Professor Krish Nirantharakumar MBBS MPH MFPH MRCP(UK) MD

Professor Krish Nirantharakumar

Institute of Applied Health Research
Professor in Health Data Science and Public Health
Honorary Consultant in Public Health Medicine
Deputy Director of the Institute of Applied Health Research

Contact details

IOEM Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Krish is a senior clinical academic with substantial experience in health informatics research.

He is the theme lead for health informatics and Professor in Health Data Science and Public Health at the Institute of Applied Health Research, with affiliation to the Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research, University of Birmingham. Krish has particular interests in developing novel digital tools that enable effective/efficient healthcare systems and expedite health care research. He co-innovated the Automated Clinical Epidemiology Studies tool. The innovation has led to a number of high impact publications and to a UKRI Innovation Clinical Fellowship with HDR UK. His long term mission is to lead a global health informatics team to improve the health and wellbeing of the disadvantaged communities in low and middle income countries.


  • MD University of Birmingham, UK 2013
  • Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) in Public Health Medicine, West Midlands Deanery, UK 2012
  • MFPH Faculty of Public Health, UK 2010
  • PGDip. (Epidemiology) University of London, UK 2009
  • MPH University of Birmingham, UK 2008
  • MRCP (UK) Royal College of Physicians, UK 2007
  • MBBS University of Colombo, Sri Lanka 2002


Krish completed his medical degree in 2002 and trained in hospital medicine in a number of hospitals in UK. He was elected through exams as a Member of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP) in 2007. Later he specialised in Public Health Medicine (2007 – 2012) completing a Masters in Public Health (MPH), Membership exams of the Faculty of Public Health (MFPH) and the certificate for completion of specialist training (CCT) in Public Health Medicine. He obtained his doctoral research degree (MD) studying the potential role of health informatics tools in improving the care of hospitalised patients with diabetes.

In March 2012 he was awarded a 3 year clinical research fellowship by the West Midlands Deanery. However in April 2013 to gain experience in working in a cross disciplinary environment with computer scientists, mathematicians and engineers he joined the Institute of Digital Healthcare (IDH) at University of Warwick as a senior research fellow.

Later in March 2014 he returned to University of Birmingham to take on a Senior Clinical Lecturer post. In February 2018 in recognition of his contribution to Real World Evidence (RWE) research and co-innovation of the DExtER tool for Automated Clinical Epidemiology Studies (ACES) he was awarded a prestigious MRC fellowship (UKRI Innovation Clinical Fellow). 

Krish has vast experience in teaching and has lead the MPH (Programme Lead) and post graduate taught courses (Director for PGT) at the Institute of Applied Health Research. He was awarded the competitive and prestigious vice chancellor's outstanding teaching award in 2016. 

Krish has honorary consultant in Public Health Medicine appointments with Public health England and University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. He is the founder of the West Midlands Health Informatics Network ( and the Co-Innovator of the DExtER tool with his colleague Krishna Gokhale.


Postgraduate supervision

Krish is interested in supervising doctoral and masters research students in the following areas:

  • The role of informatics and digital technology in the management of diabetes and multiple morbidities.
  • Epidemiology of endocrinological disorders
  • Public Heath Informatics and Clinical Informatics

If you are interested in studying any of these subject areas please contact Krish directly, or 
for any general doctoral research enquiries, please email

For a full list of available Doctoral Research opportunities, please visit our Doctoral Research programme listings 


Real World Evidence THIN-KINGROUP: This group led by Krish and Nicola Adderley utilises traditional cohort and routinely collected health care data to answer important clinical questions on risk factors, therapeutic options and complications of a number of clinical conditions, in particular diabetes and endocrinology disorders. We also evaluate policies and estimate healthcare costs utilising routinely collected data.

Automated Clinical Epidemiology Studies (ACES): This strand informs Krish’s fellowship and is Co-lead with Krishna Gokhale. This work stream automates routine and complex epidemiology study designs and data extraction to expedite epidemiology and policy research. In an ambitious project the team is building two separate platforms for: 1) Automated Infant and Mothers Studies (AIMS) and 2) Automated Pharmaco-Epidemiology Studies (APES). This work stream will also build global collaborators by sharing the tool with international partners to enable simultaneous research across multiple countries/databases for a given clinical question (ACES: Global).  

Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Research on Inpatient Diabetes Group for E-Health (QueenBRIDGE): This strand develops, implement and evaluate digital technologies and decision support tools to improve care of hospitalised patients with diabetes.

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Other activities

  • Honorary Consultant in Public Health Medicine, Public Health England and University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, 2013 onwards
  • Joint Theme Lead: Health Informatics, Institute of Applied Health Research, University of Birmingham.  2018 onwards
  • UKRI Innovation Clinical Fellow: Health Data Research UK. 2018 onwards
  • Associate Clinical Fellow: Health Informatics Unit, Royal College of Physicians, UK - 2014 onwards
  • Founder and member: West Midlands Health Informatics Network (WIN): - 2013 onwards
  • Committee member: Acute care, Clinical Scientific Group (CSG), Diabetes UK – March 2017 to date
  • Expert topic member: NICE guidelines update committee for diabetes prevention in high risk patients -  2016-17
  • Expert topic member: NICE guidelines update committee for SGLT2 inhibitors and GLP1 agonists in diabetes management – 2017
  • Co-Director (Public Health): Centre for Crime Justice and Policing, University of Birmingham – 2016 onwards


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