Cardiology Masterclass

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Cardiology Masterclass

Cardiology Masterclass is a specialized educational program to provide new and practical knowledge in the field of cardiology. This online course offers comprehensive and practical learning experiences that help you instill confidence and improve diagnostic accuracy. It comprises of clinical grand rounds, special sessions and quiz sessions that are designed to enable prospective cardiologists to enhance presentation skills and acquire strong foundations in all aspects of cardiology.

Our Team

Prof. D Prabhakaran

Distinguished Professor of Public HealthPublic Health Foundation of India & Executive Director of Centre for Chronic Disease Control New Delhi, India


Professor D. Prabhakaran is a cardiologist and epidemiologist by training. He is an internationally renowned researcher and is currently the Vice President- Research & Policy, Public Health Foundation of India, Executive Director of Centre for Chronic Disease Control, New Delhi, India and Professor (Epidemiology) London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK. In addition he holds Visiting Scientist position at Harvard School of Public Health, position of International Fellow at McMaster University, Canada and Madhu and Hari Varshney Visiting Professorship at Simon Fraser University, Canada. He is also the Head of the WHO collaborating Centre for Surveillance, Capacity building and Translational Research in Cardio‐ Metabolic Diseases in South East Asia region. He was elected as Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (London) in 2011 and Fellow of the National academy of Sciences , India in 2011. He is currently the chair of the Science committee of the World Heart Federation and the Chair, Executive Council of the International Society of Cardiovascular Epidemiology and Prevention (ISCEP). He heads the Centre for Control of Chronic Conditions at PHFI which is a joint initiative of four leading institutions (Public Health Foundation of India, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi and Emory University). This centre conducts cutting edge research in the prevention of chronic diseases in India and the developing world.

His work spans from mechanistic research to understand the causes for increased propensity of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) among Indians, to developing solutions for CVD through translational research and human resource development. He has received funding from NHLBI, Wellcome Trust, European Commission and several other international and national funding bodies. He has mentored over 50 post-doctoral and doctoral students so far. He has authored several chapters and over 500 scholarly papers with an H index of 91. Listed as the topmost researcher in Medicine in India terms of publications for the years 2009-2014 by Scopus and Department of Science & Technology, Government of India. He is the lead editor of the Cardiovascular Disease Volume of the latest Disease Control Priorities Project. He is the lead editor of Tandon’s text book of Cardiology a two volume comprehensive book on Cardiology for Indian Cardiologists and Fellows.

Prof. R Krishna Kumar

Program Director

Prof. Kumar is presently the Clinical Professor and Head of the Department of Paediatric Cardiology at the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Center, Cochin. He did his residency in internal medicine and fellowship in cardiology from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. He then underwent fellowship training in paediatric cardiology from Children’s Hospital Boston, USA (1994-1996). His clinical focus is diverse because of the unique requirements of the population he serves. This includes echocardiography, catheter interventions and intensive care. His chief research interests relate to epidemiology of heart disease in the developing world and developing cost effective clinical strategies for diagnosis and treatment of paediatric heart disease in developing countries. He has published over 100 indexed original and review articles. Prof. Kumar’s chief research interests relate to epidemiology of pediatric heart disease in the developing world and cost effective clinical strategies for diagnosis and treatment of pediatric heart disease in low and middle income countries. He is the co-chair of the World Heart Federation Working Group on Rheumatic Heart Disease and the current president of the Pediatric Cardiac Society of India.

Dr. Arun P Jose

Head – Bridge Centre for Digital Health

Dr. Arun Jose is Deputy Director of the Centre for Digital Health, Public Health Foundation of India. Dr Jose is a physician and public health specialist by training. He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management of Reproductive and Child Health Programmes from the Indian Institute of Public Health and UNICEF, and is currently pursuing his PhD in Translational Research and Implementation Sciences at Maastricht University, Netherlands.

Dr. Jose was awarded the NIH funded Global Public Health Leader fellowship in leadership and implementation sciences at the Rollin’s School of Public Health, Emory University in the year 2016. He is a fellow of the International Society for Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention, and fellow of the World Heart Federation’s Emerging Leaders program. He currently leads an innovative assisted telemedicine initiative – Digisahayam – being implemented in various parts of India. He also leads capacity building programs in hypertension, cardiovascular disease and stroke for physicians in India. He was the Deputy Chair of the South & West Asia, Middle East Regional Advisory Group of the International Society of Hypertension from 2018-20 and has been country leader for the society’s May Measurement Month initiative that has screened over 4.7 million for raised blood pressure across the world and approximately 900,000 individuals in India.

Dr Priyanka Gupta

Lead – Capacity Building

Dr. Priyanka Gupta is the Lead of Capacity Building at the Bridge Centre for Digital Health, Centre for Chronic Disease Control, New Delhi. After gaining expertise on implementing education initiatives on NCDs for healthcare professionals over a decade at the Public Health Foundation of India, she is handling various digital capacity-building programmes at the Bridge Centre for Digital Health. 

