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Department : Sports Medicine

Dr Kiran Kumar Kulkarni

MBBS, Post Graduate Diploma in Sports Medicine (DSM), Fellowship from Indian Association of Sports Medicine

Consultant Sports & Exercise Medicine Physician

RxDx SAMANVAY, Malleswaram

Dr Kiran Kumar Kulkarni is a Consultant Sports Medicine Physician with over 21 years of experience.

He is a Former National Team Doctor for the All-India Football Federation (AIFF), a Medical and Anti-Doping Advisor to the Gymnastics Federation of India, a Past Executive Council Member of Indian Association of Sports Medicine and the Indian Federation of Sports Medicine.

At present, Dr Kulkarni is the Joint Secretary for Indian Society for Sports and Exercise Medicine (ISSEM), a medical officer of the Asian Football Confederation and a BCCI / IDTM certified and FIFA certified Doping Control Officer (DCO).

In 2005 Dr Kiran won the “National Award & Fellowship” for his outstanding contributions in the field of Sports Medicine. He had been an International Gymnast and Acrobat.

FIFA – AFC Regional Course in Football Medicine, New Delhi, 2013

American school for Continuing Medical Education Completed CME activity in Management of Osteoporosis: Optimizing fracture Reduction, 2011

Team Physician Advanced Course, 29th World Sports Medicine FIMS Congress, China, 2006

National Awardee and Fellow in Sports Medicine, Indian Association of Sports Medicine (IASM), Chennai, 2005

Team Physician Development Course, IFSM (International Federation of Sports Medicine), Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, 2003

Post Graduate Diploma in Sports Medicine (DSM), Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports, Government Medical College, Patiala, 1999

Post Graduate Diploma in Sports Medicine (DSM), Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports, Patiala, 1999

Post Graduate Diploma in Nutrition & Dietetics (DND), Institute of Health Care Administration, Chennai, 1999

MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery) Mysore Medical College, Mysore, 1996

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  • Life Member, Indian Medical Association (IMA Dharwad Chapter)

  • Life Member, Indian Society for Bone and Mineral Research – ISBMR (New Delhi)

  • Life Member, National Association of Physical Education and Sports Sciences

  • Convener & Advisor, Medical & Anti-Doping Committee, Gymnastics Federation of India (GFI)

  • Executive Council Member, Indian Association of Sports Medicine (IASM), 2004-08

