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Kavi Bhalla, PhD

Kavi Bhalla, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences of the Biological Sciences Division at the University of Chicago, and Affiliated Faculty at the Harris School of Public Policy. His research aims to develop transport systems that are safe, sustainable and equitable, with a central focus on road safety in low- and middle-income countries. His recent work has focused on the development of analytical tools for improving estimates of the incidence of injuries in information-poor settings using available data sources. Kavi co-led the injury expert group of the 2010 Global Burden of Disease Project. He is formally trained as a mechanical engineer and his PhD (Cornell, 2001) thesis research focused on the mechanics of material failure, which he later applied to the study of injury biomechanics and vehicle crashworthiness. He is broadly interested in the design of products, environments, and systems that are safe and have positive health impacts.

Harvard University, Initiative for Global Health
Cambridge, MA
Ellison Fellow - Population health metrics
2007

Harvard University, Center for Population and Development Studies
Cambridge, MA
Bell Fellow - Public health policy
2005

Cornell University
Ithaca, NY
PhD - Theoretical and Applied Mechanics
2001

Indian Institute of Technology - Delhi
New Delhi, India
BTech - Mechanical Engineering
1995

Protecting the vulnerable by design - a tribute to Dinesh Mohan(1945-2021).
Bhalla K, Tiwari G, Varghese M, O'Neill B, Bangdiwala SI. Protecting the vulnerable by design - a tribute to Dinesh Mohan(1945-2021). Int J Inj Contr Saf Promot. 2021 Sep; 28(3):277-289.
PMID: 34423735

Strengthening the Capacity of Emergency Medical Services in Low and Middle Income Countries using Dispatcher-Coordinated Taxis.
Mishra V, Ahuja R, Nezamuddin N, Tiwari G, Bhalla K. Strengthening the Capacity of Emergency Medical Services in Low and Middle Income Countries using Dispatcher-Coordinated Taxis. Transp Res Rec. 2020 Sep 01; 2674(9):338-345.
PMID: 34305272

Effects of vehicle safety design on road traffic deaths, injuries, and public health burden in the Latin American region: a modelling study.
Bhalla K, Gleason K. Effects of vehicle safety design on road traffic deaths, injuries, and public health burden in the Latin American region: a modelling study. Lancet Glob Health. 2020 06; 8(6):e819-e828.
PMID: 32446347

Fire-related deaths among women in India are underestimated.
Bhalla K, Sanghavi P. Fire-related deaths among women in India are underestimated. Lancet. 2020 03 07; 395(10226):779-780.
PMID: 32145784

Monitoring India's progress on road safety will require investment in data systems.
Bhalla K. Monitoring India's progress on road safety will require investment in data systems. Lancet Public Health. 2020 02; 5(2):e82.
PMID: 32032561

How much would low- and middle-income countries benefit from addressing the key risk factors of road traffic injuries?
Bhalla K, Mohan D, O'Neill B. How much would low- and middle-income countries benefit from addressing the key risk factors of road traffic injuries? Int J Inj Contr Saf Promot. 2020 Mar; 27(1):83-90.
PMID: 31906783

What can we learn from the historic road safety performance of high-income countries?
Bhalla K, Mohan D, O'Neill B. What can we learn from the historic road safety performance of high-income countries? Int J Inj Contr Saf Promot. 2020 Mar; 27(1):27-34.
PMID: 31870214

The care and transport of trauma victims by layperson emergency medical systems: a qualitative study in Delhi, India.
Bhalla K, Sriram V, Arora R, Ahuja R, Varghese M, Agrawal G, Tiwari G, Mohan D. The care and transport of trauma victims by layperson emergency medical systems: a qualitative study in Delhi, India. BMJ Glob Health. 2019; 4(6):e001963.
PMID: 31803512

Going to the nearest hospital vs. designated trauma centre for road traffic crashes: estimating the time difference in Delhi, India.
Ahuja R, Tiwari G, Bhalla K. Going to the nearest hospital vs. designated trauma centre for road traffic crashes: estimating the time difference in Delhi, India. Int J Inj Contr Saf Promot. 2019 Sep; 26(3):271-282.
PMID: 31240990

Building Road Safety Institutions in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: The Case of Argentina.
Bhalla K, Shotten M. Building Road Safety Institutions in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: The Case of Argentina. Health Syst Reform. 2019; 5(2):121-133.
PMID: 30848990

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