Dr. Prem Mony

  • Vice Dean, St. John's Research Institute
  • Professor and Head, Division of Epidemiology

  • 2007 - 2009; M.Sc. - Population Health
    University of Toronto, Canada
  • 1996 - 1999; MD - Community Medicine
    CMC, Vellore; Tamil Nadu, Dr MGR Medical University, Chennai
  • 1988 - 1993; Medicine
    CMC, Vellore; Tamil Nadu, Dr MGR Medical University, Chennai

  • Vice Dean
    St. John's Research Institute
    Feb 2017 - till date
    Bangalore, India
  • Professor
    St. Johns Research Institute
    2011 - till date
    Bangalore, India
  • Associate Professor
    St. Johns Medical College
    2011 - till date
    Bangalore, India
  • Associate/ Assistant Professor
    St. John’s Research Institute
    2004 - 2011
    Bangalore, India
  • Post Doctoral Fellow
    St. Michael’s Hospital
    2007 - 2010
    Toronto, Canada
  • Lecturer
    Christian Medical College
    2000 - 2003
    Vellore, India
  • Assistant Professor
    PSG Institute of Medical Sciences & Research
    1999 - 2000
    Coimbatore, India

Mony PK, Thankachan P, Bhat S, Rao S, Washington M, Anotny S, Thomas A, Nagarajarao SC, Rao H, Amrutur B (2018). Remote biomonitoring temperatures in mothers and newborns: design, development and testing of a wearable sensor device in a tertiary care hospital in southern India. BMJ Innovations. Epub. 11 Jan 2018. doi.10.1136/bmjinnov-2016-00153.

Macaden L, Washington M, Smith A, Thooya V, Selvam SP, George N, Mony P (2017). Continuing Professional Development: Needs, facilitators, barriers, of registered nurses in India in rural and remote settings - Findings of a cross-sectional survey. Open Journal of Nursing. 7:930-48.

Jayanna K, Bradley J, Mony P, Cunningham T, Washington M, Bhat S, et al. (2016). Effectiveness of Onsite Nurse Mentoring in Improving Quality of Institutional Births in the Primary Health Centres of High Priority Districts of Karnataka, South India: A Cluster Randomized Trial. PLoS ONE. 11(9): e0161957.

Varghese B, Krishnamurthy J, Correia B, Panigrahi R, Washington M, Ponnuswamy V, Mony P (2016). Limited effectiveness of a skills and drills intervention to improve emergency obstetric and newborn care in Karnataka, India: a proof-of-concept study. Glob Health Sci Pract. 4(4):582–593.

Mony PK, Jayanna K, Varghese B, Washington M, Vinotha P, Thomas T (2016). Adoption and completeness of documentation using a structures delivery record in secondary care, subdistrict government hospitals of Karnataka State, India. Health Services Research and Managerial Epidemiology. 3:1-7.

Mony PK, Jayanna K, Bhat S, Rao SV, Crockett M, Avery L, Ramesh BM, Moses S, Blanchard J. Availability of emergency neonatal care in eight districts of Karnataka state, southern India: a cross-sectional study. BMC Health Serv Res 2015;15(1):461.

Mony PK. Varghese B, Thomas T. Estimation of perinatal mortality rate for institutional births in Rajasthan state, India, using capture-recapture technique. BMJ Open 2015; 5(3):e005966.

Fischer EA, Jayanna K, Cunningham C, Washington M, Mony P, Bradley J, Moses S (2015). Nurse mentors to advance quality improvement in primary health centers: Lessons from a pilot program in northern Karnataka, India. Global Health: Science and Practice. 3(4):660-675.

Jayanna K, Mony PK, Ramesh BM, Thomas A, Gaikwad A, Mohan HL, Blanchard J, Moses S, Avery L. Assessment of facility readiness and provider preparedness for dealing with postpartum haemorrhage and pre-eclampsia/eclampsia in public and private health facilities of northern Karnataka India: a cross-sectional study. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014; 14:304.

Mony PK, Jayanna K, Thomas A, Sankar K, Ramesh BM, Moses S, Blanchard J, Avery L. Availability and distribution of emergency obstetric care services in Karnataka state, south India: access and equity considerations. PLoS One 2013;8(5):e64126.

