The Founders along with eminent people from society, form the Board of Trustees which governs Jeevan.
Jeevan Stem Cell Foundation was Founded By
Dr.Saranya Narayan and Dr. Srinivasan Periathiruvadi.
Dr. Saranya Narayan M.D
Dr.Saranya Narayan, Founder and Medical Director, was born and brought up in Chennai. She did her MBBS (1982) and her MD (1985) in Microbiology from the Madras Medical College.
Co-Founder & Medical Director
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She co-founded Healyst Laboratory, a Diagnostic Laboratory, in April 2017, the profits of which will go to Jeevan Stem Cell Foundation.
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.
Dr. Srinivasan Periathiruvadi MDDr. Srinivasan Periathiruvadi MD , was born in Tuticorin and 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.
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He co-founded Healyst Laboratory, a Diagnostic Laboratory, in April 2017, the profits of which will go to Jeevan Stem Cell Foundation.
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), Member, National Apex Committee For Stem Cell Research and Therapy, Ministry of Health, Government of India, Member, Drafting Committee for Regulating Cord Blood and Other Stem Cell Banking, Ministry of Health, Government of India.
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.
Dr. Gita ArjunDr. 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 focused on promoting women’s awareness of health and wellness. She 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.
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.
Mr. Jayendra PanchapakesanMr. 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.
Mr. Keshav Desiraju IAS (Retd.)Keshav Desiraju has 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.