Our Board

Dr. Suranjan Bhattacharji, M.S (Ortho), DNB (PMR) – President

Dr. Suranjan was the professor and Head Of Department of PMR in Christian Medical College (CMC) Vellore. He served for six years as the director there. He lives in Vellore and is always eager to reach out to the un-reached.


Dr. Kanishka Das, M.S, M.C.H – Vice President

A graduate from St John’s Medical College, Bangalore and MCH (Paed Surgery) from AIIMS, he was the professor and head of Paed Surgery in St John’s Medical College and presently heading the department of Paed Surgery in AIIMS, Bhubaneswar. Along with his academic excellence, he is also a famous Odyssey dancer.


Dr. Aquinas Edassery (Jemma Joseph Edasserry), MD(Med.) -Secretary

An internist from St John’s Medical College, Bangalore who made a conscious shift from hospital based healthcare to community based primary healthcare and chose to work in Kalahandi. Founded Swasthya Swaraj Society in Bhawanipatna. She works as the chief medical consultant of the program and the executive director.

Even when she was working, she reached out to the people in rural Karnataka. She played a huge role in reducing child and maternal mortality by patiently working with people for years. The results motivated her to do more for less privileged people. For her, it was something of an inner calling. Dr. Aquinas not only provides medical facilities and healthcare in this selected region, but also spends her time creating awareness among people.


Dr. A.V. Ramanamma, MD (Comm. Med) – Treasurer

An alumnus of CMC Vellore. Popularly known as Dr Ramani – is an eminent public health consultant. He served in rural hospitals, then for many years in UNICEF and in JSS, Bilaspur and now a freelance public health consultant.


Dr. K. R. Antony, DCH, DTCH – Member

A graduate from St John’s Medical College, Bangalore, headed health and nutrition portfolio in UNICEF in different states for many years, subsequently served as director of State Health Resource Centre in Chattisgarh. He is an eminent public health consultant and is based in Cochin, Kerala.


Dr. George D’Souza, MD, DNB – Member

Presently Dean of St John’s Medical College, Bangalore and an alumnus of St John’s and PGI Chandigarh. Dr. George is an eminent Chest Physician, passionate about community health work.


Dr. Yogesh Jain, MD – Member

An eminent paediatrician from AIIMS, Delhi who serves in rural Chattisgarh and founded with his friends, Jan Swasthya Sahyog in Bilaspur. He is working in JSS and has a deep passion for community health among the poor along with his clinical expertise.

Specifically known for (i) cost-effective health care to more than three lakh tribal people (ii) established nearly 100 rural crèches to ensure nutrition and better development to under-three children, besides facilitating their mothers to work (iv) train local villagers to man sub-centers that serve as the first point of reference for the health care needs of villagers (v) developed and documented many cost-effective technologies tailor-made to local needs