Dr. Vasudha Belgaumkar: Dermatology

Pune, India
BJGMC-JHU Fogarty HIV-TB Program Trainee

MBBS (1997); MD-Dermatology (2002),
Medical  Education- S.B.H. Government Medical College, Dhule & B.J.Govt.Medical College, Pune – University of Pune, Maharashtra, India.

Dr.Vasudha has completed her undergraduate medical education from S.B.H. Government Medical College, Dhule,Maharashtra .A meritorious student throughout, she topped her first and  final year University examinations. She is presently working as Associate Professor of Dermatology at B.J. Government Medical College, Pune. Having completed her post-graduation in Dermatology, Venereology (including HIV) and Leprology from this premier institute, she has acquired clinical skills as well as an affinity for research. She has been instrumental in establishing the cosmetology, dermatosurgery and laser units in her institute & is equally adept at handling administrative duties and academic responsibilities. Throughout her tenure, she has been involved in innovative research in diverse areas ranging from basic immunology to therapeutics, and in due course, has developed an inspiration to undertake research in the fascinating field of TB/HIV.She has to her credit more than a dozen publications in reputed national and international journals. Her inclination towards this field stems from the fact that these diseases with profound effect on communities and nations, still continue to inflict misery on humans. Although a lot of ground has been covered globally in TB/HIV control, the journey towards achieving this elusive goal is far from over. Dr Vasudha is eager to be part of this crusade.

She believes that the paucity of reliable data on epidemiology of MDR-TB in India warrants attention. Review of literature strongly suggests that the most powerful predictor of MDR-TB is a previous history of treatment of TB with doubtful compliance.

She is keenly interested in analyzing the risk factors and identifying potential predictors for development of MDR-TB including host factors like genetic predisposition, epidemiological attributes and above  all  adherence  to treatment. She would like to indulge in studies to document and monitor compliance through alternative sampling methods.                                             

Honors & Awards:

  1. Paper on “A study of serum cytokine profile in leprosy.” won Best Paper Award at    Annual Research Society Conference of B.J. Medical College , Pune & was appreciated at the South East Asian Conference of Dermatology
  2. Paper on “Applications of Platelet rich plasma in Dermatology” was presented in the Award session at Dermacon 2015.
  3. Felicitated on Teacher’s Day as a popular undergraduate and postgraduate Teacher and guide by Pune Branch of Indian Association of Dermatologists,Venerologists  & Leprologists.
  4. Ranked first in University of Pune for Certificate in German & Higher Secondary Certificate board level examination.

Optimal Approach for TB Screening among HIV Infected Indian Children

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This study was terminated May 20, 2019. It was funded by the Fogarty International Center at the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Determining TB status (ie, uninfected, latent, and active TB disease) is more difficult among children, particularly HIV-infected children...

Risk Factors for Unfavourable Treatment Outcomes among Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis Patients in Public Sector Treatment in Pune

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This study is funded and conducted under the U.S. National Institutes of Health, Fogarty International Center. This study seeks to identify risk factors associated with unfavourable treatment outcomes (death, treatment failure, default, XDR-TB) among multidrug-resistant...

Barriers to screening and isoniazid preventive therapy for child contacts of tuberculosis patients

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International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
Universal, timely TB screening and IPT for exposed children are urgently needed to reduce pediatric TB in India

Mexico conference: Experts from BJ Medical College make presentations on TB, treatment

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The Indian Express
Four fellows from the BJGMC-JHU Fogarty HIV-TB Training Program make national headlines in India.