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Madhukar Pai: TB and global health expert

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k1173 (Published 21 March 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k1173
Duncan Smith

Biography

Madhukar Pai, 47, has a Canada research chair in epidemiology and global health at McGill University in Montreal, where he is also director of global health programmes. He is a member of the Royal Society of Canada and a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. He trained as a doctor in Vellore, India, and got his PhD at the University of California, Berkeley. He is passionate about eliminating tuberculosis, especially in India, where a quarter of the world’s 1.7 million TB deaths occur each year. His work on using “mystery” (simulated) patients is exposing major gaps in how TB patients are managed in many countries. TB cannot be eliminated globally without serious investments and quality improvement, he argues.

World TB day 2018 is Saturday 24 March.

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