  • Executive Council Member, Indian Federation of Sports Medicine (IFSM), 2006-08

  • Member, Age Screening Committee, Volley Ball Federation of India

  • Fellow, Indian Association of Sports Medicine (IASM) – FIASM

  • Listed in WADA’s Researchers Directory (

  • Over 21 years as a specialist
  • Consultant Sports Medicine Physician, RxDx Healthcare, 2021-present
  • FIFA Certified Doping Control Officer, 2015
    Accompanied teams from India to International events:
  • Medical and Doping Control Officer for Asian Cup Football in Bangalore, August 2017
  • Medical and Doping Control Officer for AFC U16 Football championship qualifiers held in Iran September 2017
  • LOC Doping Control Officer at FIFA U17 Football World Cup to be held in India, October 2017
  • Assistant to the Doctor covering the 5th Junior Asian Games Gymnastics Championship, Delhi, March1992
  • Indian Team Doctor & Medical In-charge at the 1st SAARC International Gymnastics Championship, March 1998 Allahabad (U.P), India
  • Indian Team Doctor at 1st South Central Asian Confederation (CSAG) Gymnastics Championship – Patiala, Punjab, India – Dec 1999
  • Indian Team Doctor for the National Gymnastics Team at the Asian Artistic & Rhythmic Gymnastics Championship, Guangzhou, China – Nov 2003
  • Team Doctor at the 2nd South Asian Confederation Gymnastics Championships, Allahabad, India Feb 2005
  • Indian Team Doctor at Rajeev Gandhi International Asian Gymnastics Championships – Hyderabad, India, Aug 2005
  • Chief Tournament Physician for International Sony Eriksson WTA Tennis Tournament – Bangalore, India Feb 2006
  • Chief Tournament Physician for PVG International ATP Tennis Challenge Tournament at Dharwad, India April 2006
  • Indian Team Doctor & Medical Committee Chairman for the 3rd Asian Senior Artistic & Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships, Surat, Gujarat – India, Aug 2006
  • Dope Control Officer (DCO) at the 1st Afro-Asian Games held at Hyderabad, India 2003
  • Visited Dope Control Laboratory & CENARD – High performance Training Centre for Sports, Buenos Aries, Argentina – June 2004
  • Sports Medicine Consultant at the 4 CISM, Military World Games, Hyderabad, India. October, 2007
  • Team Doctor for National Women Hockey Team during Chile – Argentina Test matches, Jan 2009
  • Team Doctor, National Football Team for AFC Challenge Cup, Sri Lanka, 15 – 27 Feb 2010
  • National Team Doctor, Men’s Football – Asian Football Cup, Doha, Qatar, Jan 2011
  • National Team Doctor, Football, AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers, Kaula Lampur, Malaysia. March 2011
  • National Team Doctor, Football, U-22, Coaching Camp, Gurgaon for tour to UK – August 2011
    Accompanied teams to National events:

  • Medical Officer, Mysore Dasara Games and Sports, 1996
  • Medical Officer, 4th National Games for Gymnastics, Table Tennis & Handball held at Mysore and Bangalore, 1997
  • Medical Officer, National Women’s Sports Festival held at Davangere, Karnataka, 1999
  • Sports Medical Doctor, Dasara Games and Sports, Mysore, 1999
  • Sports Medical Doctor, 6th Federation Cup Gymnastics Championship held at Ujjain (M.P), 2000
  • Sports Medical Doctor, Junior National Gymnastics Championship held at Ramgundam – (A.P), 2000
  • Medical Officer, 41 Junior National Gymnastic Championship, Karimnagar (A.P), 2000
  • Sports Medical Officer, Senior National Gymnastics Championships Ambala -Haryana, 2001
  • Medical Officer, Gymnastics at the National Games – Patiala, Punjab, 2001.
  • Medical Doctor, Inter – SAI Basket Ball Championship – STC, Dharwad, Karnataka, 2001
  • Medical In-charge, All India Cricket Tournament for the Physically Handicap & Disabled, Railway Grounds, Hubli, Karnataka, 2002
  • Medical In-charge, 42nd Senior National Gymnastics Championship, Hyderabad, A.P, 2002
  • Medical In-charge appointed by Gymnastics Federation of India to provide Medical Cover for National Gymnastics Team representing India at Manchester Common Wealth Games, Allahabad (U.P), 2002
  • Medical In-charge, Inter SAI Kabaddi Championship held at SAI, STC, Dharwad, Karnataka, Jan 2003
  • Medical Officer, Athletics & Half Marathon Championship conducted by Vishweshwaraiah Technical University at SDM Engineering College, Dharwad, 2003
  • Medical Officer on behalf of Gymnastics Federation of India at the 32nd National Games Gymnastics Championship at Hyderabad (A.P), 2003
  • Sports Medicine Expert to conduct Pre-Participation Medical Screening Examination for Sub Juniors, Juniors & Seniors Gymnasts for the last 8 years participating at National Camps & Championships
  • Field Doctor, Vishweshwaraiah Technical University Athletics Championship – Dharwad, Karnataka, Nov 2004
  • Doctor In-charge – 2 National Level Karate Championship, Dharwad, Karnataka – Nov 2004
  • Medical In-charge, Senior National Gymnastics Championship – Poona, Maharashtra, Dec 2004
  • Dope Control Officer (DCO) at Punjab National Games, 2001
  • Dope Control Officer (DCO) at Hyderabad National Games, 2003
  • Dope Control Officer (DCO) at Guwahati, Assam National Games, 2007
  • Sports Medicine Consultant, National Karate-Do Championships, Bangalore, Karnataka, 2006
  • Sports Medicine Consultant, Senior National Gymnastics Championships, Trivandrum, Kerala, Jan 2008
  • Medical In-charge for Age Screening Committee (VFI) during Sub junior and Mini Nationals Volleyball Championships held at Shimoga, 2009, and Bhopal, 2010
  • BCCI – IDTM Certified Dope Control Officer, 2014-present
  • Asian Football Confederation (AFC) – Medical Officer, 2013
  • Convener & Advisor – Medical & Anti-Doping Committee – Gymnastics Federation of India (GFI), 2000-2010
  • National Team Doctor – All India Football Federation (AIFF)
  • Medical Officer & Lecturer, Nadir College of Physical Education, 2000-present
  • Guest faculty at Karnataka University, 2001-present
  • Executive Council Member, IASM, 2004-2008
  • Sports Medicine, Exercise & Rehabilitation Consultant, Vaatsalya Multi-Speciality Hospital, Hubli, 2005-2008
  • Sports Medicine Consultant, Sports Training Centre, Dharwad, 2001 to 2014
  • Sports Medicine Consultant, Department of Youth Services & Sports, Sports Hostel, RN Shetty Stadium, Dharwad
  • Vice President, Dharwad District Sports Promotion Organization
  • Vice President, North Karnataka Physically Handicap & Sports Welfare Association
  • Joint Secretary, Cycle Polo Association of Karnataka State
  • Treasurer, IMA Dharwad, 2008

