Vivekananad Jha, MBBS, MD, DM
Vivekanand Jha, MD, is Executive Director, George Center for Global Health India, and Chair, Global Kidney Health at Imperial College in London. Previously, he has held professorial appointments at the University of Oxford and the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGI) in Chandigarh, India, where he was head of the Department of Translational Regenerative Medicine.
Professor Jha did his basic medical training at Patna Medical College (India); postgraduate training in Medicine and Nephrology from PGI, Chandigarh, India, and a basic science research Fellowship at Harvard University and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Boston).
His current research interests focus on the development and testing of individual and system-level strategies to improve health care delivery in rural and lower income suburban areas to prevent disease development, with focus on non-communicable diseases. He is particularly interested in using multidisciplinary approaches and innovations to address systemic health and economic challenges posed by non-communicable diseases in multiple countries in the Asia-Pacific region. He leads a national consortium of nephrologists that is involved in multiple cohort studies and clinical trials to find affordable solutions to neglected problems. He also is developing a program of research to address the growing problem of adverse health risks in populations vulnerable to environment change and multimorbidity.
Dr Jha has held leadership roles in many international and national organizations, including President of the International Society of Nephrology (2019-21); Councillor and Executive Committee Member of the International Society of Nephrology (2013-19); Councilor of the Transplantation Society; President-Elect of the Asian Pacific Society of Nephrology; and Secretary General of the Indian Society of Nephrology.
He has been on the editorial boards of several journals, and Editor of the Cochrane Kidney and Transplant Group and Section Editor of the Oxford Textbook of Nephrology. He is a member of the WHO task force on transplantation of human organ and tissues; several task forces and expert committees of the Department of Biotechnology and Indian Council of Medical Research; review panel of international funding organizations; KDIGO (Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes) guideline development groups for management of kidney transplant recipients and patients with glomerulonephritis, and management of hepatitis C in patients with kidney disease; and a past member of board of directors of KDIGO.
Professor Jha has authored or co-authored more than 420 publications and 50 book chapters. He enjoys teaching, reading, mentoring young colleagues, and classical Indian music.
Dr Jha was named associate editor of Mayo Clinic Proceedings in 2021.