Indian doctor appointed deputy DG for programs at WHO


New Delhi: In a first for an Indian, Dr. Soumya Swaminathan has been appointed to the second highest rank of Deputy Director General for Programs (DDP) at the World Health Organization.
Another Indian Poonam Khetarpal is Regional Director at WHO South East Asian regional office located in New Delhi.
A pediatrician and globally recognized researcher on tuberculosis and HIV, Dr. Swaminathan has 30 years of experience in clinical care. Dr. Swaminathan (59) was secretary of the Department of Health Research and Director General of the Indian Council of Medical Research till recently. She also served as coordinator of the UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Program for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) in Geneva from 2009-2011.
Born in Chennai and educated in India, the United Kingdom and United States, Dr. Swaminathhan has published more than 250 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters.