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Current Faculty at The Department of Pulmonary Medicine, PGIMER, Chandigarh


Dr. Surinder Kumar Jindal, Professor and Head
  Hailing from Punjab, Dr. Jindal was born in 1949. He recieved early education at the native towns in Punjab. He graduated from Government Medical College, Patiala in 1971. He joined PGIMER as a resident in medicine in 1972, which he completed in 1975. A brilliant student throughout, he was selected for a faculty position soon after completing his residency in 1978. Dr. Jindal has been the main working and motivating force for department since then. He envisioned the DM programme in Pulmonary Medicine and worked endlessly to make it a reality in 1989, which remains the only formal post-
doctoral training programme in Pulmonary and Critical Care in India till date. Dr. Jindal has received wide recognition at home and abroad for his work in form of many awards/orations, etc. He has extensive research work, particularly related to epidemiology of respiratory diseases. He has several research projects and over 250 research publications to his credit, beside over 100 pieces in lay press on health related issues


Dr. Digamber Behera, Professor
  Born in 1953, Prof Behera is a native of Orrisa. Dr. Behera was educated in Cuttack and completed his graduation from SCB Medical College (Utkal University) in 1978. He joined the PGIMER as a Junior Resident in the department of Medicine in 1978 and has continued till date. He completed his MD (Medicine) in 1980 and Diplomate of National Board of Examinations in Medicine and Respiratory Medicine in 1982 and 1983 respectively. He joined the department faculty in 1984 and was elevated to the Chair of Professor in 2000. Prof. Behera is a member of several international and national professional bodies.
Prof. Behera is particularly interested in lung cancer. He is known as a pioneer of lung cancer chemotherapy in this part of the country. He is the founder president of the Indian Association for the Study of Lung Cancer. He has published over 200 papers and has received many awards.



Dr. Dheeraj Gupta, Professor
  Dr. Dheeraj was born in 1961. He received his early education in Chandigarh and did his MBBS from Maulana Azad Medical College at Delhi (Delhi University) in 1984. He completed his MD (Medicine) in 1987 and DM (Pulmonary Medicine) in 1991 from the PGIMER, Chandigarh. Joining the department of Pulmonary Medicine as a senior resident in 1988, he was selected for faculty position (Assistant Professor) in 1993 and was promoted to current position in 1998. He has been working on epidemiology of asthma, COPD and smoking. He has a keen interest in sarcoidosis and interstitial lung diseases. He has won several awards and has published over 250 papers in international and national journals.



Dr. Ashutosh Nath Aggarwal, Additional Professor
  Dr. Ashutosh was born and educated in Delhi. He did his MBBS in 1991 and MD (Medicine) in 1994 from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi. He joined the DM programme of the Department of Pulmonary Medicine at PGIMER in 1995. After completing his DM (Pulmonary Medicine), he worked as Senior Research Associate in the department and was later selected as Assistant Professor in the department in 1999. His clinical and research interests include pulmonary function testing, bronchoscopy, sleep medicine and respiratory intensive care. He is incharge of the sleep laboratory of the department. He has published more than 175 scientific papers in national and international journals.



Dr. Ritesh Agarwal, Associate Professor

Dr. Ritesh Agarwal was born and educated in Chennai (India). He completed his medical school (M.B.B.S) in 1998 from Stanley Medical College, and joined the Residency Program in Internal Medicine at Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh in 1998. Subsequently, he completed his Fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine from the same Institute in 2004. He is currently working as an Associate Professor in the Department of Pulmonary Medicine at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India. His primary research area is allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis. He also maintains keen interest in interventional pulmonology, pleural disorders, invasive and noninvasive ventilation, and meta-analysis. Dr. Agarwal has more than 150 publications to his credit. He has written several chapters in national and international books. He is also co-author of two books (Oxygen Therapy, Textbook of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine)

Dr. Navneet singh, Assistant Professor
  Dr. Navneet Singh completed his MBBS in 1997 from Government Medical College, Chandigarh and MD (Medicine) in 2001 from Christian Medical College, Ludhiana. He joined the DM (Pulmonary Medicine & Critical Care) programme at PGIMER in 2004. Subsequent to completion of his DM, he has joined the department as Assistant Professor in April 2007. His areas of interest include critical care nutrition, lung cancer, pulmonary fungal infections and idiopathic interstitial pneumonias.














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