Dr. G. Gururaj brings over 30 years of extensive experience in the fields of epidemiology, public health and health systems. After completing his MBBS and MD degrees in 1979 and 1985 respectively, he underwent several training programmes in epidemiology, health management, road safety, non-communicable diseases and other areas, both within and outside India. He was awarded the Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at UCLA School of Public Health, Los Angeles, USA in 1996, and conferred the Fellowship of Academy of Medical Sciences (FAMS) by the National Academy of Medical Sciences in 2015.
Concurrent with his faculty post, Dr.Gururaj has served the institute in various capacities including the Dean (Neurosciences) and Controller of Examinations, Head of the Department of Epidemiology and Chair of several committees. He was instrumental in establishing the Department of Epidemiology, Centre for Public Health, WHO Collaborating Centre for Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion and the Public Health Observatory at NIMHANS, Bengaluru. He has contributed enormously to the remarkable growth and development of public health systems within and outside the country through a number of flagship programmes.
His major areas of work encompass road safety, brain injury, suicide prevention, mental health, stroke, alcohol control, epilepsy and non-communicable disease prevention and care. Significant contributions in Karnataka and India have been towards road safety, helmet legislation and enforcement, reducing drink-driving, developing emergency care systems, suicide prevention, child and adolescent health and workplace health and safety programmes. In all these areas, he has contributed through epidemiological and public health research, human resource development, capacity building, policy implementation, advocacy and awareness programmes with a focus on strengthening health systems and implementation of programmes.
Being a trained and skilled epidemiologist and public health specialist, Dr. Gururaj has conducted and reported more than 70 funded population and hospital-based epidemiological studies. He has published more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed international and national journals, 50 monographs/reports, 25 chapters for text books and many educational resources. He has delivered presentations in about 250 international and national conferences /workshops/meetings as an invited speaker and has served on many technical committees of the Ministries of Government of India and Karnataka, WHO, World Bank, UNICEF, UNDP and other prominent international agencies.
In recognition of his research and academic excellence, Dr. Gururaj has received several awards and honours including the prestigious Dr. Raja Ramanna Award from the Government of Karnataka, Lifetime Achievement Award from Rotary and the IRTE/Prince Michael Award for Road Safety.