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अखिल भारतीय आयुर्विज्ञान संस्थान, नई दिल्ली
All India Institute Of Medical Sciences, New Delhi

Dr Ravindra Rao

 

 

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NAME: DR RAVINDRA RAO


2. Designation: ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

 

3. Qualifications: M.D. (PSYCHIATRY)

 

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5. Field of Interest: COMMUNITY-BASED DRUG TREATMENT; PUBLIC HEALTH ASPECTS OF ADDICTION; HARM REDUCTION; CAPACITY BUILDING

 

6. Total number of publications till date: 50

 

A.     7. Details of publications since 2004 onwards (the full citation)- these should be divided into journal  articles (peer reviewed publications) and books/monographs/project reports/ proceedings from workshops (non-peer reviewed publications)
Journal Articles:

1)      Patil V, Tewari A, Rao R. New Psychoactive Substances: Issues and Challenges. J Mental Health Hum Behav 2016;21(2):98-104

2)      Rao R, Ambekar A, Agrawal A, Pawar AKS, Mishra A, Khandelwal SK. Evaluation of a five-day training programme on Opioid Substitution Therapy in India, 2016. Drugs: Education, Prevention & Policy. DOI: 10.3109/09687637.2016.1167166

3)      Rao R, Mandal P, Gupta R, Ramashankar P, Mishra AK, Ambekar A, Jhanjee S, Dhawan A. Factors affecting drug use during incarceration: a cross-sectional study of opioid-dependent persons from India. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 2015. DOI: 10.1016/j.jsat.2015.08.009

4)      Kuppuli PP, Bhad R, Rao R, Dayal P, Ambekar A. The mis-adventurous use of prescription opioids in chronic non-cancer pain: a case report. The National Medical Journal of India, 2015, 28(6):284-85.

5)      Varshney M, Ambekar R, Lal R, Yadav D, Rao R, Mishra A. Brief interventions for harmful alcohol use in opioid-dependent patients on maintenance treatment with buprenorphine: a prospective study from India. Addictive Disorders and their Treatment, 2015. DOI: 10.1097/ADT.0000000000000076

6)      Ambekar A, Rao R, Agrawal A, Goyal S, Mishra A, Kishore K, Mukherjee D, Albertin C. Pattern of Drug Use and Associated Behaviors Among Female Injecting Drug Users From Northeast India: A Multi-Centric, Cross-Sectional, Comparative Study. Substance Use and Misuse, 2015, 50(10): 1332-1340. DOI: 10.3109/10826084.2015.1013130

7)      Ambekar A, Rao R, Mishra AK, Agrawal A. Types of Opioids injected – Does it matter? A multi-centric cross-sectional study of people who inject drugs. Drug and Alcohol Review, 2015, 34: 97-104

8)     Ambekar A, Rao R, Pun A, Kumar MS, Kishore K. The trajectory of methadone maintenance treatment in Nepal. International Journal of Drug Policy, 2013. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2013.06.001 

9)     Ambekar A, Rao R, Agrawal A. India’s National Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Policy, 2012: A 20th century document in 21st Century. International Journal of Drug Policy, 2013;24:374-75

10)   Rao R, Agrawal A, Kishore K, Ambekar A. Delivery models of opioid agonist maintenance treatment in South Asia: A good beginning. Bull World Health Organ 2013;91:150–153. doi:10.2471/BLT.12.111815

11)   Chengappa M, Rao R, Kumar MS. The development of Methadone Maintenance Treatment in the Maldives. International Journal of Drug Policy, 2013;24(2):164-65 .

12)   Rao R, Ambekar A, Yadav S, Sethi H, Dhawan A. Slow release morphine as a maintenance agent in opioid dependence syndrome: an exploratory study from India. Journal of Substance Use 2012,17(3):294-300

13)   Ambekar A, Rao R. Book Review: Chemical Dependency counselling – A practical Guide. National Medical Journal of India. 2008, 21(4):207

14)   Sinha P, Rao R, Sharan P. Ziprasidone-induced tardive dyskinesia in a patient without known risk factors. National Medical Journal of India. 2007, Sep-Oct;20(5):271-72.

