Professor George M Varghese

Professor and the Head of the Department of Infectious Diseases

Dr George M. Varghese is a Professor and the Head of the Department of Infectious Diseases at the Christian Medical College, Vellore, India, where he underwent his undergraduate and postgraduate medical training. His journey to become a renowned clinician, teacher and researcher spans over three decades with extensive training in infectious diseases and tropical medicine in many centres of excellence, such as London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Wayne State University, USA.

Dr Varghese has been an expert in the field of infectious diseases and global health and currently serves on several national and international committees, including the expert committee of the Indian Council of Medical Research, the Governing Council of the Clinical Infectious Diseases Society and Médecins Sans Frontières.

He has been honoured with several recognitions such as the Guerrant International Young Investigator Award by the Infectious Disease Society of America, the MG Alexander Award in Tropical Medicine by the Clinical Infectious Diseases Society and the Linnaeus-Palme Visiting Professor by the Swedish Government for the pioneering work in rickettsial infections. Apart from these recognitions, Dr Varghese is also a Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and s Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians.

Dr Varghese is passionate about translating research from the bench to bedside at community level to combat tropical infections. Recently, he was awarded a Senior Fellowship by the Wellcome Trust DBT Alliance. He has published numerous papers in national and international journals.