We are immensely grateful to our Advisors who have been supporting and advising us through the past few years since our inception. Their invaluable inputs and insights have made it possible for us to become pioneers in the movement to support transplant patients and to reach out to millions of people throughout India to further the cause of organ donation.
Social media campaigns, patient support initiatives, informative videos, blog articles, patient counselling, and conducting awareness events to promote and spread the message of Organ Donation – all would have been impossible without their vital contribution.
Dr. Ashish Sharma
Dr Ashish Sharma is a Professor and Head Institution Department of Renal Transplant Surgery, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh and has contributed more than 50 publications in reputed national and international journals. He started laparoscopic donor nephrectomy at the Institute and has trained budding transplant surgeons from different parts of India in this technique.
His active involvement in promoting deceased donor transplantation at PGIMER and improving protocols for identification and counselling of brainstem dead donors has led to an increase in deceased organ donations from 1-2 per year to 26 in 2015. He also initiated simultaneous kidney pancreas transplantation at PGI Chandigarh in 2014 and nine such transplants have been performed so far. He formed a protocol to successfully perform Donation after Cardiac Death for the first time in India in 2014 which has led to 15 kidney transplants from such donors.
Dr. Kewal Krishan
Dr. Kewal Krishan has more than 15 years of experience in Cardiac Surgery. He was trained by internationally renowned surgeons at Mayo Clinic & Mount Sinai, and has been an Advance Clinical Fellow at both. He is one of the few surgeons trained in all aspects of heart transplantation and LVADs & ECMO.
His special interests are Heart Transplantation and Ventricular Assist Devices. He is currently Program head, Heart Transplant & Ventricular Assist Devices and Senior Consultant Cardiac Surgeon at Max Heart & Vascular Institute, Saket, New Delhi.
Ms. Neelima Chopra
Neelima Chopra is an experienced Sales & Marketing professional who has held leadership positions with some of the most respected hotel companies across many global markets including, Asia Pacific, UK/Europe and the Gulf. Prior roles include Chief Sales & Marketing Officer for Marriott International Asia Pacific, Executive Vice President Sales & Marketing Oberoi Hotels & Resorts, Vice President Commercial for InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Europe and Corporate Vice President for Choice Hotels in India. She co-founded a hotel and tourism advisory firm and also established The Toy Box, a play and learning initiative for children from underserved communities.
Now based in New Delhi, Neelima focuses on mentoring young professionals, guiding not for profit enterprises and engaging in philanthropic activities. She is one of our most ardent advisors and has taken up the cause of Organ Donation with a lot of passion. We are extremely grateful to Neelima for bringing her tremendous experience to ORGAN and for her invaluable guidance in all our projects.
Dr. P.N. Gupta
A graduate of K.G. Medical College, Lucknow, Dr. P.N. Gupta obtained his DNB in Nephrology from Batra Hospital, New Delhi. He has worked at Fortis Vasant Kunj, Medanta the Medicity and has obtained Fellowship in Kidney Transplantation. He has worked with Prof Montgomery at Johns Hopkins, and has also obtained a visiting fellowship in ABO incompatible Kidney Transplantation.
His special interest is in Kidney Transplantation and Dialysis in Acute Renal Failure and Chronic Renal Failure. He is currently Chief of Nephrology & Transplant Physician at Paras Hospitals, Gurgaon. He has been putting in sincere efforts to promote awareness around organ donation.
Prof. Dr. Ravi Mohanka
Dr. Ravi Mohanka is the Chief Surgeon and Head of Department of Liver Transplant and Hepato-Biliary Surgery at Global Hospitals, Mumbai, a leading liver transplant unit in western India. He has trained and worked at some of the leading international institutes and has a large experience in liver transplant, liver, gall bladder and bile duct cancer surgeries, with more than 15 years of experience in the field, having performed more than 1000 transplants.
Some of his significant contributions are India’s first successful intestinal transplant, western India’s first combined liver-kidney transplant, western India’s first swap liver transplant, western India’s first dual lobe liver transplant, western India’s first auxillary (APOLT) liver transplant, western India’s first posterior sector liver transplant and western India’s first inter-city liver transportation for transplant.
