People at MIHM

Prof Sarang Deo, Executive Director

Professor Deo is the Executive Director of Max Institute of Healthcare Management and Professor of Operations Management at the Indian School of Business. As the Executive Director of MIHM, he provides a strategic roadmap to all healthcare initiatives at ISB. He leads a multidisciplinary team of faculty and research affiliates to cover research and education programmes in collaboration with healthcare and pharmaceutical companies globally. He provides academic oversight to the institute’s Advanced Management Programme for Healthcare.
He completed his PhD in Operations Management from UCLA Anderson School of Management in 2007 and joined ISB in 2011. His research investigates the impact of operational decisions regarding the design and management of healthcare delivery systems on population-level health outcomes. His work spans a variety of contexts including vaccine supply chains, ambulance transport, diagnostic networks in a variety of geographic contexts including the US, sub-Saharan Africa and India. He has studied extensively the TB diagnosis and treatment in India's private sector, understanding operational and economic barriers for last-mile delivery of health commodities in rural areas, assessing the impact of telemedicine on patients' care-seeking behaviour, and development of community-based chronic disease management programmes. He has published several research papers in top-tier academic journals and developed case studies closely related to his research projects.
Over the last decade, he has several refereed publications in top-tier journals in the field of operations management (e.g., Management Science, Operations Research, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, and Production and Operations Management) as well as healthcare (e.g., PLOS Medicine, American Journal of Epidemiology, BMJ Global Health, Scientific Reports). He frequently collaborates with international agencies such as  Clinton Health Access Initiative, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and PATH. His research has been funded by the US National Science Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, Grand Challenges Exploration and Jameel Abdul Lateef Poverty Action Lab. He serves on editorial positions for top journals including Management Science, M&SOM, Operations Research Letters and Service Science

Sowmya Shashidhara, Associate Director

Sowmya is the Associate Director at Indian School of Business's Max Institute of Healthcare Management. She works closely with the Executive Director of the Institute in setting the strategic direction of the healthcare management Institute. She joined ISB in 2012 after an exciting stint with the airport and aviation division of GMR Airports in new business and product development. Leveraging her product development experience, Sowmya worked with the academics and healthcare industry to build the "Advanced Management Programme for Healthcare", mid-career management programme for senior healthcare professionals that is tightly linked to the changing landscape of the industry.
Sowmya leads the education and industry outreach portfolio of the Institute and works closely with the research team in building linkages to the portfolios she leads. She is interested understanding the impact of technology on healthcare delivery She is currently building the initiative ’Healthcare at ISB’ an online / offline community of healthcare professionals who can share, discuss and solve some of the big healthcare question of the industry.
She is an alumnus of XLRI Jamshedpur.

Vandana Yadav, Manager

Vandana Yadav is an engineer-turned journalist. Awarded with WEF Exceptional Woman of Excellence 2020 and The Lioness Inspiring Young Women 2018, her career started as an engineer with IIM Ahmedabad. Soon after, she decided to follow her love for writing and switched to the field of journalism. An IIMC alumna, Vandana has worked with the leading business daily, Business Standard, and institutes/organisations such as the National Innovation Foundation, Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India and IIT Gandhinagar in the past. Before joining Max Institute of Healthcare Management, she was leading content and branding for a London-based genetic healthcare startup. 
Vandana has written several books and articles during the course of her career. However, publications titled Transform Maharashtra and A Clean Slate remain her favourite. Vandana is a poet and a shayara at heart who rejoices in playing with words. In her own words, she is a "serious editor, a thoughtful writer, an impulsive poet and an all-time ready traveller".

Mehak Kaushal, Intern

Mehak is an Intern at the Max Institute of Healthcare Management, Indian School of Business, Mohali. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Commerce and a Masters degree in Commerce with specialization in marketing from Panjab University Chandigarh. She began her career in the year 2018, with an e-commerce company as an e-commerce analyst for a duration of 1.5 years. She has handled multiple tasks on different e-commerce platforms - Amazon, Shopify and Flipkart. 

Abhishek Kumar, Analyst

Areas of interest: Maternal and child health, Costing of healthcare services, Health systems and Public health policy
Currently working on: Integrated use of digital connectivity, and Data to improve woman and child health
Abhishek Kumar is an analyst at Max Institute of Healthcare Management, Indian School of Business, Mohali. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Retail Management from St. Xavier’s College, Ranchi and MBA specialized in Rural Management from Xavier Institute of Social Service (XISS), Ranchi. He is also pursuing his Ph.D. from Indian Institute of Health Management Research (IIHMR) University, Jaipur.
Prior to joining ISB, Abhishek worked with IIHMR university, Jaipur as a Research Officer for a duration of 3.5 years. His previous work includes research on public health, nutrition, maternal & child health, water & sanitation and child sex ratio. His areas of interest include nutrition, Reproductive and Child Health (RCH), health system and public health policy.

