The Speakers

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Warm Greetings from MEDICON INTERNATIONAL 2019, 6th edition of the international symposium!!
We welcome all the delegates to this advanced clinical medicine conference, which is jointly being organized by Peerless Hospital & B. K. Roy Foundation, Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh and West Bengal chapter of Association of Physicians of India.

This international conference is a unique platform where senior clinicians of international repute from India and esteemed clinicians from the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh will share their thoughts on the recent update of clinical issues encountered in the field of Medicine and its allied specialties.

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Dr Mervyn Singer


Professor of Intensive Care Medicine University College London, UK

He is the current Chair of the International Sepsis Forum, an Emeritus Senior Investigator of the UK National Institute of Health Research and the Founding Editor-in-Chief of Intensive Care Medicine Experimental. He is also a writer/editor of several textbooks including the Oxford Textbook of Critical Care and the Oxford Handbook of Critical Care. His research interests are infection, sepsis and multi-organ failure, novel monitoring and haemodynamics spanning bench to bedside. His funding is currently from the MRC, Wellcome Trust, Innovate UK and the European Union.

Senior Consultant & Chairman – Metro Respiratory Center Pulmonology & Sleep Medicine

With an extensive experience of 30 years, Dr Deepak Talwar is the most trustworthy and recognized doctor in Pulmonology. He has established “Metro Center for Respiratory Diseases” in the year 1999 which is the advanced respiratory set-up in India. Dr Talwar has a vast experience in handling all types of complicated respiratory ailments along with other chest related procedures with high success rate.
He has many awards, honors and fellowships awards under his name in 30 years of his medical experience. Apart from these eminent awards, Dr Talwar has his name featured in Limca Book of Records. Dr Talwar has various National, International and Research publications papers under his name. He is the faculty member of various National conferences such as NAPCON, BRONCHOCON, CRITICON, SLEEPCON and APICON. As a promising doctor, Dr Talwar aims to provide the best of medical treatment and care to all his patients.
His areas of expertise include:
COPD, Respiratory Failure, Non-Invasive Ventilation, Advanced Bronchoscopy including Endobronchial, Ultrasound Guided Biopsies, Interstitial Lung Diseases, Pulmonary Hypertension, Cystic Fibrosis, Respiratory Infections, including Tuberculosis, Bronchiectasis, Pleural Diseases, Lung Cancer.

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Prof David Andrew Winton Collier

BSc (Hons) Pharmacology (1977), MB ChB (1980), MRCP (UK)(1983), MD(1991)

Fellow of Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (1994)
Fellow of Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (1995)

Prof. Andrew Collier holds the position of Professor of Diabetes Care at Glasgow University. He is a Consultant in General Medicine / Diabetology and Endocrinology at Ayr Hospital, Scotland. He is a fellow of Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and also of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. He is Regional Adviser for Strathckyde Region for the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and also is a member of Council and Fellowship Committee of Education and Strategy group of Royal College. Apart from his clinical work, he is presently supervising four PhD students, M.Sc. Research from Stirling University Psychology Department and Glasgow Caledonian University. He is the member of executive committee of the Scottish Diabetes Research Network (SDRN) and also a member of a Scottish Education Action Group Committee. Throughout his carrier he has been intimately involved in teaching and has been a lead examiner for PACES examination. He has more than 100 publications in international peer reviewed journals and has written multiple chapters in text books.

President, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

As President of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, Derek's term of office runs from March 2014 to February 2020. He is also the Director of the NIHR CLAHRC for Northwest London. Derek was appointed as the first Professor of Acute Internal Medicine in the UK at Imperial College London and was the inaugural President of the Society for Acute Medicine. Graduating from Edinburgh University in 1980, he initially specialised in Respiratory and General Medicine, with an interest in Intensive Care, before subsequently developing his role in Acute Medicine. Prior to moving to Imperial College he was Associate Medical Director in Edinburgh. He has lead and designed several national programmes of work including two large national change programmes including the Emergency Services Collaborative with the Modernisation Agency.
His academic research interests relate to quality and organisation of care, particularly acute medical care, and the methods of delivery of care. He is particularly interested in patient flow and quality of care. As part of this work the team at the Centre for Health Care Improvement and research have supported work in Australia, Ireland and throughout the UK. Clinical interests include illness severity assessment, pulmonary embolism and pneumonia. Derek has published in excess of 130 peer reviewed papers and has lead several policy document initiatives including the development of successful National Early Warning Score to support standardisation of care across the UK. Total research grant income over the last eight years exceeds £22 million.

