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Dr Sarma V S N Rachakonda


Internal Medicine Specialist

  • Worked as a medical scientist in the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the National level apex body for Medical Research, at its Tuberculosis Research Center (TRC), Chennai, India
  • Senior Research Officer, Tuberculosis Research Center, Chennai, India 1981 – 1989
  • Research Officer, ICMR, Tuberculosis Research Center, Chennai, India 1979 – 1981
  • Responsible for the design, execution and evaluation of hospital and community based randomized clinical and field trials, prospective and retrospective studies, surveys, and evaluation of diagnostic tests in tuberculosis, leprosy and filariasis.
  • Principal investigator for research in several tropical diseases and presented several research papers in national and international conferences.
  • Co-investigator for the reputed short course chemotherapy clinical trials in tuberculosis and the world famous B.C.G. vaccine field trails.
  • Senior Research Fellow, ICMR, Andhra Medical College, Visakhapatnam, India 1975 – 1979
  • Visiting Professor of Internal Medicine – PG teaching at Balaji Medical College, Chennai, India
  • Visiting faculty for PG students in Cardiology at the Frontier Life Line Hospitals, Chennai, India
  • Dr. Sarma’s CME Group, a forum of about 250 doctors in Chennai, is formed. Over 180 CME talks are presented to this group (chronological list appended) as part of self-motivated, effort in Continuing Medical Education in the past 15 years. These talks are very well attended and acclaimed to be among the best by the participating doctors and are available for free download at
  • Outstanding teaching skills coupled with constant motivation to update medical knowledge resulted in vast experience in disseminating the updated medical knowledge to practicing physicians, graduate and undergraduate students, healthcare professionals and general public.
  • Hosts own tube channel – drsarmaji channel - dedicated for audio-visual presentations on various interesting topics in Internal Medicine.
  • Guest Faculty Member of the Pratyusha Engineering College – Department of Biomedical Engineering during and presented several talks on medical topics related to biomedical engineering for UG engineering students - 2006 -08
  • Faculty member, Advanced Centre for Clinical Epidemiological Research and Training (ACCERT) of ICMR 1985 – 1989. Designed and conducted four workshops on Clinical Epidemiology and Critical Appraisal skills in four medical colleges in the provinces of Tamilnadu and Andhra Pradesh
  • Postgraduate teacher at Madras Medical College, Madras, India 1985 – 1989 under the Advanced Center for Clinical epidemiology Research and Training (ACCERT). Principal faculty to train PG students in Medicine as efficient “consumers” and “doers” of research and to guide them in their dissertation work.
  • MBBS from Andhra Medical College, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, India in 1974
  • MD (Internal Medicine) from Andhra Medical College, Visakhapatnam, India in 1979
  • M.Sc from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in 1984
  • Master’s Course on Hypertension - Certificate from European Society of Hypertension (ESH) – 2011
  • CME Certificate on Hepatitis B Web Study, University of Alabama School of Medicine, USA – 2010
  • Several online certificates and CME credits – In Cardiometabolic, Respiratory and Infectious Diseases
  • H1N1 at the National Trainer of Trainers (TOT) Workshop on Swine Flu, New Delhi, October 2009
  • Trained in HIV/AIDS in a TOT (Trainer of Trainers) Workshop conducted by the Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative (CHAI) and the National AIDS Control Organization of India (NACO) 2007
  • RCGP Certificate in New Diabetes Topics – Disease Management, UK National Accreditation Panel, distance-based learning programmes, post graduate education – A certificate from the Royal College of General Practitioners – 2005
  • INCLEN (International Clinical Epidemiology Network) workshop on Clinica Economics, Shanghai, China, 1986
  • Diarrhea and tropical diseases research at the National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases (NICED), sponsored by the World Health Organization (W.H.O.), 1986
  • Workshop on Problem Based Learning, McMaster University, Canada, 1983
  • Workshop on Simulated Patient in Medical Education, McMaster University, Canada, 1984
  • Workshop on small group teachings skills, McMaster University, Canada, 1984
  • Certificate Course in Epidemiology – Full term one year advanced training in epidemiology at the All India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health (AIIH & PH), Calcutta – 1981
  • Occupational Health at the Regional Occupational Health (ROHC), Bangalore, India, 1980
  • Community Medicine at the Medical College in Aurangabad, India, 1980
  • Hematology at the Christian Medical College (CMC) Hospital, Vellore, India, 1978
  • Use of Radio- Isotopes in Medicine at the National Institute of Nutrition (NIN), Hyderabad, India, 1978
  • Clinical Immunology at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India, 1977
  • Bio-Statistics at the Institute of Research in Medical Statistics (IRMS), Madras, India, 1976
  • Distinguished Service Award on Doctor’s Day given by Delhi Medical Association, July 2006
  • IMA Meritorious Services Best Doctor Award at Chennai 2003
  • Recipient of W.H.O. fellowship in 1983 for pursuing Master’s Degree in Clinical Epidemiology
  • Qualified as “Talent Search Scholar” (one among the 18 selected) of ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research), New Delhi, based on a nationwide competitive examination in 1975, taken by over 1,000 first class graduate physicians.
