Inhouse Faculty

Name: Dr. Rajiv Yeravdekar

Qualifications: MD, PhD

Designation: Advisor SCHC ,Director SIHS, Dean-FoHBS (SIU)

Areas of Expertise: Dr. Rajiv Yeravdekar graduated from the prestigious B. J. Medical College, Pune in 1985, securing top honours in General Surgery & Obstetrics & Gynaecology. He has been awarded Ph.D under the Faculty of Management by University of Pune. Dr. Rajiv was invited by the Ministry of Health, Sultanate of Oman, where his work was highly appreciated. On completion of this assignment, Dr. Rajiv conceptualized & established the Faculty of Health & Biomedical Sciences at the Symbiosis International University (SIU), Pune which provides on campus healthcare services, offers academic programmes pertinent to the health care sector & undertakes community oriented health care research projects. A former member of the Board of Governors of the Medical Council of India, Dr. Rajiv is a member of various governmental bodies such as Maharashtra Medical Council, Maharashtra Nursing Council, Member of the Central Supervisor Board, PCPNDT Act, Govt. of India etc.

Current Profile: Director, SIHS & Dean, Faculty of Health & Biomedical Sciences (FoHBS), SIU. Member, Managing Committee, Symbiosis; Member, Board of Management & Academic Council, SIU.


Name: Dr. Abhay Saraf

Qualifications: MD, PGDHM

Designation: Head, SCOPE and  Academics

Areas of Expertise: A post graduate in community medicine and health management, Dr. Saraf has around 3 decades of experience working with State Government, WHO, UNICEF and NGOs. Recipient of awards from various agencies and the Government for outstanding work in the field of training, operational research, IEC, service delivery and program management, he was also the lead architect for the bronze medal nominated best website for National Awards for e-Governance 2008-09. His areas of expertise are Capacity Building, Maternal and Child Health, Surveillance and Project Management. In addition to this, on behalf of UNICEF India, he has rendered the medical relief and planned, activated and monitored the post disaster surveillance operations for Mumbai Floods 2005, Kashmir Earthquake 2005, Bihar Floods 2007 and 2008.

Current Profile: Dr Saraf is leading planning, development and implementation of current and new distance education and blended learning programs, developing academic and research partnerships and projects and implementing community health services through Symbiosis Community Outreach Programme Execution (SCOPE)..


Name: Dr. Alaka Chandak

Qualifications: BAMS, PGDBA -HRM, PhD

Designation: Director, Symbiosis Centre of Health Care

Areas of Expertise: Multi site healthcare operations at educational institutes. Health Insurance Programme management. Strategic planning & management. Financial planning & management.

Current Profile: Standardization of preventive, promotive & curative healthcare services across 12 Health Centres. Introduction & implementation of a system for ‘Health Insurance Program’ for staff & students at Symbiosis. Use of IT in healthcare: Implementation of cloud based HIPPA compliant application for effective use of Electronic Health Records (EHR). Established processes, management information system for healthcare professionals. Established parameters for outcome matrix indicators - Health for higher educational institutes. Introduction of training & development of healthcare professionals for employee retention, staff morale, practice efficiency, job competency and patient satisfaction.


Name: Adv. (Dr.) Milind Salunkhe,

Qualifications: BHMS, DHA, MBA, LLB

Designation: Consultant, Distance Education Programs, SCHC

Areas of Expertise: Adv. (Dr.) Milind Salunkhe is an experienced hospital administrator, advocate and medico legal consultant. He is consultant and defending advocate to doctors, hospitals, institution and professional organizations on medico legal matters in consumer, civil and criminal courts and quasi-judicial bodies. He was also legal consultant and Advocate to Public Health Department, Government of Maharashtra.

Current Profile: Currently Adv. (Dr.) Milind Salunkhe is consultant and visiting faculty to Symbiosis Centre of Health Care and Symbiosis International University and other management institutes. He is also a legal consultant to Pune Municipal Corporation.


Name: Dr. Sanika Deshmukh,

Qualifications: BHMS, DHA, MBA

Designation: Medical Officer Academics

Areas of Expertise: With masters in Hospital Administration, Dr. Sanika Deshmukh has more than a decade of wider ranging experience in clinical medicine and hospital management sector.

Current Profile: A pioneer member of team for more than seven years, Dr. Deshmukh  is associated with developing new programs,  print and e-modules, quality assurance,  pedagogy,  assessment strategy and criterion and evaluation parameters. She is involved in planning and implementing e- learning platform for the convenience and benefit of working professionals enrolled in various  distance education programs.


Name: Dr. Girish Bajaj

Qualifications: BAMS, PGDHM,MBA

Designation: I/C Insurance Cell, SCHC

Areas of Expertise: Dr. Girish Bajaj has more than a decade of wider ranging experience in Health Insurance and healthcare sector.

Current Profile: A pioneer member of team Symbiosis Centre of Health Care, he is leading health insurance portfolio for entire Symbiosis family.


Name: Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Dr. M.A. Tutakne, VSM, AVSM

Qualifications: MD,DVD, PGDMLS.

Designation: Advisor Medical Projects,Symbiosis

Areas of Expertise: Lt. Gen. (Retd.)Dr. M. A. Tutakne has completed MD from All India Institute of Medical Sciences with specialization in Dermatology, STD and Leprosy. As a former Vice Chancellor of Symbiosis International University and Commandant of Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, his areas of expertise are clinical medicine, clinical research, research ethics and educational reforms.

