Dr. MS Jawahar, a physician and epidemiologist, graduated from the University of Madras in South India with undergraduate (MBBS) and post graduate (MD) medical degrees before joining the ICMR-National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis (NIRT) of the Indian Council of Medical Research. During his tenure at the NIRT, he acquired a Masters Degree (MSc) and Diploma (DLSHTM) in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, on a WHO fellowship. His research experience spanning over 33 years at the NIRT covered the spectrum of clinical and epidemiological research in tuberculosis and HIV. His area of expertise was in randomised clinical trials with the main focus on shortening treatment duration for tuberculosis. He served as Principal Investigator for six randomised clinical trials in pulmonary and lymphnode tuberculosis. He also served as Principal Investigator for the Indian site for a WHO/TDR/ World Bank funded multinational study on gender differentials in TB control. He has published over 50 papers in peer reviewed journals and has participated in more than 150 conferences and seminars, often in an invited capacity.
Dr. Jawahar was actively associated with the Revised National TB Control Programme of India and was part of teams that developed guidelines and frameworks for the programme. He is a member of the faculty for post graduate teaching programmes in epidemiology and public health of the ICMR-National Institute of Epidemiology, Chennai and the Christian Medical College, Vellore. He helped to design, guide and execute an online teaching programme ‘Manage TB’ for doctors for the NIRT in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology. He serves as Chairman/ Member in Ethics Committees of several hospitals and research centres. Currently Dr. Jawahar serves as a Consultant at the NIRT.