in the Elderly and Community Based Care for Dementia and Depression. Dr. Bharath is Member of the 10/66 Dementia Research Group – an international body, Member of the ARDSI – Bangalore Chapter and member of the National Body, Member of the International Psychogeriatric Association and Member of the Indian Association of Geriatric Mental Health and Section Co Ordinator for Forensic and Mental Health Policy. She has Published in international and national journals.
Dr. Dominic Benjamin – Geriatrician & Diabetic Specialist for Older Adults
A consultant Geriatrician & Diabetic specialist for older adults at Bangalore Baptist Hospital, Dr Dominic Benjamin has varied experience not only in different sub-specialties of Geriatric and Internal medicine but also in various health care systems in different countries. After graduating from St. Johns Medical College, Bangalore, in 1994 and completing his postgraduate training (1999) in Internal Medicine from St Martha’s Hospital, he joined as a Senior Tutor in Department of Nephrology at St John’s Medical College & Hospital. On migrating to United Kingdom to pursue higher studies and training, Dr Benjamin developed a strong passion to care for older adults and pursued further training in Geriatrics and Gerontology. He, then, worked as a Consultant Geriatrician in the UK and eventually, relocated back to India to promote awareness and improve standard of care for older adults.
Dr Benjamin is also passionate about teaching and imparting knowledge and skill. He an International M.R.C.P, postgraduate medicine (DNB) and MBBS examiner and is a part of various committees and regularly speaks at various forums to promote successful green ageing.
Dr. G. G. Gangadharan– Ayurvedic Physician
Dr. G. G. Gangadharan is currently the Director of MSR Indic Centre for Ayurveda and Integrative medicine, (ICAIM), Bengaluru, India. He is also the founder, Director and Executive Secretary of all India movement for revitalizing local health traditions of India viz., Lok Swasthya Parampara Samvardhan Samithi (LSPSS) and the founder Director of CISSA.
A senior advisor on many committees in the government and private bodies dedicated for education and promotion of Ayurveda and medicinal plants, he led the Global Ayurveda Festival 2016. Dr. Gangadharan is an expert on authentic Ayurvedic methods of diagnosis and treatment, and successfully treats lifestyle disorders. He has dedicated himself to the propagation of Ayurveda knowledge and promoting use of Ayurveda and local health traditions at the grass root level in rural parts of India.
Krithika Srivats is a registered Occupational therapist with over 23 years of experience in the field of rehabilitation for Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. She has been a pioneer and an advocate in creating functional infrastructure in the care of persons with Dementia. She has undertaken several initiatives to in setting up specialized Dementia care units globally and brings an activity based approach to caregiving for persons with Dementia. She also has extensive experience in creating training platforms for caregivers and support staff.
Dr. Ratnavalli Ellajosyula – Cognitive Neurologist
Ratnavalli Ellajosyula, a specialist in Cognitive Neurology, is a Consultant Neurologist at Manipal Hospital, Bangalore and an adjunct faculty at the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore. She started the first memory clinic in the country in 1998 and has extensive clinical and research experience in Dementia.
A recipient of the Commonwealth Fellowship at University of Cambridge, UK, where she underwent advanced training in the area of Dementia, Dr. Ellajosyula has published her work in National and International journals and is running several funded National projects. Currently, she is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, a life member of Alzheimer’s disease International (ADI), Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Society of India (ARDSI) and the Alzheimer’s Association (AA), USA. Dr. Ellajosyula recently won the Gandhi International Research Fellowship at House of Lords, UK.
Dr. Guruprasad Hosurkar – Neurologist
A Neurologist with rich professional experience, Dr. Guruprasad Hosurkar is presently a Consultant Neurologist at Columbia Asia Hospital, Bangalore. Dr. Hosurkar has also worked with Care Hospital, Hyderabad as a Consultant Neurologist and was in charge of the Movement Disorder programme. As a researcher, he has worked for the ICASS Stroke Study at Jaslok Hospital, Mumbai and has been involved in various clinical trials on Parkinson’s disease at Care Hospital, Hyderabad.
