Eminent Speakers

Dr Nilesh Mehta, MD

The American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN), 42nd President, USA

Dr Mehta is currently Director, Critical Care Nutrition, Associate Medical Director, and Director of Quality and Outcomesin the Medical Surgical ICU, Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Pain Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital.He is Associate Professor in Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School. Dr Mehta’s clinical and research focus is on metabolicand nutritional management of critically ill children and its impact on recovery.

He has led large international studies, andclinical and translational research in the field of Pediatric Critical Care Nutrition. Dr. Mehta has over 100 publications, andis the co-editor of the only textbook in this field. In 2015, Dr. Mehta received the ASPEN Stanley J. Dudrick ResearchScholar Award which honors m id-career investigators who have demonstrated exceptional research productivity andthe potential to continue to contribute to the field of nutrition therapy.As an active member for 10 years, Dr. Mehta’s contribution to ASPEN includes serving as Chair of the Pediatric MalnutritionDefinition Working Group, Chair of the Corporate Scientific Advisory Council, Co-Chair of the Research Workshop, Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) and ASPEN, Director on the ASPEN Board of Directors, Board Liaison to thePediatric Intestinal Failure Section and Pediatric Section, and Chair of the SCCM/ASPEN Working Group for PediatricCritical Care Nutrition Guidelines.USA

Dr P C Vijayakumar

Chief Anaesthesiologist and Critical Care Physician, Sooriya Hospital, 1/1A, Arunachalam Road, Saligramam, Chennai. Hon President, IAPEN Chennai, India

Dr P C Vijayakumar graduated from Chengalpattu Medical College and finished his postgraduation in Anesthesiology from the prestigious Madras Medical College. He is a Diplomate in National board of examinations and also a member in National academy of Medical Sciences. He is associated with Sooriya Hospital, Chennai for more than a decade and takes care of surgical patients as an efficient perioperative physician. Difficult airway management is his field of interest and performs percutaneous tracheostomy and Bronchoscopic intubations regularly. His talents in regional blocks like thoracolumbar epidural and brachial plexus blocks are well appreciated. His professional and technical contribution to our critically ill patients is huge and he is one of the pillar of our sussesful intensive care unit. He is the Life member in IAPEN and also credited for his contributions towards creating awareness of "ERAS - Enhanced Recovery After Surgery" in South India by conducting IAPEN Annual Conference in the year 2015 with theme "EnhaNS -2015".  He is also a member of ERAS Core Group of IAPEN, India.  

Dr Biju Pottakkat

Additional Professor and Head, Surgical Gastroenterology, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, JIPMER, Puducherry, IndiaCEO, Spingboard

Dr Biju Pottakkat has been working as Additional Professor and Head, Surgical Gastroenterology, (Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research) JIPMER, Pondicherry. He has completed his basic medical training MBBS from University of Calicut and Masters in Surgery MS from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala. He did his post-doctoral speciality training MCh in Surgical Gastroenterology at Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS), Lucknow. Later he obtained post doctoral fellowship in hepatopancreatic and biliary surgery (HPB surgery) and became the first candidate to get the fellowship in India. He is a Diplomate of the National Board and a fellow of the international college of surgeons. Due to his specific interest in liver surgery, he moved to Japan where he worked as lecturer in Liver surgery at Kurume University School of Medicine at Fukuoka under Dr K Okuda. Later he worked as a fellow in the department of HPB surgery at Washington University in St. Louis under Dr Steven M Strasberg. He completed fellowship in Liver Transplant Surgery at Asian Centre for Liver disease and Transplantation at Singapore. He was working as a faculty in Liver transplant unit at Department of surgical gastroenterology at SGPGIMS, Lucknow before joining JIPMER, Puducherry. He has many awards and fellowships to his credit. United European Gastroenterology Federation Scholarship, Scholarship of the International College of Surgeons, Scholarship of the international council of Coloproctology (ICCP), Young Investigator Award of Korean Society of Gastroenterology are some of them. He has received travel awards from the Japanese Surgical Society, European Association of Endoscopic Surgeons (EAES), American Society of Transplantation, Indian society of Gastroenterology, Indian Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Department of science and technology (DST),Govt of India etc. He has cleared HCCB (health care compliance board certification) of the American Board in the year 2008. He is credited as the first person to promote Gastrointestinal Nutrition in India by conducting IAPEN Annual Conference on GI Nutrition in 2018.