  • Winner of several academic prizes and gold medals based on competitive examinations in MBBS
  • TCF silver Jubilee Commemoration Gold Medal for the year 1974 for being the Best Outgoing Graduate (based on highest number of aggregate marks throughout MBBS)
  • Vemuri Sivaji Rao Memorial Gold Medal in Medicine for the year 1973-74 in Internal Medicine
  • Vidyavathi Devi Gold Medal in Obstetrics and Gynecology for the year 1973-74
  • Silver Jubilee Celebration Committee prize in Medicine for the year 1974
  • Sajja Chandramouli Prize in Clinical Neurology for the best clinical skills in Neurology in 1973- 74
  • Silver Jubilee celebration Committee Gold Medal in community Medicine for the year 1972-73
  • First prize in essay writing competition on Hypertension on the World Hypertension Day, 1971
  • Best certificate of merit in Biological Sciences during first MBBS-1969
  • State rank holder in the state level higher secondary school final examination taken by half a million students and recipient of the National Merit Scholarship, Andhra Pradesh, India
  • “A comparative study of 20 and 60 ul of blood for Microfilaraemia detection – use of a linear model” at the VI International Clinical Epidemiology Network (InCLEN) conference, Pattaya, Thailand, Jan 1988
  • “Community effectiveness and impact on Tuberculosis Infection of short course treatment as compared to NTP treatment – A research design” at the VI International Clinical Epidemiology Network (InCLEN) conference, Pattaya, Thailand, January 1988
  • “The Inter – Physician agreement in detecting Clinical Filarial manifestation” at the IV International Clinical Epidemiology Network (InCLEN) conference, Shanghai, China, April 1986
  • “A Quantitative approach to clinical filarial disease – A Mathematical Design” at the IV International Clinical Epidemiology Network (InCLEN) conference, Shanghai, China, April 1986
  • “Filariasis – Relation between exposure and HLA – A Case Control Study” CDD/TDR Workshop on Epidemiological methods for Research in Diarrheal and Tropical Diseases, sponsored by W.H.O., Calcutta, India, February 1986
  • “Community based intervention trial with DEC using different strategies against Lymphatic Filariasis in two endemic regions – a research design” at the CDD/TDR Workshop on Epidemiological methods for Research in Diarrheal and Tropical Diseases, sponsored by W.H.O., Calcutta, India, February 1986
  • “Logarithmic index of bacilli as an evaluative measure in leprosy” at the Regional Scientific Meeting of the International Epidemiological Association, Jhansi, India, February 1986
  • “The effect of DEC as filaricide”, at the III International Clinical Epidemiology Network(InCLEN) conference, Manila, Philippines, January 1985
  • “The epidemiology of Lymphatic Filariasis”, at the Indo – UK workshop on Lymphatic, Filariasis, Pondicherry, India, November 1984
  • A book review “ Visual display of Quantitative Information authored by Edward R. Tufte, Graphics Press, Cheshire, Connecticut, USA” 1984
  • “Efficacy of periodic deworming in improving the nutritional status of Indian children – a randomized controlled trial, a research design” in December 1983
  • “A study of morbidity pattern in tribal areas of Visakhapatnam district”, a study conducted as part of epidemiology training course, June 1981
  • “Chronic airways obstruction – effect of salbutamol inhalation – pulmonary function testing”, Association of Physicians of India (API), Midterm conference, Visakhapatnam, India , July 1977
  • “Medical Examination Systems” paper at a seminar on Medical Pedagogy, Visakhapatnam, India 1977
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