Chow CK, Teo KK, Rangarajan S, Mony P, Yusuf S, et al; PURE Study investigators. Prevalence, awareness, treatment and control of hypertension in 628 rural and urban communities from 17 high, middle and low income countries: Results from the PURE (Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology) study. JAMA 2013; 310(9): 959-68.

Teo K, Lear S, Islam S, Mony P, Dehghan M, et al. Prevalence of a Healthy Lifestyle Among Individuals With Cardiovascular Disease in High-, Middle- and Low-Income Countries: The Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology (PURE) Study. JAMA. 2013;309(15):1613-1621.

D’Souza, Rekha DP, Sreedaran P, Srinivasan K, Mony PK. Clinico-epidemiological profile of tobacco users attending a tobacco cessation clinic in a teaching hospital in Bangalore city. Lung India 2012; 29(2): 137-42.

Geogith G, Mony P, Kenneth J. Comparison of the efficacies of loop-mediated isothermal amplification, fluorescence smear microscopy and culture for the diagnosis of tuberculosis. PLoS One 2011; 6(6):e21007.

Mony P, Sankar K, Thomas T, Vaz M. Strengthening of local vital events registration: lessons learnt from a voluntary sector initiative in a district in southern India. Bull World Health Organ 2011; 89:379-84.

Mony P, Vaz M. A qualitative inquiry into the application of verbal autopsy for a mortality surveillance system in a rural community of southern India. World Health Popul 2011; 13(1): 30-39.

Mony P, Jayakumar S. Preparedness for tobacco control among postgraduate residents of a medical college in Bangalore, southernIndia. Indian J Community Med 2011; 36(2): 104-8.

Mony P, Sankar K, Thomas T, Vaz M. Strengthening of local vital events registration: lessons learnt from a voluntary sector initiative in a district in southern India. Bull World Health Organ 2011; 89:379-84.

Mony P, John P, Jayakumar S. Tobacco use habits and beliefs among undergraduate medical and nursing students of two cities in southern India. Natl Med J India 2010;23:340–3.

Sgaier SK, Jha P, Mony P, Kurpad A, Lakshmi V, Kumar R & Ganguly NK. Biobanks in Developing Countries: Needs and Feasibility. Science 2007; 318: 1074-75.

Mony P, Nagaraj C. Health information management: an introduction to disease classification and coding. Natl Med J India 2007;20: 307-10.

Jha P, Gajalakshmi V, Gupta PC, Kumar R, Mony P, Dhingra N, Peto R, et al. Prospective study of one million deaths in India: rationale, design, and validation results. PLoS Med 2006; 3(2): e18.

Peer-reviewed Books/Chapters: Jha P, Mony P, Moore JA, Zatonski W. Tobacco control: global solutions. In: Yusuf S, Cairns JA, Camm J, Fallen EL, Gersh BJ. Evidence-based Cardiology, 3rd edn. Wiley-Blackwell Press 2010.

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Implementation Research in India (Karnataka state) towards Accelerating Scale-up of Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC).

Remote BioMonitoring (RBM) Project: Development of KMC sensor for position and temperature.

Improving mental health through integration with primary care in rural Karnataka, India.

Establishment of a Maternal & Neonatal Health E-Learning Course for Primary Health Care Professionals: a techno-feasibility study.

Prospective Urban and Rural Epidemiological Study (PURE).

‘Skills and Drills’ Intervention to Improve Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care in select First Referral Units in Northern Karnataka.

Tobacco Control Preparedness among Health Professions Trainees in Bangalore.

Evaluation of ASHA program in Karnataka.

Assessment and Evaluation of the Safe Childbirth Checklist (SCC) Phase II (Rajasthan).

Quality Improvement of Maternal and Neonatal Health (MNH) Services in Primary Health Centres of Northern Karnataka, India.

Million Deaths Study (MDS).

Vital Event Registration and Verbal Autopsy (VERVA).


Application filing 1: A method and a device for monitoring physiological characteristics with adaptive power management (as Co-Inventor in the year 2014).

Application filing 2: A device for neonatal monitoring (as Co-Inventor in the year 2016).

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