D-Care is the creation of Dr. Ravi Durvasula and Dr. Suguna Pappu, world-renowned physician leaders trained at the prestigious Yale University School of Medicine in the USA. Both have deep personal ties to India and a vision of using patient-centered, evidence-based medicine to diagnose, manage, and prevent chronic diseases that are a serious threat to India. We invite you to meet our founders.
Dr Ravi Durvasula, Founder
MD, Department of Medicine Chair
Dr Ravi Durvasula, MD, is the chair of the department of medicine of Loyola Medicine and Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. He had assumed his new role at Loyola on November 1, 2017.
The department of medicine is dedicated to excellence in clinical care, research and education and includes 14 divisions – allergy, cardiology, dermatology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, general internal medicine, health services research program, hematology/oncology, hepatology, hospital medicine, infectious disease, nephrology, pulmonary and critical care medicine and rheumatology.Dr. Durvasula has held senior leadership positions at Yale University and the Veterans Administration and has conducted groundbreaking research in global infectious diseases. Most recently, he was a professor of medicine and infectious diseases and director of the Center for Global Health at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. The center has partnered with 13 medical centers in India, Kenya, China and Colombia.
From 2005 to 2014, Dr. Durvasula was chair of the department of medicine of the New Mexico Veterans Affairs Health Care System, where he oversaw programs affecting 50,000 veterans and a budget of nearly $400 million. Prior to the VA, Dr. Durvasula served as chief medical officer of Yale University Health Services, overseeing operations affecting 30,000 students, faculty, dependents and alumni through 11 divisions with 250 employees.
Dr. Durvasula is a world leader in global infectious diseases research. He has pioneered a new approach to control the spread of vector-borne diseases, including Leishmaniasis and Chagas disease.
Dr. Durvasula’s lab currently is researching new strategies to control multidrug-resistant infections, such as clostridium difficile (C. diff), and developing new molecules to diagnose and treat emerging diseases, such as the Zika and Ebola viruses.
Since 1994, Dr. Durvasula has been awarded 17 research grants totaling $9.6 million, including nine National Institutes of Health grants totaling $6.9 million. Other agencies that have funded Dr. Durvasula’s research include the Centers for Disease Control, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. His two most recent grants are to study environmentally friendly mosquito insecticides.
Dr. Durvasula is an author of five books and more than 120 peer-reviewed publications, abstracts and conference proceedings.
Dr. Durvasula earned his medical degree from McGill University in Montreal. He completed a residency in internal medicine at Baylor College of Medicine/Methodist Hospital in Houston, where he was chief medical resident. He completed a fellowship in infectious diseases at Yale University School of Medicine and was awarded the prestigious physician postdoctoral fellowship of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He is board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases.
Dr. Suguna Pappu, Founder
MD, PhD, Neurosurgery
Dr. Pappu is an associate professor in the department of neurological surgery of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Her clinical expertise includes neck and back problems, hydrocephalus and trauma.
Dr. Pappu is board certified in neurological surgery.
Inspired by her transformative work in health care, Dr. Pappu earned a medical degree and completed a residency in General Surgery at Yale. She went on to complete a second residency in Neurosurgery at the University of New Mexico (UNM) School of Medicine in Albuquerque, USA.
Dr. Pappu began her career as a preeminent researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, USA, before adding medicine to her expertise. She earned a PhD in Operations Research from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. Dr. Pappu then studied neural (brain) networking approaches and advanced image analysis for medical decision-making at the Yale University School of Medicine Department of Radiology.
For her groundbreaking work with the Yale University Image Processing and Analysis Group, Dr. Pappu was awarded a National Research Service Award fellowship for medical image analysis.
Dr Suguna Pappu’s research focuses on developing novel tools for assessment and management of hydrocephalus and traumatic brain injury. Many organizations have benefited from Dr. Pappu’s training in business systems and medicine, earning her senior medical leadership roles.
She is pleased to now bring this wealth of expertise to India to redefine standards of excellence in healthcare delivery through the many programs of D-Care India.