National Conference on
"Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation: Evidences leading to New Horizons" 20th & 21st September 2019
College of Physiotherapy,
Sumandeep Vidyapeeth,
Deemed to be University u/s 3 of UGC Act 1956 Accredited by NAAC ‘A’ grade,
UGC-Category-1 status, Vadodara, Gujarat

Eminent Speakers


Key Note Addresses

Dr. B D Athani

Principal Consultant, Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS),
Govt. of India, New Delhi

Dr. B D Athani is presently Principal consultant & Special Director General of Health Services (DGHS) Govt. of India. He holds Masters' degree in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Program from AIIPM & RC, Mumbai, in 1983 and MS Orthopedic Surgery from KIMS in 1985. He has served as Medical Superintendent and is now a visiting consultant in Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi. He is engaged intensively in the management of paediatric orthopaedic cases and has conducted several workshops on cerebral palsy, deformity correction, and club foot.


Dr. M M Prabhakar

Director, Government Spine Institute and Physiotherapy College
Civil Hospital, Ahmedabad

Dr. M M Prabhakar has done M.S. (Orthopaedics) from B. J. Medical College, Ahmadabad. He is the Director of Government Spine Institute and Physiotherapy College and also Medical Superintendent in Civil Hospital, Ahmadabad. Under his dynamic leadership, civil hospital received “India Health Care Awards 2013.”He has been instrumental in initiating various projects such as “A Leg to stand on,” “Gujarat Club Foot Project,” “Identification and sensitization of disabled people in Gujarat” and has led from the front in managing various natural disasters like Bhuj earthquake, etc. He is instrumental in getting state council for Physiotherapy.


Plenary Sessions

Dr. Deepak Sharan

Dean, RECOUP Research & Education FoundationMedical Director,
RECOUP Neuro-musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Centre, Bangalore

Dr. Deepak Sharan has done Masters in Orthopedic Surgery from Pondicherry University in 1994. He is the Dean of RECOUP Research and Education Foundation & the Medical Director of RECOUP Neuro-musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Centre. He is the Founder Director of EPM International Ergonomics School, Milan, Italy. He is also the Founder and President of Indian Ergonomics School. He has special interests and skills in Rehabilitation of Musculoskeletal Disorders, e.g., Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction, Repetitive Strain Injuries, Rehabilitative Surgery for Neuromuscular Disorders and backpack injuries. He is the recipient of many international scholarships and awards.


Dr. B. Rajashekar

Founder Dean &Professor, Department of Speech &Hearing Manipal
College of Health Professions (MCHP), MAHE, Manipal

Dr. B. Rajashekhar is Founder Dean and presently Professor in the Department of Speech & Hearing at Manipal College of Health Professions (MCHP), MAHE, Manipal. He has served in various capacities in Manipal since 1976. He is the recipient of many honors (Dr.Ratna Oration Award), and international fellowships (USA & UK). He is member of the first ENT – SLP team to start TEP mode of voice restoration for Laryngectomies in India.


Dr. Raju K Parasher

Director/Principal, Amar Jyoti Institute of Physiotherapy (AJIPT),
New Delhi

Dr. Raju K Parasher is working as Director/Principal in Amar Jyoti Institute of Physiotherapy, Delhi. He is MSPT Neurology from Chicago Medical School, USA in 1990 and Ph.D/Ed.D from Teachers' College, Columbia University, New York City, USA in 1998. He is having more than 37 years of experience and his areas of interest are neuro-musculoskeletal and motor control &learning. He is the president of 'Society of Indian Physiotherapists'.




Dr.Gaurij Hood

Consultant Public Health Specialist, Community & Family Physician,
Head of Outreach and Early Intervention Centre and Child Malnutrition Treatment Centre Shrimad Rajchandra hospital, Dharampur, Valsad, Gujarat

Dr.Gaurij Hood is Consultant Public Health specialist, Community & Family physician, Head of Outreach and Early intervention centre and Child Malnutrition treatment centre in Shrimad Rajchandra hospital, Dharampur, Valsad, Gujarat since 2013. He has done his M.B.B.S and M.D. (Community Medicine) from Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Sewagram, Wardha.


Dr.Nekram Upadhyay

Head, Department of Assistive Technology
Indian Spinal Injuries Centre (ISIC), New Delhi

Dr.Nekram Upadhyay has completed his higher studies at University of Illinois at Chicago, USA specializing in Assistive Technology and Rehabilitation Engineering. Mr. Upadhyay joined Indian Spinal Injuries Centre (ISIC) in 2006 where he established the first Department of Assistive Technology. He is recipient of several awards in innovative technology such as prestigious Universal Design Award 2013, Rotary Innovative Technology Professional Award, and the Ford Foundation International Fellowship Award.


Dr. Amitabh Dwivedi

Dean,Jaipur Occupational Therapy College,
Maharaj Vinayak Global University, Jaipur

Dr. Amitabh Dwivedi is working as Principal, Jaipur Occupational Therapy College, Maharaj Vinayak Global University, Jaipur since 2012. He has done his BOT from NIOH, Kolkata; MOT from Manipal University and PhD from MaharajVinayak Global University, Jaipur in 2017. He has many publications to his credit.He has special recognition and knowledge in the area of environmental modification and adaptive devices fabrication. He has received International Award from IJRULA in association with World Research Council for Best Researcher in Occupational Therapy & the Goal Achiever Award for “Best Educationist of Health Technology & Leadership”.


Dr. M N Parmar

Professor, Faculty of Social Work,
M S University, Vadodara

Dr. M N Parmar is the professor, Faculty of Social Work, Maharaja Sayajirao University (MSU), Vadodara. He is a B.A. LLB graduate who completed his Ph.D from The M.S. University, Vadodara. He also holds a degree of Medical Social Worker. He is a syndicate member of MSU and director of child line project, TISS & government of India. He has attended as well as organized many seminars and conferences. He is also a well published author who has won “Harion award for Best Research Paper in Social Sciences” in 1999-2000. He has attended and organized 14 NSS camps in Tribal and Rural areas.


Dr. Veerendra Shandilya

Managing Director and Full time Consultant Orthotist and Prosthetist at Bionic Rehabs



Dr. Veerendra Shandilya is a Managing Director and Full time Consultant Orthotist and Prosthetist at Bionic Rehabs, Vadodara, India. He is BPO from AIIPMR, Mumbai. US certified ABCPO & BOCPO. Receipt of “Life time achievement Award” from orthotics and Prosthetics association of India in 2014. He is also joint Director at Jaya Rehab Center, Bidada.