Dr. Randeep Guleria a renowned pulmonologist appointed as the new Director of AIIMS by committee by the Appointment Committee of the Cabinet (ACC), headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Dr.Guleria is Professor and Head, Department of Pulmonary Medicine and Sleep Disorders at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, where he has been working since the last 23 years. Dr. Guleria is the first Indian to get a Doctorate of Medicine (DM) in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.
He joined AIIMS in 1992 as Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine and in the subsequent years he has been promoted to the post of Associate Professor, Additional Professor and Professor. The Department of Pulmonary Medicine & Sleep Disorders has been created under his dynamic leadership in 2011 and has been ranked as the best department in Pulmonary Medicine in 2014, 2015 and 2016 by the NIELSEN survey published in WEEK. He was instrumental in starting DM course in the discipline of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine was started at AIIMS in 2011.
Dr. Guleria was conferred with the prestigious “Padma Shri” Award in 2015 by the President of India and recently with “Dr. B.C. Roy Award in the category Eminent Medical Person” for the year 2014.
He has been invited as an expert in several National and International forums including the Center for Disease control (CDC), USA to their influenza division study tour, Advisor to WHO, Scientific Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE), Geneva, on “Influenza Vaccination and Immunization” from 2010 to 2013. He has been a consultant to International Atomic
He has been invited by the Government of Germany, WHO and IAEA to attend their International Conference on Radiation Protection in Medicine: “Setting the stage for the next decade” in 2012. He has also worked at the prestigious Royal Brompton Hospital, London as a Clinical Research Fellow.
He has been Personal Physician to the Prime Minister of India Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee from 1998 to 2004 and has since continued to be his Personal Physician. He has been asked by the Government of India to see various national and international dignitaries including Mr. Koirala, the then Prime Minister of Nepal.
He has done pioneering work on respiratory muscle functions, lung cancer, asthma and COPD and has more than 400 publications in International and National journals and 49 chapters in various National and International books. He has delivered more than 300 lectures in International and National conferences. He has been invited by the American College of Chest Physicians as a faculty to their Annual International Conference in Chicago 2014. He has been invited by the National Associations in Sri Lanka and Nepal to deliver talks in their conferences.
He is a member of many key committees in the Government of India including the Joint Monitoring Committee to monitor outbreaks of new diseases including Pandemics, bird flu, Ebola etc. to formulate National policy to control antibiotic resistance in India, member of Program Advisory Committee on Health Science of the Department of Science and Technology, member Project Review Committee of the Indian Council of Medical Research.
He has been organizing secretary for Medicine CME program for the Department of Medicine, A.I.I.M.S. in 1995 and 1996. He has convened the International and National conference on HIV, AIDS and Tuberculosis: Past Present and Future in 2006. He has been the organizing chairman of PULMOCRIT AIIMS & American College of Chest Physicians
Apart he has been actively participating in various environmental causes and has been an expert at various environmental forums concerning air pollution.
He has supervised more than 30 students in MD (Medicine) and 06 students in DM in Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine. Inherence teaching for students he has organized PG meetings for MD and DNB students which is included bedside case discussions and topic discussion on weekend for students to upgrade their knowledge and skills in case presentation.
Dr Guleria took charge in place of Dr M C Misra who retired as AIIMS director in January this year.