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Adjunct Professor

Adjunct or Visiting, Epidemiology

Prof. Mehrotra is an Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at the Rollins Institute of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta and Founder of the CHIP Foundation. He is a member of the Scientific Council of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) of the World Health Organization at Lyon, France. Earlier he directed the National Institute of Cancer Prevention and Research as well as the WHO-FCTC Global Knowledge Hub on Smokeless Tobacco Products and was the Founder-CEO of the India Cancer Research Consortium. 

In addition to his academic career in various medical schools, Dr. Mehrotra has been a leading proponent of affordable cancer care. He led successful programs in a broad range of public health efforts. He has guided the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare in conceiving and implementing the Framework for Cancer Control. He was instrumental in three states take up HPV vaccination immunization against cervical cancer, the most recent one being Sikkim. 

Over and above his expertise in cancer prevention, epidemiology, pathology, and public health, Prof Mehrotra has a wealth of experience leading large multi-disciplinary teams, overseeing operations, shaping and implementing national-scale strategic plans, fostering key institutional partnerships, and using evidence to influence policy. Has extensive experience collaborating with leaders in government, academia, private and not-for-profit sectors and has facilitated collaborative projects with well-known international institutions such as the US National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute of Health Research, UK, The Union, and the World Health Organization- Framework Convention for Tobacco Control. He is an impactful researcher with more than 350 peer-reviewed publications, including The Lancet, Cancer, BMJ and Nature, numerous books/chapters, and technical reports, he sits on the editorial board of 8 medical journals and was the Principal Investigator of over 10 national and international research grants with major funding.

His research interests are focused on various aspects of health, especially non-communicable diseases, including the early diagnosis and screening of cancer, diabetes, and hypertension, tobacco control, especially the smokeless variety, and mentoring of younger scientists as well as health worker training. He is the winner of many prestigious awards, including the prestigious Dr. P.N.Wahi and Dr. Lachman award in Cancer prevention as well as the Ernest Fernandes Award of the Indian Academy of Cytologists, in addition to being its’ past President.

He is a committed educator who has successfully mentored more than two-dozen graduate and post-graduate trainees in pathology, epidemiology, molecular cancer research, and global health. Dr. Mehrotra holds degrees in Medicine from the Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, MD, and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Allahabad as well as the Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathology from the United Kingdom.

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1518 Clifton Rd

Atlanta , GA 30322

Phone: (979) 488-9353



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Areas of Interest

  • Cancer Prevention
  • Non-communicable Diseases
  • Tobacco Control and Prevention


  • MBBS 1980, University of Poona Armed Forces Medical College
  • MD 1983, University of Allahabad Moti Lal Nehru Medical College
  • D Phil 2010, University of Allahabad
  • FRCPath 2012, Royal College of Pathology

Affiliations & Activities

CHIP Foundation

Associate, Healis Sekhsaria  Institute of Public Health

Affiliate, Cancer Foundation of India

Co-Director, ASTRA - Addressing Smokeless Tobacco Research in South Asia project from NIHR (UK)  

Visiting Professor, Schoool of Health Sciences, University of York, UK

Member, Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, Open Health Sciences Laboratory (OHSL), USA

Visiting Professor of Global Health, Brunel University, UK

Member, Scientific Council of  WHO-IARC, Lyon, France