Prof. B R Shamanna

MD, DNB (MCH), DNB (SPM), MSc (Lon.),
School of Medical Sciences,
University of Hyderabad
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Phone: 040-2313 5473/6679 5473

Prof. B.R. Shamanna completed his medical education from Karnatak Medical College, Hubli, and his Doctoral studies (MD) in Community Medicine from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. He also holds a double Diplomate of the National Board in Maternal & Child Health as well as in Social & Preventive Medicine. He completed his M.Sc. from University College London with distinction in Community Eye Health.

He served as a Senior Research Officer in the International Council for Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders (ICCIDD), a WHO-PAMM-UNICEF Organization and later as a Senior Resident & Medical Officer, Primary Health Centre in Haryana. Prof. Shamanna has been closely associated with the development and implementation of activities of two large WHO Collaborating Centres for Prevention of Blindness in India, first with the Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology of the Aravind Eye Care System in Madurai and with the International Centre for Advancement of Rural Eye Care of the L.V. Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad. He is a visiting faculty to the Masters in Public Health Eyecare at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and an Adjunct Faculty with the Public Health Foundation of India. He is on the ethics committee of the Fernandez Hospital for Mother and Child in Hyderabad, Piramal Swasthya Management and Research Institute and the L.V. Prasad Eye institute, Hyderabad and was instrumental in helping Indian Institute of Public Health, Hyderabad institute its own IEC. He has been the judge for the Asia Africa round of the Global Social Venture Competition at the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad for the last 10 years and more recently helped ICICI Knowledge Park develop the strategic initiatives for the ICICI Centre for Technologies in Public Health and selection of proposals for the IKP –Gates Challenge Exploration round. He also is on the Indian team of an award winning UK based social business called Emerging World which is a specialist leadership development consultancy. He is also a Non-executive Director of a private health consulting company that he established 10 years ago in Hyderabad.

Most recently he completed a prestigious fellowship program and is designated as a PH-LEADER through a NIH supported Public Health Leadership Academy of Implementation Sciences at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. He is also appointed as a National Resource Person for Food, Nutrition, Health and Wash & Sanitation Hygiene, National Rural Livelihoods Mission, National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Government of India. He is also the co-investigator for the GoI-MoHFW National Program for Control of Blindness country wide Epidemiology study of Blindness and Visual impairment in India.

He has traveled and published extensively and has been widely acclaimed as an immensely motivational teacher. His interest and passion is to cement the connection of health with development and he believes in “growing by helping others grow”. His interests are Health & Welfare economics, Disability Inclusive Development, Education and teaching methods, Implementation Research in Health Sciences, and Alternative opinions and Politics in Health Care. He currently co-ordinates and helps deliver the Ph.D Programme in Health Sciences from the University of Hyderabad.

Research areas

Health and Welfare Economics, Implementation Research, Policy Development and Alternate opinions in Health Care

Selected Publications

1: Lepcha NT, Sharma IP, Sapkota YD, Das T, Phuntsho T, Tenzin N, Shamanna BR, Peldon S. Changing trends of blindness, visual impairment and cataract surgery in Bhutan: 2009-2018. PLoS One. 2019 May 9;14(5):e0216398.

2: Kulkarni S, Kondalkar S, Mactaggart I, Shamanna BR, Lodhi A, Mendke R, Kharat J, Kapse R, Dole K, Deshpande M. Estimating the magnitude of diabetes mellitus and diabetic retinopathy in an older age urban population in Pune, western India. BMJ Open Ophthalmol. 2019 Feb 28;4(1):e000201.

3: Mishra S, Shamanna BR, Kannan S. Exploring the Awareness Regarding E-waste and its Health Hazards among the Informal Handlers in Musheerabad Area of Hyderabad. Indian J Occup Environ Med. 2017 Sep-Dec;21(3):143-148.

4: Ramachandra SS, Murthy GVS, Shamanna BR, Allagh KP, Pant HB, John N. Factors Influencing Employment and Employability for Persons with Disability: Insightsfrom a City in South India. Indian J Occup Environ Med. 2017 Jan-Apr;21(1):36-41.

