Curriculum Vitae


Dr Sapna Shridhar Patil


I am Dr.Sapna Shridhar Patil from Mumbai, India. I am presently working as a Senior Lecturer in the department of Public health,School of Medicine,Taylor’s University,Malaysia. I completed my MBBS and M.D. in Public health from T.N.Medical College and B.Y.L.Nair charitable hospital, Mumbai. I have 15 years of academic experience in India and Malaysia. 

My research interests include medical education,maternal and child health, statistical analysis,nutritional assessment and health promotion. 

  • Employee Representative of Taylor's University Lakeside Campus EHS Committee, Representative from School of Medicine,Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences,Taylor's University., 01/03/2017 to present
  • PHASE 1 PUBLIC HEALTH,EPIDEMIOLOGY AND BIOSTATISTICS BLOCK COORDINATOR, School of Medicine, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Taylor s University, 01/05/2016 to present
  • DISCIPLINE COORDINATOR, Community Medicine, School of Medicine, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Taylor s University, 01/01/2014 to present
  • School Representative for MBBS programme in Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Student Recruitment and Marketing team, Taylor s University, School of Medicine, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences,Taylor's University, 01/02/2022 to 31/12/2023
  • Senior Lecturer I, Faculty of Health & Medical Sciences, 07/08/2013 to 08/06/2023
  • PHASE II COMMUNITY MEDICINE 1 POSTING COORDINATOR, School of Medicine, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Taylor s University, 01/05/2016 to 31/12/2018
  • Doctor of Medicine, UNIVERSITY OF MUMBAI, India
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, UNIVERSITY OF MUMBAI, India
  • Indian Association of Preventive and Social Medicine, Life member, Since 2014 (National)
(Course Title),(Level of Study),(Institution),(Month/Year)
  • Communication Skills 1 and 2(Medical Ethics), Bachelor Degree, Taylor's University (03/2021)
  • Community Medicine, Bachelor Degree, Taylor's University (01/2018)
  • Public health,Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Bachelor Degree, Taylor's University (11/2017)
(Title of publication in APA style)
  • Hasamnis A.A. and Patil S.S.(2020).Life in COVID-19 times: A handbook of Tips on Personal Protection.1-23
Article in Journals
  • Lei Hum Wee, Jo Ann Andoy Galvan, Patil Sapna Shridhar, Priya Madhavan, Dinesh Mahalingam, Chai Hong Yeong, Yin How Wong, Hui Qi Poh, Sanjay Suthahar, Shamella Diya David, Xiao Jing Tan, Izzah Athirah Rosli, Caryn Mei Hsien Chan, Nizam Baharom, Nor Asiah Muhamad, Ching Sin Siau. (2023). Understanding Factors Associated with Motivation to Quit Vaping among Vapers in the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Healthcare. 11(14), 1980. (ISI-Indexed)
  • Krishnapillai A, Lugova H, Haque M, Ariaratnam S, Aziz AFBA, Maziz MNH, Patil SS, Daher AM, Ali SM, Rahman NAA, Rahman NIA, Chowdhury K, Sharma P, Etando A, Kumar S, Shahwan M, Godman B.(2022). The shock of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic on health professionals’ education: A pilot qualitative study in Malaysia. J Appl Pharm Sci.001-010 10. (SCOPUS-Indexed)
  • Patil SS, Hasamnis AA, Chinna K., Gan NWW, Ng BRM (2022). Perceived impact of the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic on Malaysian medical students: A descriptive, cross-sectional study. Med J DY Patil Vidyapeeth .15,S60-4.
