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Full Time Faculty

Surendra Gudivendula

MSc Statistics


Email: surendra@ihs.org.in

Sri G. Surendra has rich experience in various areas of public administration, including; (a) Planning & Statistics, (b) Rural & Urban Development, (c) Information Technology, and (d) Hospital Management. Prior to IHS, he served as Associate Director & Chief Technology Officer of the LV Prasad Eye Institute, and before that he worked with Planning Department of the Government of AP in various capacities. He is a Certified Information Systems Auditor. He was involved in various health related activities such as Health Financing, Health accounts and Various Health related studies. He presented a Poster on Andhra Pradesh Civil Registration System at First Global Symposium on Health Systems Research at Montreux, Switzerland. Some of other publications to his credits are: Gap Analysis in Rural Health care Facilities in Mahaboobnagar District, Drinking Water Quality Monitoring in Service Reservoirs and Urban Slums of Hyderabad City, A Study of Emergency Response Services in three districts of Andhra Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh Civil Registration System Study, Assessment of Doctor Availability in Primary Health centers and provide inputs for Human Resource Planning for Health, Medium Term Expenditure Framework for the years 2008-09 to 2012-13 for the Department of Health Medical & Family Welfare, Govt of Andhra Pradesh, Health Budget & Expenditure Tracking for the department of Health, Medical & Family welfare, for the Govt of Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Kerala. He is also implementing the projects on independent water quality monitoring in service reservoirs and urban slums in Hyderabad city and Metro Consumer Complaints Surveillance on Water Safety in Hyderabad. To manage the IHS Laboratory, he has undergone training on Laboratory Quality Management System and Internal Audit as per ISO/IEC 17025:2005 and also attended the training in update version i.e. ISO/IEC 17025:2017.

Dr. Prasanta Mahapatra

MBBS (Utkal), SD (Harvard)
Takemi Fellow in International Health,
IAS (Retd.)

President & Dean

Email: pmahapat@ihs.org.in

Dr. Prasanta Mahapatra, is a medical doctor, a Takemi Fellow in International Health and a PhD in International Health Policy & Economics from Harvard University. After practicing for some time as a Medical Officer in the Central Government Health Scheme, Dr. Mahapatra joined the Indian Administrative Service, in 1980. He served in various capacities in East-West Godavari, Nellore, Nalgonda, Krishna and Guntur districts. He is experienced in revenue, general administration, disaster management, rural development, tribal welfare, women welfare, medical, health, information technology, irrigation and school education sectors. His experiences in the health field includes Registrar of the NTR University of Health Sciences, Director Medical Education, Commissioner Medical Services, Senior Faculty at the Administrative Staff College of India, Director Institute of Health Systems, and Director - Vice Chancellor of the Nizams Institute of Medical Sciences. Before his retirement from civil service, he was the Director General of the MCR Human Resources Development Institute and Ex-officio Special Chief Secretary to Govt. of AP. He has served as member of ICMR Scientific Advisory Group, and Core Group of the Department of Health Research. He was a member of the steering group of the National Nutrition Mission. He was a member of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Group of the WHO - Alliance for Health Policy & Systems Research from 2009-15. Dr. Mahapatra has contributed to the Global Burden of Disease estimates published in the World Bank's World Development Report, 1993. He was a consultant to the Asian Development Bank, regarding development of fund mobilization strategy by the Bhutan Health Trust Fund, and development of ADB’s India Health Strategy. He has published articles and books in the fields of general administration, rural development, and public health.

Sudhakar Damera

MSc. Env. Sciences (Osmania),
Adv. Dip in Industrial Safety
(DM Polytechnic, Nagpur)

Faculty & Assistant Director

Email: sudhakar@ihs.org.in

Sudhakar Damera received his Masters’ degree in Environmental Sciences from the Osmania University and has an Advanced Diploma in Industrial Safety from DM Polytechnic, Nagpur. Till recently, he was sponsored by the UNICEF as a Senior Research Fellow and NABL Documentation Specialist for Drinking Water & Sanitation Program Management, in the office of Chief-Engineer-cum-Executive Director, Jharkhand Government. Earlier, he was a Research Fellow at the CSIR - National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), Nagpur, from 2012-2018. At NEERI, he worked on various aspects of water safety including monitoring and surveillance of water quality in rural areas, research and development of water treatment technologies, and training for capacity building. His work on treatment technologies was about removal of excess minerals and toxic substances like arsenic, chromium, selenium and fluoride from water using electrocoagulation technique. He was a trainer-demonstrator of water quality parameter testing to laboratory staff from various State Rural Water Supply Agencies and Pollution Control Boards. During his Masters’ program, he completed a project on estimation of major and trace elements present in soil samples nearby Uppal, Hyderabad.

