Dr. Purnima Parthasarathy Infectious Disease Specialist in Bangalore

Dr. Purnima Parthasarathy

Infectious Disease Specialist, Bangalore



  • Present the only American Board Certified Infectious Diseases physician in clinical practice for the entire state of Karnataka
  • Internal Medicine Residency for 3 years at Northwestern University affiliated hospitals in Chicago, USA
  • Chief Resident in  Internal Medicine, Northwestern University affiliated hospital Chicago, USA
  • American Board certified in Internal medicine, 1998
  • American Board Certified in Infectious Diseases, 2002
  • Has been in Infectious Diseases practice in India for more than 5 years
  • Resource faculty for the Global AIDS Project by the CDC, USA- Hyderabad, during 2006-2007
  • Chief of the division of Infectious Diseases, Manipal Hospital, Bangalore, 2007-2009
  • Senior Consultant in Infectious Diseases and Head of Infection Control, Apollo Hospitals, Bangalore, 2010 to present


  • Infectious Diseases


  • Fungal infections in the indian setting
  • Transplant infectious diseases (post organ transplant infections)
  • Prevention of antibiotic abuse
  • Complicated and resistant gram negative infections
  • Health care associated infections and their prevention
  • Public Health


  • MBBS
  • Infectious Diseases fellowship at University of Chicago and University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
  • Infectious Diseases fellowship includes exhaustive training in all aspects of complicated infections like bone and joint, post organ transplant, post cancer chemotherapy infections, HIV and opportunistic infections to name a few

Practice Information

Achievements & Contributions

  • Invited Lectures & Clinical Activities:Resource faculty for HIV training of physicians of India- Chest hospital, Hyderabad, 2007
  • Lecture at Tambaram HIV Fellowship program, Chennai, 2007
  • HIV physician training program, Engender Health organization, ‘ HIV and HepB/Hep C Coinfection, March 25-28th. Mysore, 2008
  • Invited Speaker, Fungal Infections in the ICU, Indian Society of Anesthetists, Bangalore Chapter, September 25th, 2010
  • “Candida Infections in the ICU”, Critical Care Society of India, Mangalore, India Chapter, Feb 2011
  • “Overview of Candida Infections”, Bangalore, India, Feb 2011
  • Panel Discussion: Antimicrobial Resistance- The Way Forward, 1st Annual Conference of Clinical Infectious Diseases Society, Hyderabad, August 13,14th 2011
  • Fever in the Intensive care Unit- Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine, Mysore Chapter, Mysore, India, Oct 22,2011
  • Invasive fungal Infections in the ICU: Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine, Vishakapatnam Chapter, Andra Pradesh, India, Nov 5th, 2011
  • Baptist Hospital Continuing Medical Education Program, Bangalore, India. Jan 23, 2012
  • “CMV and Cryptococcal infections in the competent host”- Indian Society of Critical Care, Cochin Chapter, Kerala, India. Jan 27, 2012
  • “ Infection Control- the basics”- Clinical Infectious Diseases Society 2nd National Scientific Conference, Aug 25,26th 2012
  • International Patient Safety Conference, Hyderabad, Sept 1st, 2012
  • Apollo Clinical Excellence Award in Clinical Services for the year 2011. Received Feb 5, 2012, Chennai. Project,Optimal Utilization of Health Care Resources and improved clinical care through sustained reduction in blood culture contamination rates
  • Merck Young Investigator Award, Focus on Fungal Infections, Phoenix, Arizona. March 2002
  • International Presentation:Efficacy of 0.5% Chlorhexidine in 70% alcohol in reducing blood culture contamination rates. IDWeek 2012, infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) Annual Conference, San Diego, October 17 - 21 2012
  • A paradigm for sustained reduction in blood culture contamination in a resource limited setting. Eleventh Congress of International Federation of Infection Control Oct 12-15th, 2011, Venice, Italy
  • Presenting faculty, National Audio seminar on HIV/AIDS, for American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)- 2002
  • Clinical Experience of Combination Antifungal Therapy with Echinocandins in Immunosuppressed Patients. Focus Infections, Phoenix, Arizona, March 2002
  • Book Chapter:"Isolation Precautions" - Hospital Infection Control Guidelines: Principles and Practice, 2012
  • H1 N1 Epidemic outbreak-related activities:“ More Virology Labs are the need of the hour”- DNA newspaper, Page 2,May 1, 2009
  • “Hygiene is the best medicine”- The Deccan Herald newspaper, Sunday Spotlight, Page 13, May 10, 2009
  • “ Epidemic outbreaks”- DNA newspaper, Page 4, May 12,2009
  • “ Dengue kills more than H1N1”- DNA newspaper, Page 1, August 11, 2009
  • “ City hospitals geared up to treat swine flu patients”- The Deccan Herald, Page 3, July 5, 2009
  • “ Few Specialists to treat swine flu”- The Times of India, Page 9, June 23, 2009
  • Various TV appearances in local and National channels during H1N1 outbreak for public education
  • Invited Consultant by the State Government of Karnataka, India, to evolve strategies to combat H1 N1 infection- 2009
  • “ City’s own swine flu expert”- Profiled in Bangalore Mirror, Local Newspaper, June 16, 2009
  • Invited speaker for the Federation of Karnataka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FKCCI) and Rotary club, Vijayanagar, Bangalore, India- on H1 N1 infection- 2009
  • Invited Speaker on Antibiotic Resistance, Ananthapuri Hospitals, Trivandrum, Kerala, India. August 11, 2010
  • Expert Panelist, Critical Care Workshop 2010, Intensive Care Unit Infections and Prevention. Bangalore, September 5th, 2010
  • Expert Panelist, Respiratory and Infection Summit, Astra Zeneca educational meeting for all medical specialties, September 19th, 2010
  • Chairperson, ‘How to deal with outbreaks’, Infection Control Conclave, Fortis Hospitals, October 8th 2010
  • Conducted Infection Control week, Apollo Hospitals, Bangalore, November 2-5, 2010
  • Invited Faculty speaker, Christian Medical College (CMC) Vellore, 3rd Hospital Epidemiology Course, Organized by CMC Vellore and Infectious Diseases Training and Research Center (IDTRC), Nov 30th 2010, ‘ Nosocomial Fungal Infections and Prevention”
  • Invited Speaker, National workshop on Infection Control, Antibiotic Therapy & Hospital Epidemiology, Amritha Institute of Health Sciences and SHEA, Jan 28th and 29th, 2011, “Infection Control Aspects of Nosocomial Fungal Infections”
  • National Working Group for Infection Control Guidelines: Feb 2011 to present
  • Scientific Consortium to formulate Infection Control Guidelines for India
  • Founder member of Clinical Infectious Diseases Society of India, www.cidsindia.org