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Dr. Vani Santosh

Dr. Vani Santosh

Senior Consultant - Neuropathology

MD (Pathology), FAMS (Neuropathology)
English, Kannada

Dr. Vani Santosh, a distinguished medical professional, serves as a Visiting Senior Consultant at Aster Medcity, Cochin. With a rich academic background, she is a former Senior Professor of Neuropathology and Dean of Neurosciences at the prestigious National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) in Bangalore, India, where she superannuated in December 2022. Currently, Dr. Vani Santosh, holds prominent positions in various organizations, including being the President of the Neuropathology Society of India (NPSI) from 2023 to 2025 and the Secretary General of the Asian Oceanian Society of Neuropathology (AOSNP) from 2022 to 2025. She is also an active working member of the WHO-cIMPACT group.

Dr. Vani Santosh,has an illustrious history of leadership, having served as the President of the Indian Society of Neurooncology (2017-2018) and the Karnataka Neuroscience Academy (2016-2017). Recognized for her contributions to medical sciences, she is a Fellow of the National Academy of Medical Sciences, India, and a Fellow of the Indian College of Pathologists.

Her primary research focus lies in Neuro-oncology, where she has made seminal contributions to brain tumor research, particularly in gliomas. Dr. Vani Santosh, emphasizes translational research and biomarker discovery, demonstrating her commitment to advancing medical knowledge and improving patient outcomes. Notably, she has headed six multi-institutional projects, including the 'Center of Excellence in Molecular Neuro-oncology,' funded by the Government of India.

Dr. Vani Santosh's, impact extends beyond academia, with over 250 scientific papers published in peer-reviewed journals and 22 book chapters to her credit. Her dedication to advancing medical science is underscored by the three patents she holds. Dr. Vani Santosh stands as a respected figure in the field of Neuro-oncology, contributing significantly to research, education, and medical leadership.

Area of expertise
  • Neuropathology
Awards and recognitions
  • Recipient of ‘Excellence in Teaching’ award, 21st CME and PG course in Pathology, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Belgaum, Karnataka, India -2003
  • Delivered more than 100 invited lectures within and outside India.
  • Delivered the ‘V Balasubramaniam oration’ at the Institute of Neurology, Madras Medical College and Government General Hospital, Chennai, -2009
  • Delivered the ‘ Dr M Parthasarathy & Dr. A V Ramprasad Oration’ at the 34th National Annual CME and PG Course in Pathology KLE University -2011
  • Delivered the “Cochin Neurological Society Oration” at Thiruvananthapuram, Annual conference of NSIKC, March 2015 
  • Delivered the ‘Tamilnadu Puducherry’ oration at the 56th Annual conference of the Indian association of Pathologists and Microbiologists, Jaipur, 2016
  • Delivered the ‘Presidential Oration’- Karnataka Neurosciences Academy at Bagalkot,January 2017.
  • Delivered the ‘Presidential Oration’- Indian Society of Neuro-oncology, at AIIMS, NewDelhi,2018.
  • Best Paper Awards [ for students under my guidance] in various National and International Conferences (20 awards) -2001-2022
  • Working member of the WHO team(Consortium to Inform Molecular and Practical Approaches to CNS tumor Taxonomy[Cimpact]
  • Steering committee member of the ‘ AOSNP-ADAPTR: Asian Oceanian Society of Neuropathology project on Adapting Diagnostic Approaches for Practical Taxonomy in Resource-Restrained Regions’