Dr Ashwin Dabhi

Counseling and Consulting Physician in Metabolic and Nutritional Disorder, Sujivan Hospital, Ahmedabad, Gujarat. and Hon Executive Member of IAPEN 

Dr. Ashwin Dabhi did his MBBS from Gujarat University and is working as Consultant physician in Metabolic and Nutritional Disorders, Sujivan Hospital, Ahmedabad. He has done his Diploma and Expert Certification from ESPEN, European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism, UK and has also published several papers in National Journals including Micronutrients role in Intensive Care Patients. He is one of the official ESPEN - LLL (Lifelong Learning) Teachers available in India. He is associated with IAPEN from 2013 and has contributed immensely in the area of Pediatrics and Critical Care Nutrition. He has given orational lectures in IAPEN National Conference on Advances in Perinatal and Pediatric Nutrition in Kerala and International Conference on Digestive Disorders, Tirupathi. He has presented papers at various national and international events over the years, and has chaired many sessions at various state and national level conferences.

Dr Parveen Malhotra

Associate Professor and Head of the Department, Medical Gastroenterology, Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS), Rohtak, Haryana, India

Dr. Parveen Malhotra is a Haryana-based Consultant Gastroenterologist, specialising in gastroenterology, hepatology and therapeutic endoscopy. Dr. Malhotra has 50 publications to his name, 20 of which have been in international journals. He organises and conducts regular awareness camps, educational talks, and ensures print media coverage so as to increase awareness in society about the prevention and treatment of hepatitis.

A proud recipient of awards for his academic and professional efforts, he is also a respected member of various associations connected to his field. He serves as a postgraduate teacher at University of Health Sciences and as a thesis guide for postgraduate students. Dr. Parveen Malhotra has been credited for several achievements at PGIMS Rohtak, many of which have been accomplished through his single-handed efforts and dedication. His department performs 700 diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic and colonoscopic procedures per month, absolutely free of cost, with all procedures being done by Dr. Malhotra himself. Further, the Gastroenterology OPD treats around 200 patients every week, with free medicines provided by the hospital.In view of the hepatitis C epidemic in Haryana, the government in collaboration with the Medical Gastroenterology department at PGIMS has started the Jeevan Rekha project, aimed to give a new lease of life to patients suffering from the disease. Dr. Malhotra is the Principal Nodal Officer of its dedicated Hepatitis C Centre, the first of its kind in India, where free treatment is being given to patients belonging to the below-poverty-line (BPL) category and at subsidised rates to others. 2,100 patients have been enrolled so far for this project, with a very high level of success. Free screening camps are being held regularly in areas with high prevalence in order to detect the maximum number of patients and treat them effectively [See below for more details]. Dr. Parveen Malhotra's department has been instrumental in establishing India’s first Endoscopy and Hepatitis Helpline. Also, a dedicated Celiac Clinic has been started under the aegis of the Medical Gastroenterology department, in view of the spurt in patients being confirmed with celiac disease.

Dr. Parveen Malhotra is the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Nutrition Research (JNR) which the publication in JNR is mentioned as one of the Criteria for Recognition of any Indian Organiation to be Recognized by IAPEN as "Centre for Learning in Advanced Clinical Nutrition". We at IAPEN. deeply honor his dedication towards promoting Lifelong Learning by publications and also contributions towards patient care in treating 200 patients per week in Government Hospital.  