5: Arora NK, Swaminathan S, Mohapatra A, Gopalan HS, Katoch VM, Bhan MK, Rasaily R, Shekhar C, Thavaraj V, Roy M, Das MK, Wazny K, Kumar R, Khera A, Bhatla N,Jain V, Laxmaiah A, Nair MKC, Paul VK, Ramachandran P, Ramji S, Vaidya U, VermaIC, Shah D, Bahl R, Qazi S, Rudan I, Black RE; ICMR INCLEN Research PrioritySetting Network; National Steering Group; Research Sub-Committee; Nation-wide Network. Research priorities in Maternal, Newborn, & Child Health & Nutrition for India: An Indian Council of Medical Research-INCLEN Initiative. Indian J Med Res.2017 May;145(5):611-622.

6: ATTEND Collaborative Group. Family-led rehabilitation after stroke in India (ATTEND): a randomised controlled trial. Lancet. 2017 Aug 5;390(10094):588-599.

7: Billot L, Lindley RI, Harvey LA, Maulik PK, Hackett ML, Murthy GV, AndersonCS, Shamanna BR, Jan S, Walker M, Forster A, Langhorne P, Verma SJ, Felix C, AlimM, Gandhi DB, Pandian JD. Statistical analysis plan for the family-led rehabilitation after stroke in India (ATTEND) trial: A multicenter randomized controlled trial of a new model of stroke rehabilitation compared to usual care. Int J Stroke. 2017 Feb;12(2):208-210.

8: Liu H, Lindley R, Alim M, Felix C, Gandhi DB, Verma SJ, Tugnawat DK, Syrigapu A, Ramamurthy RK, Pandian JD, Walker M, Forster A, Anderson CS, Langhorne P,Murthy GV, Shamanna BR, Hackett ML, Maulik PK, Harvey LA, Jan S. Protocol forprocess evaluation of a randomised controlled trial of family-led rehabilitation post stroke (ATTEND) in India. BMJ Open. 2016 Sep 15;6(9):e012027.

9: Murthy GV, Kolli SR, Neogi SB, Singh S, Allagh KP, John N, N S, Ramani S,Shamanna BR, Doyle P, Kinra S, Ness A, Pallepogula DR, Pant HB, Babbar S, Reddy R, Singh R. A Mixed-Method Study to Determine the Benefits of Periconceptional Folic Acid Supplementation and Effects of Folic Acid Deficiency in Mothers on Birth Outcomes. JMIR Res Protoc. 2016 Jun 23;5(2):e129.

10: Murthy GV, Gilbert CE, Shukla R, Vashist P, Shamanna BR. Situational analysisof services for diabetes and diabetic retinopathy and evaluation of programs for the detection and treatment of diabetic retinopathy in India: Methods for the India 11-city 9-state study. Indian J Endocrinol Metab. 2016 Apr;20(Suppl 1):S19-25.

11: Muhit M, Wadud Z, Islam J, Khair Z, Shamanna BR, Jung J, Khandaker G.Generating Evidence for Program Planning: Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness in Bangladesh. Ophthalmic Epidemiol. 2016 Jun;23(3):176-84.

12: Alim M, Lindley R, Felix C, Gandhi DB, Verma SJ, Tugnawat DK, Syrigapu A,Anderson CS, Ramamurthy RK, Langhorne P, Murthy GV, Shamanna BR, Hackett ML,Maulik PK, Harvey LA, Jan S, Liu H, Walker M, Forster A, Pandian JD. Family-led rehabilitation after stroke in India: the ATTEND trial, study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials. 2016 Jan 7;17:13.

13: Chande PK, Korani H, Shamanna BR. A novel strategy for management of uncorrected refractive errors in urban slums. Oman J Ophthalmol. 2015 May-Aug;8(2):107-10.

14: Allagh KP, Shamanna BR, Murthy GV, Ness AR, Doyle P, Neogi SB, Pant HB; Wellcome Trust- PHFI Folic Acid project team. Birth prevalence of neural tube defects and orofacial clefts in India: a systematic review and meta-analysis. PLoS One. 2015 Mar 13;10(3):e0118961.

15: Gudlavalleti MV, John N, Allagh K, Sagar J, Kamalakannan S, Ramachandra SS; South India Disability Evidence Study Group. Access to health care and employment status of people with disabilities in South India, the SIDE (South India Disability Evidence) study. BMC Public Health. 2014 Nov 1;14:1125

16: Murthy GV, John N, Sagar J; South India Disability Evidence Study Group. Reproductive health of women with and without disabilities in South India, the SIDE study (South India Disability Evidence) study: a case control study. BMC Womens Health. 2014 Nov 30; 14:146.

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