Dr Sanghmitra Pati

Dr Sanghmitra Pati

Dr. Sanghamitra Pati, MBBS, MD, MPH

A physician turned public health researcher, Dr. Sanghamitra Pati completed her MBBS (1992) & MD (1998) both from MKCG Medical College, Odisha, India. During 2000, she received the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship (JJWBGS) to pursue Master of Public Health (MPH) at the University of Maastricht, The Netherlands. Subsequently, she got AAUW (American Association of University Women) International Fellowship in 2002 for research into bio-social correlates of maternal mortality.  Initially, she served the people in hard-to-reach areas as a medical officer. Also, worked as a faculty in various medical colleges of the state and then joined the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) in August 2010.  Since August 2016 Dr. Pati has been serving as the  Director of ICMR’s regional institute at Bhubaneswar. Her Wellcome Trust-PHFI funded research is the first in India to assess the magnitude of multimorbidity (coexistence of multiple chronic illness in a person) in primary health care settings. 

For the past decade, Dr. Sanghamitra’s research has been mainly focused on chronic diseases prevention, management and health promotion in primary care. Dr. Pati is a fellow of UICC (Union for International Cancer Control) and International College of Nutrition (ICN) and currently, she is Senior Lown visiting fellow of Harvard School of Public Health. She has received the Asia Pacific Cancer Society (APCASOT) Fellowship (Queensland Cancer Foundation Australia, 2004) for school-based teen-age tobacco abuse prevention; International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID) Fellowship for Training at National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, USA (2005) and International Cancer Research Technology Transfer (ICRETT) Fellowship (2006, Geneva) for studying tobacco control practice among primary care physicians. She had developed a smoking cessation skill-building program for medical students, which won her APACT Young Investigator Award in 2007 in Taiwan. She is also the recipient of an early career award from International Society of Behavioral Medicine (2010, 2012) and has received Wellcome Trust International Engagement Award for the year 2015-16. 

In appreciation of her prolific research career, she received the Aarya Women Achiever Award in the year 2017. Dr. Pati has been selected for the prestigious Samanta Chandra Sekhar Award 2018, in Life Sciences category, by Odisha Bigyan Academy. On 23rd February 2020 she too received Devi Award, instituted by The New Indian Express, from the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Odisha for her extraordinary contributions to cutting-edge Public Health Research.

She has 175+ scientific publications which include prestigious journals like The Lancet, The Lancet Oncology, The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology, PLoS One, Annals of Family Medicine, Cancer causes and control, Obesity Reviews, Cancer epidemiology, BMJ Open, BMC Health Services Research, BMC Medicine. She has an h index of 22 and i – 10 index of 38. She has co-authored two books and a few book chapters. She is a reviewer of reputed journals namely The Lancet Oncology, PloS One, BMC Family Practice etc and is an editorial board member of European Journal of Cancer Care.  


Research areas: Comorbidity, Multimorbidity, Health Promotion, Non-Communicable Diseases, Health Systems Research, Implementation Research and Health Professional Education.