Dr Suresh Kumar
BOT. MPH. PhD
Indian Alliance Wellcome DBT Early career fellow in clinical and public health research
I am an associate professor at Public Health foundation of India based at IIPH in Hyderabad. I am also a visiting fellow for the INternational centre for evidence in disability. The fellowship is currently funded by the India Alliance (Wellcome Trust-DBT). My research interest is in developing scalable innovative solutions that can strengthen health systems in resource poor settings. My main research interest is mainstreaming disability in the agenda for health and development with a particular focus on low and middle income countries.
I have an undergraduate degree from The tamilnadu Dr MGR Medical University in Occupational therapy, a post-graduate degree from SRM University in Public health, specializing in Health programme management and my doctoral degree was from LSHTM. I had worked as a clinician, and academic researcher since 2003 in India, Nepal and also in the U.K. I am a member of the International Centre for Evidence in Disability and South-Asian Centre for Evidence in Disability and Inclusive Development Research. I provide technical assistance to the department of disability and senior citizens, Government of Telangana, India.
I teach disability, epidemiology, health systems and policies.
My main research interest is on developing and strengthening rehabilitation systems, interventions and policies for Persons with Disabilities, particularly in low and middle income countries.
My present focus is on evaluating innovative (mhealth) rehabilitation interventions - looking at its feasibility and effectiveness in contexts where the resources for physical rehabilitation is limited.
My PhD is focussed on development and Evaluation of a Smartphone-enabled, Carer-supported, educational intervention for management of physical disabilities following stroke in India.
I am committed to contributing to research which will help in mainstreaming disability and rehabilitation issues within the agenda for health, particularly in Low and middle income countries.