Dr. Sheila Samanta Mathai


Department of Neonatology


    Professor & HOD (Neonatology)

    This Dept looks after sick and critically ill neonates. In charge of the 47-bedded state-of-the-art Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), High Risk Follow- Up OPD and post-natal babies. Am responsible for training nurses, therapists, PG medical students and am in the process of getting the Dept recognized for the DM (post-doctoral) course.


Degree Specialisation Institute Year of passing
DM Neonatology Lokmanya Tilak Medical College, Mumbai University Jul 2000
MD Pediatrics NHS Asvini (Mum University) Jan1991
DNB Pediatrics National Board New Delhi Nov 1990
MBBS AFMC Pune Oct 83


Institution / Organisation Designation Role Tenure
KMC Manipal Professor & HOD (Neonatology) Oct 22 till date
Army Hospital R&R New Delhi Professor (Neonatology) Aug 2021- Aug 22
INHS Asvini Professor (Neonatology) Dec 16 - Feb 2021 (except Jan 19-Oct 19)
AFMC Pune-Sep 2013 Prof (Neonatology) Dec 2016
INHS Asvini Professor (Neonatology) Jul 2009- Aug 2013
AFMC Pune Professor (Neonatology) Jul 2007- Jun 2009
INHS Asvini Professor (Neonatology) Aug 2004- Jul 2007
INHS Asvini Jul 2002 Associate Professor (Neonatology) Aug 2004
INHS Asvini Assistant Professor (Neonatology) Aug 2000- Jul 2002
Lokmanya Tilak Medical College Mumbai (on Study Leave for DM) Senior Resident (Neonatology) Jul 1998-Aug 2000
INHS Asvini Assistant Professor and Associate Professor 1994-1998

Fellowship for the Advancement of Medical Education and Research

FAIMER fellowship

This is a 2-year fellowship programme with online and contact programmes in medical education and research and involves a research project in medical education. It is a highly competitive programme with only 16 fellows being selected yearly.

ECFMG USA and KEM Regional Centre Mumbai Guided > 15 PG students in their thesis for MD Pediatrics Guided undergraduate medical students in ICMR student research scholarships during academic tenures at AFMC Pune Completed 8 AFMRC projects under DRDO in Armed Forces

Expert Group for selection of AFMRC projects under DRDO


Mother and Child Health Projects at National Institute of Research in Reproductive Health (NIRRH) , Mumbai

Expert Group of ICMR

Quality Improvement Studies


NQOCH conference

Understand and Research Preterms and Stillbirths


Bill &Melinda Gates Foundation South Asia (PURPOSe) study

Participated in Expert Panel for Research in Armed Forces

Indian Academy of Pediatrics and ICMR (NIRRH)

Participated in formulating National Clinical Practice Guidelines

National Neonatology Forum

Editor Journal of Marine Medical Society Indexed with DOAJ


Web of Science and Copernicus


Area of Interest

Neonatal intensive care, Neonatal Developmentally Supportive Care of preterms, Neonatal Resuscitation training

Area of Research

Have served for over 35 years in the Armed Forces Medical Services (Indian Navy) in their major teaching hospitals and was responsible for setting up NICUs in a number of Defence Hospitals including in remote locations like Port Blair. Was in charge of the Tertiary Level NICUs at the Command Hospitals at Mumbai, Pune and Delhi and have trained a large number of post graduate students and nurses. Retd in Aug 22 in the 3-star rank.

Professional Affiliations & Contributions