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21.04.2012 13:31



His candidacy was unanimously accepted by members at the General Assembly on 20 April.

Dubai (21 April 2012): The Board of the World Heart Federation is pleased to announce the appointment of Prof. K. Srinath Reddy MD, DM, MSc as President Elect, his candidacy was unanimously accepted by members at the General Assembly on 20 April. Prof. Reddy has been involved with the World Heart Federation since 2003, and has been a Board member since 2007 where he held the post of Chairman, Foundations' Advisory Board (2007–2010) and is currently Chair, Scientific and Policy Initiatives Committee (2011–2012). He will serve a 2-year term, effective from January 2013. He is presently President of the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and former head of the Department of Cardiology at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

On being elected Prof. Reddy said “Cardiovascular diseases are collectively the leading cause of death across the world and are increasing at an alarming rate in low- and middle-income countries. This global threat requires a global thrust to counter and contain it. Efforts are needed to protect populations from acquiring heart disease and to provide timely, effective and affordable care to individuals who have developed disease. The ambit of heart health must extend from the hub of global policy to the throb of a person’s pulse. From tobacco control to promotion of healthy diets and physical activity, national and global policies must encourage and enable people to practice healthy habits.  Health services should enable risk reduction and cost-effective management of disease at all levels of health care. The World Heart Federation will catalyse these policies at the global level and assist national efforts through capacity building and collaborative research.”

Having trained in cardiology and epidemiology, Prof. Reddy is presently regarded as a global leader in preventive cardiology and a thought leader in global public health. He has been a researcher, teacher, policy enabler, advocate and activist who has worked to promote cardiovascular health, tobacco control, chronic disease prevention and healthy living across the lifespan. He was appointed as the First Bernard Lown Visiting Professor of Cardiovascular Health at the Harvard School of Public Health in 2009. He is also an Adjunct Professor of the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University and Honorary Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney.

He has played a particularly active role in advancing the agenda of tobacco control, he was awarded the WHO Director General’s Award for outstanding contributions to global tobacco control, at the 56th World Health Assembly at Geneva, in May 2003 and the Luther Terry Medal of the American Cancer Society for outstanding leadership in global tobacco control in 2009.

Prof. Reddy has won numerous awards and accolades and has sits on the on the editorial board of many international and national journals. He has published hundreds of journal articles, books and monographs. He has been a visiting faculty/guest speaker at Harvard School of Public Health (USA), McMaster University (Canada), Heidelberg University (Germany) and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (UK).  His contributions to public health have been recognized through several awards and honours. He is a Consultant to the WHO and the World Bank.

Prof. Reddy has also won literary awards including the ECAAR Global Peace Essay contest (adjudged by 11 Nobel Laureates in 1992) and the Times of India Essay Contest on Human Rights. He is a prize winning debater and quizzer at University level. He is widely travelled, having visited 71 countries for professional or personal reasons, and enjoys reading on a broad array of subjects. He writes popular articles on health in magazines and newspapers. As a student, he was a prize winning debater, quizzer and essayist at the inter-collegiate and inter-university level.

About the World Heart Federation
The World Heart Federation is dedicated to leading the global fight against heart disease and stroke with a focus on low- and middle-income countries via a united community of more than 200 member organizations. With its members, the World Heart Federation works to build global commitment to addressing cardiovascular health at the policy level, generates and exchanges ideas, shares best practice, advances scientific knowledge and promotes knowledge transfer to tackle cardiovascular disease – the world’s number one killer. It is a growing membership organization that brings together the strength of medical societies and heart foundations from more than 100 countries. Through our collective efforts we can help people all over the world to lead longer and better heart-healthy lives. For more information, please visit:;;

About Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI)
The Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) is committed to working towards a healthier India. PHFI is helping to build public health institutional capacity in India, through interdisciplinary and health system connected education and training, policy and programme relevant research, evidence based & equity promoting policy development, people empowering health communication & advocacy for prioritised health causes. Established in 2006 as a public private initiative, PHFI is an independent foundation headquartered in New Delhi and its constituent Indian Institutes of Public Health (IIPH) set up by PHFI have a presence in Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh), Delhi NCR, Gandhinagar (Gujarat) and Bhubaneswar (Odisha). The Foundation is managed by an empowered governing board comprising senior government officials, eminent Indian and international academic and scientific leaders, civil society representatives and corporate leaders. For more information please visit

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