Dr A K Khokhar is a Medical graduated with 3 post graduations in the field of Health Care Administration and Hospital Administration. Besides working in different positions in ESIC Medical services for 36 years, he has been teaching as visiting faculty at FMS, University of Delhi, and Institute of Management Studies, YMCA, New Delhi, for 24 years. He has also been a visiting faculty of IIHMR, NIHFW, SAIL and NTPC. He has organized a number of courses on Hospital Administration for Senior Doctors during his tenure at ESIC. He has been the Editor of Journal of Hospital Administration of IHA for ten years. He has carried out a number of studies and surveys on the role of hospitals in primary health care and has also written a book on Hospitals and Primary Health Care published by International Hospital Federation, London, UK. He has been proactive in developing professional management in hospitals and has developed a number of Case Studies. He has attended and presented papers on different aspects of Hospital Management in various conferences at national and international levels. In his last assignment as Medical Superintendent at ESIC Model Hospital, Rajajinagar, Bangalore, he was instrumental in developing and starting Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, and Under Graduate Medical College, under ESIC. His main interests are in Hospital Operations and Management.
Dr. Pradeep Panda
Dr. Pradeep K Panda is a Health Economist as well as a Demographer by training with significant experience in teaching, research and consultancy. Dr. Panda is a Professor of Health Economics at International Institute of Health Management Research (IIHMR) Delhi. He was the Project Coordinator for the implementation of National Family Health Survey 4 (NFHS-4) for the state of Odisha. Prior to joining the IIHMR, he has worked in reputed national and international organizations in various capacities – Director of Research and Implementation (Micro Insurance Academy), Director of Rural Research (Institute of Rural Research and Development), Health Economist (Population Council), and Associate Professor (Centre for Development Studies). He has conducted several research projects in the health sector as a Principal Investigator / Project Director, published several research papers in reputed international journals on development studies and public health, co-edited a book published by the Oxford University Press, and guided thesis/dissertation of seven researchers (one Ph.D and six M.Phil in Applied Economics) who were awarded degrees by Jawaharlal Nehru University. He has a strong background in mixed-method research, impact evaluation, and systematic reviews. He was awarded two visiting research fellowships to conduct research at International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University, The Netherlands (ICSSR and NWO/WOTRO Science for Global Development fellowship) and at International Centre for Research on Women, Washington DC (Ford Foundation fellowship). Dr. Panda is also a Visiting Professor at Institute for Human Development, New Delhi, and a Visiting Faculty at XSRM, Xavier University Bhubaneswar.