- George A D’Souza Prof. (Dr.) George A D’Souza is President at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Bibinagar, (near Hyderabad ), Telangana since May, 2020.
- Education : MBBS, St John’s Medical College, Bangalore University in 1981, MD (Internal Medicine) PGIMER Chandigarh in 1986, DNB (Respiratory Diseases) from PGIMER Chandigarh, 1992
- Current Employment
- Associate Professor & in charge, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, St John’s Medical College, Bangalore (2000 to 2001), Professor & Head, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, St John’s Medical College, Bangalore 2001 to 2017.
- Additional Vice –Dean (Postgraduate studies) (2009 -2014), Chief of Medical Services (2010 – 2014), Dean St John’s Research Institute (2014 to 2017)
- Dean St John’s Medical College (2017- current)
- Recognition : Member of the editorial board of Lung India, Indian J of Chest Diseases & Allied Sciences, Chest (Indian Edition). Former member of board of PG studies, JSS University Mysore, board of Super Specialty Studies RGUHS and member research advisory board of MAHE university. Member of ‘Task force on pollution’ of ICMR and President AIIMS (Raipur). Member of the COVID 19 task force of the State government and RGUHS to help develop treatment protocols. Advisor to a biomedical startup ‘FNDR’.
- Research interests:
Sleep medicine : Started a sleep laboratory in 2000. Work done here established the incidence of RLS in a South Indian population and the association between iron deficiency and RLS. This work was awarded the best paper by the WASM.
Airway disease: The earliest study sponsored by ICMR to look at asthma prevalence was done in St John’s for which I was the PI.
We are part of the Indian bronchiectasis registry. In the process of creating a cohort to study nutrition, outcomes and sarcopenia in COPD.
Tuberculosis: Helped pilot the first private partnership of DOTS under RNTCP in Bangalore. Study done from here was one of the earliest to show NIDDM as a risk factor for TB. The department has been part of studies to understand nutritional changes in TB. Clinical lead for study looking at
“the correlates of protective immunity to HIV – TB co infection, evaluation of biomarkers in tuberculosis and revaccination with BCG in adolescents.
M health: Worked with a group to look at use of mobile technology in improving adherence in HIV. Piloted a study to use mobile technology to do pulmonary rehabilitation in bronchiectasis.
Currently working on video DOT for TB.
- Publications: So far, I have published 72 papers in peer reviewed journals, section editor of a text book on pulmonary medicine and written 2 chapters in monographs.
Relevant publications are listed :
- Macallan DC, McNurlan MA, Kurpad AV, D’Souza GA , Shetty PS, Calder AG, Griffin GE. Whole body protein metabolism in human pulmonary tuberculosis and under nutrition: evidence for anabolic block in tuberculosis. Clinical Science 1998; 94: 321-331.
- Nandini Shetty, Michael Shemko, Mario Vaz, D’Souza GA , An epidemiological evaluation of risk factors for tuberculosis in South India: a matched case control study; Ind J Tuberc Lung Dis 2006; 10: 80-86.
- Rajagopal S, Ramakrishnan A, Bantwal G, Devaraj U, Swamy S, Ayyar SV, D’Souza G. Adrenal insufficiency in patients with stable non-cystic fibrosis bronchiectasis. Indian J Med Res 2014; 139: 393-401.
- Shet A, Kumarasamy N, Poongulali S, Shastri S, Kumar DS, Rewari BB, Arumugam K, Antony J, DeCosta A, D’Souza G . Longitudinal Analysis of Adherence to First-Line Antiretroviral Therapy: Evidence of Treatment Sustainability from an Indian HIV Cohort. Curr HIV Res. 2015 Aug 25. [Epub ahead of print].
- Shet A, Kumarasamy N, Poongulali S, Shastri S, Kumar DS, Rewari BB, Arumugam K, Antony J, De Costa A, D’Souza G Longitudinal analysis of adherence to first line antiretroviral therapy: Evidence of treatment sustainability from an Indian HIV cohort. Curr HIV Res. 2016; 14: 71-9
- mHealth for tuberculous management in South India: Is video DOT an acceptable alternative? Kumar AA, DeCosta A, Dias A, Srinivasa G, D’Souza G, Rodrigues R JIMR mHealth & uHealth. DOI:10.2196/11687. URL: https:/preprints.jimr.org/11687.
- Circulating Mycobacterium tuberculosis DosR latency antigen-specific, polyfunctional, regulatory IL10+ Th17 CD4 T-cells differentiate latent from active tuberculosis. Srabanti Rakshit, Vasista Adiga, Soumya Nayak, Pravat Nalini Sahoo, Prabhat Sharma, Kirsta E van Meijgaarden, Anto J Jesuraj, Chirag Dhar, George D'Souza, Greg Finak, Stephen De Rosa, Tom Ottenhoff, and Annapurna Vyakarnam. Scientific reports 2017; 7|: 11948 | DOI 10.1038/s41598-017-10773-5.