National Lutheran Health & Medical Board
'Martin Luther Bhawan'
95, Purusawalkam High Road
Chennai - 600010.

Phone: 044 - 26432454, 26480933
Fax: 044 - 26431144




Dr. K M Shyamprasad



Dr. Shyamprasad is a renowned expert in the field of medical and health Sciences education and socio medical & developmental work and has been closely associated with policy level discussions and decisions in the health sector for many years. He was a member of the task force on medical education of the Government of India's National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). He is a member of the governing body and institute body of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.

Dr Shyamprasad is currently the Vice-President ( Surgical Specialties) of the National Board of Examinations, the Apex post graduate medical education body under the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and serves as the Chancellor of the Martin Luther Christian University in Meghalaya.

After his basic medical education from the Christian Medical College at Vellore, south India, he trained both in India and Europe as cardiothoracic surgeon. Dr. Shyamprasad is Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh (FRCS) and served in the faculties of both the Christian Medical Colleges at Vellore and Ludhiana. He has several publications to his credit. Not satisfied with a purely academic career, took up the challenge of running mission hospital providing tertiary care and postgraduate medical education. This was at one time the only hospital in the city of Chennai offering surgical care for PLHAs. After decade of tertiary medical care and hospital administration, (1994 to 2004) decided to devote full time to health and development program management and offering time for Governance of top medical institutions of the country. During the last two decades he has been Chairman of Governance of the Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, member of the Governing Body of CMC, Vellore, Member of the Governing Body of All India Institute of Medical Sciences and member of Standing Selection Committee of Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences at Chandigarh.

His contribution to health policy at National level has put him in several Global committees and technical working groups in the World Health Organisation, Geneva. He was a member of the technical working group of the World Health Organisation's Global Patient Safety Program ‘Safe Surgery Saves Lives’, member of the Planning Group of the WHO Global Initiative on Essential and Emergency Surgical Care, and a WHO Expert panelist at the first Global Forum on Human Resources for Health held in Uganda. He is also a member of the WHO Advisory group on Priory Medical Devices.

In the field of research he moved from clinical and experimental research where he has international publications to socio-medical research with current interests in Human Resources for Health and Social. Economic and Gender implications of HIV/ AIDS.

His current interests include Human Resources for Health and Health Systems for developing countries. Training of a surgeon for rural health care in India, a new paradigm in surgical education, aiming to develop emergency surgical care providers in remote hospitals, under the National Board of Examinations is one his initiatives. He is currently working on developing alternate cadres for health care delivery in rural areas of developing countries particularly to deal with problems such as HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis.

Dr. Shyamprasad as the Executive Director of the National Lutheran Health and Medical Board ( which has an ongoing HIV/ AIDS prevention, care and rehabilitation program for more than 15 years ( and a disaster management program ( and Treasurer and member of the Governing Body of the Centre for Research in New International Economic Order, Chennai which is developmental research centre and has been actively working for the upliftment of the poor and marginalized. His present public health activities are directed towards increasing access to health care for the poor who are mainly the marginalized populations of India, the Dalits, Tribals and women.

The Martin Luther Christian University in Meghalaya, a tribal state in the north east of India was established in 2006 through his efforts and he is the first Chancellor of this uniquely positioned private university, which is profiled as a developmental university, bringing educational opportunities to a region which has been backward for centuries.(






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