A member of the Indian Academy of Neurology, Indian Stroke Association, Indian Sleep Disorder Association, Bangalore Neurological Society, Movement Disorder Society and American Academy of Neurology, Dr. Hosurkar has been instrumental in starting and successfully running “stroke unit” at Columbia Asia hospitals, Bangalore.
Dr. Sudha Tinaikar – Diabetologist
Dr. Sudha Tinaikar has been a Practicing Diabetologist and Consultant in Internal Medicine for over 30 years. After completing MBBS from JN Medical College, Belgaum she went on to pursue MD in Internal Medicine from Bangalore Medical College. Later, she went on to work as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at BR Ambedkar Medical College and subsequently worked as the Head and Coordinator of Internal Medicine at the Columbia Asia Referral Hospital, Yeshwantpur.
A regular faculty in many national and state level conferences in the field of Diabetes and Internal Medicine, Dr. Tinaikar has been chosen as the conjoint overseas faculty of New Castle University of Australia for training doctors in the field of Diabetology and Metabolic Medicine.
Dr. Nandan Kumar – Physiotherapist
A consultant Physiotherapist in Sri Krishna Hospital and Nephro Urology (NU) Hospital in Padmanabhanagar, Dr. Nandan Kumar is also the Director at Physiotherapy and Rehab Centre, JP Nagar and Heads the Rajshekar Hospital Home Medical Care Division.
Dr. Kumar is a certified manual Therapist from Manipal Academy of Higher education and has special interest in Cardio Pulmonary Rehab, Shoulder Rehabilitation and Orthopedic Manual Therapy. With over 16 years of clinical experience in the field of Physiotherapy, he trains nurses in Chest Physiotherapy and Pulmonary Rehabilitation in NU Hospital, Padmanabhanagar.
In recognition of his expertise, Dr. Kumar was awarded the ‘Significant Contribution Award 2012’ from the Bangalore Physiotherapist Network. He is also a recipient of the MG MOKASHI – Best Physiotherapist Award 2014. Presently and is presently the President of the Bangalore Physiotherapist Network.
Dr. Ajay Shetty – Urologist and Andrologist
Ajay Shridhara Shetty is a Consultant Urologist and Andrologist and also specializes in Renal Transplantation in Bangalore Baptist Hospital.
After completing his DNB-Urology training at Muljibhai Patel Centre in Nephro-Urology, in Nadiad, Gujarat, a Centre of Excellence of International repute, Dr. Ajay Shetty joined Bangalore Baptist Hospital (a unit of Christian Medical College, Vellore) in 2010 as a Consultant wherein he was instrumental in starting the Department of Urology, including the Female Urology and Andrology servi
ces and was entrusted with the responsibilities of developing high quality “urology services” at an affordable cost, particularly in Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery, Endo-Urology and Urologic Oncology.
In appreciation of his scholastic achievements, passion for academics and his administrative acumen, the administration of Bangalore Baptist Hospital made him the DNB Program Coordinator and Assistant Chief of Medical Staff. A recipient of the Dr. B. Ramamurthy DNB Gold medal for General Surgery, Dr. Ajay Shetty has mentored many undergraduate medical students for three years as an Associate Professor in the International Medical School, Malaysian Science University. He is also a recognized Postgraduate guide and teacher in DNB.
Dr. Hemant K. Kalyan – Orthopedist
Dr. Hemant Kalyan is HOD and Consultant, Dept. of Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, at Manipal Hospital, Bangalore. The first Indian to have completed a Diploma in Sports Medicine from Royal Colleges’ of Scotland, he has been practicing advanced Arthroscopy, Joint Replacement and Minimal access Trauma surgery in Bangalore since 23 years.
Dr. Kalyan conceptualized and established OSSICARE, a specialty clinic devoted to the assessment and treatment of Orthopaedic conditions and Sports Injuries. He is a life member of the Indian Medical Association, Indian Orthopedic Association, Indian Association of Sports Medicine, Indian Federation of Sports Medicine, Indian Arthroscopy Society, Indian Society of Hip and Knee Surgeons, Shoulder Society of India, Bangalore Orthopedic Society and Karnataka Orthopedic Association. He has served as Past President of the Indian Medical Association, Bangalore East branch and Past Secretary of the Karnataka Orthopedic Association.
