Dr. Jitendar Kumar

Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Priority Medical Devices & Health Technology Policy at National Health Systems Resources, Govt. of India

Dr. Jitendar Kumar Sharma is Director of WHO Collaborating Centre for Priority Medical Devices & Health Technology Policy, at National Health Systems Resource Center, the technical support institution under Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India. He earlier served as Hospital Administrator at Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, later as consultant to the World Bank and then as Consultant to the World Health Organization, Geneva, in the Health technologies unit. He is Honorary Lecturer at University of Adelaide, Australia and program director for Health Technology Assessment (HTA) fellowships in India.  He is a member of National Signal Review panel for Pharmacovigilance Program of India under Drug & Device regulatory authority and a member of National working group for establishment of Materiovigilance Program of India to improve medical devices safety. He has been an adviser at Health Technology Innovation Centre, IIT Madras and serves as faculty for National Accreditation Board for Hospitals (NABH) in India for Medical Devices.

He is member of several national and international research task groups and WHO consultative expert groups for health technologies. He has done pioneering work for establishing medical devices testing laboratories in India, initiating program for tracking of medical devices adverse event; national program for biomedical equipment maintenance and National free essential diagnostic initiative. He has been trained at reputed academic institutions including Harvard School of Public Health; Australian Patient Safety Foundation; WHO -Uppsala center for drug monitoring, Sweden; and Pharmaceutical & Medical Devices Agency of Japan. He has contributed through several research papers, six books on health technologies & assessments, six compendiums on technical specifications for medical technologies and has been contributor to the WHO report on access to healthcare technologies. He is life member of Academy of Hospital Administration, Biomedical Maintenance Society of India, and American College of Clinical Engineering. He is also the Founding Patron of Medical Equipment Maintenance Society of India.