Dr. Suma Nair

An alumnus of Kilpauk Medical College, Chennai and Kasturba medical College, Manipal Dr Suma Nair is a public health physician and epidemiologist with over 25 years of experience in the field. She has led population- based research in identifying disease risk factors, optimizing screening strategies, and understanding perceptions affecting health behaviors. Her work spans collaborations with leading institutions in the world leading to student exchanges and joint publications. She has been recognized with fellowships from IAEA PACT, DFID, and Erasmus plus. Dr Nair has published in high impact journals and received support from organizations like ICMR, DST, MGH – CAMTech India and ICIMPACTS Canada. As the Dean of the DYPU School of Public Health she is striving to revolutionise public health education and practice in the country.

Book Chapter

1. Nair S, Kathrikolly T (2023) ‘Case study – Application of Health Promotion for Cancer Prevention: Lessons from the Field’, in Arora M and Goenka S (Eds) Public Health Approaches to Health Promotion, CRC Press Taylor & Francis Group, UK.

Journal Publications

1. Kumar D, Awasthi S, Mahdi AA, Singh S, Pandey AK, Agarwal GG, Anish TS, Somashekar AR, Kar S, Nair S, Joseph LM, Mushtaq AB, Mahanta BN, Singh K, Singh CM. Assessment of Blood Lead Level of School Children in 10 Cities of India: A Cross‑Sectional Study. Indian J Paediatr 2023.Doi:10.1007/s12098-023-04864-7

2. Awasthi S, Kumar D, Dixit S, Mahdi AA, Gupta B, Agarwal GG, Pandey AK, Somashekar A R, Mushtaq AB,Kar S, Mahanta BN, Joseph LM, Nair S, Singh CM, Anish TS. Association of dietary intake with micronutrient deficiency in Indian school children: a cross-sectional study. Journal of Nutritional Science 2023; 12: e104.Doi:10.1017/jns.2023.83

3. Parsekar SS, Meijering L, Bailey A, Nair S. Perceptions and Experiences of Informal Caregivers of Breast Cancer Patients in South India: A Qualitative Study. Asian Pac J Cancer Prev. 2023; 24:1651-58. DOI:10.31557/APJCP.2023.24.5.1651

4. Singh S, Awasthi S, Kumar D, Sarraf SR, Pandey AK, Agarwal GG, Anish T S, Joseph LM, Kar S, Nair S, Rao CR, Pande H, Singh CM, Singh K, Mushtaq AB, Somashekar A, Mahdi AA. Micronutrients and cognitive functions among urban school-going children and adolescents: A cross-sectional multicentric study from India. PLoS One 2023; 18(2): e0281247. Doi:10.1371/ journal. pone.0281247

Visit Dr Nair’s research profile through the link below for more on her research:

Research Gate – Suma Nair

Research Areas

*Public health nutrition
* Cancer screening
* Health Promotion
* Infectious Disease
* Sex Ratio

Advanced & applied epidemiology

Systematic review and meta -analysis

Sexual and reproductive health

Cancer epidemiology and community outreach

  • Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) – Kilpauk Medical College, University of Madras 
  • Doctor of Medicine (MD) in Community Medicine- Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal.