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Lalit Dandona, MD, MPH PDF Print

Distinguished Research Professor
Director, Wellcome Trust Capacity Building Programme


Lalit Dandona, MD, MPH, is a Distinguished Research Professor at the Public Health Foundation of India in New Delhi and a Professor of Global Health at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington.

Prof. Dandona is Director of the India State-Level Disease Burden Initiative, which has reported a comprehensive disease burden and risk factors mapping of every state in India from 1990 to 2016. His research teams have carried out public health research in India for over 20 years on disease burden estimation, population health measurement, HIV/AIDS, blindness, health systems, intervention evaluation, and research capacity.

Prof. Dandona has published widely in peer-reviewed journals. He has served on the editorial boards of ten journals and as scientific reviewer for over forty journals and several granting agencies. His profile was published in The Lancet in 2001 and in 2017. He received the 2006 BioMed Central Research Award in Medicine for public health research on HIV in India. He has served as a technical expert for professorial appointments at the University of Sydney, the National University of Singapore, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and the American University of Beirut.

Prof. Dandona received his medical training at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. He received his public health training at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health in Baltimore. He previously served as Professor and Chair of International Public Health at the University of Sydney School of Public Health, Senior Director of the George Institute for International Health India, and Professor and Director of the Centre for Human Development at the Administrative Staff College of India.

He has taught researchers, policymakers and public health practitioners, and has served as a technical expert in public health for governments, international organizations and funding agencies.


Selected publications:

  • Pandey A, Ploubidis GB, Clarke L, Dandona L. Trends in catastrophic health expenditure in India: 1993 to 2014. Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2018; 96: 18-28. PubMed PMID: 29403097.
  • India State-Level Disease Burden Initiative Collaborators (Dandona L, et al). Nations within a nation: variations in epidemiological transition across the states of India, 1990-2016 in the Global Burden of Disease Study. Lancet 2017; 390: 2437-2460. PubMed PMID: 29150201.
  • Swaminathan S, Qureshi H, Jahan MU, Baskota DK, De Alwis S, Dandona L. Health research priorities and gaps in South Asia. British Medical Journal 2017; 357; j1510. PubMed PMID: 28400393.
  • Dandona R, Kumar GA, Kumar A, Singh P, George S, Akbar M, Dandona L. Identification of factors associated with stillbirth in the Indian state of Bihar using verbal autopsy: a population-based studyPLoS Medicine 2017; 14: 8. PubMed PMID: 28763449.
  • Dandona R, Bertozzi-Villa A, Kumar GA, Dandona L. Lessons from a decade of suicide surveillance in India: who, why and how?. International Journal of Epidemiology 2017; 14: 983–993. PubMed PMID: 27255440.
  • Dandona R, Pandey A, Dandona L. A review of national health surveys in India. Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2016; 94: 286-296. PubMed PMID: 27034522.
  • Cowling K, Dandona R, Dandona L. Improving the estimation of the tuberculosis burden in India. Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2014; 92: 817-825. PubMed PMID: 25378743.
  • Raban MZ, Dandona R, Dandona L. Variations in catastrophic health expenditure estimates from household surveys in India Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2013; 91: 726-735. PubMed PMID: 24115796.
  • Makela SM, Dandona R, Dilip TR, Dandona L. Social sector expenditure and child mortality in India: a state-level analysis from 1997 to 2009 PLoS ONE 2013; 8: e56285. PubMed PMID: 23409166.
  • Dandona L, Katoch VM, Dandona R. Research to achieve health care for all in IndiaLancet 2011; 377: 1055-1057. PubMed PMID: 21227496.
  • Reddy KS, Patel V, Jha P, Paul VK, Shiva Kumar AK, Dandona L, for the Lancet India Group for Universal Healthcare. Towards achievement of universal health care in India by 2020: a call to action Lancet 2011; 377: 760-768. PubMed PMID: 21227489.
  • John TJ, Dandona L, Sharma VP, Kakkar M. Continuing challenge of infectious diseases in Indiaa. Lancet 22011; 377: 252-269. PubMed PMID: 21227500.
  • Ng M, Gakidou E, Levin-Rector A, Khera A, Murray CJL, Dandona L. Assessment of population-level impact of Avahan, an HIV-prevention initiative in India Lancet 2011; 378: 1643-1652. PubMed PMID: 21993161.
  • Lim SS, Dandona L, Hoisington JA, Spencer JL, Hogan MC, Gakidou E. Janani Suraksha Yojana, a conditional cash transfer programme to increase births in health facilities: an impact evaluation Lancet 2010; 375: 2009-2023. PubMed PMID: 20569841.
  • Dandona L, Raban MZ, Guggilla RK, Bhatnagar A, Dandona R. Trends of public health research output from India during 2001-2008BMC Medicine 2009; 7: 59. PubMed PMID: 19828017
  • Dandona L, Lakshmi V, Sudha T, Kumar GA, Dandona R. A population-based study of human immunodeficiency virus in south India reveals major differences from sentinel surveillance-based estimates. BMC Medicine 2006; 4: 31. PubMed PMID: 17166257.
  • Dandona L, Dandona R, Naduvilath TJ, McCarty CA, Nanda A, Srinivas M, Mandal P, Rao GN. Is current eye-care-policy focus almost exclusively on cataract adequate to deal with blindness in India? Lancet1998; 351: 1312-1316. PubMed PMID: 9643793.

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