Viswanathan Mohan, MD, PhD, DSc

Chairman & Chief Diabetologist

Dr. Mohan's Diabetes Specialities Centre, Chennai

President & Director

Madras Diabetes Research Foundation, Chennai


Padma Shri Dr. V. Mohan is an eminent Indian Diabetologist who has been working in the field of diabetes for over 30 years in Chennai in southern India. Dr. Mohan is the Chairman and Chief of Diabetology at Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centre, a WHO Collaborating Centre for Noncommunicable Diseases Prevention and Control and an IDF Centre of Education. He is also President and Director of the Madras Diabetes Research Foundation.

Dr. Mohan’s activities cover a wide range of clinical services, training and education, rural diabetes services and charity, research and public education and other activities on diabetes which are outlined below.

Dr. Mohan started working on diabetes as an undergraduate medical student when he joined his father late Prof. M. Viswanathan a pioneer in diabetes in India. Together with his father, Dr. Mohan setup the first private diabetes centre in India in 1971 and continued to work at this centre till 1991. Dr. Mohan and his late wife Dr. Rema Mohan subsequently established their own diabetes centres under the name of “Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centre”. Dr. Mohan and his colleagues currently oversee 20 diabetes centres and clinics in India and 1  international diabetes centre at oman and over 350,000 diabetic patients have been registered at these centres.

In 1996, Dr. Mohan established the Madras Diabetes Research Foundation (MDRF) in Asia. His research combines clinical, epidemiological and genomic aspects of diabetes. He has published over 875 papers including over 550 original research articles in peer reviewed journals, over 140 chapters in textbooks on diabetes, endocrinology and Internal Medicine and several invited reviews and editorials.

Dr. Mohan‘s work has been recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) which has nominated his centre as a “WHO Collaborating Centre for Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases” as well as by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) which nominated his centre as an “IDF Centre of Education”. He also serves on the Steering Committee of the Govt. of India’s National Program for Prevention and Control of Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases and Stroke (NPDCS) and on several other national scientific organizations. He is also a WHO Consultant on Diabetes and serves on several committees of the International Diabetes Federation.