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UCHAI Mentors
Dr. John M. Balbus is the Senior Advisor for Public Health to the Director of the US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. He serves as the Department of Health and Human Services Principal to the U.S. Global Change Research Program and co-chairs working groups on Climate Change and Human Health for the US Global Change Research Program and for the National Institutes of Health. He was a lead author on health for the US National Climate Assessment and a Review Editor on Urban Areas for the 5th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He is currently leading an initiative on Sustainable and Climate Resilient Health Care Facilities as part of the US President’s Climate Action Plan. Dr. Balbus received his MD degree from the University of Pennsylvania, his MPH degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from Harvard University.


Dr. Nitish Dogra, Member Secretary UCHAI Advisory committee and convener. He is a physician, physiologist and public health specialist by training with a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the Johns Hopkins University, United States. Based out of New Delhi, he has over a decade’s experience related to environmental health with a strong focus on studying the health impacts of climate change. He was awarded the Fulbright-Nehru Environmental Leadership Program Fellowship by the US State Department and the Government of India for work related to climate change attributable burden of disease in India. Dr. Dogra has worked extensively with the World Health Organization (WHO). In August, 2014 he delivered, on request, an invited commentary at the Conference on Health and Climate organized by WHO Headquarters, Geneva; the first such global-level ministerial meet in this area.
Dr. Pawan Kumar Taneja is Faculty (Operations Research, Finance and Public Health) at Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi. Prior, he was faculty at IIHMR Delhi and IIMT Gurgaon. He has 15 years of rich experience in conducting research on climate change, sanitation, heath and quality. Dr. Taneja has 3 books and many publications to his credit in national and international journals.

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