Dr. Mathru Ramavathu

Bachelor of Naturopathy & Yogic Sciences (BNYS),
Masters in Public Health (Univ. of Hyderabad)
PG Diploma in Emergency Medicine
(Symbiosis Intl. University, Pune)

Faculty & Assistant Director

Email: ramavathu@ihs.org.in

Dr. Mathru Ramavathu did his medical graduation in Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences (BNYS) in the year 2016 and did Master’s in Public Health (MPH) from University of Hyderabad in 2019. He also did his PG Diploma in Emergency Medicine from Symbiosis International University, Pune in 2020. He did his internship in Gandhi Nature Cure Hospital, ESIC Medical College, Hyderabad and at Ashray Akriti an NGO (on hearing impairment -Profile writing and camp coordinator). He got one year of clinical experience as General Duty Medical Officer in Covid Care Center, Nuzvid and as AYUSH Medical officer under RBSK for 6 months. He also worked as duty medical officer in various hospitals (Naturopathy and Allopathy) in Hyderabad for 5 years. He worked as a field investigator for the project “Health and Well Being of Cotton Seed Girls “in Telangana and Maharashtra for 6 months. His areas of interest: Monitoring and evaluation of health programme, public health Finance and research, Maternal and child health. Presently he is working in IHS as Faculty and Assistant Director focusing on the development of survey instrument and protocol for patient satisfaction survey for AYSUH hospitals.

Visiting Faculty:

Prof. Dayakar Thota

M.B.B.S., Masters in Hospital Administration,
Masters in Defence Sciences.

Visiting Faculty

Email: dayakar.thota@gmail.com

Dr Dayakar Thota is an Ex-Armed Forces Medical officer and also holds his PG in Hospital Administration from University of Pune. He served the Indian Army from 1971 to 1994 and took part in 1971 Indo-Pak war as well as IPKF operations in Sri Lanka. He holds a Masters’ degree in Defence Sciences from Madras University. Dr Thota is a qualified Lead Quality Assessor and trained NABH assessor and also a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt.

Prof (Lt. Col) Dayakar Thota was long term Medical Director for Ramdevrao Hospital, a charitable hospital located in Kukatpally, Hyderabad and currently he is executive member of the Ramdevrao Hospital and also the Governing Body of member of HIS. Dr Thota's versatile experience includes; (a) Professor & Head of Department of Hospital Administration at Kamineni Institute of Medical Sciences, (b) Chief Learning Officer, Health Management & Research Institute, Hyderabad (104), (c) Director, Institute of Health Systems, Hyderabad, (d) Medical Director, Emergency Management & Research Institute (108), Hyderabad, (e) Management Consultant & Additional Director (Hospital Services), MGM Medical college Hospital, Aurangabad, (f) Medical Superintendent and Professor, Dept. of Hospital Administration, Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS), Hyderabad, (g) Additional Director, Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Lodhivali, Maharashtra, (h) CEO, Lokmanya Hospital, Chinchwad, Pune, (i) Professor of Hospital Administration & Deputy Medical Superintendent, Kasturba Hospital (MAHE), Manipal. He has audited of a number of HCEs for ISO certification. Dr Thota is a life member of professional bodies such as AHA, AHHA, AGE, ISHA, IAMI and IHS.