A frequent guest speaker and invited faculty at various scientific conferences, surgeon training workshops and public educational programs on subjects related to his field, Dr. Hemant Kalyan’s areas of special interest and expertise include minimal invasive surgery and joint replacements.
Mrs. Anna Kurakina – Incontinence expert
Mrs. Anna Kurakina is a Training Group Coordinator of Bella India Healthcare Pvt. Ltd. After getting her MIS degree from the University of Warsaw, she successfully completed her training with leading incontinence specialists of TZMO Group in Poland.
Mrs. Anna started her educational career from 2011 and since that time she conducted hundreds of educational sessions and trainings in Poland, Ukraine and Turkey. She worked for several NGO’s organizations and foundations and participated in various international projects. Her areas of research include causes of main types of Incontinence, such as Stress Incontinence, Urge Incontinence, Reflex Incontinence and Nocturnal Enuresis. Her areas of interest include Long Term Care of bedridden patients and people with urinary incontinence and bedsores prevention.
Since almost 3 years Mrs. Anna lives in Bangalore and during this time she conducted hundreds of educational sessions for nurses and caregivers regarding long term care of bedridden patients and people with incontinence in such medical institutions as KIMS Hospital (Hyderabad), Fortis Hospital (Hyderabad), Fernandes Hospital (Hyderabad), Bhanavi Hospital (Mysore), A.J. Hospital (Mangalore), Father Muller Hospital (Mangalore), Chinmaya Mission Hospital (Bangalore) and many others.
Amarnath Kamath is a practicing Chartered Accountant and Management Consultant. He has now been in the profession for over 43 years. After getting his B.Com.(Hons.) degree from Bombay University he did his training with Ford Rhodes Parks & Co., a leading firm of Chartered Accountants in Mumbai. Simultaneously, he also qualified as a Cost Accountant and was a rank holder in the ICWA final examination. A diploma course in tax management from the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute, Mumbai set him on course for his now flourishing practice.He moved to Bangalore in 1972 and started his practice as a first generation practitioner. He has now built up a fine practice and has, besides several prominent citizens of Bangalore, a large number of corporates, banks and financial institutions as clients of his firm, Amarnath Kamath & Associates.
Amarnath Kamath is on the Board of several companies. He is a Rotarian and has served as the President of the Rotary Club of Bangalore and Rotary Bangalore IT Corridor. As Chairman and member of several trusts he is involved in charitable activities in the fields of social welfare, education, health, animal welfare, etc.
Mr. Badri Narayan – Financial Expert
Mr. Badri Narayan is a practicing Chartered Accountant, as Partner of M/s.Rajagopal & Badri Narayanan Chartered Accountants, Bangalore. His professional experience includes Management Consultancy, Statutory Audit of Banks, Management & Operational Audit, Statutory Compliance, Budgeting & Variance Analysis, Management Information System (MIS), Preparation & Appraisal of Project Reports, Working Capital Assessments and Management, Sick Industrial Units – Revival & Monitoring, Amalgamations & Mergers, Valuation of Business, Handling the complete transaction pertaining to transfer of assets belonging to a company in India to a Foreign Company including Due Diligence, assisting in legal documents / transfer formalities etc., in companies such as Mineral Enterprises Limited, Alufit (I) Private Limited, Filtrex Technologies Private Limited, Ajax Fiori Engineering (I) Private Limited, Wahab Group of Companies, etc. He has been advising companies in Mining Sector and Information Technology and his Core strength lies in yield improvement, efficiency audits, financial analysis and fund management. He also held directorship at The India Tin Industries Limited, Linkwell Enterprises Private Limited, and Oxybliss Cardio & Diabetic Research Private Limited.
Mr. Rayner H Ephraim – Financial Expert
Rayner H Ephraim is a banking professional working presently as a Chief Manager heading a B – Category branch in a leading commercial scheduled Bank in the Knitwear capital of India. He has a decade of experience in Banking and is passionate amidst other things finance, investments, credit, Forex and Related banking portfolios. He also helps out in handling finances of a few non profits in his spare time.
