Prof Balram Bhargava appointed DG ICMR, Secretary-DHR

During his more than 30 years long career, Professor Balram Bhargava has assumed the role of doctor, administrator, innovator and teacher. The fresh appointments take him into the arena of bureaucracy where he will have to spearhead the government's initiatives in healthcare sector


New Delhi: Renowned cardiologist and medical educationist, Dr Balram Bhargava has been appointed as the new Director-General of the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR). He will also hold the post of Secretary, Department of Health Research (DHR), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Dr Bhargava, at present Professor cum Senior Consultant at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, has been appointed to the post for a period of three years or until attainment of age of 60 years, according to an order issued by the Personnel Ministry.

Born in New Delhi during 1961, Dr Bhargava graduated in medicine (MBBS) and went on to secure MD and DM with specialization in cardiology. He is an evaluator of indigenous low cost cardiological stents and has developed a platinum iridium stent himself.

Dr Bhagava was the man behind the Stem Cell Centre at AIIMS, which was reportedly, the first centre in the world which initiated treatment for dilated cardiomyopathy patients. He has been also credited with accelerating the medical technology innovation space through the Stanford India Biodesign program headed by him.

Dr Bhargava was honored with Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India during 2014, for his contributions to the field of medicine.