  • Krishnasamy N, Hasamnis AA, Patil SS. Developing professional identity among undergraduate medical students in a competency‑based curriculum: Educators’ perspective. J Educ Health Promot 2022
  • Lugova H, Andoy-Galvan J, Patil S, Wong Y, Baloch G, Suleiman A et al. Prevalence and Associated Factors of the Severity of Depression, Anxiety and Stress Among Low-Income Community-Dwelling Adults in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Community Mental Health Journal. 2021 (ISI-Indexed)
  • Sing Joo G, Owen Devan DM, Shao Qi C and Patil SS.(2021). Association between depression, anxiety, stress and perceived quality of life in a Malaysian B40 urban community during the COVID-19 lockdown: A cross-sectional study [version 1; peer review: 1 approved] F1000Research.10:693 (ISI-Indexed)
  • Hasamnis, A.A., Patil, S.S.(2020).Uniformity in content and delivery of antimicrobial component in medical curriculum: Need of the hour , Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research. (ISI-Indexed)
  • Galvan, J. A. A., Ramalingam, P. N., Patil, S. S., bin Shobri, M. A. S., Chinna, K., Sahrir, M. S., & Chidambaram, K. (2020). Mode of delivery, order of birth, parental age gap and autism spectrum disorder among Malaysian children: A case-control study. Heliyon, 6(10), e05068. (ISI-Indexed)
  • Andoy-Galvan JA, Lugova H, Patil SS et al. Income and obesity in an urban poor community: a cross-sectional study [version 1; peer review: 2 approved]. F1000Research 2020, 9:160 (SCOPUS-Indexed)
  • Andoy-Galvan JA, Patil SS, Nair Ramalingam P et al. Self-reported competency, knowledge and practices of teachers teaching primary children with autism in government schools of West Malaysia: a cross-sectional study [version 1; peer review: awaiting peer review]. F1000Research 2020, 9:768 (SCOPUS-Indexed)
  • Hasamnis AA.,Patil SS.(2019).YouTube as a tool for health education,Journal of Education and Health Promotion. (SCOPUS-Indexed)
  • Hasamnis AA, Arya A, Patil SS. Case-based learning: Our experience in clinical pharmacology teaching. J Pharm Bioall Sci 2019;11:187-9 (SCOPUS-Indexed)
  • Hasamnis AA , Patil SS, Shaik Imam, Narendiran K.(2019). A Review of Pharmacoeconomics: the key to “Healthcare for All”,Sys Rev Pharm. 2019;10(1) Suppl: s 40-s 42 (SCOPUS-Indexed)
  • Subramanian S., Patil S.S., Ponnusamy S., Hasamnis A.A., Loh K.Y., Santosh N.(2019). Whole-grain consumption and its determinants in Malaysian medical students: A cross-sectional study, Indian J Public Health.63(3):220-226. (ISI-Indexed)
  • Patil SS.,Hasamnis AA.(2018).The Role and Scope of Research in Undergraduate Medical Curriculum,Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research. 12:LI01-LI02 (SCOPUS-Indexed)
  • Hasamnis, A.A., Narendiran, K., Aditya, A., Patil, S.S. (2017). Teaching pharmacology of autonomic nervous system drugs through medical simulation to phase-1 medical students. International Journal of Current Research in Medical Sciences. 3(5), i-ii.
  • Hasamnis AA, Patil SS.(2013).Experiences of Phase 1 students of MBBS course regarding motorcar accidents,International Journal of Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Research.1(2),58-59.
