Professor Ravi Maheswaran MD MRCP FFPH

Ravi Maheswaran

Section of Public Health
School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR)
The University of Sheffield
Regent Court
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA

Office: Room 2018, 2nd Floor, Regent Court

Tel: +44 (0) 114 222 0681
Fax: +44 (0) 114 222 0749

email :

ORCiD: 0000-0002-3899-4421


I joined the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) at the University of Sheffield in 1998 following a Clinical Lecturer post at the Small Area Health Statistics Unit, Imperial College London. I set up the Public Health GIS Unit in ScHARR in 1999 with funding from the National Public Health Development Fund.

I am currently the Director of Undergraduate Public Health Teaching providing leadership and management for public health input across the MBChB curriculum and Deputy Director of Research for ScHARR.

Research Interests

My main research interest concerns the application of geographical information systems and science (GIS) to public health research and practice. Research fields within this area include (i) geographical and environmental epidemiology; (ii) geographical variations in health and health care; and (iii) methodology for spatial studies.

Teaching Interests

I organise and deliver undergraduate public health teaching in the Community and Public Health Module in Phase 3a of the MBChB. I coordinate and teach the Epidemiology Module on the Master in Public Health (MPH) course. I also lecture on the new GIS in Public Health Practice Module in the MPH.

Professional activities

I organised the First European Conference on Geographic Information Sciences in Public Health, held in Sheffield in 2001 (252 participants from 19 countries) with European Union Fifth Framework funding to support the conference and associated workshops. I was involved in organising GIS Research UK 2002, the 2nd UK and Ireland Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology meeting, 2006 and GEOMED 2005 and 2009. I am on the Program Committee for GEOMED 2011 to be held in Victoria, BC, Canada

Current Projects

  • Department of Health: Evaluation of the new Summary Hospital Mortality Index (Co-Investigator) 2011.
  • Sheffield Primary Care Trust: Impact of migration on geographical patterns in health inequalities in Sheffield (Principal Investigator) 2010-12.
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council: Alcohol and the Performing Community (Co-Investigator) 2010-11.
  • Medical Research Council: Alcohol policy modelling and evaluation (Co-Investigator) 2010-13.

Key Publications

Maheswaran R, Pearson T, Smeeton N V, Beevers S D, Campbell M J, Wolfe C D. Impact of outdoor air pollution on survival following stroke - a population-based cohort study. Stroke 2010; 41: 869-77.

Maheswaran R, Pearson T, Hoysal N, Campbell M J. Evaluation of the impact of a health forecast alert service on admissions for chrnoic obstructive pulmonary disease in Bradford and Airedale. Journal of Public Health 2010; 32:97-102.

Maheswaran R, Craigs C, Read S, Bath P A, Willett P. A graph-theory method for pattern identification in geographical epidemiology - a preliminary application to deprivation and mortality. International Journal of Health Geographics 2009; 8:28

Maheswaran R, Pearson T, Munro J, Jiwa M, Campbell M J, Nicholl J. Impact of NHS walk-in centres on primary care access times: ecological study. British Medical Journal 2007;334:838-41.

Maheswaran R, Haining R P, Pearson T, Law J, Brindley P, Best N G. Outdoor NOx and stroke mortality - adjusting for small area level smoking prevalence using a Bayesian approach. Statistical Methods in Medical Research 2006; 15:499-516.

Maheswaran R, Pearson T, Jordan H, Black D. Socioeconomic deprivation, travel distance, location of service and uptake of breast cancer screening in North Derbyshire, UK. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 2006;60:208-12.

Maheswaran R, Haining RP, Brindley P, Law J, Pearson T, Fryers PR, Wise S, Campbell MJ. Outdoor air pollution, mortality and hospital admissions from coronary heart disease in Sheffield, United Kingdom – a small-area level ecological study. European Heart Journal 2005;26:2543-9.

Maheswaran R, Haining RP, Brindley P, Law J, Pearson T, Fryers PR, Wise S, Campbell MJ. Outdoor air pollution and stroke in Sheffield, United Kingdom – a small-area level geographical study. Stroke 2005;36:239-43.

Maheswaran R, Elliott P. Stroke mortality associated with living near main roads in England and Wales – a geographical study. Stroke 2003;34:2776-80.

Maheswaran R, Strachan DP, Dodgeon B, Best NG. A population-based case-control study for examining early life influences on geographical variation in adult mortality in England and Wales using stomach cancer and stroke as examples. International Journal of Epidemiology 2002;31:375-82.