15)   Yadav D, Dhawan A, Rao R, Mohan I. From the Streets to A Home: An Experiential Account of Treating Homeless Substance Abusers in India. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 2008,8(1):163-167

16)   Rao RV, Sagar R, Kabra SK, Lodha R. Psychiatric morbidity in HIV infected children. AIDS Care, 2007,19(6):828-33

17)   Rao R, Vaswani M. Metabolic syndrome in Schizophrenia – A study from India. The World Journal of Biological Psychiatry 2007,8(suppl 1):140

18)   Chawla JM, Rao R, Sagar R. Baclofen-Induced Psychosis. Ann Pharmacother 2006;40:2071-2073. DOI 10.1345/aph.1H202

19)   Vaswani M, Rao R. Risk Behaviors and HIV Infection in Alcohol/Drug Abuse: Indian Scenario. Addictive Disorders & Their Treatment 2006,5(1):35-40

20)   Rao RV, Sameer M. Zolpidem dependence. Indian Journal of Pharmacology 2005;37:412-413

21)   Vaswani M, Rao RV. Biochemical measures in the diagnosis of alcohol dependence using discriminant analysis. Indian Journal of Medical Sciences. 2005,59(10):423-30.

22)   Rao R, Agrawal A, Pal HR, Mohan I. Lomotil dependence: a note of caution. National Medical Journal of India 2005,18(6):330-1.

23)   Rao RV, Dhawan A, Sapra N. Opioid maintenance therapy with slow release oral morphine: Experience from India. Journal of Substance Use 2005,10(5):259-61

 

B.      Books/ Manuals: Editor / Author

1)      Rao R, Arumugam V, Sharma C, Beddoe S, Peters T, Mehta A, Robertson J. Community Action on Harm Reduction in India: Impact Assessment, India HIV/AIDS Alliance, 2015

2)      Rao R, Agrawal A, Ambekar A. Opioid Substitution Therapy under National AIDS Control Programme: Clinical Practice Guidelines for treatment with Buprenorphine. New Delhi: Department of AIDS Control, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, 2014

3)      Dhawan, A., Rao, R., Ambekar, A., Chopra, A., Jain, R., Yadav, D., Ray, R. Methadone Maintenance Treatment in India: A feasibility and effectiveness Report. New Delhi: UNODC (ROSA) and NDDTC (AIIMS), 2014

4)      Ambekar A, Rao R, Varshney M, Prashanth R, Dhawan A, Jain R, Ray R, Bhola S, Gupta N, Chopra A, Sethi H. Post Marketing Surveillance of Methadone in India – Report submitted to Drug Controller General (India), Central Drug Standards Control Organisation, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. New Delhi: National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, 2014

5)      Ambekar A, Rao R, Dhawan A, Ray R. Quality Assurance of Opioid Substitution Treatment in India – A reference guide for mentors. NDDTC, AIIMS and National AIDS Control Organisation, 2013. 

6)      Rao R, Kumar M, Singh M. Evolution of Targeted Intervention programme for High Risk Groups in Punjab under National AIDS Control Programme-III – A documentary. Punjab State AIDS Control Society and Society for Promotion of Youth and Masses, 2013. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.2159.5366

7)      Ambekar A, Rao R. Training of General Physicians on Substance Use Disorders: A manual for facilitators. National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre (NDDTC), All India Institute of Medical Sciences, 2013.

8)      Rao R, Ambekar A, Agrawal A. Opioid Substitution Therapy under National AIDS Control Programme: A situation analysis. Report prepared under Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Round 9 HIV-IDU Grant, New Delhi, 2012.

9)      Kumar MS, Rao R, Chengappa M. Methadone Maintenance Treatment in the Republic of Maldives: Standard operating Procedure. United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Regional Office for South Asia, 2012.

10)   Rao R, Mittal A. Opioid overdose prevention and management for injecting drug users: standard operating procedures. United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Regional Office for South Asia, 2012. 

11)   Ambekar A, Rao R, Mukherjee D, Kedia S. Counselling in Targeted Interventions for Injecting Drug Users – A Training module. United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Regional Office for South Asia and Tata Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi, 2011

12)   Deb KS, Rao R. Smart Study Series: Psychiatry. Elsevier, a division of Reed Elsevier India Private Limited, New Delhi, 2010

13)   Kumar S, Samson L, Momenghalibaf A, Raju RK, Tandon T, Rao R. Advocacy Brief: Pharmaceutical Injection Drug Use in South Asia. Indian Harm Reduction Network, Response Beyond Borders and Sharan, New Delhi

14)   Rao R, Khumukcham S. Guidelines on safe disposal of used needles and syringes in the context of targeted interventions for injecting drug users. National AIDS Control Organisation, Ministry of Health and Family welfare, Government of India, 2009

15)   Rao R, Sharma C. Standard Operating Procedure for Oral Substitution Therapy with Buprenorphine. National AIDS Control Organisation, Ministry of Health and Family welfare, Government of India, 2008

