Dr Sundeep Salvi MD, DNB, PhD (UK), FCCP (USA)

Appointment: Director, Chest Research Foundation, Pune, India, Visiting Faculty, Imperial College, London, UK and Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA, Adjunct Professor, University of Pune and Symbiosis International University, Pune, India.

Areas of interest: Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Airways Disease, Impact of air pollution on lung diseases.

Background: Completed undergraduate and postgraduate medical training in Respiratory Medicine from the University of Pune, India. Subsequently, completed a PhD in Clinical Medicine from the University of Southampton, UK where he investigated the effects of air pollutants on the lung, with a special focus on diesel exhaust.

After spending almost 8 years in the UK, Dr Salvi returned to India to set up the Chest Research Foundation, which is a unique research institute in India dedicated for research and education in the field of chronic respiratory diseases.He has been actively involved in community research, physiological research, molecular research and clinical research in Asthma and COPD.

More recently, Dr Salvi has developed an interest in Non-smoking COPD due to the household exposure to indoor air pollutants.He has also studied other indoor air pollutants (mosquito coils, burning of incense) and their effects on lungs, apart from studying effects of ambient air pollution on the lungs.The work on non-smoking COPD is now recognized globally. 

Dr Salvi serves as a Member of the Steering Committee of Air Pollution and Health with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, and as an International Advisory Board Member of Lancet Respiratory Medicine.