Research/Areas of Interest:

Dr. Subbaraman's field research in India focuses on identifying deficiencies across multiple points in the TB cascade of care to facilitate the development of patient-centered interventions. He is currently contributing to evaluations of novel digital adherence technologies that have the potential to support medication adherence in TB patients; this work is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He is also investigating approaches for improving the outcomes and yield of active case-finding strategies for early detection of individuals with TB, with the support of a Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Development Award.

Dr. Subbaraman has also contributed to research on social and environmental determinants of health in urban slums in India, in collaboration with colleagues at PUKAR, an innovative research collective based in Mumbai. PUKAR uses community-based participatory research approaches to engage youth living in marginalized populations to study their communities and advocate for social change. PUKAR's health-related field research has illuminated the adverse impacts of legal exclusion on health outcomes in non-notified slums in India through studies of nutrition, child immunization, mental health, and water access, among other issues. Dr. Subbaraman is currently a co-principal investigator on a grant from the Sociology Program at the National Science Foundation exploring how public policies impact the experience of health in Mumbai's slum communities.


  • Master of Science in Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, United States, 2017
  • Doctor of Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, United States, 2007
  • Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Biology, University of Chicago, Chicago, United States, 2001


Dr. Subbaraman is an infectious diseases physician and epidemiologist who conducts implementation science research on strategies to improve delivery of tuberculosis (TB) care, and he also investigates social determinants of health in urban slums. Over the last 15 years, Dr. Subbaraman has engaged in public health research and advocacy on a variety of issues in India including housing rights (at SPARC and the National Slum Dwellers' Federation in Mumbai), HIV/AIDS (at the YRG CARE in Chennai), and health in urban slums (at PUKAR in Mumbai). He has also received clinical training, provided clinical care to patients, and taught medical students in South Africa, Uganda, and India as a medical student and resident physician.

In addition to conducting research, Dr. Subbaraman teaches courses focused on global health in the Tufts MD/MPH program, and he serves as an attending physician on the infectious diseases consultation service at Tufts Medical Center. He has a secondary clinical appointment in the Division of Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases at Tufts Medical Center and is associate director of the Tufts Center for Global Public Health.