Dr. Naveen Thacker, MD (Ped), FIAP

Current Assignments

  • Director, Deep Children Hospital and Research Centre, Gandhidham
  • Co-chair Committee on Immunization Indian Academy of Pediatrics 2009-10
  • Standing Committee Member, International Pediatrics Association (IPA) 2007-10
  • Editor, www.ipa-world.org
  • Member Immunization Committee of International Pediatrics Association (IPA)
  • International Scientific Advisory Board member – Voices for Vaccines
  • Scientific Advisory Committee Member of Enterovirus Research Centre, Mumbai- Indian Council of Medical Research 2008-10
  • Co-principal investigator of IAP-Emory-NPSP Project “ KAP of Immunization Providers in India.
  • Advisor - Polio Eradication Committee of IAP
  • Advisor - Computer and Medical Informatics Chapter IAP
  • Chair, Communication Committee of IPA
  • Member, Governance and Constitutional Amendment Committee of IPA
  • District Polio-plus Chairman Rotary 3050
  • Fellow Guide for Dip CH course of Indian College of Maternal and Child Health ( NARCHI)
  • Kolkatta in Deep Children Hospital Gandhidham since last 3 years
  • Secretary Child Health Foundation of South Asia

Important Past Assignments

  • National President, Indian Academy of Pediatrics 2007
  • Member India Expert Advisory Group on Polio ( IEAG) last 7 years
  • Co-chair, IAP Committee on Immunization 2007, 08
  • Standing Committee Member, Asian Society of Pediatric Infectious Diseases (ASPID) 2006-08
  • Member Steering Committee and Sub Committee on Hib – NTAGI and ICMR 2008
  • District Chairman – Child Rights and Protection, Rotary District 3050 2008-09
  • Joint National Coordinator, Polio Eradication Committee 1997
  • Chairman 2007 and National Convener, Polio Eradication Committee IAP 1998, 2000-2006
  • Co-chairman 2007-8 and Member, IAP committee on Immunization since last 9 years
  • Chairman, 2002-2005 and Secretary, 1998-2001- Computer and Medical Informatics Chapter IAP
  • Consultant WHO Gujarat Earthquake Relief Mission-2001
  • National executive board member 4 times
  • President IAP Gujarat state branch year 2000
  • State Coordinator Practicing Pediatrician Quiz 1998
  • State Coordinator & Convener Sight Seeing Committee 5th International Congress of Tropical Pediatrics
  • Senior Editor IAP Text Book of Pediatrics

Special Training

  • Completed ADVAC (Advance Vaccinoilogy Course) Training in Annecy France in Pasteur Meriaux Institute under guidance of Prof Stanley Plotkin.
  • Selected as an ICEID 2010 leader to attend the International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases (ICEID) July 11-14 Atlanta by CDC.

Areas of interest

  • Polio Eradication
  • Immunization, Vaccinology
  • Computers in Pediatrics and Telemedicine
  • Child Survival and Child Protection

Books Authored / Edited

  • Polio Nabudi Na Panthe (Gujarati)
  • Polio Eradication – Operational Manual
  • Global Polio Eradication - Progress and Challenges
  • Polio Ek Ant ki Suruaat (Hindi)
  • ABC of Child Care
  • Global Polio Eradication – Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
  • Computers for Doctors
  • Final Push to polio
  • Immunization in Clinical Practice
  • IAP drug formulary
  • Current issues in pediatrics
  • Computers for Nurses
  • Childhood Immunization - Issues and options
  • IAP Text book of Pediatrics - 3rd Edition
  • IAP Specialty series book on Pediatric Hematology & Oncology
  • IAP Specialty series book on Pediatric Infectious Diseases
  • IAP Specialty series book on Pediatric HIV
  • IAP Specialty series book on Rational use of Antimicrobials in Pediatric Practice
  • IAP Specialty series book on Pediatric Intensive Care
  • IAP Specialty series book on Pediatric Quiz for UGs
  • IAP Specialty series book on Pediatric Gastroenterology
  • IAP Specialty series book on Pediatric Cardiology (Under publication)
  • Science of Vaccinology (Under publication)

Other Publications

Contributed many chapters, articles in books, national and International journals, local print media on computers, polio eradication, immunization and child health related issues.

Editorial Experience

  • Editor www.ipa-world.org
  • Senior Editor - IAP Text Book of Pediatrics
  • Editor - 8 books of IAP Specialty series
  • Bulletin of polio eradication committee IAP - 2001,2004,2005.
  • Bulletin of computer & medical electronics group of IAP for 4 years.
  • Member National Advisory board of IAP Journal of practical pediatrics
  • Member National Editorial board of Asian Journal of Clinical Pediatrics.
  • Member National Editorial Advisory Board and Regular reviewer of Indian Pediatrics.

Honours and Awards

  • Recipient of prestigious FIAP award
  • Recipient of KirtiKagdi Vocational Award for outstanding services to society 1996
  • Best Rotarian Award for outstanding services in Polioplus programme
  • Recipient of Indirabai trainee-fellowship of IAP
  • Gold Medal & appreciation certificate by IAP UP for extraordinary contribution in field of polio eradication

Guest Lectures and Orations

Delivered more than 100 guest lectures on polio, Immunization, and computers in International, National and State conferences of IAP, IMA and Rotary International.

Other Assignments

  • Rotary Dist 3050: Revenue Dist Coordinator Polioplus, Zone Chairman, Vice Chairman Polioplus and AFP surveillance, Director, Community Service.
  • WHO: Ex-consultant WHO Gujarat Earthquake Relief Mission-2001
  • Govt. of India: Member- India Expert Advisory Group on polio eradication (IEAG) since 2002
  • IMA: Founder president IMA Trust Blood Bank Gandhidham
  • Other NGO’s:
    (a) Co- chairman PLC and Member state steering committee, Prayas Gujarat
    (b) Managingtrustee, Swami Sahjanand Medical and research Foundation
    (c) Advisor, Upasana, School for mentally retarted children, Adipur

Significant Contribution

  • Worked tirelessly since last 15 years to achieve polio eradication.
  • As President IAP organized more than 700 activities in 2007 in 282 IAP branches – a record number in history of IAP
  • Conducted more than 50 Computer awareness workshops to achieve goal of “Computer Literacy for all Pediatricians” in India
  • Launched a unique Program of “Science of Vaccinology” under IAP Vision 2007
  • Launched a unique Program of “Child Rights and Protection Program” under IAP Vision 2007
  • Launched a unique Program of “Art and Science of Pediatric Practice” under IAP Vision 2007
  • Launched a unique Program of “Problem Solving in Pediatric Infectious Diseases” under IAP Vision 2007