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Dr Supratik Basu


Professor Supratik Basu works as Consultant in Directorate of Haematology and Oncology at Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust. He is also Research Lead for the Haematology and Oncology Directorate since 2016 and recently appointed as Haematology and Oncology lead of CRN (Clinical Research Network), West Midlands under NIHR (National Institute of Health Research). He is also the Trust Haematology research Lead, since 2003.

His primary area of clinical and research interest is in malignant haematology.
He graduated from Calcutta Medical College and obtained his first Post Graduate training in internal medicine in Calcutta.
He trained further in Medicine in UK where he obtained his MRCP and obtained initial Haematology Training in Manchester, and subsequently in Royal Marsden Hospital, St Georges Hospital, Royal Free Hospital and lastly Hammersmith (Imperial College) in London.
His Research guide was Professor Victor Hoffbrand in Royal Free Hospitals.
His particular area of academic research interest is in Myeloma and Lymphoma
He has several high impact publications including, Nature group publications and recently in New England Journal of Medicine in 2019
He has conducted over 30 International Trials as Principal Investigator as well as UK Chief Investigator in International practice changing Clinical Trials
He is involved in Collaborative Research with University of Birmingham for last 5 years leading to 2 successful CR UK Grants.
He also runs PhD programme with UOW on new drug development in Myeloma since 2019

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Dr D Nageshwar Reddy


Dr D Nageshwar Reddy is currently the Chairman of Asian Institute of Gastroenterology, Hyderabad, India. Past President of World Endoscopy Organization.

He graduated from Kurnool Medical College obtaining internal medicine, Masters in Madras Medical College and D.M in Gastroenterology from PGIMER, Chandigarh. He subsequently worked as a Professor of Gastroenterology in Andhra Pradesh Health Sciences before setting up Asian Institute of Gastroenterology, a tertiary care Gastro intestinal Specialties Hospital.
His main area of research interest has been in G.I. Endoscopy particularly in Therapeutic Pancreatio Biliary Endoscopy and Innovations in Transgastric Endoscopic Surgery. He has published over 540 papers in National & International Peer review journals and has contributed chapters in 7 International Text Books of Gastroenterology and has edited 3 G.I. Endoscopy Text Books. He is on the Editorial Board of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Digestive Endoscopy, World Journal of Gastroenterology, World Gastroenterology News, Gastroenterology Today, Recent Patents on Medical Imaging, and He is the peer reviewer of the Journals like Lancet, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Endoscopy, World Journal of Gastroenterology, Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology and Indian Journal of Gastroenterology. He was the President of Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy of India in 2001. He has been a visiting faculty for over 200 international endoscopy workshops and forum member of Asian Endoscopy Masters Forum.
He has been recognized for his achievements by several societies. He received the B C Roy Award from the Indian Medical Council in 1995. He received PADMA SHRI AWARD from Government of India in 2002. He has been elected as honorary member for American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy in 2004, Fellow of National Academy of Medical Sciences, New Delhi in 2001, Fellow of Philippines Society of Gastroenterology in 2001, Fellow of Royal College of Physicians of Ireland in 2003, and is a recipient of Honorary Doctor in Sciences (D.S.C) from Nagarjuna University in 2005. He has given several named orations including The Francisco Roman oration of Philippines Society of Gastroenterology 2002, Dr Panner Selvam Memorial Oration of Malaysian Society of Gastroenterology in 2006, Kees Huibregtse Oration of 15th International Symposium on Pancreatio Biliary Endoscopy, Los Angeles 2007, Sir Francis Avery Jones Professorship in St. Marks, London 2008, Peter Gilispje oration, Australia 2010. He received the Master Endoscopist Award from A.S.G.E in 2009, ASGE International Leadership Award in 2011 and Fellow of American College of Gastroenterology in 2012. He received the highest Award Master of World Gastroenterology Organization from World Gastroenterology Organization in 2014. In 2015 he received honorary fellowship and life time memberships from Hong Kong society of Gastroenterology, Singapore Society of Gastroenterology, Indonesia Society of Gastroenterology, Columbia Society of Gastroenterology and Hungarian Society of Gastroenterology. He was the Secretary General of World Endoscopy Organization and subsequent President of World Endoscopy Organization. He received PADMA BHUSHAN AWARD from Government of India in 2016.