  • Jena S.K.,Uthakalla V.K.,Sukla P., Patil S.S.(2012). An interventional study on knowledge,attitude and practice regarding oral rehydration therapy among mothers of under five children in an urban slum of Rajahmundry,AP,Indian Journal of Public Health Research and Development.3(3),196-199. (SCOPUS-Indexed)
  • Jena S.K.,Uthakalla V.K., Patil S.S.(2012). Adolescent Girls and Reproductive Health: An Interventional Study in a Slum of Vijayawada, AP,Indian Journal of Public Health Research and Development.July-Sept,3(3),200-204. (SCOPUS-Indexed)
  • Dr. Hasamnis Ameya, Dr. Arun Kumar, Dr. Patil Sapna.(2011). Vagaries of P,International Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences Review and Research.6(2),1-2. (SCOPUS-Indexed)
  • Ameya A. Hasamnis, Sapna S Patil, Arun Kumar, Kyaw Thu, Basanta K Mohanty. (2011).Preferences of Medical Students Regarding Physical Characteristics of Oral Solid Dosage Formulations in Malaysia,Journal of Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics .2(2),119-20. (SCOPUS-Indexed)
  • A.A. Hasamnis, S.S. Patil, K.A. Narayan, Abdul Rashid Khan, B.K.Mohanty.(2010). Pattern of drug utilization in rural Malaysia, Annals of African Medicine.9(2),106-107. (SCOPUS-Indexed)
  • Patil Sapna S, Hasamnis Ameya A, Jena SK, Rashid AK, Narayan KA. (2010).Low awareness of Osteoporosis among women attending an Urban Health Centre in Mumbai, Western India,Malaysia Journal of Public Health Medicine. 10 (1),6-13. (SCOPUS-Indexed)
  • Sapna S Patil, Abdul Rashid K, KA Narayan.(2010).Unmet needs for contraception in married women in a tribal area of India, Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine.10(2), 44-51. (SCOPUS-Indexed)
  • Hasamnis AA, Patil SS, Mohanty BK, Thu K, Kumar A.(2010) Attitude of doctors towards physical characteristics of solid oral dosage forms. J Pharm Bioall Sci. 2,151. (SCOPUS-Indexed)
  • Mohanty BK, Aswini M, Hasamnis AA, Patil SS, Murty KSN, Jena SK. (2010).Prescription pattern in the Department of Medicine in a tertiary care hospital in South India, Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research [serial online] Feb.(4),2047-2051. (SCOPUS-Indexed)
  • Patil SS, Hasamnis AA, Narayan KA, Rashid AK, Mohanty BK. (2010).A household drug utilization survey among diabetics in rural Malaysia, Int J Diab Dev Ctries.30(4),231-232. (SCOPUS-Indexed)
  • A.A. Hasamnis, S.S. Patil, K.A. Narayan, Rashid AK, B.K.Mohanty.(2010). Drug utilization study for acute illnesses in village Banggol, Malaysia: The findings of a household survey, Al Ameen J Med Sci. 3(2):165-168.
  • A.K. Rashid, S.S. Patil & A.S. Valimalar.(2010)The Practice of Female Genital Mutilation among the rural Malays In North Malaysia,The Internet Journal of Third World Medicine. 9( 1).1-8.
  • A Rashid K, Sapna SP. (2010).Teaching public health: seminar or lecture? South East Asian Journal of Medical Education, South‐East Asian Journal of Medical Education.4(1),25-33.
  • Hasamnis AA, Mohanty BK, Muralikrishna, Patil S.(2010). Evaluation of wound healing effect of topical phenytoin on excisional wound in albino rats,Journal of Young Pharmacists.2(1),59-62. (SCOPUS-Indexed)
  • Hasamnis,A and Patil S.(2010).A Prescription Pattern Study of Antihypertensive Drugs in an Indian Referral Hospital, International Journal of Pharmagenesis. 1(2),285-86.
  • Hasamnis & S. Patil (2009). Prescription pattern study in type 2 diabetes mellitus in an Indian referral hospital. The Internet Journal of Pharmacology.7( 1).
  • Patil Sapna S, Hasamnis Ameya A, Pathare Rooma S, Parmar Aarti, Rashid AK, Narayan KA.(2009) Prevalence of Exclusive Breast Feeding and its Correlates in an urban slum in Western India, IeJSME. 3(2),14-18.
  • P. Sapna, H. Ameya, S. Sinha & S. Jena.(2009).Drought (2009): A Public Health Challenge in India,The Internet Journal of Third World Medicine.9(1),1-3.
  • K.M.Padmavathy, Sapna Patil, S.P.Pani.(2009) Unraveling the secrets of high performance to help low performers,South East Asian Journal of Medical Education.3 (1),65-66.
  • A.Rashid Khan, S.P.Sapna, K.A.Narayan.(2009) Teaching Racial Understanding to medical students,South East Asian Journal of Medical Education. 3(2),35-44.