Sports Medicine (Exercise, Fitness, Nutrition, Rehabilitation)

Anti-Doping Advisor

Exercise Medicine

  • English
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  • Kannada


Member of Indian Gymnastics team, International Acrobatics Championship, Burgas, Bulgaria, 1989

Represented as Group Study Exchange Team Member and as an Ambassador of Peace, Goodwill & Friendship, Argentina, 2004

Participated in the Senior National Gymnastics Championships 5 times

Participated in Sub-Junior and Junior National Gymnastics Championships

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Introduced Fresh Subjects – Sports Medicine, Sports Psychology and Physiology of Exercise for Masters in Physical Education at Karnataka University – Dharwad & teaching these subjects for the last 14 years

Awards and Nominations

Certificate of Excellence & Award, Best outgoing Medical Graduate for Outstanding Performance in Sports, 1995

Centenary Medalliation (Recognition & Appreciation), Gymnasia Foot Ball Club – La Plata, for a talk on Foot Ball Injuries, Argentina, 2004

National Award and Fellowship in Sports Medicine from the Indian Association of Sports Medicine (IASM) for outstanding contribution to the field of Sports Medicine in India, 2005

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Rotary International District Governors Excellence Award for the development of community and Rotary service, 2006

Dharwad District Youth Award, 2007

District Governors Excellence Award, 2008

Rotary International Dist. 3170. District Governors Excellence Award for the Development of Community and International Service, 2009

