Dr. Rijo Mathew Choorakuttil completed his basic medical education from the Government Medical College, Thrissur, at Kerala, India, and his MD in Radiology from BJ Medical College, Ahmedabad, India. Subsequently, he worked as a Senior Registrar at Jaslok Hospital at Mumbai, India.
Dr. Rijo Mathew is a Member , Scientific Advisory Committee, IRIA, Member in Charge of Ultrasound, Career Assurance Program, IRIA, & In Charge, National Fetal Radiology CME Programmes of IRIA. Dr Rijo is the National Coordinator for Samrakshan, an IRIA program of IRIA that aims to reduce perinatal mortality in India.
Dr Rijo established the Annie Mathew Memorial Associated (AMMA) Center for Diagnosis and Preventive Medicine in Kochi, Kerala (http://ammascan.com) with several branches spread across Kerala. AMMA has been a pioneer in radiology and imaging services in Kerala, retaining its focus on compassionate and ethical care of the highest quality over the past few decades. Dr. Rijo is uniquely placed as a clinical diagnostician, trainer, and administrator while retaining a keen academic interest.
Dr Praveen Nirmalan, joined the team focused on strengthening the research infrastructure of the program. Dr. Nirmalan did his basic medical education from Thrissur, Kerala and followed it with a PG Diploma in Ophthalmology from Aravind Eye Care System, Madurai and a Vitreo-retinal Fellowship from Mumbai. Subsequently, he completed his MPH and a Public Health Ophthalmology Fellowship from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in USA. He has led community based and clinical research in some of the top eye care institutes of India and led a clinical research program at a top tier obstetric and neonate institute as well. He has experience chairing Ethics Committees and has helped with the setting up of Institutional Review Boards. Besides mentoring clinical faculty, he has mentored DNB and PhD students through their dissertation work and research methods. He has been part of several international studies bringing his expertise in epidemiology and biostatistics to the teams he has worked with. He has published over 80 papers in scientific journals and is a reviewer for many top tier journals in diverse disciplines. He is currently focused on sharing his experience in research methods and statistical analysis, and mentoring practitioners or organizations that do not have formal research support systems in place. He believes in shared lifelong learning with ownership of work residing with those he mentors.
See research interests of Dr. Nirmalan: Praveen Nirmalan on ResearchGate
The Annie Mathew Memorial Associated (AMMA) Education and Research Foundation (https://ammaerf.in) is set up to share experiences in radiology and imaging with a primary focus on
- Practitioners at the primary and secondary levels of health care,
- Post graduate students of Radiology and Imaging, and
- General Public.
The AMMA ERF aims to
- Disseminate the results of cutting edge research to practitioners in the field and to improve application of research into clinical care.
- Provide educational resources on different areas of radiology and imaging with a focus on supplementing and complementing existing curriculum with nuggets from field practices
- Share information on ways to better analyse and assimilate research papers to translate them into action
- Demystify radiology and imaging processes and information for the general public with an aim to increase public awareness.