Mr. Shiv Kumar – Senior Advocate
Mr. Shiv Kumar is a Senior Advocate with 40 years of active practice at the Karnataka High Court. He has been actively involved with the Elders Help Line in Bangalore since its inception 10 years ago. He has established the Legal and Counseling Centre at the Helpline and a dispute resolution process in the form of mediation, which attempts conflict resolution through the alternative process of Mediation without recourse to courts. He is a trained and certified Mediator and a Trainer of trainers at the Bangalore Mediation Centre.
An author of the draft legislation exclusively for Elders that was presented for public discussion, Mr. Shiv Kumar currently organizes several programmes on empowering Senior citizens and conducts workshops on educating elders on their rights under the law. He is actively involved in the Disability Sector and does work in the areas of visual impairment and mental health.
Mrs. Nalini Venkatesh – Advocate and Legal Consultant
A practicing advocate since 1987, Mrs. Nalini Venkatesh has vast experience in handling both civil and criminal cases in the trial courts as well as at the High Court of the State of Karnataka. She has presented related matters before the Consumer Forum, Debt Recovery Tribunal, Land tribunal, Matrimonial Courts, Labour Courts, Company Courts and other For a and has represented various statutory institutions and factories.
Mrs. Venkatesh was appointed to the panel of Advocates of Employees Provident Fund Organization, Institute of Cost Accountants of India and Davangere Urban Development Authority and was also appointed by the Hon. High Court of Karnataka as the Chairman to conduct the statutory meetings of shareholders and creditors of Maharashtra Apex Corporation Ltd., Canara Nidhi Ltd. and Manipal Home Finance Ltd. Having served as the Honorary Professor of Law at the Dayanand Law College, Solapur and presently the Independent Director on Board Of Kirloskar Ferrous Industries Limited, Mrs. Venkatesh frequently conducts legal awareness workshops to various groups.
EXPERT ON SAFETY AND SECURITY
Mr. C.R. Udaya Shankar – Retd. Asst. Commissioner of Police
Mr. C.R. Udaya Shankar worked with the Karnataka State Police Services. A diploma holder in Telecommunications and Electronics, Mr. Shankar joined as the Asst. Sub. Inspector of Police. In a short span of time, he was elevated as Sub. Inspector of Police at Mysore. He was then posted to Bangalore in the e-control room as Inspector, Emergency Crisis, Control Room – an initiative that was introduced for the first time in Karnataka.
After having served as the Dy. Superintendent of Police of DG Control Room, Mr. C. R. Uday Shankar retired as the Assistant Commissioner of Police.
EXPERT ON INSURANCE
Mr. Ravi Iyer
Mr. Ravi Iyer, a Post-Graduate in Statistics is also a Fellow of the Insurance Institute of India. His experience includes 22 years of varied work with The New India Assurance Co. Ltd., which is the largest non-life insurer in India and 10 years of work with Third Party Administrators in the field of Health Insurance.
Over the years, Mr. Iyer has had exposure to key functional areas such as Underwriting, Claims Management, Business Development, Operations, Marketing, IT and Personnel Management in the General Insurance industry.
Mr. S. Premkumar Raja – Gerontologist
A social entrepreneur with an M.Phil Degree from Annamalai University, Mr. S. Premkumar Raja has over 28 years of experience as a Community Welfare and Healthcare Administrator. With his dedication and zeal to work for the economic, social, emotional and physical wellbeing of the elders of the society, Mr. Raja co-founded the Nightingales Medical Trust, Bangalore and currently serves as the honorary secretary of the trust.
The various projects that were planned and implemented by Mr. Raja have given him firsthand experience on the various problems faced by the elderly all over India. The services rendered by Mr. Raja and the Nightingales Medical Trust have been recognized and awarded by several organizations and institutes.
Dr. Indira Jai Prakash – Gerontologist
Dr. Indira Jai Prakash was Professor and Chairperson, Post graduate Department of Psychology Bangalore university, Bangalore. After retirement she is involved in training and research consultation. She trained at NIMHANS as clinical psychologist and obtained her Doctorate from NIMHANS, Bangalore, As commonwealth fellow, she trained at International Institute on Aging(UN), Malta. She was a Salzburg fellow, DAAD visiting professor at Institute for Gerontology, Heidelberg, president of AG(I), was Expert advisor for Aging and Health division of W.H.O, and is associated with LASI Project and UNFPA projects on aging. She has more than 200 papers, articles and 30 books, monographs and manuals in the field of social Gerontology.
