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Dr. Ambrish Mithal

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Dr. Ambrish Mithal

Dr. Ambrish Mithal is the Chairman & Head of Endocrinology & Diabetes Division at Medanta, the Medicity, Gurgoan, NCR, where he has established one of India's premier diabetes and endocrinology centres.

Dr. Mithal was the first DM in Endocrinology from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (1987), and subsequently served on the faculty at Sanjay Gandhi PGI, Lucknow (1988-1998) where he was instrumental in setting up the Department of Endocrinology. He served as a Senior consultant, Endocrinology and Diabetes at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, New Delhi (1998-2009).

Dr. Mithal is Past President, Endocrine Society of India. He is a board member of the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF, Switzerland) where he also chairs the Nutrition Working Group of the Committee of Scientific Advisors and the Asia Pacific Advisory Council. He is the founder, Past President and currently Chief Advisor to the Indian Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ISBMR).

Dr. Mithal has been the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships. Prominent among these are the Fogarty Fellowship (Harvard Medical School), in 1992-93, Japan International Cooperation Agency Fellowship (Japan) in 1996, Boy Frame award of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (Adult Working Group) in 2004, IOF Amgen Health Professionals Award (for ISBMR) in 2005. He has also received IMA distinguished service and Doctor of the Year awards.

Dr. Mithal has published numerous research papers, reviews and book chapters. He is on the editorial board of several national and international journals and is the Editor-in-Chief of Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism. In 2012 he received the Springer citation prize for his paper on global Vitamin D status.

His current areas of research interest include vitamin D nutrition in Indians, prevention of osteoporotic fractures, evaluation of newer therapies for diabetes, post transplant diabetes, diabetes and heart disease, and metabolic impact of bariatric surgery. Dr. Mithal is also national coordinator, steering committee member and principal investigator in several diabetes, thyroid and osteoporosis trials. His primary clinical focus is improvement in delivery of chronic care in the Indian setting.

Dr. Mithal is involved in several social and public awareness activities. In addition to “Hospital Guide Foundation”, he is involved with initiatives on diabetes and pregnancy with Jagran Pehel; nutrition and health monitoring of students from Vidygyaan school (Nadar Foundation); and a campaign to spread awareness about healthy food in hotels. He is on the panel of experts for Prevention magazine, Guardian Health, Women's Health and other publications.