Dr S P Suryanaryana

Professor and Head, Department of Community Medicine, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Medical College, Bengaluru, India

Dr Suryanarayana SP has completed his MBBS and MD (Community Medicine) from Bangalore University. He has gained experience by working in Indian Population Project VIII as a Training Officer for a period of 1 year where he was involved in training of health care workers in the area of reproductive and child health from various cadres like Medical Officers, Pediatricians, Health workers, Anganwadi workers and Link workers along with development of training manuals. He later worked in the Department of Epidemiology, NIMHANS as Junior Scientific Officer gave him insight and developed his skills in the field of Epidemiology of Mental Health and injury prevention and involved in projects like development of Neurotrauma Registry, Socio-economic impact of injuries, suicide prevention and drive against drunk and driving. In 2004 he joined M.S.Ramaiah Medical College as Assistant Professor and continued his journey as a teacher. He is the HOD of Department of Community Medicine in Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Medical College, he is involved in teaching and training of medical undergraduate and postgraduate students. He has guided many postgraduate students for their thesis work which includes areas like epidemiology of injuries, health care of geriatrics and mother and child health. He is one of the founder members of the Indian Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (IAPEN) and promoted first Annual Meeting of IAPEN at Bangalore. His contributions towards IAPEN cannot be stated in words and is keen in establishing Community Health and Nutrition Core Group of IAPEN. He has specific interest in area of public health education, injury prevention and care of the elderly. He has various international and national publications to his name. 

Madhu Sharma

Former Sr Dietician, PGIMER Chandigarh, Hon Chapter President IDA, Chandigarh, Hon Jt. Secretary ISPEN, Hon Vice President IAPEN

Dt. Madhu Sharma is a registered dietician since 1982. She did her graduation in Home Science from SIET Women’s College, Madras (Madras University) after which she obtained her Masters in Foods and Nutrition from Home Science College, Hyderabad, APAU. She has been closely associated in the field of Gastroenterology and Paediatric Nutrition for more than 3 decades during her service in PGIMER, Chandigarh (1980-2012). She is trained in management of Cystic fibrosis in children from Dundee, Scotland.

She is the Hon Vice President of IAPEN, Hon Joint Secretary ISPEN, Chapter President of Indian Dietetic Association, Chandigarh and Life member of NSI and WCN. She has also authored 3 books on Pediatric Nutrition. Currently she is attached as Consultant with various city hospitals and nursing homes and has her own website and clinic by name Diet for Life. As Chapter President of IDA at Chandigarh she has been actively involved in conducting CNEs and workshops from time to time since the last four years on various aspects of Clinical Nutrition. She has to her credit many talks on infant feeding and nutrition and women’s’ health organised by different groups from time to time. She is passionately involved in all activities in Nutrition and Dietetics and aims to continue serving in this profession, thereby serving the community at large.

Dr Rita S Patil

Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Food and Nutrition. Maniben Nanavati Women’s College, Mumbai.

Dr Rita S Patil has done Master Degree from Mumbai University in the year 1987 and M.Phil from S.N.D.T. Women’s University. she joined as PG Visiting Faculty at Maniben Nanavati Women's College. She completed her PhD in the year 2014 from S.N.D.T. Women’s University. She is also a Visiting Faculty for NMIMS Liberal Arts Course and Maternal and Child Nutrition courses. Her area of specilization includes Pediatric Nutrition, MNT, Public Health and Nutrition.

Dr Patil has written a book FUN FILLED FITNESS for KIDS. Dr Rita Patil has presented a paper at the National conference of the Indian Dietetic Association in Kolkatta. Her paper was on "Food Consumption Pattern of School Children in Mumbai". She has started Diet Counseling in Maniben Nanavati Women’s College from February 2018. She is also a research guide for MSc student’s dissertation. She has guided undergraduate girls for research competitions and students have three prizes, one at regional level and another at a state level competition. Dr Rita Patil has also conducted department skill development programme of Basic Baking. Dr Rita Patil has a membership in the followingnational and international bodies- International Society of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHAD); Life member of Indian Dietetic Association, Local Executive Committee member of the Indian Dietetic Association, Mumbai Chapter, Life member of All India Association for Advancing Research in Obesity (AIAARO) and Life member of Nutrition Society of India. She has convened programs for IDA and beena moderator for a webinar. In April she has given a TED Talk at the Challenges in Diabetes conference titled ‘Nutrition Counseling Tackling Googolopathy’.

