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His work revolves around improving global health and fostering international partnerships to improve health status of populations. He established the first Community Ophthalmology Department in the public sector in India and headed the department since its inception at Dr. R.P.Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, AIIMS till he demitted office in 2010. In 2010 established the LSHTM Overseas Centre of Excellence (The South Asia Centre for Disability Inclusive Development & Research) at Hyderabad, India as a collaborative project between LSHTM-PHFI. He worked at WHO, Geneva on the Childhood Blindness Program and was a UNAIDS Consultant with National Aids Control Organization (NACO) for 2 years, where he guided and monitored the first Behavioural Surveillance Survey (BSS) undertaken by NACO and facilitated the development of the first Computerized Monitoring Information System for the National AIDS Control Program. He is an international expert on public health disability and has been engaged in generating evidence on health care access and health concerns of persons with disability and in developing innovative interventions to dismantle these barriers.He has undertaken research projects in India, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nigeria, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Dr. Murthy is Technical Advisor on Disability to CBM South Asia, Technical Advisor (Research) for Mission for Vision. He is a member of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust’s Scientific Advisory Committee, National Task Force on DR and ROP, Optometry Council of India, IAPB DR Technical Advisory Committee. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal for Community Eye Health, Earth Perspectives, Journal of Social Health & Diabetes, Indian Journal of Ophthalmology, Advances in Public Health & Journal of Biomedical Research. He has nearly 300 publications which are indexed in Pubmed.


  • –present
    Professor of , Indian Institute of Public Health, Gandhinagar