About the Dr Kamini A Rao
Dr. Kamini A. Rao, the founder and Medical Director of Milann is a pioneer in the field of Assisted Reproduction in India. Across her distinguished Clinical and Research Career in Reproductive Medicine, Dr. Kamini Rao Specialized in Reproductive Endocrinology, Ovarian Physiology and Assisted Reproductive Technology.
Dr. Kamini A. Rao is a pioneer in the field of Assisted Reproduction in India. She has specialized in reproductive endocrinology, ovarian physiology and assisted reproductive technology and has been awarded the Padma Sri, one of India’s highest civilian awards.
Among her early contributions to the field is the establishment of South India‘s first semen bank, India’s First Sift Baby and South India’s First Babies born through ICSI (Intra Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection) as well as through laser-assisted hatching. Across a clinical and research career spanning three decades, Dr. Kamini Rao has taught and trained hundreds of Fertility Specialists and has served as a beacon of hope to thousands of infertile couples.
Dr. Kamini Rao received her training in Fertility and Assisted Reproduction in the United Kingdom and returned to India to set up the Bangalore assisted conception centre, now known as Milan, the Fertility Centre in 1989.
Dr. Kamini Rao is the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Infertility and Fetal Medicine, is a member of the National Advisory Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology of the MOH & FW and the ICMR, as well as a member of the National Apex Committee for Stem Cell Research and Therapy Instituted by ICMR and DBT. Dr. Kamini Rao is also the chairperson of the International Institute for Training and Research in Reproductive Health.
Dr. Kamini Rao was awarded the Padma Shri award by the President of India in 2014. Other Recognitions of her contributions in the field of Medicine include – the Karnataka State Award (Rajyotsava Award), the Vidya Ratan Award, lifetime achievement honours Tribute Award from the Vivekananda Institute of Human Excellence, Hyderabad, the Aryabhatta Award from the Aryabhatta Cultural Organization, the B.C. Roy District Award from the Shimoga District Unit of the Indian Medical Association and Lifetime Achievement Awards from the KSOGA and the Bangalore Society of Obstetrics & Gynecology.
Awards: Padma Shri award for Medicine-Reproductive Medicine in 2014
Profession: Medical Director, Milann and Gynaecologist
A recipient of the Padma Shri, Dr. Kamini Rao is a pioneer of the assisted reproduction fraternity in India and an educationist of repute. She has always been a relentless crusader for the fundamental right to give birth and with this goal founded one of India’s leading fertility chains “Milann”, formerly known as BACC Healthcare, a brand synonymous with high standards of clinical quality, medical expertise, excellent patient care and success rates comparable with the best in the world.
She has set up the Kamini Kares Foundation, an organization that focuses on working towards improving, enhancing and enlightening the lives of the girl child and women in our country. The primary focus is to identify capabilities and help women achieve and explore their dreams. The ultimate aim is to ensure that all women have the ability to control their lives and destinies, and have access to adequate food, education, and health care.
She is currently in the process of setting up a laboratory facility for prenatal diagnosis of genetic diseases like Hemophilia, Downs Syndrome, Thalassemia & for carrier testing as well as the setting up of a research database to allow for more research leading to improved treatment and better quality of life.
A vision for developing the reproductive medicine talent in the country led to the setting up of a strong education vertical which is affiliated to BACC Healthcare and is considered to be amongst the country’s premier institutions for education and training in Reproductive Medicine both for clinicians and embryologists. Alumni from this institute form the backbone of many of the leading IVF centres of the country. Dr. Kamini Rao being academically oriented, has authored nearly 50 medical textbooks and a large number of journal and chapter publications.
Dr. Kamini Rao served as President of the All India Federation of Obstetric and Gynecological Societies (FOGSI) in the year 2000 as well as the President of ISAR between 2006 and 2008. She has the distinction of simultaneously serving as the FOGSI representative to FIGO as well as AOFOG. She has been a nominated Member of the Senate of Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences between 2009 to 2012 and a Member of the Syndicate between 2015 to 2018.
She has served as a Member of the Central Supervisory Board, Govt. of India (GOI) for implementation of the Prenatal Diagnostic Techniques (PNDT) Act, Member, National Apex Committee for Stem Cell Research and Therapy and as Member of the drafting committee for formulating National Guidelines for “Accreditation, Supervision and Regulation of ART Clinics in India”
Dr. Kamini Rao is one of the stalwarts of the medical profession in India and her contributions to the medical field and in particular to Assisted Reproduction are immeasurable. She has done India proud not only with her achievements in her own specialty and academically but also as a champion for the cause of women be it Safe Abortion, Female Feticide or Women’s Sexual & Reproductive Rights with the aim of improving the quality of life and the status of women in society.