Article in Proceeding
  • Obesity is a major risk factor for various non-communicable diseases. The prevalence of obesity is on the rise, especially in younger populations. Improper eating patterns coupled with lack of physical activity have largely contributed to this problem. Medical students are exposed to social, cultural and study related stress during their course period. These factors influence their patterns of eating and physical activity. A cross sectional study was conducted among medical students of Taylors’ University to study their nutrition habits and exercise pattern. A total of 159 medical students participated in the study. It was found that 69.8% of students had normal BMI, 14.5% of students were underweight and 15.7% students were overweight or obese. It was observed that the prevalence of obesity was more in male students as compared to female students. Out of 159 students, 15.7% of students skipped breakfast. The major food items in the diet was a combination of rice, egg, meat and vegetables. It was also noted that 42.1 % of the students consumed soda drink at least once a week. Majority of our students were involved in intentional physical activity of some kind and they were aware about the importance of both good nutrition and physical activity in maintaining good health. (SCOPUS-Indexed)
  • Whole grain consumption is associated with several health benefits. Little is known however, about whole grain consumption patterns in medical students in Malaysia. The objective of this study was to assess whole grain intake pattern and its determinants amongst Malaysian medical students. A cross sectional study investigating whole grain intake amongst 151 medical students in a private medical University in Malaysia was conducted. A self-administered questionnaire was used to assess socio demographic variables, the whole grain intake pattern and the knowledge and attitudes towards whole grain intake. The prevalence of reported whole grain intake in the past 3 months was 51%.Chinese ethnicity, readiness to adhere to Malaysian food pyramid and self-preparation of food and eating at home were significantly associated with whole grain consumption. However, the primary determinants of food choice like education, knowledge and affordability did not seem to influence whole grain consumption. Whole grain consumption is relatively low amongst Malaysian medical students. Cultural background and self-belief influence this practice despite being from the medical fraternity. Efforts are needed to bridge the knowledge – practice gap by assessing the barriers to whole grain consumption in order to design effective initiatives to promote an increase in whole grain consumption. (SCOPUS-Indexed)
Mass Media(Newspaper,Radio,TV,Popular Magazine)
  • Patil S.,& Kulankara Balan V. (2023, January 19). Wastewater Surveillance In COVID-19 Control. BusinessToday.
  • Patil S.,& Kulankara Balan V. (2023, January 20). Wastewater Surveillance Explained.
  • Patil S.,& Kulankara Balan V. (2023, January 25). Wastewater Surveillance helps in COVID-19 control. New Straits Times.
  • Patil S.,& Kulankara Balan V. (2023, January 31). Should We Be Worried About COVID-19 in Our Wastewater? HealthToday.
  • Of late, universal access to health-care has been widely discussed and examined, but prevention is indisputably better than cure where health is concerned.Lifestyle choices have a significant impact on our susceptibility to chronic diseases such as heart and lung disease, cancer and diabetes. These so-called non-communicable diseases (NCDs) - also known as lifestyle diseases - are responsible for nearly 70% of deaths globally. Ischaemic heart disease tops the cause of deaths worldwide, followed by stroke while chronic obstructive airways disease (a smoking-related chronic lung disease), lung cancer and diabetes are the fourth, fifth and sixth biggest killers respectively. Data from the Department of Statistics and Health Ministry show that the leading cause of death in Malaysia in 2016 was ischaemic heart disease (13.2%). Other NCDs such as stroke, diabetes, lung cancer and chronic obstructive airways rank among the top 10 causes of death in this country. Besides the millions of preventable and premature deaths from NCDs, the economic burden of managing these diseases and their complications is huge and remains a pressing issue globally. Changes in lifestyle, socio-demographic and economic transition, improved affordability, ease of trade and travel, and urban hunger have contributed significantly to the emergence of NCDs as the leading cause of deaths globally, including in Malaysia.High blood sugar, raised blood pressure, high level of cholesterol, obesity and physical inactivity have been recognised as the most prevalent (common) risk factors for NCDs which, if recognised and managed efficiently, can help reduce the burden of the diseases. Consumption of an unhealthy diet comprising few fruits and vegetables, high salt and trans-fats,physical inactivity, tobacco use, and harmful alcohol use are the common "behaviourally modifiable" risk factors of NCDs. Prevention of NCDs requires management of the "risk factors" right from the early years of life. The health and social needs of populations should be considered at all stages of the life course, starting from preconception right to adulthood. This needs to be supported by facilities for early detection and treatment of the diagnosed conditions.Individuals with risk factors who do not have any symptoms must be able to access these healthcare services too.Dealing with chronic NCDs remains a constant challenge for healthcare providers all over the world. Diseases such as diabetes and heart problems are complex to manage and require concerted efforts by the individual as well as the healthcare system. Prevention of complications of these diseases significantly reduces mortality and aids in improving the quality of life of the person. As adults, we must lead by example and start encouraging our children to adopt healthy eating habits at home and school, together with being physically active to preventing these lifestyle diseases.