Laboratory Personnel:

P. Sravanthi Reddy

MSc Chemistry (Osmania Univ.),
PG Diploma in Chemical Analysis
& Quality Assurance (Osmania)

Chemical Analyst

Email: sravanthi@ihs.org.in

P. Sravanthi Reddy graduated in Chemistry and then did a PG Diploma in Chemical Analysis & Quality Assurance from Osmania University. Her project work during the PG Diploma course was on "Detection and Estimation of Alcohol in Biological Fluids" by Means of Gas Chromatography at Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL), Hyderabad. She worked as a Project Analyst (2005-07) in Telangana Pollution Control Board (TPCB - Central Laboratory), Hyderabad. In 2008 she received Masters Degree in Chemistry from Nagarjuna University. She then worked (2008-09) as Analyst for Universal Enviro Associates Pvt Ltd, dealing with water analysis. Prior to joining IHS, she was Team Leader - Environment in Bhagavathi Ana Labs Pvt.Ltd., Hyderabad and received Internal Auditor training on integrated management systems. Presently she is Chemical Analyst at IHS since 1st Aug, 2017.

B. V. Victoria

MSc Biotechnology
(Osmania Univ.)


Email: victoria@ihs.org.in

B.V. Victoria, did her postgraduation in Biotechnology in 2017, from University College of Science, Hyderabad, affiliated to Osmania University. She did the project ''Isolation & Identification of E.coli & Lambda phage by Multiplex PCR'' from Mahatma Gandhi National Institute of Research & Social Action, Hyderabad, that is published in International Journal of Applied Research 2017;3(5): 827-829. She attended the seminars related to DNA. Her Internship in Microbiology Lab Technique at IHS, started on 27-04-2018 and completed by 10th July 2019. She worked as Microbiologist in Vitro Labs from July 2019 to Sep 2019. Currently, she is the lead Microbiologist in IHS Laboratory, from 30th September 2019.

A. Nikitha

MSc Microbiology
(Osmania Univ.)

Microbiology Laboratory Technician

Email: nikitha@ihs.org.in

Ms A. Nikitha did her Post Graduation in Microbiology, from Siddharrtha Degree & PG College affiliated to Osmania University in 2018. Her internship in Laboratory Techniques at IHS-Biology Lab started from 12th Oct 2020 and completed by 31st Jan 2022. Presently she is working as Laboratory Technician in Biology lab since 1st Feb 2022.

K. Prabhakar

ISc (Math. Phy & Chem.)

Water Quality Investigator

Intermediate with Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry from Nava Chaitanya Junior College, Hyderabad affiliated to the State Board of Intermediate Education. Completed internship at IHS on Field Testing of Residual Chlorine & Water Sample Collection (Water Quality Investigation), by 31st Aug 2015. He is working as Water Quality Investigator / Field Surveyor for MCC since June 2017.

D. Ashok Kumar

Botany, Bio-Tech. & Chemistry

Water Quality Investigator

Graduate in B.Sc Botany, Bio-Technology and Chemistry from National Degree College, Palvancha which is affiliated to the Kakatiya University. Completed internship at IHS, on Field Testing of Residual Chlorine & Water Sample Collection, by 24th July 2017. He worked as Water Quality Investigator / Field Surveyor for MCC from 01st Aug 2018 to 07th March 2020. Again, he is reappointed as Water Quality Investigator / Field Surveyor for MCC from 1st Dec 2021.


Math., Phy. & Chem.

Water Quality Investigator

Intermediate with Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry from Nava Chaitanya Junior College, Hyderabad affiliated to the State Board of Intermediate Education. His internship started at IHS on Field Testing of Residual Chlorine & Water Sample Collection (Water Quality Investigation), from 15th May 2020 and completed by 31st May 2021. After internship, he is working in IHS as Water Quality Investigator from 1st Jun 2021.

General Support Personnel:

A. Venkata Sruthi

Bsc Microbiology,
MBA Finance & Marketing

Accountant cum Front Office Executive

Email: sruthi@ihs.org.in

Venkata Sruthi completed her graduation with Microbiology, Botany and Chemistry from Rama Krishna Degree College, Jagtial in 2009. Then she did M.B.A (Finance & Marketing)) at Bandari Srinivas Institute of Technology, Hyderabad in 2004. She got 4.5 years of accounting experience from Sri Lakshmi Developers and Sathavahana ISPAT limited from 2011 to 2019. She also worked as Teacher (part-time) in Springboard Pre School from June 2019 to April 2020. She is working in IHS as Accountant cum Front Office Executive and Lab Registrar since Jun2022. She is conversant with scope of various laboratory services, registration of laboratory test requests, tracking & delivery of test reports. She maintains contact with clients and follows-up to gather client feedback.