About Dr. Ravindra Khaiwal
Dr. Ravindra Khaiwal, a distinguished figure in the field of Environmental Health and Public Health. Dr. Khaiwal is currently holding the esteemed position of ‘Professor of Environmental Health’ at the Department of Community Medicine and School of Public Health (DCM&SPH), PGIMER, Chandigarh. With an illustrious career spanning both academia and research, he has made significant contributions to the understanding of environmental health risks, air pollution, and climate change adaptation strategies.
Academic Excellence and International Experience
Dr. Khaiwal’s academic journey is marked by excellence. He earned his Doctor of Science (DSc) degree from the University of Antwerp, Belgium, showcasing his commitment to advancing knowledge in his field. His academic prowess is reflected in his impressive publication record, with over 150 articles to his name, including original research papers, reviews, and book chapters. Some of his work is highly cited by ‘ISI Web of Science,’ with a total citation count exceeding 13,500. His Hirsch factor, a measure of scholarly impact, stands at an impressive ’54’ based on Scopus and other sources.
His passion for education extends to mentoring the next generation of scholars. Dr. Khaiwal has supervised numerous Ph.D., DM, MD, and MPH students, fostering the development of future leaders in the field of environmental health.
Pioneering Environmental Health Initiatives
Dr. Khaiwal is not just a researcher but also a leader in environmental health policy and practice. He played a pivotal role in developing the ‘Health Adaptation Plan for Diseases due to Air Pollution and Climate Change,’ a critical initiative adopted by the Ministry of Health, India. As the nodal officer of the ‘Center for Excellence on Air Pollution and Climate Change’ under the National Mission on Health, he continues to drive initiatives that safeguard public health.
His expertise is sought-after by government bodies and institutions. Dr. Khaiwal has served as an expert in National Green Tribunal (NGT) cases and has contributed to the development of guidelines for health risk assessment under the Ministry of Health, India.
Internationally, he has been recognized as a WHO country consultant for air pollution, highlighting his global influence in environmental health matters. Dr. Khaiwal has also been appointed as a Scientific Advisory Member at the ICMR-National Institute for Research in Environmental Health (NIREH), further solidifying his role in shaping environmental health research and policy in India.
Awards and Recognition
Dr. Khaiwal’s exceptional contributions to environmental health have earned him numerous accolades. He was honored as the ‘Environmentalist of the Year 2007: Around the Globe’ by the National Environmental Science Academy (NESA), India, and was a finalist for the prestigious ‘Elsevier NASI-SCOPUS 2014’ Young Scientist Award. In 2018, he was awarded the IVLP Fellowship by the US Department of State.
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) recognized his significant impact on public health by awarding him the PN Raju Oration Award 2019 in Public Health (Environment). He was also honored with the ‘Presidential Award 2021’ by the Indian Association of Preventive & Social Medicine (IAPSM) for his outstanding contributions to public health.
Diverse Research Interests and International Collaborations
Dr. Khaiwal’s research interests span a wide spectrum, including health risk assessment, chemical characterization of pollutants, source apportionment, and mitigation policies for environmental pollutants and climate change. He has actively participated in international projects, collaborating with researchers from around the world.
His dedication to advancing knowledge and securing research funding is evident in his role as an associate partner on UK/EU projects, jointly acquiring over $750 thousand in funding for the Department of Community Medicine and School of Public Health.
Contributions to Scientific Journals
Dr. Khaiwal’s commitment to advancing environmental health knowledge extends to his service as a referee for various international journals and grant commissions. He also serves as a valuable member of the editorial board for esteemed publications in the field.
We invite you to explore Dr. Ravindra Khaiwal’s groundbreaking work in the realm of Environmental Health and Public Health. His tireless dedication to research, education, and policy advocacy continues to make a profound impact on the well-being of our environment and the health of communities worldwide.