• Portrait of Vasanthakumar Namasivayam
  • Assistant professor

    Max Rady College of Medicine
    Community Health Sciences
    750 Bannatyne Avenue
    University of Manitoba
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 0W2

    Phone: +91 8130434455

Research themes

  • family planning – focusing on India
  • health systems
  • maternal health
  • newborn health


  • family planning
  • health systems
  • India
  • maternal health
  • new born
  • urban health

Research summary

Dr. Vasanthakumar’s current research focuses on improving health systems, maternal, newborn, family planning and nutrition outcomes at population level in Uttar Pradesh, India. He uses the program science approach in an embedded manner for research and program delivery. He uses both quantitative and qualitative research methods to improve outcomes, improve equity. He is currently leading the Uttar Pradesh Technical Support Unit as its executive director and is based at Lucknow, India.


Dr. Vasanthakumar Namasivayam is an assistant professor in community health sciences at the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba.

Dr. Namasivayam is a physician by training and is a member of the Indian Administrative Service, members of which occupy senior leadership positions across sectors at the Federal and State Governments. He brings in a combination of research and program delivery experience capabilities thereby enhancing the impact by evidence-based programming. His research and program work includes enhancing front line workers capacity, human resources for health, public health drug supply chain, enhancing evidence-based decision making, enhancing management of emergency care for mothers and newborn etc.


  • Master’s in Public Health, Johns Hopkins University (2018)
  • Master’s in Public Policy, Princeton University (2017)
  • Doctor of Medicine (MD), Dr. MGR Medical University, Chennai (2002)
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS), Dr. MGR Medical University, Chennai (2002)


  • Prof. Dr. G. B. West Endowment University Gold Medal in Medicine
  • Dr. R. V. Rajam’s Commemoration Gold Medal in Medicine
  • Gold medal in National e Governance award (2013)
  • President of India’s Silver Medal for Census operations (2011)
  • Member, Alpha chapter of Delta Omega Honarary Society in Public Health
  • Former member board of governors, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT, Chennai)

ORCID profile

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Contact us

Community Health Sciences
Max Rady College of Medicine
Room S113 - 750 Bannatyne Avenue
University of Manitoba (Bannatyne campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0W3 Canada