Current Profile: Currently he is advising planning and development of various medical projects of Symbiosis.


Name: Maj. Gen. (Retd.) Dr. Vijay Tilak

Qualifications: MBBS, MD (PSM) & DPH, DIH

Designation: Advisor-Academics, SIHS

Areas of Expertise: Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Public Health

Current Profile: Faculty for MBA (HHM), B.Sc. (MT) & Ph.D in Healthcare programs.


Name: Brig (Retd.) Dr. Anil Pandit

Qualifications: M.B.B.S., MD (Hosp. Adm.), DNB (Hlth & Hosp. Adm.),  DPH, DCA, FCGP.

Designation: Professor,SIHS

Areas of Expertise: Hospital Engineering, Hospital Logistics Management, Legal Aspect of Practice of Medicine, Hospital Budgeting, HRM in Hospitals, Hospital Marketing, Inventory Management in Hospitals, Quality Assurance in Tertiary care Hospitals, Application of Principles of OB in Hospitals & Clinical Research.

Current Profile: Professor for MBA (HHM) programme. Involved in teaching of Principles of OB in Hospitals, Hosp. Engineering Services, Clinical Research, Comparative Health care Delivery system on International Level,Case Studies, Project Works, Dissertation Studies, Guide for Ph. D under FoHBS, SIU.


Name: Col. (Retd.) Dr. Vijay Deshpande

Qualifications: MBBS, MD (Hospital Administration), AWS (Massorie)

Designation: Associate Professor & HOD, MBA (HHM)

Areas of Expertise: Has 35 years of experience as a clinician and hospital administrator. Has worked as a member in hospital planning team for various Armed Forces Hospitals for up to 1200 beds. Has been an instructor for the last 25 years.

Current Profile: Associate Professor for MBA (HHM) programme. Involved in academic administration of MBA (HHM) & Integrated Disaster Management Programmes


Name: Ms. Neha Bhagatkar

Qualifications: Bachelor of Physiotherapy, MHA, Qualified UGC NET in Management Pursuing Ph.D. in Health Insurance under FoHBS, SIU.

Designation: Assistant Professor

Areas of Expertise: Hospital Planning, Hospital Operations & Quality Management and accreditation.

Current Profile: Assistant Professor for MBA (HHM) Programmes. Involved in teaching of Materials management, Public health Sector Training, Private Sector training & Operations management.


Name: Dr. Kasturi Shukla

Qualifications: Bachelor in Hospital Administration, Master in Hospital Administration, Ph.D.

Designation: Assistant Professor.

Areas of Expertise: Health & Hospital Management, Health related quality of life research, Psychometric research & Instrument development.

Current Profile: Assistant Professor for MBA (HHM) Programme. Active involvement in various Academic and research activities.


Name: Ms. Meenal Kulkarni

Qualifications: Bachelor in Hospital Administration, MBA -Hospital Administration, Pursuing Ph.D. under Faculty of Health & Biomedical Sciences, Symbiosis International University.

Designation: Teaching Associate

Areas of Expertise: Human Resource, Healthcare Management, Hospital Projects and Service Marketing.

Current Profile: Teaching Associate for MBA (HHM) Programme. Involved in teaching, project & dissertation guidance, new programme development etc.


Name: Dr Abhijeet Safai

Qualifications: BAMS, PGCDCDM

Designation: Medical Officer,Clinical Research & Academics

Areas of Expertise: Research projects

Current Profile: He is involved in developing contents of Distance Education Program - Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Research, working for Research Projects undertaken by SIHS.


Name: Dr Sarika Rahangadale

Qualifications: BHMS, PGDHHM

Designation: Medical Officer Academics

Areas of Expertise: With a Post Graduation in Hospital & Healthcare Management she has gained immense experience in medical insurance and quality at KEM Hospital, Pune, Daga Women’s Hospital Nagpur and,Zen Medical Services in California, USA.

Current Profile: She is guiding student projects, providing technical advice and solving their queries. Along with that she is supporting development of subject area modules, e-learning and Learning Management System offered as a value add to Symbiosis Distance Learning students.


Name: Dr. Neha Darbhe

Qualifications: BHMS, MBA in Hospital Administration, PG(Homoeopathy)London, PGDHIM, PGDMLS

Designation: Officer, Academics

Areas of Expertise: Hospital & Healthcare Administration, Health Insurance

Current Profile: She is involved in assessment, evaluation, developing e-learning and print module contents.


Name: Dr. Kalyani Ashtikar

Qualifications: BAMS, MBA in Hospital & Healthcare Management

Designation: Officer, Academics

Areas of Expertise: Hospital & Healthcare Administration.

Current Profile: She is involved in evaluation of print modules and Learning Management System. Dr. Kalyani also actively contributes to the development of new academic programs, assessment, evaluation and guiding students for project completion.


Name:Mr. Pankaj Padole

Qualifications: BSc , EMBA (International Marketing), Google Certified in Digital Marketing

Designation: Officer- Corporate Relations

Areas of Expertise: He has 9 years of professional experience in product management , branding, digital marketing, corporate event management, corporate relations, business development, marketing & sales . His background has involved running promotional product tours at national level, executing new product launch programs, developing marketing materials, product/sales training as well as directing priority market selections for business objectives all while developing strong relationships with these business associates, vendors & media outlets.

Current Profile: He is involved in corporate relations, strategy planning for marketing, conferences, corporate event management, branding, promotions, digital marketing & business development