Professor & Head, Department of Medical Microbiology, PGIMER, Chandigarh

Arunaloke Chakrabarti earned his MD in Microbiology from Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, Chandigarh, India in 1985 and is presently working as Professor In-Charge, Division of Mycology at the same Institute.
He is currently the President of International Society for Human and Animal Mycology (ISHAM), President of Society for Indian Human and Animal Mycologists (SIHAM), President of Indian Association of Medical Microbiologists, Coordinator of the ISHAM working group on ‘Fungal sinusitis’ and ‘ABPA in asthmatics’, chair of ‘Asian Fungal Working Group’, and member of two more ISHAM working groups. He is Associate Editor of ‘Medical Mycology’, and Editor/Associate Editor/Deputy Editor of three more journals - Mycopathologia, Journal of Medical Microbiology, Mycoses.
He has published more than170 papers in the field of Medical Mycology and delivered lectures in more than100 medical conferences and societies. He wrote chapters in 11 books. His major contribution is in the field of epidemiology of fungal sinusitis, mucormycosis, and hospital acquired fungal infections. His laboratory identified the endemic regions of fungal sinusitis, sporotrichosis, penicilliosis, source of Cryptococcus gattii in India, emergence of Apophysomyces elegans in tropical countries. His laboratory investigated many nosocomial fungal outbreaks in developing countries, and developed molecular identification and typing methods of zygomycetes. He received multiple awards from National Societies, Academies of India, and was awarded the Fellow of National Academy of Medical Sciences and Fellow of The National Academy of Sciences, India.
He has consistently helped in the development of the discipline of Medical Mycology and laboratories in India. He conducts two training courses on medical mycology every year at his center. His laboratory is now recognized as ‘Center of Advanced Research in Medical Mycology’ in India, ‘WHO Collaborating Center for Reference and Research on Fungi of Medical Importance’. Recently ‘National Culture Collection of Pathogenic Fungi’ has been added to his laboratory.

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Dr Saubhik Sural

MD (Gen. Med.), DM (Nephrology), DNB (Nephrology)

Clinical Director, Dept. of Nephrology
Peerless Hospitex Hospital And Research Center Limited

Dr Saubhik Sural is Gold Medalist in MD Medicine from King George Medical College, Lucknow and completed DM and DNB in Nephrology from SGPGI, Lucknow in 1997. At present Dr. Sural is Clinical Director, Dept. of Nephrology at Peerless Hospital And B K Roy Research Centre, Kolkata, started DNB Nephrology programme in east zone, India. He is DNB Nephrology Faculty at R N Tagore International Institute of Cardiac Care Sciences. He was secretary of Indian Society of Nephrology, East Zone. In 2014 he was the organizing Secretary of Annual Conference of Indian Society of Nephrology. He has got thirty publications in both international and national peer reviewed journals.

Professor, Gastroenterology
All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi

Prof Vineet Ahuja is Professor, Gastroenterology at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi and his areas of interest are inflammatory Bowel Disease. Abdominal Tuberculosis, Gut Microbiome and GI Immunology. He has 193 international and national publications and 24 book chapters. Prof Ahuja is also the editor of the book "Tropical Gastroenterology".

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Dr Gourab Choudhuri

Consultant Physician, Respiratory Medicine

COPD Lead at NHS Lothian & Senior NRS Fellow, University of Edinburgh

Dr Choudhuri is currently working as a respiratory consultant in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. He is also the clinical lead for COPD and the Respiratory Managed Clinical Network Lead in NHS Lothian and is also a Senior NRS Researcher with the University of Edinburgh. Having worked with Professor MacNee in the past, he completed his Fellowship from the University of Edinburgh and is currently also leading the clinical and translational research in COPD in Edinburgh. His research interests lie in investigating the phenotypes of COPD and understanding the therapeutic options to treat these phenotypes more optimally. His clinical interest lies in integrating and bringing uniformity to the primary and secondary care pathways to effectuate the standard of COPD care and is currently involved in working in close conjunction with the Scottish Government to implement this uniformly across health boards.

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