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Surabhi Dharmadhikari

RCSM GMC, Kolhapur

Co-founder, ASAR, 2018

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Siddhesh Zadey




Co-Founder, ASAR, 2018


Sweta Dubey


  SVNGMCH Yavatmal

Co-founder, ASAR, 2018

about the founders

I completed the Bachelor of Science Master of Science (BSMS) dual degree at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune in 2018. For my Master's thesis, I worked at Harvard Medical School on non-invasive brain stimulation markers for cognitive decline in Alzheimer's dementia. I completed a second Master's from the Duke Global Health Institute in 2021, working on mapping surgical care access in rural India for which I received an honorary mention in Postgrad Awards 2022 by FindAMasters, UK. At ASAR, I focus on systems modeling to investigate socioeconomic disparities, healthcare access, and population-level mental health problems. I also work as a researcher at Duke University School of Medicine on two different themes. I co-lead the Bass Connections Team with Drs. Catherine Staton and Joao Vissoci investigating cultural variations and computational mechanisms underlying individual alcohol use behaviors. Second, I work with Dr. Tamara Fitzgerald on improving access to gasless laparoscopy in low-income countries. I am currently a Fellow for the Lancet Citizens' Commission on ‘Reimagining India’s Health System’ working with the Human Resources Workstream. I was a member of the ‘Indian Academy of Pediatrics COVID-19 Task Force for School Reopening’ in 2021. My work has been published in Lancet, Lancet Global Health, JAMA Surgery, BMJ Global Health, and Lancet Regional Health - Southeast Asia among other high-impact academic journals. I have also written on health and social policy making  issues in popular outlets including Think Global Health, Harvard Public Health Magazine, Global Health Now, BMJ Opinions, Hindustan Times, The Wire, and The Quint. I am a council member of the Global Alliance for Surgical, Obstetric, Trauma and Anesthesia Care (G4 Alliance) where I chair the SOTA Care South Asian SOTA Care Working Group. I am a part of the Global Burden of Disease Collaborators Network, Mental Health Innovation Network, Global Mental Health Action Network. I was awarded the prestigious Consortium of Universities for Global Health’s Dr. Judy Wasserheit Young Leader Award (under 30) for 2022 & inducted in the inaugural cohort of '40 under 40' in Public Health Catalyst by the Boston Congress of Public Health & HPHR Journal. In my free time, I write at

Siddhesh Zadey, Co-founder

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