He has organized many conferences, chaired and delivered faculty lectures and presented his work at meetings and has more than 50 publications in national and international scientific journals. He is keen to make transplantation more accessible and affordable using technological innovations and indigenization. He serves as an honorary visiting professor for liver transplant at KEM Hospital in Mumbai and several other government and trust hospitals.
He is passionate about organ donation, plays an active role with governmental organizations and NGOs working to spread its awareness and has also delivered a TEDx talk on the topic.
Dr. Sandeep Vaishya
Dr. Sandeep Vaishya is a highly skilled Neurosurgeon with vast experience. He has worked with some of the best medical institutions and hospitals in India and abroad, and has been faculty in the Neurosurgery Department at AIIMS.
He has special interest in skull base tumors, Minimal Invasive and Image Guided Neurosurgery, Spinal Surgery, Functional Neurosurgery, Gamma Knife Radio Surgery and Peripheral Nerve Surgery. He is currently Executive Director, Department of Neurosurgery, at Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurgaon. He has been diligently working for the cause of organ donation and is closely involved in counseling the donor and recipient families.
Eeda Gujral ChopraChief Advisor, ORGAN India
Eeda Gujral Chopra serves as the Chief Advisor at ORGAN India. She is also the trustee of Vijaya Gujral Foundation, an organisation that supports ORGAN India.
She is a Delhi-based social worker with a keen interest in cinema and art. She graduated from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University.
Shri Anup JalotaChief Patron, ORGAN India
Anup Jalota serves as the Chief Patron at ORGAN India. He has been deeply associated with the cause of organ donation, as his wife, Ms Medha Jalota underwent a heart and kidney transplant before passing away in 2014 due to liver failure.
Anup Ji is an Indian singer and musician, best known for his performances in the Hindu devotional music, bhajan and the Urdu form of poetry, ghazal. He was conferred the Padma Shri in 2012 by the Government of India in the field of Art Indian Classical Music-Vocal.
Dr. Suresh Kumar Badhan
Dr. Suresh Kumar Badhan completed his MBBS and post-graduation in PSM community medicine from Government Medical College, Patiala in Punjab. With an experience of 34 years, he has worked as a Medical Officer in RML hospital and Maulana Azad Medical College in Delhi. He retired as Chief Medical Officer from Maulana Azad Medical College and later worked at Airport Health Officer at IGI airport in Delhi.
In January 2016, he joined the National Organ & Tissue and Transplant Organization (NOTTO) as Consultant – Coordination and has played an important role in coordinating with all the States, SOTTOs, ROTTOs and Hospitals for the registration and allocation process of human organs. He has also played a crucial role in coordinating with the Apex Technical Committee of NOTTO for formulating policies related to organ donation and transplantation. During his tenure in NOTTO, he worked hard for digitization of the kidney allocation policy. He retired from NOTTO in January 2019 and is currently working as Medical Officer with CGHS.
Dr. Badhan has been helping tremendously in several crucial areas of our work. With his wealth of knowledge and dedication towards the cause, we are proud and honoured to have him on board as Advisor.
Trilly Rachel Mathew
Trilly Rachel Mathew is a Postgraduate in Social Work from Rajagiri School of Social Sciences, Cochin, Kerala, and is also a Diploma holder in Transplant Procurement Management from Spain. She has over a decade of experience in managing Human Organ transplants while working for Apollo Hospitals, Bangalore, Medanta - The Medicity, Gurgaon, Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurgaon, and HCMCT Manipal Hospitals Pvt. Ltd New Delhi.
She is a regular speaker at various national/international conferences on organ transplants at various forums like the Asian Society of transplantation, Indian Society of Organ Transplantation, NOTTO (National Organ & Tissue Transplant Organization) & MOHAN Foundation. In the past she has also been associated with the Tobacco Cessation programme of WHO (World Health Organization) at NIMHANS, Bangalore. Currently she heads the organ transplant program at the Nayati Healthcare & Research Pvt. Ltd, Haryana. Her passion towards the cause of organ donation and transplantation is what makes her an invaluable Advisor to us.