Her passionate interest in health promotion motivated her to work towards promoting health equity and health education for disadvantaged populations. She stands out for her diverse set of skills in project management (from conception to completion) and digital innovations for strengthening the health workforce and raising health awareness in the community. Dr. Gupta holds a degree in physiotherapy with a PGD in public health service management. Following a clinical experience of two years, she managed different capacity-building projects at PHFI for medical professionals and other healthcare workers to enhance their skills and competencies to manage chronic illnesses such as COPD, asthma, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. In order to establish and implement these initiatives, she also collaborated closely with several national and international academic institutions, state governments, and renowned worldwide specialists. 
She had also extensively coordinated activities for the Indian campaign ‘May Measurement Month,” a part of the global blood pressure awareness programmes, for three consecutive years (2017–2019). She has also been able to innovate during the pandemic while working at PHFI’s Centre for Digital Health by adopting digital solutions for the unceasing training of doctors. In addition to her current portfolio of conceptualising and implementing education initiatives, Dr. Gupta continuously aspires to explore further potential in digital education for boosting the health system.

Dr Akansha Kumari

Program Coordinator


Dr Akansha Kumari is a homeopathy graduate from Nehru Homoeopathic Medical College & Hospital, Delhi University with a master’s in public health from the Indian Institute of Public Health, Delhi. She is a passionate public health professional with experience in immunizations, program planning, and implementation and had the accountability of working with the immunization department in Jhpiego and as a program coordinator with PHFI.   

Currently working as a Program Coordinator with the Centre for Chronic Disease Control (CCDC) and is responsible for the management and coordination of the Program conducted in the framework of interdisciplinary multi-partner collaboration across the Country.   She has previously worked as the National Assessor for Temperature Monitoring Study (TMS) with NCCVMRC (National Cold Chain & Vaccine Management Resource Center), National Institute of Health and Family Welfare (NIHFW), New Delhi, and was appointed as the city nodal for South West Delhi in strengthening Urban routine immunization along with WHO under Jhpiego.   

She is motivated to work towards promoting health equity and health education, especially for the marginalized and underserved populations of India by actively participating in health campaigns and initiatives to raise awareness about the importance of health. Her ability to communicate complex health information in a clear and accessible manner has made her a trusted advisor and educator within the community. By working closely with stakeholders, she fosters partnerships and promotes interdisciplinary collaboration to achieve sustainable improvements in public health.

Dr Shikha Nargotra

Program Coordinator


Dr Shikha Nargotra is a dedicated Public Health professional with experience in the areas of immunisation, occupational health and program management.She has completed her Bachelors in Dental Surgery from Institute of Dental Sciences, Jammu. She pursued a Post-Graduation Diploma in Public Health Management from National Institute of Health and Family Welfare.
Currently, Dr Nargotra works as a Program Coordinator with Centre for Chronic Disease Control, where she works in the capacity-building projects and she is also associated with various digital health service programs.Prior to her current role, she has worked with various research organisations, actively participating in multicentre studies. She was co-investigator in various research studies. She has keen interest in public health research and program management, with a special emphasis on health policy and maternal and child health.

Mr Vishnu Nair

Web and multimedia design expert


Web and graphic design specialist with more than six years of experience overseeing the entire design process, from conception to delivery. His areas of interest are infographics, illustrations, cutting-edge design, graphic video production, and UI/UX design—developing prototypes and wireframes. His skill sets include graphic design, UI/UX, product design, video editing, typography, branding, and technology.

In 2016, he received his Bachelor of Computer Applications degree from Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University. From Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University in Pune, he earned his Master of Business Administration with a specialisation in Information Technology in 2019. In addition to this, he enjoys YouTube and gadget reviews. He has also received training from Aptech Computer Education and NIIT in web design and app development. He currently works as a web and multimedia design expert for the Bridge Centre for Digital Health Division of the Centre for Chronic Disease Control. He handles the design and production of all the advocacy materials.

Mr Vinay Pandey

Graphic Designer


Mr. Pandey is a creative and detail oriented Graphic Designer with over 4 years of experience in various mediums such as Vector Art, Typography and Lomography. He has completed his 3 years Diploma in Animation and VFX from MAAC, New Delhi and also has a 2 year Diploma in Web Development from Red Pixels, New Delhi. Mr. Pandey is pursuing his graduation from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) & is currently associated with Centre for Digital Health, Public Health Foundation of India as a Creative Graphic Designer.
Mr. Pandey creates visual concepts, using computer software or by hand, to communicate ideas that inspire, inform, and captivate consumers. He develops the overall layout and production design for applications such as advertisements, brochures, magazines, and reports.He is currently employed by the BRIDGE Centre-Centre for Chronic Disease Control (CCDC) as a Creative Graphic Designer in the Endocrinology Masterclass programme.

Ms Monika Sharma

Program IT Officer


Monika Sharma is an experienced software developer and has success as a front-end developer in designing and implementing functional and aesthetically pleasing solutions that perfectly meet the needs of the user-end developer, she has in-depth knowledge of front-end languages, excellent visualization skills, and good project work experience. In-depth knowledge of JavaScript language, CSS, HTML, and front-end languages and has a great understanding of HTTP and web applications lifecycle specifically single page applications. She has done B-Tech in Computer Science from Jodhpur Institute of Engineering & Technology. As a Project IT Officer/Software Developer her goals includes development, maintenance of websites, monitoring and improving website performance. 

In addition to her primary job functions, she is also assisting the program operations and administrative tasks. In the past, she has worked on several prestigious projects like FoSCoS (Food Safety Compliance System), Export Inspection Council and Infolnet – FSSAI Lab Management System. Assisted the development team during her experience with Logicsoft Pvt. Ltd. She has a strong passion for software development and takes pride in her coding. She also has great analytical skills and the ability to handle complex, modular software development in a collaborative team-based environment. She is adaptable, and a challenge seeker, having strong communication and interpersonal skills.