Advisory Board – DIVERSITY

Advisory Board

Laura A. Jana, MD

Laura A. Jana, MD is a U.S.-based pediatrician, health communicator, early educator, parenting expert, and award-winning parenting and children’s book author. Having spent her career promoting healthy lifestyles and addressing the most pressing needs of children, families and communities both domestically and internationally, she most recently served as the Director of Innovation at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and College of Public Health and currently holds a faculty appointment at Penn State University’s Prevention Research Center. She has a bachelor’s degree in Cellular Molecular Biology, her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University, and completion of her paediatric residency at the University of California -San Francisco and Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.

Early in her paediatric career, Dr. Jana collaborated with the famed pediatrician, Dr. Benjamin Spock, and subsequently went on to co-found one of the first online health and parenting websites, the Dr. Spock Company, in the late 1990s. In addition to being a practicing pediatrician, she started her own consulting company, and spent 9 years as the owner-operator of a 200-student educational child care center. Well recognized for her work as a trusted consultant for parents, the news media, academic and government organizations, non-profits and major corporations alike, Dr. Jana is also a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics, was the recipient of a 40 Under 40 Business Award, and serves as a consultant for the U.S.-based All Children Thrive Network and Primrose Schools, a 350-school system of educational child care centers. She is an advisor to multiple child- and health-related companies and organizations, as well as educational and health technology companies. She is a member of the U.S. Ready Nation’s Brain Science Speakers Bureau, and is the parenting/early childhood blogger for US News & World Report. As the acclaimed author of three parenting books and four children’s books, her latest, The Toddler Brain: Nurture the Skills Today That Will Shape Your Child’s Tomorrow and Jumping into Kindergarten, focus on the critical set of skills needed to succeed in the 21stCentury and their early and foundational development during the first five years.

https://youtu.be/0DFX7Cm-eLM (TEDxOmaha 2014)

Dr. Anjul Dayal

Dr. Anjul Dayal has been the Consultant Pediatric Intensivist in hospitals like Lotus Children’s Hospital, Rainbow Children’s Hospital and at Continental Children’s Center in Continental Hospitals for the last 11 years. Presently, he is in charge of PICU at Continental Children’s Center. He started his practice as a junior consultant in PICU and cardiac ICU in Mehta Children’s Hospital. He has completed his training in Pediatrics from Madras Medical College, one of the oldest and most reputed Medical Colleges in India. Subsequently he did his Fellowship in intensive care from Apollo Hospitals a premier flagship corporate Hospital of India, known for the high standard of care which is on par with any of the best hospitals across the globe. He has been a passionately involved in teaching for the past 8 years as post graduate teacher, PALS instructor and faculty for various intensive care courses across the country to doctors and nurses.

He is also actively interacting with the parents and has been instrumental in starting safe parenting and child behavior classes for parents and care givers. Being instrumental in starting PICU in two of the major hospitals (Apollo Hospitals, Chennai and Continental Hospitals, Hyderabad), he has been collaborating with referring doctors, facilitating the multi disciplinary team approach for sick child and managing busy units to ensure the high safety and quality standards. Dr. Dayal is the national instructor in National Co-Convener, Committee of IAP for ACCP, National Co Convener, BPICC, IAP & ISCCM Pediatric Basic Intensive Care Course, Golden Hour Emergency Course, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and National PEMC Instructor. He serves as the Faculty and Examiner for Fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care by the Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine and the Intensive Care Chapter of Indian Academy of Pediatrics and Post Graduate training for Pediatrics recognized by Diplomate of National Board, India. He has contributed actively to different publications like Dermatological Emergencies in Children, Dayal A. Indian Journal Of Practical Pediatrics. 2014. Vol (16): 178-183, Authored Chapters on Recent Advances in Dengue, Hypertensive Management in Critical Care, Ultrasound Chest in Critical. Recent Advances in Critical Care Pediatrics by Suraj Gupte (Volume 24: Hot Topics) 2014, Jaypee Publications, Post Operative Management of Cardiac Surgeries in Children. IAP Textbook of Critical Care, 2012, Jaypee Publication, Management of Increased Intracranial Pressure, IAP Textbook of Golden Hour Emergencies, 2012 Jaypee Publication, Early differentiation between dengue and septic shock by comparison of admission hemodynamic, clinical, and laboratory variables: a pilot study by Suchitra Ranjit, Niranjan Kissoon, Deepika Gandhi, Anjul Dayal, N Rajeshwari, Shrishu R Kamath. Pediatric Emergency Care (2007) Volume: 23, Issue: 6. 368-375, Authored Chapters on Hypertensive Emergencies, Aleterd Sensorium, ARDS And Transfusion Strategies in Recent Advances in Pediatrics by Suraj Gupte (Volume 20: Hot Topics) 2011, Jaypee Publications, Authored Chapter on Upper Airway Obstruction in Manual of Pediatric Emergencies & Critical Care second edition 2010 Paras publication, TV Fall in Children: Poster Presentation in National Conference of Indian Academy of Pediatrics 2010, Hyderabad, Necrotizing fasciitis: an interesting case: Indian Journal of Practical Pediatrics: Jun to Aug 2006, Upper Airway Obstruction: Apollo Journal: Jan 2006, Vol 1, Negative Pressure Pulmonary Edema: Apollo Journal Sep 2005, Goitre Profile in Children-A Prospective Study: Original Research: Presented in National Conference of Indian Academy of Pediatrics 2003. He has been an active member of the various organizing committees to organize the workshops and conferences at different places.

Neha Sharma

Neha holds a BE degree in Electronics and Communication and PG from Symbiosis, Pune.
Her curiosity in understanding the nuances of dressing and style pushed her to get trained professionally from the ‘Image Consulting Business Institute, Hyderabad’ as an Image Consultant.

Neha attributes her curiosity of newer avenues to Maths. She has been an avid Maths fan from her childhood days and maintains the same childlike curiosity in this vast subject to this date. She strongly believes that the children of today’s age need to be faster in grasping the concepts of Maths and be able to understand its application.  The world is converging with Artificial Intelligence and other similar technologies slowly conquering our lives.  Maths is the backbone of these technologies.  It is noteworthy that not only science and computers but art too has it’s a fair share of Maths in it.  Traditional teaching methods may pique interest of a few children but there is a vast majority of children who need different and newer ways of teaching methods.  Teachers too need to be provided relevant training and tools to be more effective with their students. With this strong belief, Neha is enthusiastic to be associated with the initiative that Diversity, the School is undertaking to transform the way our kids are taught.