Country: India
City: Vellore

Christian Medical College, Vellore
Ida Scudder Road, Vellore – 632004, India
Tel.: 91-416-2282352
Fax: 91-416-2226449

Director: Dr. Alok Srivastava 

Medical Associates: (Haematology): Drs. Fouzia N A, Anu Korula, Aby Abraham, Biju George, Vikram Mathews; (Lab. Diagnosis): Dr. Sukesh C Nair; (Blood Banking): Dr. Dolly Daniel; (Genetics): Drs. E. Sindhuvi; R. V. Shaji; (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation): Drs. Judy Ann John, Raji Thomas, George Tharion; (Physical Therapy) Merlyn Thilak; (Occupational Therapy) Sanjeev Padankatti; (Orthopaedics): Drs. Sandeep Albert, Manasseh Nithyananth, Vinoo Cherian, Pradeep Poonnoose, Vernon Lee; (Infectious Diseases): Dr. O.C. Abraham, George Verghese; (Dental): Dr. Rabin Chacko; (Radiology): Drs. Sridhar Gibikote, Shyamkumar, N.K.; (Nursing): Mr. Abraham Sundar Singh; (Clinical Trials Coordinator): Mr. Christopher Benjamin

Fellowship logistics coordinator: B. Balaji, E. Srinivasan
Year of IHTC designation: 2000

Areas of specialty:
Areas of specialty: Adult and pediatric hematology; Laboratory diagnosis and hemostasis; Molecular genetics with antenatal diagnosis; Nursing; Musculoskeletal management – physical and occupational therapy with physiatry; Orthopedic care and surgery; Blood banking; Dental care; Psychology/Social services; and Antenatal diagnosis


Location: Vellore is a district town with a population of about half a million people and is located about 130 km from Chennai and 200 km from Bangalore, both of which have international airports. A taxi from Chennai will take about two and a half hours and from Bangalore about four hours to reach Vellore.

Climate:  It is mostly warm to hot! In the cooler months of the year (October to February), the temperature ranges from 10- 30°C but in the hotter months often surpasses 40°C.

Accommodations: Many modestly priced hotels in the immediate vicinity of the centre. 

Language: English, Tamil, and Hindi


Clinical activities: This centre functions as a tertiary care centre for patients with major complications of haemophilia. Patients are referred from all over India and from neighbouring countries. Apart from providing comprehensive care in the setting of a developing country, three areas of clinical activity are particularly significant:

  • Comprehensive musculoskeletal care with formal outcomes assessment with validated instruments. Physical therapy, occupational therapy and other rehabilitative measures with minimal factor replacement and low cost mobility aids;
  • Surgery for people with hemophilia with lower dosage of factor replacement; and
  • Genetic diagnosis of hemophilia and other bleeding disorders towards carrier detection and prenatal diagnosis.

A clinic is held once a week where patients with musculoskeletal complications are jointly assessed by the multidisciplinary team and their management planned. About 10 patients are managed at any time by this team and are reviewed in the clinic at regular intervals to evaluate their progress.

Laboratory activities/research

Clinical Laboratory: Ours is the reference laboratory for southern India, serving over 200 million people. The entire range of hereditary and acquired disorders of haemostasis are seen. At least five new cases of hereditary bleeding disorders are diagnosed every week. Though the laboratory is fully automated, manual methods are also available for teaching students. We also run the external quality assessment programme for India and some other developing countries.

Research Laboratory: The current emphasis is on the following areas of work: applying newer methods of measuring coagulation to various clinical conditions to assess their usefulness in diagnosis and therapeutic interventions; molecular genetic evaluation of haemophilia and other rare coagulation and platelet function disorders and genotype-phenotype correlations, and studying the prevalence of inhibitor among patients with haemophilia in India and evaluating predisposing factors.

Multidisciplinary activities/research: Developing new ways for the assessment of musculoskeletal outcomes with particular emphasis on quantification of overall function. We have developed the first performance based disease specific instrument. (FISH - Functional Independence Sore in Haemophilia). (Ref.: Haemophilia 2005; 11 (6): 598-02). In addition to the above, complete diagnostic services including molecular genetic diagnosis towards career detection and prenatal diagnosis is available. Interaction with our surgical colleagues allows us to carry out the entire range of surgical treatments.

To see a sample curriculum of the training that will be provided, please click on the following links:

Comprehensive care: PDF 
Laboratory Hemostasis: PDF
Musculoskeletal management: PDF

Updated July 2016