Karnataka State Olympic Award for contribution to Sports Medicine field, 2017

Publications & Talks

International (Paper Presentation/Seminar)
  • “Medical Doctors and Doping in Sports – Awareness, Knowledge & Attitudes”- presented at the 29 FIMS,
    World Congress of Sports Medicine, Beijing, China – June 2006
  • “Challenges of Sports Medicine in India” – Lead Guest Speaker at the International Conference on Physical
    Education & Sports Sciences, Manipal, Karnataka, India – April 06
  • “Bone Mineral Density Assessment in Sports Persons in the age group of 15 – 30 years” – 1st South Asian
    Bone and Mineral Research International Conference, AIIMS, New Delhi, India – 2007
  • “Awareness, Knowledge & Attitudes of Doping amongst Coaches & Physical Educationists – The Indian
    Scenario” abstract selected to be presented at the 2008 Pre Olympics International Convention on Science,
    Education and Medicine in Sports (ICSEMIS), Guangzhou – China, 1-5th August – 2008
  • “Awareness, Knowledge & Attitudes of Doping amongst Coaches and Physical Educationists – The Indian Scenario” – presented at the Asian Federation of Sports Medicine Congress at GND University, Amritsar, India, 4-6th Dec – 2009
  • “WADA – Its Role in Anti-Doping and Athlete Education” – Invited Speaker at International Conference on Integrative & Personalized Medicine & 42nd Annual Conf. of Indian Pharmacological Society, Kolkata, India, 10th 12 Dec, 2009
  • “Doping Drugs and Nutritional Supplements” Resource person at the Pre Common Wealth Games
    Congress Anti-Doping Workshop at Manav Rachana University, New Delhi – 2011
  • “Awareness, Knowledge & Attitudes of Doping amongst U- 23 Asian Footballers, presented at the 4 AFC
    Congress on Science and Medicine in Football, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, March 18-20 2011
National (Paper Presentation/Seminar)
  • Knee and Ankle Injuries in Elite Sportspersons – XVII Annual Conf. of Orthopaedics, Patiala, Punjab, 1998
  • Myositis Ossificans in an Elite Weight Lifter – A Case Report, XVIII Annual Conf. of Orthopaedics, P.G.I. Chandigarh, 1999
  • Female Athletic Triad – North Zone FOGSI Conf. on OBG, Patiala, 1999
  • Sports Medicine & its Importance – University Grants Commission (UGC), National Conference on Sports Medicine, Yoga & Physical Fitness, Gulbarga University, 2003
  • BMD Assessment of Sports persons – National Congress on Sports Medicine, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Dec 2003
  • Female Athletic Triad & Sports Gynaecology – A review, 26 Annual National Congress on Sports Medicine, Chennai, Jan 2005
  • Many paper presentations done on Sports Medicine & its issues at local Level with Pediatrics, Orthopaedics, Gynaecology, Psychiatry, Geriatrics & Internal Medicine
  • Smart Heart Fitness – Programme designed for Cardiac Rehabilitation presented at Vaatsalya Multi Specialty Hospital, Hubli, 2006
  • Osteoporosis and Exercise – IMA Raichur, Raichur District Orthopaedic and Gynaecology Association, Dec 2006
  • Guest Speaker at Seminars & Work Shops on “Anti-Doping and Drug Abuse in Sports” at K.G. Nadgir College of Physical Education & Karnataka Arts College, Dharwad, 2007
  • Drug Abuse & Doping in Sports – Guest Speaker at the National Seminar organized by Haryana Olympic Association & Jat Sabha, Chandigarh, December 2007
  • Doping & Drug Education in Sports – Guest Speaker at Work Shop conducted for Physical Education Directors under Kuvempu University, Tarikere, Shimoga, March 2008
  • Recreational Drugs & Drugs in Sports – Guest Speaker at work shop conducted by Indian Medical Association & Sports Authority of India, Dharwad, August 2008
  • Sports Nutrition, Hydration & Sports Injury Prevention – Guest Speaker at Seminar conducted by Dept. of Youth Services & Sports and K.G. Nadgir College of Phy.Edu, Dharwad, Oct 2008
  • Prevention of Sports Injuries – Guest Speaker at the 30th Annual Conference of Sports Medicine (IASM), KLES University, JN Medical College, Belgaum, Karnataka, November 2008