Aman Kabra, Analyst

Areas of interest: Behavioural operations, employee productivity
Currently working on: Studying the private provider practices for effective management of hypertension; and Optimisation of Punjab wheat procurement system
Aman Kabra is an Analyst at Max Institute of Healthcare Management, Indian School of Business (ISB). An alum of BITS Pilani and Black Belt Certified Professional in Lean Six Sigma, he is the ex-co-founder of Pebble Sierra Academy Private Limited that’s primarily into Lean and Six Sigma professional certification training space. He began his corporate career with InMobi as the Campaign Manager – Global Brand Delivery, handling marketing campaigns for major brands, such as P&G and Nestle, across South East Asian countries.
Prior to his full-time stint with InMobi, Aman has interned with multinational conglomerates including MAHLE, Credit Suisse and Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) in the areas of Lean Six Sigma Implementation and Continuous Improvement. He has also interned with Thomas Schmidheiny Centre for Family Enterprise at ISB, focusing on the trends in Mergers and Acquisitions for Family Businesses.

Arindam Debbarma, Analyst

Arindam is an analyst at Max Institute of Healthcare Management, Indian School of Business. Prior to joining ISB, Arindam has worked with Samsung India Electronics Limited for more than 3 years. He holds a degree from Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Calcutta specializing in Operations Management and Marketing. During his two-year program, he has done live projects with industry players such as P&G, Emami, Flipkart.
His primary research interest lies in healthcare operations management. His current project deals with developing intervention strategies to improve population level health outcomes. Among other topics, he is also interested in manufacturing operations management; supply chain management; transportation systems; e-commerce platforms and intermediaries.

Harish Kumar, Analyst

Harish is working as an Analyst at Max Institute of Healthcare Management (MIHM), Indian School of Business. Harish comes with over two years of experience in planning and implementation of impact evaluations in the health and social sciences research field. His research work lies in the area of maternal and child health, physical and mental health, and ageing and morbidity in Indian context. His research work on multimorbidity and cognition has been published in an international peer reviewed journal. Harish holds Masters of Population Studies (MPS), and M.Phil. in Population Studies from the International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS), Mumbai. Before joining at MIHM, Harish has worked at the Institute of Economic Growth (IEG), and Institute of Financial Management and Research (IFMR LEAD).
Harish is trained in Sufi singing, playing harmonium, and likes to cook various Indian cuisines.

Hemanshu Das, Analyst

Hemanshu holds a post-graduate degree in management from Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, and is currently an analyst at Max Institute of Healthcare Management (MIHM), ISB. His work at ISB has a special emphasis on economic evaluations and costing studies of primary care interventions. Prior to joining ISB, Hemanshu was a Global Business Manager at Wipro GmbH, and worked on new-age technologies such as AI and Blockchain. His current project involve costing analysis of private-public engagements and modelling of hypertension disease progression in India. His research interests also include impact evaluation and social network of diseases.

Mrinal Tripathi, Analyst

Mrinal Tripathi is Analyst at Max Institute of Healthcare Management. She works on qualitative and quantitative analysis for healthcare management projects. Prior to MIHM, Mrinal worked at Sterlite Tech as a Marketing Management Trainee. Mrinal holds a PGP MBA from ISB with specialization in Marketing and Strategy and a B. Tech. in Chemical Engineering from IIT Roorkee. Beyond work, Mrinal likes to write poetry, travel and enjoy music.

Preeti Singh, Analyst

Area of interest: Integrated primary care, health systems innovation and delivery
Currently working on: Diabetes Modelling study, the TMU study, the CHW and innovative technology study, and a study on utilisation patterns and expenditures associated with the publicly-funded health insurance scheme provided to low-income population
Preeti Singh is an Analyst at MIHM. Her research is centred in outcomes research, health economics, data analytics, and decision sciences. Her current projects include the Diabetes Modelling study, which evaluates the cost-effectiveness of novel diabetes care delivery model at primary care level; the TMU study; which assess the impact of telemedicine to improve women and child health; the CHW and innovative technology study, which evaluates the clinical effectiveness and operational feasibility of CHW-led chronic disease care model among low-income groups using private providers; and a study on utilization patterns and expenditures associated with the publicly funded health insurance scheme provided to low-income population. Her speciality as a researcher is using quantitative methods to examine issues concerning operational performances and financial sustainability of primary care models on community-level health outcomes.  
Before starting at MIHM, she worked for organisations like Public Health Foundation of India, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research (PGIMER), WHO SEARO, and more. She holds a Masters of Public Health degree from the School of Public Health, PGIMER, India.