Om P. Kharbanda, MDS (Lucknow), M Orth RCS (Edinburg), M MEd (Dundee), FDS RCS (Edinburg) Hon, FAMS, holds the prestigious National Chair of the Indian Council of Medical Research, named after Dr C.G. Pandit, its first Director at Department of Plastic Surgery, All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS), New Delhi, India. He is a renowned author of an orthodontic textbook and is credited with highly cited research of 150+ publications.
Professor Kharbanda is among the pioneers of cleft orthodontics in India and Southeast Asia and is considered a world authority in the field. He is well known for his significant contributions to clinical orthodontics, higher education, research, and for promoting cleft care. With a passion and zeal for cleft care, he underwent advanced training at Manchester, UK, as a British Commonwealth Fellow. Later, he was affiliated as a “Visiting Scholar” of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) at internationally renowned cleft centres at Lancaster, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, and Toronto, Canada. To reduce the burden of care, he evolved innovative and cost-effective approaches to manage complex malocclusions. He is also the curator of the multicentre “India-cleft” Task Force project of the Indian Council of Medical Research; founder of India’s first Cleft and Craniofacial Orthodontic fellowship at AIIMS; and an advisor to the Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK), Government of India.