16)   Rao R. Substitution therapy with buprenorphine for opioid injecting drug users – Practice guidelines. National AIDS Control Organisation, Ministry of Health and Family welfare, Government of India, 2008

17)   Associate editor in: Lal R, Gupta A (eds) Substance Use Disorder: A Nursing manual.   National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, 2007

18)   Associate editor in: Lal R (ed) Substance Use disorder: Manual for Physicians. National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, 2005

19)   Associate editor in: Pal H (ed) Case Book: Substance Use Disorders, a Physician’s Manual. National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, 2005

 

C.      Books/manuals: Chapter Author

1)      Rao R. Thiruvanakarasu M. Relapse Prevention. Proceedings at National midterm CME organised by Indian Psychiatric Society, at Ranchi, 2011

2)      Sharan P, Rao R. Classification and Assessment of Mental Disorders. In Introduction to Health and Disorders, Mental health and disorders (MCFT-002). Course curriculum for M.Sc. (CFT)/PGDCFT programme of study, Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi, 2010

3)      Rao R, Khumukcham S. Harm reduction in India – Role of NACO. In Tripathi BM, Ambekar A (eds.) Harm reduction (Prevention of HIV among Drug Users), Drug Abuse – News and Views, National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi April 2008

4)      Rao R. Eye of the Needle. In NACO News: A newsletter of the National AIDS Control Organisation, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, Vol 2, April-June, 2008

5)      Lal R, Rao R, Disulfiram Therapy for Alcoholism. In Dhawan A, Jhanjee S (eds)  Manual on Long term Pharmacotherapy, National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, 2007

6)      Rao R, Mohan I, Lal R. Assessment and Diagnosis in Substance Use Disorder. In Lal R (ed) Substance Use disorder: Manual for Physicians. National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, 2005

7)      Pal H, Rao R. Nicotine dependence and management. In Pal H (ed) Case Book: Substance Use Disorders, a Physician’s Manual. National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, 2005

8)      Rao R, Pal H. Woman with opioid abuse/dependence. In Pal H (ed) Case Book: Substance Use Disorders, a Physician’s Manual. National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, 2005

 

 

8. Presentations made at scientific meetings/ conferences/ workshops

1)      Deb KS, Rao R, Kedia S. Psychosocial Rehabilitation in Resource Limited Settings. Symposium presented at the National Workshop on Psychosocial Rehabilitation organised by the World Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation held in Dharan, Nepal from 1 – 2 April 2016

2)      Rao R, Mandal P, Gupta R, Ramshankar P, Mishra A, Jhanjee S, Ambekar A, Dhawan A. Knowledge of drug related laws and legal rights among people who use drugs. Poster presented at the International Society of Addiction Medicine Congress at Dundee, UK, 2015

3)      Rao R, Ambekar A, Pawar Aditya Singh, Agrawal A, Mishra A, Khandelwal SK. Impact of five-day training on opioid substitution therapy on knowledge and skills of various cadres of service providers. Poster presented at the International Society of Addiction Medicine Congress at Dundee, UK, 2015

4)      Rao R, Ambekar A, Khandelwal SK. Policy and practice of harm reduction in India. Symposium presented at the International Society of Addiction Medicine Congress at Dundee, UK, 2015

5)      Dhawan A, Ambekar A, Lenin Singh RK, Rao R. How to deliver methadone maintenance treatment for opioid dependence. Workshop presented at the Annual National Conference of Indian Psychiatric Society, Hyderabad, 2015.

6)      Rao R, Pawar AKS, Agrawal A, Ambekar A, Khandelwal S. Can a five‐day training programme on Opioid Substitution Therapy (OST) improve scores on knowledge and skills of different cadre of service providers? Analysis of routine programme data. Oral presentation at the Annual National Conference of Indian Psychiatric Society, Hyderabad, 2015. 

7)      Kuppili PP, Bhad R, Rao R, Dayal P, Ambekar A. Opioid dependence in somatisation disorder. Oral presentation Annual National Conference of Indian Psychiatric Society, Hyderabad, 2015.

8)      Rao R. Research Study Designs. Symposium on “Basics of Medical Research” conducted at National Conference of Indian Association of Social Psychiatry, Mysore, November 2014

9)      Ambekar A, Rao R, Agrawal A. National Scale Up Of Opioid Substitution Therapy For Injecting Drug Users In India: The Journey So Far And The Road Ahead. Symposium at the Annual National Conference of Indian Psychiatric Society, Pune, 2014.

10)   Dhawan A, Rao R, Ambekar A. Methadone Maintenance Therapy in India. Symposium at the Annual National Conference of Indian Psychiatric Society, Pune, 2014.

