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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

Comparing estimates of road traffic deaths and non-fatal road traffic injuries in Cambodia.
Gutierrez H, Mitra S, Neki K, Mbugua LW, Balasubramaniyan R, Winer M, Roberts J, Vos T, Hamilton E, Naghavi M, Harrison JE, Job RFS, Bhalla K. Comparing estimates of road traffic deaths and non-fatal road traffic injuries in Cambodia. Inj Prev. 2022 Feb 11.
PMID: 35149595

Correction: An Approach Towards Reducing Road Traffic Injuries and Improving Public Health Through Big Data Telematics: A Randomised Controlled Trial Protocol.
Azmin M, Jafari A, Rezaei N, Bhalla K, Bose D, Shahraz S, Dehghani M, Niloofar P, Fathollahi S, Hedayati J, Jamshidi H, Farzadfar F. Correction: An Approach Towards Reducing Road Traffic Injuries and Improving Public Health Through Big Data Telematics: A Randomised Controlled Trial Protocol. Arch Iran Med. 2022 01 01; 25(1):76.
PMID: 35128915

Availability of population-level data sources for tracking the incidence of deaths and injuries from road traffic crashes in low-income and middle-income countries.
Mitra S, Neki K, Mbugua LW, Gutierrez H, Bakdash L, Winer M, Balasubramaniyan R, Roberts J, Vos T, Hamilton E, Naghavi M, Harrison JE, Job RFS, Bhalla K. Availability of population-level data sources for tracking the incidence of deaths and injuries from road traffic crashes in low-income and middle-income countries. BMJ Glob Health. 2021 11; 6(11).
PMID: 34782357

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 09; 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

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