Dr Sonu Bhaskar

About Dr Sonu Bhaskar

Dr Sonu M. M. Bhaskar, MD PhD FANA, is a physician-scientist, board director, and neurologist specializing in vascular neurology & neuroradiology, who leads an international collaborative research program in global health neurology, translational neuroscience, public/health policy, and health systems.

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Dr Sonu M. M. Bhaskar is the Director of Global Health Neurology Lab in Sydney, Australia, and Founding Director and Chief Investigator of NSW Brain Clot Bank – a flagship world’s first initiative established with funding from the NSW Ministry of Health in partnership with the NSW Health Pathology, local health districts (LHDs), comprehensive stroke centres, NSW-based medical research institutes, and community. The NSW Brain Clot Bank, housed within NSW Health Pathology, is conducting ground-breaking research into the prevention and treatment of strokes and has gained significant state-wide, national, and international attention.

Dr Bhaskar has several years of leadership and governance experience initiating and delivering systems change in senior leadership and executive roles at academic, healthcare, and research organizations, not-for-profit boards, and international consortia. He leads national and international initiatives on reducing health disparities, with a focus on vulnerable populations and under-resourced settings. Since 2020, he has led several expert committees and contributed to policy briefs on COVID-19.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr Bhaskar is leading a not-for-profit independent think-tank on policy development for global pandemic citizen preparedness and action, namely the Pandemic Health System REsilience PROGRAM (REPROGRAM) international consortium (> 150 members from > 25 countries) of international healthcare physicians, researchers, and policymakers. The consortium has published policy briefs and evidence-based practice recommendations, which have been adopted by the community and public organizations and published in peer-reviewed journals to address emergent and future risks and concerns specific to several low-income countries and vulnerable communities.

Dr Bhaskar has a deep and longstanding commitment to the not-for-profit sector, medical volunteering, and community service in Australia and overseas. Dr Bhaskar is the recipient of prestigious national and international awards, including the EU Marie Curie Fellowship, the Spanish Ministry of Health Fellowship, the Dutch Ministry Top Talent Award in Biomedical Sciences and Medical Innovation, and the Prof. AR Rao Young Scientist Award. He is the two-time winner of the 2019 European Academy of Neurology (EAN) Investigator Award, the 2020 Rotary Vocational Excellence Award, the 2021 Paul Harris Fellow recognition, the 2022 Top 40 under 40 Most Influential Asian Australian Leadership Award, the 2022 Australian Global Talent Award and the 2023 IABCA Science, Research and Development Award.

Dr. Bhaskar has developed an international profile as a key thought leader and communicator in global health neurology, innovation, and research partnerships, underscored by the local and global impact of his leadership and initiatives on health systems & communities, strategic and engaging multi-stakeholder engagement experience, and an extensive publication record. The depth of Dr. Bhaskar’s work has also been recognized by the recent grant of the Global Talent Immigration (GTI) visa by the Australian Government (in late December 2021). GTI is a globally competitive program to attract highly qualified, experienced, and exceptionally talented (“specialized”) individuals with an international record of exceptional/outstanding achievement to work and live permanently in Australia.

Beyond medicine, Dr Bhaskar loves classical music, languages, deep conversations on history, culture, and music over red wine (his favorite being Vino Rojo de La Rioja), traveling, chess, and poetry. He is learning Japanese and Classical Hebrew, dabbles in theology and philosophy of life, and is addicted to Sephardic music, Rabindra Sangeet, Dreidel, and Jewish folktales.

Leadership in Medicine

Leadership in Global Health, Neurology and Neuroscience

Community Service and Impact

Track Record & Global Recognition

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