11)   Krishnan V, Rao R, Ambekar A, Agrawal A. Retention in Opioid Substitution Therapy: How do you define it and does it matter? Oral Presentation at the Annual National Conference of Indian Psychiatric Society, Pune, 2014.

12)Prashanth R, Ambekar A, Rao R. Safety Of Methadone For Treatment Of Opioid Dependence: Should India Be Concerned? Oral Presentation at the Annual National Conference of Indian Psychiatric Society, Pune, 2014.

13)Rao R. Injecting Drug Use and HIV. Invited lecture at Indian Association of Preventive and Social Medicine (Gujarat Chapter), March 2013.

14)Ambekar A, Rao R, Agrawal A. Principles and Practice of Harm Reduction in Substance Use Disorders – Symposium presented at the Annual National Conference of Indian Psychiatric Society (ANCIPS), 2013.

15)Rao R. Harm reduction for HIV prevention among Injecting Drug Users. Invited lecture at AIDSCON-2, a conference on HIV/AIDS organized by Chandigarh State AIDS Control Society, March 2013.

16)   Rao R. Community response to changing pattern of substance use. Invited lecture at XIX Annual conference of Indian Association for Social Psychiatry, Chandigarh, November 2012.

17)   Rao R. OST in South Asia – operational issues and supply chain management. Presentation at Project Steering Committee: “Prevention of transmission of HIV among Drug Users in SAARC countries” (Project RAS/H13), organised by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Regional Office for South Asia, Colombo, 2012

18)   Ambekar A, Kumar MS, Rao R, Agrawal A. Agonist maintenance treatment for opioid dependence. Facilitators for Workshop conducted at Annual National Conference of Indian Psychiatric Society, Kochi, 2012.

19)   Rao R. OST: Procurement, supply chain and service delivery. Presentation at Opioid Substitution Therapy Regional workshop, organised by World Bank, South Asia and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Regional Office for South Asia, Maldives, 2011.

20)   Speaker at Continued Medical Education organized by Indian Psychiatric Society and Indian Medical Association, Jalandhar Branch, Punjab on the topic of Addictive disorders  at Jalandhar, Punjab on 7 – 8 May 2011

21)   Vaswani M, Rao R, Chawla JM, Chengappa KNR. Waist circumference and Metabolic Syndrome in Indian subjects with Schizophrenia: A cross-sectional study. Research Colloquium for Junior Investigators by American Psychiatric Institute for Research and Education (APIRE) during APA Annual meeting held in May, 2009 in San-Francisco, USA.

22)   Rao R, Ambekar A. The need for coordinated response to drug problems in India – is ‘three ones’ the answer?. International Harm reduction Conference, Bangkok, 2009 (abstract available at  http://www.ihra.net/files/2011/03/18/AbstractsBook_HR2009.pdf)

23)   Khumukcham S, Rao R. Intervention for Injecting Drug Users by National AIDS Control Programme in India – Progress made so far. International Harm reduction Conference, Bangkok, 2009 (abstract available at  http://www.ihra.net/files/2011/03/18/AbstractsBook_HR2009.pdf

24)   Gupta AK, Rao R, Sagar R. Catatonia in the course of Kliene Levin Syndrome – a case report. Annual National Conference of Indian Psychiatric Society, 2007 (abstract available at http://www.indianjpsychiatry.org/temp/IndianJPsychiatry4951-3583829_095718.pdf)

25)   Prakash SS, Sinha P, Rao R, Dhawan A. Who receives Naltrexone for maintenance therapy in opioid dependence? A study from a National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre. Annual National Conference of Indian Psychiatric Society, 2007 (abstract available at http://www.indianjpsychiatry.org/temp/IndianJPsychiatry4951-3583829_095718.pdf)

26)   Rao RV, Sagar R, Kabra SK, Lodha R. Do caregivers provide adequate information to HIV infected children. Annual National Conference of Indian Psychiatric Society, 2007 (abstract available at http://www.indianjpsychiatry.org/temp/IndianJPsychiatry4951-3583829_095718.pdf)

27)   Agrawal A, Sagar R, Agarwal S, Mehta M, Rao R. Psychiatric co-morbidity and quality of life in end stage renal disease. Annual National Conference of Indian Psychiatric Society, 2007 (abstract available at http://www.indianjpsychiatry.org/temp/IndianJPsychiatry4951-3583829_095718.pdf)

28)   Rao R, Sagar R, Mehta M, Kabra S, Lodha R. Psychiatric morbidity in HIV infected children: A study from India. 17th International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions Congress, Melbourne, 2006 (abstract available at http://www.iacapap2006.com/abstract/354.htm)