  • Resource Faculty Member at the Pre – Congress Courses in Team Physician Development Course, Anti-Doping Course, Sports Massage Course and Rehab Course at the 30th Annual Conference of IASM, KLES University, Belgaum, Karnataka, November 2008
  • Doping in Sports – Athlete Education, Seminar conducted by IMA Gadag, Feb 2009
  • Sports Injuries & Prevention, Seminar conducted by IMA Belgaum. June 2009
  • Guest Speaker at Seminar conducted by 2010 Common Wealth Games Org. Committee in SAI, South Centre, Bangalore for National Coaches and National Campers
  • Key note Speaker at the National Sports Medicine Conference held at Turinaveli Tamil Nadu, 29 Jan 2010
  • Guest Speaker – Symposium on Doping Menace, Dept. of Youth Services & Sports, Mysore Medical College Alumni Association, Mysore, Karnataka – India, 3rd Aug-2011
  • Guest Speaker – National Conference in Physical Education – Therapeutic Exercises, Kevempu University, Shimoga, Karnataka, Dec 2011
  • Resource Faculty – National Conference on Physiotherapy – KLE University, Belgaum, Athletic Injuries and Role of Athletic Trainer – Dec 2011
  • Key Note Speaker – National Conf. in Subramannaya, Mangalore University, Managing Injured Athlete and Athlete Education and Dope Sample Collection – Feb, 2012
  • Key Note Speaker – National Conf. in Virajpeth, Coorg, Mangalore University – Research in Exercise Physiology in sports – March 2012
  • Lead Speaker – Multidisciplinary Approach to the Promotion of Sports In Universities, Karnataka University, Dharwad, India, 19-21st Jan 2012
  • Guest Speaker – National Conference on Yoga & Physical Education, Mysore University, August 2013
  • Effect of Ketoprofen (Ketotop patch) on Musculo Skeletal Injuries on National Campers attending National Camps at NIS, Patiala prior to Bangkok, Asian Games – 1998
  • Bone Mineral Density Assessment for Sports Persons in the Age Group of 15-30 years. This study is the
    first of its kind in India will be leading a survey in all the zones of India and will target at least 5000
    sporting boys and girls
  • Exercise Modalities to Prevent and Control Diabetes and Coronary Artery Diseases Risk Factors – Minor Research project submitted to UGC through Karnataka University, Dharwad, India
  • Awareness, Knowledge and Attitudes of Asian Gymnasts (M & W) towards Doping in Sports – A Survey of Gymnastics teams at the 3rd Asian Gymnastics Championships, Surat, India, July 2006
  • Specialist Medical Doctors and Doping in Sports – Awareness, Knowledge & Attitudes – A Telephonic Survey conducted on Orthopaedic Surgeons, Gynaecologists & Physicians in Dharwad District a Southern State in India, 2006
  • Awareness, Knowledge and Attitudes of Doping amongst Coaches and Physical Educationists – The Indian Scenario, A pre-prepared questionnaire Survey conducted at the International Conference on Physical Education and Sports Science, in Manipal – Karnataka, India, 2007
  • Survey on Awareness, Knowledge and Attitudes of Doping amongst Asian Footballers during AFC Challenge Cup, Sri Lanka 2010 (to be published)
  • Handbook on Doping Control – Rules, Regulations, Sanctions & list of Banned substances (FIG & IOC) for Gymnastics Federation of India – 2003 and 2005
  • Handbook on Anatomy, Physiology and Sports Medicine for Physical Education Teachers (in Progress) Knee Injuries in Elite Sports Men – North Zone Orthopaedic Journal. Punjab Vol. 1 Page 25, 1998
  • Health Concerns of Female Gymnasts, Bi-Annual Gymnastics Publications Page 12, 1998
  • The injured Gymnast – Bi-Annual Gymnastics Publications Page 16, 2000
  • BMD Assessment in Sports persons – CFL Ortho Journal 2004
  • Creatine Monohydrate Supplementation and Athletic Performance – A review (To be published)
  • Ergogenic Aids and Human Performance – A review (To be published)
  • Pumping Iron – Biological Changes with Aging, Safety, Benefits and Exercise Prescription – Reversing the Age-related decline in Muscle function (To be published)

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