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Management

The Founders along with eminent people from society, form the Board of Trustees which governs Jeevan.

Jeevan Stem Cell Foundation was Co-Founded By

Dr.Saranya Narayan and Dr. Srinivasan Periathiruvadi.

Founders

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Dr. Saranya Narayan M.D

Dr.Saranya Narayan, Founder Trustee & Medical Director, Jeevan Stem Cell Foundation, was born and brought up in Chennai. She did her MBBS (1982) and her MD (1985) in Microbiology from the Madras Medical College.

Founder Trustee & Medical Director

She began her career as a Microbiologist at the Lister Laboratory (currently Lister Metropolis), Chennai and retired as Director, from Lister Metropolis in 2004.
Dr. Saranya is a noted speaker on blood banking, cord blood banking, medical ethics and Microbiology in conferences worldwide. She has also published several papers on these subjects.
She is a member of the Indian Association of Medical Microbiologists, International Leptospirosis Society, Indian Leptospirosis Society, Indian Society for Blood Transfusion & Immunohaematology, AIDS Society of India and the Indian Medical Association.

An avid reader, writer, music lover and cook, Dr. Saranya is also the author of a book “What’s up, Doc” published in July 2004.


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Dr. Srinivasan Periathiruvadi MD

Dr. Srinivasan Periathiruvadi MD was born in 1953. After completing his schooling in Tuticorin, he joined the Kilpauk Medical College Chennai, in 1970. Having graduated with distinction, he did his Senior Residency at the Government General Hospital Chennai, and then joined the Madras Medical College for his MD in Internal Medicine. His long and illustrious medical career saw him serve as full-time Physician at C S I Rainy Hospital, Chennai, Senior Registrar in Internal Medicine, Diabetes and Endocrinology at University Medical School, Aberdeen, Scotland UK. He was also a recipient of Commonwealth Foundation Fellowship in 1984.

Founder Trustee & Chairman

A serial entrepreneur in health care industry, Dr. Srinivasan has successfully established and managed two premier institutions in the country . Lister Laboratory . now known as Lister Metropolis (a Medical Diagnostic Laboratory) from which he retired in 2006. In 1995, he co-founded Jeevan Stem Cell Foundation, a not for profit Blood Centre in Chennai which has set several milestones in transfusion medicine in India. (www.jeevan.org).
He is a member of several professional organizations. He held several positions such as resource person for WHO (SEARO), NACO(Blood safety), President Indian Society of Blood Transfusion and Immunohaematology (Tamilnadu) and Secretary, Association of British Scholars (ABS). Dr.Srinivasan is a prominent speaker in his area of specialty and has published several articles in leading medical journals.

Currently, Dr.Srinivasan is promoting the need for Public Cord Blood banking and the need for a Public Stem Cell Bank in India. To help Indians across the world get quick and affordable access to matching stem cells for treatment of blood cancers and Thalassemia. His endeavors and the support of corporate sponsors, the Rotary and community at large, have helped Jeevan Stem Cell Bank become a reality.


Trustees

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Dr. Gita Arjun

Dr. Gita Arjun is a graduate of the Madras Medical College. She did her Residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at St Francis Hospital, Evanston, USA from 1976 – 1980. She is a Diplomate, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Always interested in women’s health issues, she has focused on promoting women’s awareness of health and wellness. She has started the ‘‘Passport to Health’’ program to inspire women to pay attention to their health. The program stresses the maintenance of good health and a healthy lifestyle by providing an individualised ‘‘Health Horoscope’’ for each women who takes part in the program.
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Mr. M. Sivaraman Ramanathan, IAS (Rtd.)

Mr. M. Sivaraman Ramanathan, IAS (Rtd.) Served as Union Revenue Secretary, India. He holds a Post Graduate degree in Economics from University of Madras. Joining the I.A.S. cadre of Madhya Pradesh in 1962 he has worked in various departments in the state of Madhya Pradesh and the Central Government. With over 40 years of experience he has held important positions at various levels in the Department of Finance, Planning, Finance Commission, Economic Affairs and Ministry of Commerce and Finance. He has worked as Director General of Civil Aviation & Ex-Officio Additional Secretary of Government of India, Ministry of Civil Aviation & Revenue Secretary, Government of India, Ministry of Finance, New Delhi. He has also worked as Executive Director, International Monetary Fund and was an expert Adviser to the UN Security Council Committee to Counter Terrorism. Currently he is engaged in delivering lectures on Budget, Banking, Fiscal and Monetary policies.
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Mr. Jayendra Panchapakesan

Mr. Jayendra Panchapakesan He started as a writer in advertising in 1978; turned ad-film maker in 1986. He has produced and directed over 600 ad-films for clients in India and overseas. He conceived and directed India’s first concert film Margazhi Raagam in 2008. Later, he co-scripted and directed the bilingual feature film 180 (produced by Sathyam Cinemas and Aghal Films). Jayendra is also committed to social work as a trustee of Bhoomika Trust, Mahesh Memorial Trust, Altius Foundation and Jeevan Stem Cell Foundation. He is also closely associated with The Banyan, Sankara Eye Hospital (in Coimbatore, India) and Child (a home for HIV-positive children in Chennai, India). Further, he conceived True Gifts, a Bhoomika Trust gifting initiative that brings satisfaction to the gift givers and receivers while benefitting the needy.
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Mr. Keshav Desiraju IAS (Retd.)

Mr. Keshav Desiraju has recently retired from a career with the Indian Administrative Service and in 2013 was Secretary, Health & Family Welfare to the Government of India. He continues to remain engaged with issues in public health, particularly mental illness and mental health, primary health care and community health, and serves on the board of several non-profit organizations in the sector.
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Mr. Pravin Shekar

Mr. Pravin Shekar Pravin is a start-up specialist and a parallel entrepreneur. He heads KREA (Healthcare Research) and is an angel/social investor in CANDO (BPO by/ for the physically challenged) & KWEST (Customer Satisfaction/Analysis). Speaking is his alternate career, that has taken him across four continents – entrepreneurship, frugal innovation and networking being his areas of expertise. He is a recipient of the “Emerging Leader in Market Research” 4Under40 Award, from the American Marketing Association and a finalist in the ESOMAR-Excellence-Award for Standards of Performance in market research. Pravin loves photography, networking, traveling – and lives in Chennai with his wife, two daughters and two dogs.
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