World Heart Federation Elects First Ever Indian President

Prof. K. Srinath Reddy, a global leader in preventive cardiology and public health, has been appointed President Elect of the World Heart Federation.

AsianScientist (Apr. 23, 2012) – Prof. K. Srinath Reddy MD, DM, MSc has been appointed President Elect of the World Heart Federation, based on an unanimous vote by members at the General Assembly last week.

Prof. Reddy will serve a two-year term, effective from January 2013.

The World Heart Federation, with more than 200 member organizations, is dedicated to leading the global fight against heart disease and stroke with a focus on low- and middle-income countries.

Prof. Reddy has been involved with the Federation since 2003, and has been a Board member since 2007 where he held the post of Chairman, Foundations’ Advisory Board (2007–2010) and is currently Chair, Scientific and Policy Initiatives Committee (2011–2012).

He is presently President of the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and former head of the Department of Cardiology at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

“Cardiovascular diseases are collectively the leading cause of death across the world and are increasing at an alarming rate in low- and middle-income countries. This global threat requires a global thrust to counter and contain it,” said Prof. Reddy.

“The ambit of heart health must extend from the hub of global policy to the throb of a person’s pulse. From tobacco control to promotion of healthy diets and physical activity, national and global policies must encourage and enable people to practice healthy habits.”

Having trained in cardiology and epidemiology, Prof. Reddy is regarded as a global leader in preventive cardiology and a thought leader in public health.

In particular, Prof. Reddy has played a particularly active role in advancing the agenda of tobacco control. He was awarded the World Health Organization (WHO) Director General’s Award for outstanding contributions to global tobacco control in 2003, and the Luther Terry Medal of the American Cancer Society for outstanding leadership in global tobacco control in 2009.


Source: World Heart Foundation; Photo: Mitra Encyclopedia.
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