  • Proposed soda tax raises concerns
  • SENIOR citizens will soon outnumber young people. Globally, the ageing population is growing at an unprecedented rate, thanks largely to better healthcare and a falling birth rate. The phenomenon is most significant in places such as Japan, Singapore, the United States and across Europe, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Malaysia is heading in the same direction. Our country will become an ageing nation by 2035 when up to 15% of the total population falls under the "senior citizens" category. According to Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim, up to 5.6 million Malaysians will be aged 60 and above by 2035. At the Dewan Rakyat last year, Rohani said her ministry had taken measures to prepare for the challenges of an ageing nation by ensuring that there are adequate healthcare services. That would include proper infrastructure for senior citizens. The growing number of older people can be attributed to a longer life expectancy. The average Malaysian now lives 12 to 17years more after retirement. The official retirement age is 60. at work, says Dr Sapna. Malaysian Healthy Ageing Society adviser Prof Nathan Vytialingam says citizens who remain healthy as they age can help the government to cut healthcare expenditure significantly "We can choose to age healthily. It begins by having a healthy child who then becomes a healthy teenager, adult and subsequently when he reaches old age," he says. preferences of older people Healthcare for senior citizens will continue to gain importance. The United Nations estimates that Malaysia's older population wil: reach 9.7 million by ?0S0. While the government has a duty to ensure :he citizenry has access to good healthcare, it is also up to the individual to practise a healthy Lifestyle. But, says Sapna, many people continue to neglect their personal health. preparing for an ageing nation In Less than 20 years, more than 15% of Malaysians will be aged 60 and above. The Malaysian Ageing Research Institute has identified issues and formulated strategies to prepare the nation to deal with a high population of senior citizens. Apart from health issues, an aged nation will have an impact on the economy as well. Will the Malaysian economy continue to thrive or will it be bogged down by a large number of people who are no longer able to offer a positive contribution? Australian newspaper The Age, in its report The economics of an ageing population says it will nave an impact on the national savings as an increase in the number of elde'.y leads to an increase :n the numbers who draw down assets. Besides, there would be a significant increase in social security and health programmes fo" the elderly If the nation looks at the impact of an ageing population on the workforce which affects tne employees' productivity, then it would make more sense for the employe's to look into the comprehensive plan of healthy lifestyle at work, says Dr Sapna.
