Dr. T. Sundararaman, is currently professor and dean of the School of Health Systems Studies in Tata Institute of Social Sciences. An MD in Internal Medicine from Madras University he spent the first 22 years of his professional life as a member of the faculty and professor of Department of Internal Medicine, JIPMER. He then moved to working with public health systems. For first 5 years of his public health career he was head of the State Health Resource Center Chhattisgarh from 2002 to 2007 where he pioneered the Mitanin programmes and state health sector reforms. Then as executive director of National Health Systems Resource Center, from 2007 to 2014 he developed and led an institution providing technical support to the many initiatives undertaken under the National Rural Health Mission. He was also the member secretary of the Sector Innovation Council in Health. In 2014-15, he served as visiting faculty for one year in the Dept of Social Medicine & Community Health in Jawaharlal Nehru University and as adjunct faculty in the dept of humanities of IIT Chennai. All along he has also been an activist for health rights and an organizer of people’s health movements or Jan Swasthya Abhiyan as it is popularly known. He has published a number of research papers and popular books on strengthening public health services and on health policy.