Dr. Padmanabha Vyasamoorthy – Gerontologist
Dr. Padmanabha Vyasamoorthy, a septuagenarian from Hyderabad, is a PhD in Library Science. During his professional career he set up and ran libraries and Information centers for academic, research, and industrial organizations such as the Technical Teachers’ Training Institute, Madras, Informatics India, Bangalore, and Indian Detonators, Satyam Computers, and ICICI Knowledge Park, Hyderabad.
Since retirement, Dr. Vyasamoorthy has been involved with Ageing and Aged Care issues, and contributed extensively to the literature of social gerontology. He started and moderates a Yahoo group for senior citizens, SSS Global, that was ranked 4th among 1300 such groups. Dr. Vyasamoorthy maintains multiple blogs, moderates multiple discussion groups, and edits two online dailies. He has written six e-books and numerous articles and papers. Besides serving as an officer, Dr. Vyasamoorthy also maintains the websites for the Association of Senior Citizens of Hyderabad and All India Senior Citizens Confederation. Dr. Vyasamoorthy’s services to senior citizens were recognized by citation by the Government of Andhra Pradesh in 2007, and he was awarded the Silver Innings-iCONGO Karmaveer Chakra 2011 for Exceptional Work for Senior Citizens.
ACCREDITATION & QUALITY CONTROL
Dr. Alexander Thomas – Accreditation and Quality Control
Dr. Alexander Thomas [M.S. Orth (CMC Vellore), M.Phil. (BITS Pilani), PGDMLE (NLSIU Bangalore)] is a Founder Member and the Executive Director of the Association of Healthcare Providers of India (AHPI), President of the Association of National Board Accredited Institutions (ANBAI), President of the Consortium of Accredited Healthcare Organisations (CAHO) and Consultant to the World Bank. He is on the Boards of NABH, the National Technical Committee for Setting Standards for the Clinical Establishment Act, the Health Sector Skills Council, the Task Force on the Skills Gap in Healthcare, the FICCI Committee on Health Insurance Fraud and the India Backbone Implementation Network (IBIN). The main focus of IBIN has been Elder Care in India, and in his role as Chairman of the Committee, Dr. Alex has led a group of experts to develop a collaborative document on elder care titled Aspirations of the Elderly in India, which highlights priority areas for intervention. Along with the IMA President, Dr. Thomas co-chairs two National Steering Committees: one of the review of the PCPNDT Act and the other on capping compensation for medical negligence lawsuits. He was instrumental in rolling back the service tax for the health sector, decreasing the electricity tariffs for hospitals in Karnataka, and making assaults on doctors a non-bailable offence. Awarded the NBE Emeritus Teacher Award (2014), he is also Professor of Orthopaedics (Management Science University, Malaysia) and his publications include the Handbook of Healthcare Quality, and Communicate. Care. Cure: A Guide to Healthcare Communication
Mrs. Ramani Sundaram – Neuroscientist
A neuroscientist from Dr. ALM Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, Ms. Ramani Sundaram is presently leading the Research, Training & Development Department at Nightingales Medical Trust, Bangalore. She designed and developed the Nightingales Trust – Bagchi Centre for Active Ageing where she undertakes Neuropsychological assessments and Psychiatric Screenings.
Ms. Sundaram has several publications to her credit and is often invited to deliver guest lectures and talks. With an aptitude for research, she has presented posters at National and International Seminars. She has also been recognized as a Dementia Trainer by the Alzheimer’s Australia.
Mr. Roger Ephraim – I.T Manager
Roger Ephraim is a tech aficionado and a staff of Nightingales Medical Trust. An avid reader, he keeps himself updated on the latest in gadgetry. Among other roles, he heads the IT endeavours at NMT and carries with him over a decade of experience in managing IT departments of non-profits. His interest areas lie in Cyber-Security and Artificial Intelligence.