Qualification: 
MD, MBBS
Email: 
prem@aims.amrita.edu

Dr. Prem Kumar Vasudevan Nair currently serves as the Medical Director at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences at Kochi campus of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. He is a skilled clinician par excellence and also serves as a Professor at the Department of Gastroenterology at the School of Medicine, Kochi.

He has pursued Doctor of Medicine (D. M.) and has completed his Fellowship of American College of Physicians (F. A. C. P.)  in Hepatology from the School of Medicine at University of Southern California in June 1986.

Dr. Prem Nair also holds the office of the President of Association of Healthcare Providers (India).

EDUCATION

  • M.B.B.S. – Bombay University, National Medical College [1977]
    Internship: Internal Medicine – Bronx Hospital, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York [1979]
  • Internal Medicine (American Board) – Bronx Hospital, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York [July 1978]
  • Gastroenterology (American Board) – School of Medicine University of Southern California [June 1981]
  • Fellowship in Hepatology (F. A. C. P.) – School of Medicine University of Southern California [June 1986]

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Medical Director
    Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS)
    [1998 – PRESENT]
  • Medical Consultant and Project Coordinator
    Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS)
    [1994 – 1998]
  • Consulting Gastroenterologist
    California Medical Center, Los Angeles, California
    Huntington Memorial Hospital, Pasadena, California
    Orthopedic Hospital, Los Angeles, California
    [1986 – 1994]
  • Co-Director
    Pancreatico-Biliary Institute of Southern California
    [1990 – 1994]
  • Director
    Los Angeles Gastroenterology Associates
    [1984 – 1994]
  • Chairman, Division of Gastroenterology
    Vice-Chairman, Department of Medicine,
    Director of Endoscopy, Hospital of Good Samaritan, Los Angeles California
    [1986 – 1994]
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine
    University of Southern California School of Medicine
    [1983 – 1986]

MEDICAL LICENSURE

  • Medical Board of California – A-37334 (1981)
  • University of the State of New York – 144898 (1978)
  • State of Maryland – Board of Medical Examiners – D25448 (1978)
  • Kerala State Registration No. – 27192

BOARD CERTIFICATION

  • Maryland Federal Licensure Examination – 1979
  • California State Board Examination – 1981
  • Diplomate American Board of Internal Medicine – 1981
  • Diplomate American Board of Internal Medicine (Subspecialty of Gastroenterology and Hepatology) – 1986

RESPONSIBILITIES HELD

  • Medical Director
    Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre
    1998 - PRESENT
  • Member, Department of Medicine Advisory Committee
    Hospital of Good Samaritan-Los Angeles
    1990 – 1994
  • Member, Pharmacy and Therapeutics Subcommittee
    Hospital of Good Samaritan-Los Angeles
    1990 – 1994
  • Member, Blood Bank Committee
    Hospital of Good Samaritan-Los Angeles
    1990 – 1994
  • Chairman, Nutritional Services Committee
    Hospital of Good Samaritan-Los Angeles
    1990 – 1994
  • Chairman, Gastrointestinal Services Committee
    Chairman, Hospital of Good Samaritan-Los Angeles
    1990 – 1994

NATIONAL EVENTS PARTICIPATED IN

  • Telemedicine - The AIMS Experience – Guangzhou
    December 2005
  • Telemedicine - The AIMS Experience – New Delhi
    September 2005
  • Telemedicine at AIMS
    International Telemedicine Conference, Bangalore
    March 2005
  • Reforming Healthcare through Information Technology, Mumbai
    August 2005
  • Telemedicine for Rural Health –
    Telemedicine Workgroup meeting, Chennai,
    March 2005
  • American Association for the Study of
    Liver Diseases Annual Scientific Meeting
    1983, 1984, 1985, 1990, 1994
  • American Gastroenterology Association Postgraduate Course
    1984, 1990, 1992, 1994
  • GI Hemostasis and Tumor Pallication CURE,
    UCLA Medical Center
    1984
  • International Symposium on Viral Hepatitis,San Francisco
    1984
  • Perspective on Gastrointestinal Disease Management, Phoenix
    1989

Publications

Publication Type: Journal Article

Year of Publication Publication Type Title

2016

Journal Article

C. S. Keechilot, Shenoy, V., Kumar, A., Dr. Lalitha Biswas, Vijayrajratnam, S., Dinesh, K., and Dr. Prem Kumar Nair, “Detection of Occult Hepatitis B and Window Period Infection Among Blood Donors by Individual donation Nucleic Acid Testing in a Tertiary Care Center in South India”, Pathogens and Global Health, pp. 1-5, 2016.[Abstract]


With the introduction of highly sensitive hepatitis B surface antigen immunoassay, transfusion associated HBV infection have reduced drastically but they still tend to occur due to blood donors with occult hepatitis B infection (OBI) and window period (WP) infection. Sera from, 24338 healthy voluntary blood donors were screened for HBsAg, HIV and HCV antibody using Vitros Enhanced Chemiluminescent Immunoassay. The median age of the donor population was 30 (range 18–54) with male preponderance (98%). All serologically negative samples were screened by nucleic acid testing (NAT) for viral DNA and RNA. NAT-positive samples were subjected to discriminatory NAT for HBV, HCV, and HIV and all samples positive for HBV DNA were tested for anti-HBc, anti-HBs, HBeAg. Viral load was determined using artus HBV RG PCR Kit. Of the 24,338 donors screened, 99.81% (24292/24338) were HBsAg negative of which NAT was positive for HBV DNA in 0.0205% (5/24292) donors. Four NAT positive donors had viral load of <200 IU/ml making them true cases of OBI. One NAT positive donor was negative for all antibodies making it a case of WP infection. Among OBI donors, 75% (3/4) were immune and all were negative for HBeAg. Precise HBV viral load could not be determined in all (5/5) NAT positive donors due to viral loads below the detection limit of the artus HBV RG PCR Kit. The overall incidence of OBI and WP infections was found to be low at 1 in 6503 and 1 in 24214 donations, respectively. More studies are needed to determine the actual burden of WP infections in Indian blood donors.

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