Shivshankar Timmanpyati

Chief Dietitian, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, India and Hon Vice President, IAPEN Mumbai Chapter

Mr. Shivshankar Timmanpyati has done Bachelor Degree from Gurunanak Khalsa College, Mumbai and PostGraduate in Clinical Dietetics, Hospital Food Service and Institute Management from IHMTCAN, Mumbai and Master Degree in Dietetics and Food Service Management from IGNOU, New Delhi. He has done ESPEN courses in “ICU Nutrition and Problem Solving and Approach to Parenteral Nutrition in 2016 and Diabetic Certificate Programme Module 1 and 2 from the America Academy of Continuing Medical Education in 2015. He has actively participated in various International Events including Clinician’s Compendium to Nutrition Support Therapy Discipline: Physician by ASPEN, USA and Diet and Diabetes, American Dietetic Association and Malnutrition Assessment and outcomes in Hospitalized Patients. ADA. His first association with IAPEN and lifelong learning started with a publication in Journal of Nutrition Research – A peer Reviewed International Journal in 2015. He has also presented various research papers in various forums including IDACON – 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, Taiwan, ADC-2014 and Jorhat -NSI-2017 and ESPEN Congress, 2018. He has also got best paper awards in many conferences for his works in the area of oncology nutrition.

Mr. Timmanpyati has published Newspaper articles in National News papers in oncology nutrition and was also invited speaker for many national and international conferences. FRANC-Asia, Bangkok, Thailan, IAP, Mumbai, Apollo International Clinical Nutrition, 2017, Mumbai, KASO, 2016, TMH, 2013, He has also actively participated in National Nutrition Week, 2015 and International dysphagia challenge diet, California, USA and many more activities. He is a life member of Indiian Dietetics Association, IAPEN and National Institute of Nutrition.

Shilpa Varma

Dietitian, Bellevue Multispeciality Hospital, Mumbai and Hon Secretary, IAPEN Mumbai Chapter

With an experience of Eight years in Clinical Nutrition, Implementing successfully evidence based medical nutrition therapeutic guidelines in nutritional management of Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus and other Pediatric Endocrine Disorders has been the prime passion. Addressing and organizing and leading Activity, Nutrition Seminars for Type 1 Diabetic adolescents and children in Mumbai and Surat. Managing therapeutic nutrition needs, preparing meal plans of patients with endocrine diseases; developed core Nutrition material for educating patients and family enhancing management of endocrine diseases.-Eight years and on-going experience in prescribing and providing therapeutic balanced nutritionally adequate quality meals to both out patients and admitted patients.Develop meal plans to meet the nutritional needs of patients in compliance with their Physician and have successfully achieved the objectives of the nutritional responsibilities in Belle Vue Multispeciality hospital and Trauma Center ongoing since last Eight years.With a passion and vision of HEALTH FOR ALL and to contribute to World Health and Rising Obesity in the population at large, along with Mr. Rishi Modi and core team, in last 3 years have conducted FREE HEALTH AND WEIGHT LOSS SEMINARS and have positively impacted more than 4500 participants.Also as a Director Partner, keenly involved in Nutraceutical product development and with core partners of HealthyHey we believe in a future to promote Health and Fitness to every living being in this world and to provide highest quality Nutraceuticals and Supplements.

Priya Karkera

Chief Nutritionist, Fitterfly. Mumbai

With an experience of 18 years in Clinical Nutrition, Priya is passionate about Pediatric Nutrition. In the last decade she has done multiple works around healthy children and children with medical complaints. Currently heading the Nutrition vertical at Fitterfly, she is also a Hon. Pediatric Nutritionist at LTMG Sion Hospital and Visiting Pediatric Nutritionist at Apollo Hospitals – Navi Mumbai. Trained in Ketogenic diet in Epilepsy – She is attached to many Pediatric Neurologists to offer Nutritional care support.Her core area of interest is Pediatric Critical Care, Pediatric Gastroenterology, and Pediatric Neurology. Building her academic qualifications further she is currently undergoing training to be a certified FODMAP Nutritionist from Monash University – Australia, simultaneously completing her Doctorate (PhD) from Mumbai University.After completing multiple fellowships in Pediatric Nutrition, her goal is to raise the standards of practice in Pediatric Nutrition and make nutrition assessments mandatory at school level. This can help the nation in battling over nutrition, under nutrition and micronutrient deficiencies. To attain this task her team has devised completely technology enabled nutrition assessments as per national standards and conducts multiple researches in the field of nutrition and fitness for children.