Digital Media
  • Taylor's Case Study: Humanising Medicine,
(Title of Thesis),(Name of Candidates),(Academic Level),(Role)
  • IDIL MOHAMED YUSUF  (Co-supervisor (Internal))
(Title),(Event),(Date Presented),(Organiser),(Level)
  • INTERDISCIPLINARY E-LEARNING EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE OF YEAR 2 MEDICAL STUDENTS, Taylor's 14th Teaching and Learning Conference 2021, 13/10/2021 to 15/10/2021, Taylor's University (International)
  • Association between depression, anxiety, stress and perceived quality of life in a Malaysian B40 urban community during the COVID-19 lockdown: A cross-sectional study., 1st International Conference on Medical Goes Public, 27/02/2021 (International)
  • Quality of life and depression among elderly residing in a low-cost housing area in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: a community-based study, 5th International Conference on Public Health, 10/07/2019 to 12/07/2019, TIIKM (International)
  • Whole grain consumption and its determinants in Malaysian medical students., 3rd International Conference on Public Health 2017, 27/07/2017 to 29/07/2017, The International Institute of Knowledge Management (International)
  • A community based study to assess the morbidity profile and health seeking behaviour of the elderly in the field practice area of an Urban health training centre in Mumbai, India., 7th Malaysian Conference on Healthy Ageing, 02/04/2014 to 05/04/2014, Malaysian Healthy Ageing Society (National)
(Name of Award/Stewardship),(Award Category),(Awarding Institution),(Year Awarded),(Type of Award)
  • Best Senior Lecturer of the Year(Medicine), Education, DHS Foundation, New Delhi, India, 2022 (Best Senior Lecturer)
  • International Scientist Awards on Engineering, Science and Medicine, Services, VDGOOD Professional Association, 2021 (Women Researcher award)
  • Best Research paper award, Conference, Taylor's University, 2021 (Best Paper Award)
  • HIND RATTAN AWARD, Services, NRI Welfare Society of India, New Delhi, 2020 (Exceptional contribution in the field of medical and health sciences )
  • Taylor's University TimeS Top Most Active Module (School Level), Education, Taylor's University, 2019 (Module Coordinator)
  • Taylor s University 2nd Place Most Active Module, 2017, Education, Taylor's University, 2018 (Module coordinator)
  • TImeS Top 3 most active module (School level), Education, Taylor's University, 2017 (Module coordinator)
  • TImeS Top 3 Most Active Module 2015, Education, Taylor's University, 2016 (Module Coordinator)
  • Pemenang Hadiah Artikel Terbaik MJPHM 2010, Competition, The Malaysian Public Health Physicians Association, 2011 (Beat article of the year 2010)
(Contribution to Society),(Duration),(Level)
  • Organised the webinar entitled "AIDS in the COVID-19 era" as part of HIV/AIDS awareness to commemorate World AIDS Day 2020., 05/12/2020 (National)
  • Organised the "World AIDS Day 2019" awareness activity at Taylor's University lakeside campus, 28/11/2019 (University)
(Course Title),(Course Mode),(Date/Duration),(Level)
  • Taylor's 14th Teaching and Learning Conference, Research, 13/10/2021 to 15/10/2021 (International)
  • 13th National Conference for Clinical Research - Conference Of Very Important Disease (COVID-19), Non research, 24/08/2020 to 26/08/2020 (National)
  • Taylor's 12th Teaching and Learning Conference, Research, 13/09/2019 to 14/09/2019 (University)
  • 5th International Conference on Public Health, Research, 10/07/2019 to 12/07/2019 (International)
  • Taylor's 10th Teaching & Learning Conference, Research, 30/09/2017 to 01/10/2017 (University)
  • HPV&HPV vac.inH&N cancer and Getting IN&OUT OF CRANIUM P,P&F(SoM only), Research, 14/06/2017 to 14/06/2017
  • Like Me, Share Me, Play Me, Research, 30/05/2017 to 30/05/2017
  • Abdominalpregnancy,Chemocervicalcancer,OSCErating&Standardsetting (SoM only), Research, 17/05/2017 to 17/05/2017
  • Case Based Learning : A Problem Based Approach, Research, 28/04/2017 to 28/04/2017
  • Using Online Quiz and Gradebook for Effective Assessment, Research, 24/04/2017 to 24/04/2017
  • Immunology & Nobel Prize Crispr In Research (SoM only), Research, 19/04/2017 to 19/04/2017
  • Taylor's Teaching & Learning Festival 2017 (Day 2), Research, 22/03/2017 to 22/03/2017
  • Head Injury Approach to D&M & Radiology in Head Injury (SoM only), Research, 17/03/2017 to 17/03/2017