Prof Bangalore N. Gangadhar, MD DSc


Professor of Psychiatry
National Institute of Mental Health And Neurosciences (NIMHANS),

Prof. Gangadhar has over 30 years of extensive experience in the field of mental health, from both clinical and academic perspectives. He obtained his MBBS degree from the Bangalore Medical College in 1978. He joined NIMHANS as a faculty in 1982 after completing MD Psychiatry from the same Institute in 1981. He was conferred the prestigious Fellow of National Academy of Medical Sciences (FAMS) degree in 2006 and D.Sc. (Doctor of Science) from SVYASA Yoga University, Bengaluru for his research work on Yoga and Mental Health in 2012.  Currently, he is the director of the prestigious National Institute of Mental Health And Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bengaluru (  He is also the program director and head of the NIMHANS Integrated Center for Yoga (NICY) (   He has been instrumental in setting up this integrated yoga therapy service (NICY).  Ongoing clinical and research works at NICY have established the utility of yoga therapy for mental health and neurological / neurosurgical disorders in a tertiary teaching hospital.   It is noteworthy that some of this clinical work has been recognized by the expert panel of National Institute of Healthy and Care Excellence (NICE) [UK] as “high quality” evidence for use of yoga in schizophrenia.  More importantly, these research articles are the critical evidence base on which the recent NICE guidelines has included yoga as a complementary treatment in schizophrenia for the first time in 2014.  Prof Gangadhar envisages future yoga research studies into areas that could lead to translational impact and also help understanding its mechanisms. His overarching objective is to integrate Ayurveda & Yoga with conventional systems as a part of patient care system in India for psychiatric disorders.

With his other key research interests spanning Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT), Schizophrenia, Community Psychiatry, Public Health and Yoga, Prof Gangadhar has about 350 research publications in various national and international indexed journals (H-Index-36) to his credit.  He is the co-editor of the Asian Journal of Psychiatry (from 2009) and active member of editorial boards of national and international journals. He has also served as the Associate Editor of Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica (2002-2013). Prof. Gangadhar is the recipient of the coveted Sir CV Raman Award and Doctors Day Award from the Government of Karnataka. He has also shared over 25 awards with other primary recipients.