Jefferson India Center

Global healthcare needs are changing rapidly. The Jefferson India Center provides the framework necessary to keep pace, empowering public-private partnerships that address the social determinants of health, health disparities, and access to care in the world’s two largest democracies. By advancing the concept of distance learning and team science through bilateral faculty and student exchanges, the Center provides new generations of health leaders the global perspective necessary to effect meaningful change in healthcare delivery.

To date, the collaboration between KLE University and Thomas Jefferson University has generated 150 publications and supported the acquisition of 31 funded grants conducted in India.

The collaboration between Thomas Jefferson University, Wills Eye Hospital and LV Prasad Eye Institute are linked together in addressing critical areas of population health, new technology, geriatric eye care, and opportunities in distance learning. 

Center Director

Richard Derman, MD, MPH, FACOG

Associate Provost, Office of Global Affairs
Director, Global Health Research
Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology




We are honored to collaborate with these world-recognized academic partners:

  • KLE University, Belagavi, spanning a history of more than 100 years and ranked among the top of India's universities
  • LV Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, recognized among the leading academic institutions of ophthalmology in Asia and serves all citizens in the four states of India


  • Maternal Child Health Trials: Built upon a base of > 30 funded trials in maternal child health that have substantially impacted maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity globally
  • Prevention of Preterm Birth: Newest funded research explored the use of low-dose aspirin to prevent preterm birth, a reduction of iron-deficiency anemia in pregnancy to improve clinical outcomes for mothers and infants, single-dose azithromycin to prevent sepsis, and maternal and neonatal outcomes in COVID 19 positive neonates
  • Nodal Site for MCH Research: The Jefferson collaboration recognizes the KLE University recent designation as a nodal site for MCH research by the World Health Organization.
  • Reducing Eye Pathology: Mining of > 2 million discrete data elements to determine key associations for subsequent development of programs to reduce eye pathology and blindness
  • Leveraging AI to Prevent Eye Disease: AI initiative to explore geographical differences and local pollutants in predicting eye diseases