- Medical Director, Milann – The Fertility Centre (A Unit of BACC Healthcare Pvt. Ltd.) (1990 to 2022)
- Syndicate Member, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (2015 to 2018)
- Senate Member, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (2009 to 2012)
- President, Federation of Obstetric & Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI) (2000-2001)
- President, Indian Society for Assisted Reproduction (2006-2008)
- Editor in Chief, Journal of Human Reproductive Sciences (2009 to 2014)
- Founder Editor, International Journal of Infertility & Fetal Medicine (2010 to date)
- Member, National Advisory Committee for drafting of Guidelines on Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART Bill)
- Member, National Apex Committee for Stem Cell Research and Therapy (2010 – to date)
- Chairperson, Women’s Sexual & Reproductive Rights Committee, International ObGyn Federation (FIGO) (2006-2009)
- India’s Representative to the International Federation of Obstetrics & Gynecology (2003 to 2006)
- India’s Representative to the Asia Oceania Federation of Obstetrics & Gynecology (2001 to 2003)
- Chairperson, for the website : www.indianwomenshealth .com
- Chairperson of the International Institute for Training & Research in Reproductive Health (IIRRH )
- President of Bangalore Society of Obstetrics & Gynaecology (BSOG), 1998
- Consultant Obstetrician & Gynecologist, Mallya Hospital, Bangalore
ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS | EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
EDUCATION IN INDIA:
School Education at Bishop Cotton Girls’ High School, Bangalore.
Medical Education at St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore, and Vanivilas Bangalore.
- 1977 M.B.B.S.
- 1979 D.G.O.
- 1998 F.LC.O.G.
- 2000 Post Graduate Diploma in Medical Law and Ethics
- 2005 F.N.A.M.S.
- 2021 Honorary Founder Fellowship in Reproductive Medicine by the Karnataka State Obstetrics and Gynaecology Association
- 2022 Honorary Doctorate for Director of Science (D.Sc.) at the 54th Annual Convocation of Bangalore University
EDUCATION IN THE UNITED KINGDOM:
- 1983 D.O.RC.P.
- 1985 D.Ch.
- 1985 M.R.C.O.G.
- 1986 M.O.B.G
- 1998 F.RC.O.G.
- 2021 Honorary Fellowship of the International Academy of Human Reproduction based on contributions to the science of human reproduction and on recognized international prominence
Fetal Invasive Therapy under Prof. Kypros Nicolaides, Harris Birthright Research Centre for Fetal Medicine, King’s College School of Medicine, London, U.K.
Laser Surgery training in South Cleaveland Hospital, Middlesborough, U.K., under Prof. Ray Garry.
CONTRIBUTION TO EDUCATION & TRAINING
POST DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM – NATIONAL BOARD OF EXAMINATIONS
BACC Healthcare Pvt. Ltd. has been recognized by the National Board of Examinations, New Delhi for a post-doctoral Fellowship program in Reproductive Medicine and is one of the five Centres in India to be recognized. It is the only Centre to be allotted four students per year thus having having 8students at any given time.
POST DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM – RAJIV GANDHI UNIVERSITY OF HEALTH SCIENCES
BACC Healthcare Pvt. Ltd. is also recognized by Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Karnataka’s Medical University, for Fellowship in Reproductive Medicine and has formerly been recognized for Fellowship in Feto Maternal Medicine, Endoscopy and Sexual Medicine.
POST DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM – BACC HEALTHCARE PVT. LTD.
An Institutional Fellowship program in Reproductive Medicine.
PH. D PROGRAM – RAJIV GANDHI UNIVERSITY OF HEALTH SCIENCES
BACC Healthcare Pvt. Ltd. is also recognized by Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Karnataka’s Medical University, for Ph. D in Reproductive Biology/Embryology.
PH.D PROGRAM – THE VELLORE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY UNIVERSITY
BACC Healthcare Pvt. Ltd. is recognized by VIT University, for Ph. D in Reproductive Medicine since 2015.
PH.D PROGRAM – NITTE UNIVERSITY
BACC Healthcare Pvt. Ltd. is recognized by NITTE University for Ph.D in Clinical Embryology from the year 2015.
PH.D PROGRAM – BANGALORE UNIVERSITY
BACC Healthcare Pvt. Ltd. is recognized by Bangalore University for Ph.D in BIOCHEMISTRY.
MSC PROGRAM IN CLINICAL EMBRYOLOGY – JSS ACADEMY OF HIGHER EDUCATION & RESEARCH
Conducted by BACC Healthcare with significant teaching contributions from the JSS Medical College and awarded a degree jointly by JSS University and BACC Healthcare.
INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR TRAINING & RESEARCH IN REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH (IIRRH)
A charitable trust set up by Dr Kamini A Rao for the promotion of academics, training and research.
This is a world class fertility training Centre specializing in Assisted Reproductive Techniques based in Bangalore set up by Dr Kamini Rao and initially made possible by a grant from Merck Serono and Learning Initiative for Fertility Experts. State of the art laboratories and an internationally accredited faculty make this a premier training Centre for the benefit of professionals in the field of ART. The Centre operates a number of training Courses as shown below as well as a couple of short term courses.
- Certificate Courses for Clinicians & Embryologists
The Centre conducts six month & one-year Certificate Courses for Clinicians and six-month Certificate Courses for Embryologists which comprehensively train candidates in Reproductive Medicine
- Three week Embryology Training Course
This is a comprehensive course that aims to introduce to the student the fundamentals of Embryology with training in Oocyte handling, embryo handling, embryo culture, embryo freezing/thawing, IVF and ICSI.
- Three week Clinical Training Course
This course provides a one-on-one comprehensive training in the clinical management of ART. It includes Ovulation induction protocols, Ultrasound monitoring, Oocyte pick up and Embryo transfer techniques.
- Short Term & Weekend Courses Short Term & Weekend Courses on various topics are also offered which serve as refresher programs for Continuing Medical Education
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