Kavi Bhalla, PhD
Division: Health Systems
Center & Institute Affiliation(s):
- Global Health, Center for
- Injury Research and Policy, Johns Hopkins Center for
- International Injury Research Unit, Johns Hopkins (IIRU)
615 N. Wolfe Street, E8138
Baltimore , Maryland 21217
+1 954 849 8692
Global Burden of Injuries,: www.globalburdenofinjuries.org
PhD , Cornell University , 2001
My research focuses on assessing the health effects (injuries, air quality, physical activities, others) of transport and urban policies. In particular, a substantial amount of my work focuses on road safety in low and middle income countries. I do work in developing analytical tools for estimating the burden of injuries in information poor settings using existing data sources, including vital registers, mortuary and burial registers, hospital administrative records and trauma surveillance systems, household surveys, and verbal autopsy data. Our application of these methods has included estimates of the national burden of road injuries in 18 countries, regional burden of injuries in Africa, and the global burden of injuries. I co-led the injury expert group of the 2010 revision of the Global Burden of Disease (GBD-2010) project.
I am formally trained as a mechanical engineer and my PhD thesis research focused on the mechanics of material failure, which I later applied to the study of injury biomechanics and vehicle crashworthiness. I am broadly interested in the design of products, environments, and systems that are safe and have positive health impacts. I also have an interest in the use of systems science for assessing the health effects (injuries, air quality, and other) of transport and urban policies.
injuries, road safety, transport policy, systems science, global burden of injuries, urban planning, India, Africa
Bhalla K, Shotten M, Cohen A, et al. Transport for Health: The Global Burden of Disease Due to Injuries and Air Pollution From Motorized Road Transport. Washington, DC: World Bank Global Road Safety Facility, and Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation; 2014. Available at: http://www.healthmetricsandevaluation.org/gbd/publications/policy-report/transport-health-global-burden-disease-motorized-road-transport.
GBD Authors, 2012, Global and regional mortality from 235 causes of death for 20 age groups in 1990 and 2010: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010. The Lancet. 2012 Dec 13; 380: 2095–2128. (KB co-led the injury expert group of GBD 2010)
Bhalla, K., Li, Q., Duan, L., Wang, Y., Bishai, D., and Hyder, A., 2014, The prevalence of speeding and drink driving in two cities in China: a mid project evaluation of ongoing road safety interventions, accepted for publication in Injury, International Journal of the Care of the Injured.
Bhalla, K., Harrison, J., Shahraz, S., Fingerhut, L., on behalf of the Global Burden of Disease Injury Expert Group, 2010, An assessment of the availability and quality of cause of death data for estimating the global burden of injuries, Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 88:831–838C, doi:10.2471/BLT.09.068809.
Sanghavi, P., Bhalla, K., and Das, V., 2009, Fire-related deaths in India in 2001: a retrospective analysis of data, The Lancet, 373(9671), 1282-1288.