Smita Neelkanth Deshpande

Dr Smita Deshpande MBBS (Medical College, Nagpur University), DPM (Grant Medical College, Mumbai) MD (AIIMS, New Delhi) has served as the Head, Dept. of Psychiatry and De-Addiction, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, New Delhi since July 2004.

She has been actively involved in clinical services, teaching and research since joining Central Health Services, Government of India in 1987. She is also involved in advocacy for mentally ill persons and their families, public health education and rehabilitation. She is a member of the committee of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment , Government of India, reviewing revisions to the Persons with Disability Act in consonance with the UNCRPD.