Dr. Sankara Sarma P.
Professor Senior Grade
Phone : 0471-2524232 (Office),0471-2743005 (Home).

PhD (Public Health); Major subjects- Biostatistics, Demography, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA, 1991.

MHS (Biostatistics), The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA, 1989.

MSc (Demography), University of Kerala, Trivandrum, India, 1981.

Research Associate, Centre for Development Studies (CDS), Trivandrum, Kerala, India: 1991-1994.

Assistant Professor, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST), Trivandrum, Kerala, India: 1994-1998.

Associate Professor, SCTIMST, Trivandrum, Kerala, India: 1998-2002.

Additional Professor, SCTIMST, Trivandrum, Kerala, India: Since 2002.

Dr. K.C.K.E. Raja Award, University of Kerala, India during 1981.

Applications of Biostatistics in Health related disciplines.

Teaching course modules namely Basic biostatistics and Intermediate Biostatistics to students for the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree and Diploma in Pubic Health (DPH) programme of the Institute at the Achutha Menon Centre for Health Science Studies (AMCHSS). Also taking lecture sessions in Biostatistics to various Post doctoral and Post graduate training programmes of the institute like DM/MCH, MPhil, Diploma and certificate programmes.

Providing research guidance and statistical consultancy at the design, data analysis and interpretation stages of various research projects of faculty members, residents, doctoral and postgraduate students of the Institute.

Life member of Indian Society for Medical Statistics.

Life member of Indian Association for the study of Population.

Life member of Indian Society for Probability and Statistics.

Life member of Indian Public Health Association.

Life member of Nutrition Society of India.

Non-Communicable Disease Risk Factor Survey under the Integrated Disease Surveillance Project. (ICMR funded).

240 peer reviewed publications in research journals authored or co-authored.

Supervised about 50 MPH dissertations.


Sathish, T; Kannan, S; Sarma, P S; Razum, O; Thankappan, K R, Incidence of hypertension and its risk factors in rural Kerala, India: A community-based cohort study., Public Health, 2012, 126; 25-32, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22133670
Coutts, S B; Sylaja, P N; Choi, Y B; Al-Khathami, A; Sivakumar, C; Jeerakathil, T J; Sarma, P S; Hill, M D, The ASPIRE approach for TIA risk stratification., Can J Neurol Sci, 2011, 38; 78-81, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21156434
Gopinath, Malini; Sarma, P S; Thomas, Sanjeev V, Gender-specific psychosocial outcome for women with epilepsy., Epilepsy Behav, 2011, 20; 44-7, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21093381
Saramma, P P; Krishnakumar, K; Sarma, P S, Alcohol-based hand rub and surgical site infection after elective neurosurgery: an intervention., Neurol India, 2011, 59; 12-7, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21339652
Flisser, Eric; Thomas, Sanjeev V; Sarma, P Sankara; Sukumaran, Sapna Cheravalloor, Polytherapy increases the risk of infertility in women with epilepsy.., Neurology, 2011, 76; 1442; author reply 14, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21502609
Saramma, P P; Sarma, P S; Thomas, Sanjeev V, Women with epilepsy have poorer knowledge and skills in child rearing than women without epilepsy., Seizure, 2011, 20; 575-9, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21571551
Bhat, Mamta; Ramesha, K N; Nirmala, C; Sarma, P S; Thomas, Sanjeev V, Knowledge and practice profile of obstetricians regarding epilepsy in women in Kerala state, India., Ann Indian Acad Neurol, 2011, 14; 169-71, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22028527
Pandian, Jeyaraj Durai; Jyotsna, Rashmi; Singh, Ruma; Sylaja, Padmavati N; Vijaya, Pamidimukkala; Padma, Madakasira Vasantha; Venkateswaralu, Kolichana; Sukumaran, Sajith; Radhakrishnan, Kurupath; Sar, Premorbid nutrition and short term outcome of stroke: a multicentre study from India., J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry, 2011, 82; 1087-92, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21427453
Bhandari, S.; Sarma, P.S.; Thankappan, K.R., Adherence to Antihypertensive Treatment and Its Determinants Among Urban Slum Dwellers in Kolkata, India, Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, 2011,
Rathore, Chaturbhuj; Sarma, Sankara P; Radhakrishnan, Kurupath, Prognostic importance of serial postoperative EEGs after anterior temporal lobectomy., Neurology, 2011, 76; 1925-31, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21624992