Dr Balram Bhargava takes over as Director General of ICMR

Professor Balram Bhargava had taken charge of Director General of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)-cum-Secretary Department of Health Research (DHR) on April 16

Professor Balram Bhargava takes over as Director General of ICMR

Dr Bhargava is also a professor of Cardiology at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi (AIIMS); he is a leader in the field of biomedical innovations public health and medical research.

He graduated in medicine (MBBS) and he went on to secure MD and DM with specialisation in Cardiology.

Professor Balram Bhargava appointed as Director General of ICMR
Professor Dr Balram Bhargava

He is a fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (FAMS), fellow of National Academy of Sciences India (FNASc)/Academy of Sciences (FASc),  Fellow of Academy of the American Heart Association (FAHA), Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and Fellow (FACC) and Fellow Royal college of Physicians, UK.

The Government of India honoured him with Padma Shri, for his contributions to the field of medicine. Dr Bhargava founded the Stanford India Bio-design Centre, now School of International Bio- design. This school has trained several young innovators in frugal medical technology innovation and has contributions to ‘start up India’ and ‘Skill India’ programmes.

Professor Bhargava has also developed indigenous low cost coronary stents and has founded the Society for Less Investigative Medicine (SLIM).

The ICMR is the apex body in India for the formulation, coordination and promotion of health research, is one of the oldest medical research bodies in the world.