Professor Balram Bhargava - Keynote Speaker

Professor of Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Sciences Centre and Executive Director, School of International Biodesign, All India Institute of Medical Sciences

Dr. Balram Bhargava is an Indian cardiologist, medical educationist and innovator, known for his expertise in the trade and for his social commitment. The Government of India honoured him, in 2014, by awarding him the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award, for his contributions to the field of medicine.

Graduated in medicine (MBBS) and went on to secure MD and DM with specialization in cardiology. He is a Professor of cardiology at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi (AIIMS). He is a fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India (FNASc), Fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA), Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences(FAMS) and a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and is reported as a leader in the field of biomedical innovations in India.

The organization has set goals to promote innovators of medical technology through fellowships and also to conduct internships and events related to the area. The programme has already yielded twenty patents on low cost medical devices. He is an evaluator of indigenous low cost cardiological stents and has developed a platinum iridium stent himself. His current project is the development of a chest compression device, deemed to be useful for patients suffering sudden cardiac arrests and is funded by Wellcome Trust. Besides the medical contributions, Balram Bhargava is known for his social commitment.

His contributions played a part in the establishment of the Society for Less Investigative Medicine (SLIM), an initiative formed to combat the excessive commercial practices prevalent in India. Dr. Bhargava and his colleagues at SLIM aims to raise public awareness against the trend of unnecessary tests and excessive medical investigations