29)   Ambekar A, Rao R, Chawla J, Dhawan A. Covergae and Portrayal of HIV/AIDS in Indian Newspapers. Abstract published in proceedings of International AIDS Conference, Canada, 2006

30)   Rao R, Ambekar A. Coverage and Portrayal of HIV/ AIDS issues in Indian Print Media. ‘HOPE2005: International Conference on Alcohol/ Drug Abuse, HIV/ AIDS, Environment, Population, Human Rights’ Mumbai, 2005 (abstract available at http://internationalconference2005.com/day3.htm)

31)   Rao R, Ambekar A. In Black and White (and Gray) Portrayal of High Risk Behavior in Indian Print Media. Annual National Conference of Indian Psychiatric Society, Chandigarh, 2005

32)   Rao R, Kattimani S, Sagar R. A Profile of Patients Admitted in a General Psychiatric Hospital. Annual National Conference of Indian Psychiatric Society, Mysore, 2004

33)   Pal H, Rao R. Psychosocial determinants of drug abuse. ‘Addiction – Aetiologies to Interventions’, Symposium organized by National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences,  2004

9. Investigator in funded projects along with year completed: NIL

10. Investigator in non-funded projects along with year and title completed

  1. An observational study of treatment seeking users of natural opiates (opium and poppy husk) at a tertiary care centre (Principal Investigator)
  2. A cross-sectional comparative study of cannabis use among patients on Buprenorphine-based Opioid Substitution Therapy (Principal Investigator)
  3. A study of experience related to crime and imprisonment among opioid dependent service recipients in community drug treatment clinic (Principal Investigator)
  4. Study of factors related to drop-out in Methadone Maintenance treatment programme in India (Principal Investigator)
  5. Treatment related knowledge and beliefs among patients receiving methadone maintenance treatment in a community based clinic – a qualitative study (Principal Investigator)

11. Investigator in funded projects along with year and title ongoing

  1. Portrayal of psychoactive substance use in Bollywood movies: a mixed methods study: supported by Intramural grant of AIIMS, New Delhi (Principal Investigator)

12. Investigator in non-funded projects along with year and title ongoing: NIL



 

13. Co-investigator in funded projects along with year and title completed

  1. Developing and testing an online training programme on implementing opioid substitution therapy: supported by Public Health Foundation of India (Co-Investigator)
  2. Size estimation of Drug Dependent Population in the state of Punjab: supported by Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (Co-Investigator)
  3. Methadone Maintenance Treatment in India: a multi-site feasibility and effectiveness study: supported by UNODC, Regional office for South Asia, New Delhi (Co-Investigator)
  4. Post Marketing Surveillance of Methadone: supported by Rusan Pharmaceuticals, India (Co-Investigator)
  5. National Technical Training Centre: Supported by Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria-Round 9, HIV-IDU project (Co-Investigator)
  6. Assessment of Pattern of Drug Use, among Clients receiving services from IDU Targeted Interventions (TIs) in Bihar, Haryana and Uttarakhand: Supported by India HIV/AIDS Alliance for National AIDS Control Organisation, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India) (Co-Investigator)


     

14. Co- investigator in non-funded projects along with year and title completed

 

15. Co- investigator in funded projects along with year  and title ongoing

  1. National Survey to estimate extent and pattern of substance use in India: supported by Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (Co-Investigator)
  2. Strengthening Drug De-addiction Programme (DDAP) through establishing Drug Treatment Clinics (DTCs) in India supported by DDAP, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (Co-investigator)

     

16. Co- investigator in non-funded projects along with year and title ongoing

 

17. Thesis supervised for MD/ PhD

 

- as guide (number only): One

 

-as co-guide (number only): Eight

18. Significant events

  • Delivered TILAK VENKOBA RAO ORATION to be held in Annual National Conference of Indian Psychiatric Society (ANCIPS), 2017
  • Awarded CERTIFICATE OF COMMENDATION for paper titled “Pattern of Drug Use and Associated Behaviors among Female Injecting Drug Users from Northeast India: A Multi-Centric, Cross-Sectional, Comparative Study” at AIIMS, New Delhi in 2016

     

19. other relevant information

  • GLOBAL MENTAL HEALTH SCHOLAR by Global Mental Health Program, Columbia University, USA
  • MEMBER, Accreditation Committee for accreditation of Integrated Rehabilitation Centres for Addicts (IRCAs) run by Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and supported through Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India
  • JOINT ORGANISING SECRETARY for a National CME on Opioid Substitution Therapy titled “Opioid Substitution Therapy: Policy and Practice” on April 18 and 19, 2015.

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