Dr Sanjay Rampal is a Public Health Medicine Specialist and Professor of Epidemiology at the Dept of Social and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya.
Dr Rampal was medically trained in India and has served in the Ministry of Health Malaysia (1998-2005) and University of Malaya (2005 onwards). He obtained his MPH in 2004 from Harvard University and completed his PhD in Epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University in 2014.
Dr Rampal’s research focuses on the epidemiology and prevention of cardiovascular disease. He hopes to leverage this information to design and implement better prevention programs to improve our healthcare system.
Dr Rampal actively lectures in the fields of epidemiology, biostatistics, and research methods. He has supervised 15 Doctoral and numerous Master candidates to completion. He has provided numerous methodological and biostatistical consultations to graduate students and clinical researchers. Dr Rampal has published 121 peer-reviewed research publications and has an h-index of 31 with 17,000+ citations.
Dr Rampal is also interested in the use of Implementation Research (Science) and Global Health Research to reduce the number of people seeking healthcare. He actively communicates on current health issues.
Last updated: 15 March 2023
Dr Rampal is a Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health and a Public Health Physician at the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya.
During this pandemic, Dr Rampal aims to improve the prevention and control of COVID-19 through active research and translation. He has also been actively communicating with the public through the media on current issues pertaining to the COVID-19. He is a member of the following committees: 1) Science and Technology Expert Panel for Disaster Risk Reduction under the Health and Emerging Threat Cluster of the Malaysia Disaster Management Agency; 2) National COVID-19 Epidemiological Analysis Task Force under the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation; 3) AFC Covid-19 Advisory Expert Group; and 4) the Journal of Global Health Science Commission on COVID-19 Response.
Dr Rampal was medically trained in India and served in the Ministry of Health Malaysia from 1998 to 2005. The clinical experiences from his early medical career helped him realize that treating one patient at a time was not sufficient and more could be done by intervening at a population level. He improved his basic epidemiology and biostatistics knowledge by completing an MPH degree in 2004 from Harvard University. He joined the University of Malaya in 2005 with the aim to improve the research skills of the medical and public health community. He completed his PhD in Epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University in 2014. He was Certified in Public Health (CPH) by the US National Board of Public Health Examiners in 2013.
Dr Rampal’s research focuses on the epidemiology and prevention of cardiovascular disease, with an emphasis on nutrition, obesity, diabetes, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and dyslipidemia. He is particularly interested in elucidating their roles as upstream factors utilizing common major pathways leading to the different Non-Communicable Diseases. He has also investigated the role of Obesity and Diabetes on the prognosis of Dengue Severity. He hopes to further leverage this information to design and implement better prevention programs that ultimately reduces the number of new patients seen by our healthcare system.
His methodological interest includes improving research methodology, biostatistics, epidemiological designs, regression models, causal inference, multiple imputations, measurement error, and propensity scoring.
Dr Rampal actively lectures in the fields of epidemiology, biostatistics, and research methods at the University of Malaya. He has supervised 15 Doctoral and numerous Master candidates to completion. He actively supervises 10+ doctoral students. He has provided numerous methodological and biostatistics consultations to graduate students and clinical researchers. He has published 121 peer-reviewed research papers and has an h-index of 31 with 17,000+ citations.
Dr Rampal is a Fellow of the Academy of Medicine Malaysia and was the past honorary secretary for the College of Public Health Medicine from 2006-2009. He has been an executive member for the College of Public Health Medicine since 2016. He is also a member of the: 1) Malaysia SDG Academic Network; 2) Public Health Specialty/ Subspecialty Education Subcommittee of the Medical Education Committee under the Malaysian Medical Council; 3) Technical Advisory Committee for Health Technologies Economic Evaluation, Ministry of Health Malaysia.
He had previously chaired the Malaysian National Conjoint Committee for Public Health Postgraduate Medical Program and the Public Health Society of the Malaysian Medical Association and was a member of various international associations such as International Epidemiology Association, American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, Society for Epidemiology Research.
Last updated: 20 May 2021