Meet the Editor: Sumanth Kumbargere Nagraj

In this feature, we introduce you to Cochrane Oral Health's editor Professor Sumanth Kumbargere Nagraj, an oral medicine and radiology specialist, who tells us a little about his involvement and interests - both inside and outside of Cochrane. 

Where do you currently work and what you do there? 
Faculty of Dentistry (Manipal University, Melaka campus), Melaka, Malaysia as a Professor and Head of Oral Medicine and Oral Radiology Department.

Describe a typical day for you: 
A typical day for me is a balance of teaching, consultation, reporting, administration, research work and spending time with family and friends.

What prompted you to work in this area?
The field of Oral Medicine has got a tremendous scope in clinical research as majority of the oral diseases lack high quality evidence in early diagnosis and management. This prompted me to start doing Cochrane reviews.  

What are the major challenges that still remain in your field? 
Evidence related to oral cancer in terms of economic evaluation trials and maxillofacial imaging which needs evidence from diagnostic test accuracy reviews. 

How did you first encounter Cochrane? 
Although I was aware about the importance of evidence based healthcare from 1999 itself, I came to know about Cochrane only in the year 2007 via the internet. On searching further, I came to know about South Asian Cochrane network at CMC Vellore, India and started referring to Cochrane publications related to my field to educate my patients and students. 

What is the most rewarding aspect of being involved with Cochrane? 
That we are able to provide highest quality health care evidence to the world. 

Who (or what) has been the biggest influence on your career to date?
My teachers, Prof.Dr.B.Balaji Rao and Prof.Dr.Abdul Rashid Hj.Ismail who taught me not only the importance of learning but also to unlearn and re-learn.

What are three words you would associate with Cochrane?
Transparency, trust and teamwork. 

What do you do in your spare time? 
Reading books, travelling and holidaying with family.