Distinguished Professor of Infectious Diseases & Public Health
Dr. Subhash Hira is a medical doctor who specialized in Infectious Diseases, Dermatology, and Public Health. He has the following degrees: MBBS; DV&D (Baroda,India), Diplomate in Venereology (London), and Board Certification & MPH (USA). He has had a distinguished career of 33 years during which he held senior positions, namely Director of National STI/HIV Control Program of the Zambian Ministry of Health & Lecturer at the University of Zambia; Associate Professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda (USA); Professor at the University of Texas-Houston (USA); Program Leader at The World Bank, Washington DC; Team Leader at the World Health Organization, Indonesia; Pro-Vice Chancellor at Mahatma Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Mumbai and consulted with a host of UN and multi-lateral agencies.
Professor Hira’s academic career as a teaching faculty was at the following Universities: University of Zambia; Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences-Bethesda, USA; The University of Texas-Houston, USA; Mahatma Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Mumbai.
Professor Hira has the cross-cultural experience of living and working in challenging environments across the world. For most of his career he has been involved with HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and other Infectious Diseases and has several firsts to his credit. These include designing syndromic treatment for STI and popularizing it through WHO-Geneva (1981), published evidence in 1982 that HIV was heterosexually transmitted among Africans, published evidence of GUD/STI as co-factors in HIV transmission (1985), published evidence of perinatal and breast milk transmission of HIV (1988), initiated anti-retroviral treatment (ART) in India in 1996, and national scaling-up of ART in Indonesia (2008). He has over 100 scientific publications in international medical journals and has contributed chapters in international medical text books. He was awarded Presidential medal for excellence in medical research (1991) at USUHS. He participated in global committees on MDGs, gender equality in health, diagnostics, therapeutics, health policy formulation and analysis, management guidelines, and M&E of national programs.
Areas of Interest:
Infectious Diseases (HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria), MDGs, Epidemiology, Research, National Disease Control Programs, Health Systems, Cost Analysis, and M & E.