Ravindra Rao, MD

Former Global Mental Health Scholar

Dr. Rao Ravindra Rao is a psychiatrist working in the area of substance use disorder. He is on the faculty of the National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre (NDDTC) in the Department of Psychiatry of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), based in New Delhi, which is a tertiary level clinical, teaching, and research institute. Dr. Rao received his MD in Psychiatry from AIIMS, New Delhi.

After completing his senior residency at AIIMS, he worked for three years in the National AIDS Control Organization (NACO), within in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of the Government of India, where he managed the HIV prevention programs for injecting drug users. He then worked as a Technical Officer (Drugs and HIV) for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in the Regional Office for South Asia, before joining the faculty at AIIMS. His interests are in the area of substance use disorders, and in particular, injecting drug use, harm reduction and community-based treatment programs. He is also interested in public health issues related to mental health and substance use.

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