Manoj Jain, MD MPH is an infectious disease physician, a writer,  an international leader in healthcare quality improvement and a philanthropist.

Dr. Jain is a founder and president of infectious disease practice, Mid-south Infectious Disease Associates, with ten providers who care for the infectious disease needs of over twenty-five percent of patient-load in the Memphis metropolitan area. Dr. Jain is Board-certified in infectious diseases actively practicing in-person and on telemedicine in the mid-south at Baptist Memorial Hospitals and Methodist Hospitals.  He is also a clinical Associate Professor at University of Tennessee, Memphis and Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta where he teaches a graduate level class on “Physician Performance.” During the pandemic, Dr. Jain serves as the medical lead and advisor for the Memphis and Shelby County Covid-19 Taskforce and has been dubbed as “Dr. Fauci of Memphis” by the city Mayor. 

Dr. Jain received his engineering, doctorate, and public health degree from Boston University. He did his residency, fellow and executive public health training at Boston City Hospital, New England Medical Center, Tufts University and Harvard School of Public Health, respectively. He has served as a consultant to the World Bank on HIV, World Health Organization on tuberculosis, and has been interviewed by CNN and National Public Radio’s  Talk of the Nation. Dr. Jain has published numerous scientific articles, chapters and books and has conducted research on HIV epidemiology, quality improvement, and spirituality & meditation.

As a writer Dr. Jain has published over 22 columns for the Washington Post, over 250 for the Commercial Appeal and Tennessean, now USA Today-TN, and over 30 for Times of India, His writings and letters have appeared in the  New York Times, Indian Express, and Time magazine. Dr. Jain has authored three cookbooks on vegetarian and Indian cooking, one of which was co-authored with famous chef, Tarla Dalal. On the topic of mindfulness Dr. Jain conducts workshops and has developed guide books on meditation. He has collaborated with Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, Congressman Tim Ryan and mindfulness expert  John Kabet-Zinn. 

As a leader in quality improvement Dr. Jain has been the director of Medicare’s Quality Improvement Program at QSource for 15 years covering the state of Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas. Dr. Jain is a faculty at Institute for Healthcare Improvement and has co-authored a paper with its founder Dr. Donald Berwick. At present, Dr. Jain has a USAID funded grant to teach the principles of quality improvement and PDSA – Plan-Do-Study-Act to the District Tuberculosis Officers across India. He has developed an e-PDSA tool (electronic PDSA) which facilitates rapid cycle improvement. 

Dr. Jain is a philanthropist and a socially and politically concerned activist. He is the founder and chairman of the Gandhi-King Conference, which for over 20 years has convened like minded individuals in the South to act for the cause of nonviolence. The conference has attracted speakers such as  the Late John Lewis and Maya Sortoro Ng. In collaboration with the National Civil Rights Museum, Dr. Jain has been part of a team to place a Gandhi statue at the museum and rename a local street near the museum as “Gandhi Way.” With the dream to end TB in his ancestral hometown of Indore, Madhya Pradesh, Dr. Jain founded CETI, a collaboration which has expanded to all of India. CETI is a non-profit with grants from  (AAPI) American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, Johnson and Johnson, USAID and The UNION. 

Dr. Jain is married to Dr. Sunita Jain, a physical and rehabilitation physician in the mid-south, and they have three children pursuing careers in law, medicine and engineering. 

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Present Community Activities

  • Former Board Member of the MK Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence
  • Steering committee member and former chairman for conference on Gandhi King Conference on Peacemaking
  • Former Board Member and co-founder and of the Indian Community Fund of Greater Memphis with fund over $100,000 at Memphis Community Foundation.


1996 Board Certification in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases
1992-1995 Fellowship in Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases at New England Medical Center, Tufts University Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts. Research on AIDS epidemiology.
6/93-8/93 Executive course on ”Managing health care programs in developing countries” from Harvard School of Public Health.
1989-1992 Residency in Internal Medicine at Boston City Hospital, Boston.
1985-1989 Doctorate in Medicine from Boston University School of Medicine
Masters in Public Health from Boston University School of Public Health with summa cum laude.
1981-1985 BS in Bio-Medical Engineering from Boston University School of Engg. summa cum laude on full tuition paid scholarship.

Experience and Awards

7/2009 South Asian Journalist award for best op-ed/commentary 2008-Washington Post
2005 Physician Quality Leaders Baptist Hospital, Memphis.
7/94  Consultant to World Bank on AIDS epidemiology, surveillance and research in India.
4/92-5/93 Assistant health coordinator for a private voluntary organization in India. Assisted in obtaining a grant from USAID for $275,000 for health promotion. “Educating Rural Health Workers and Villagers in India on the Dietary Uses of Soybean.


Washington Post Columns – 22 columns since April 2007

Commercial Appeal Columns – 67 columns since February 2003

National Public Radio – Talk of the Nation

New York Times Columns

Times of India Columns

Jain MK, Plan-Do-Study-Act Cycle Rejuvenates a Marriage Ann Intern Med 2008 140:209-210

Jain MK, Jain L, Dalal T. Jain Food: Compassionate and Healthy Eating. (176 page – hardcover cookbook) July 2005

Jain MK, Mathai, Management of Infectious Diseases, Jaypee Brothers, New Delhi, India. July 2005.

Jain L, Jain MK, Indian Cuisine Made Easy: Vegetarian Dishes any ABCD can Make, July 2004 (200 page cookbook).

Jain M. Weddle J, Wildman L., Errors of underuse and overuse among Tennessee hospitals for selected clinical conditions in Medicare Patients. Tenn Med. 2003 Sep;96(9):425-7

Jain M. Weddle J. Community acquired pneumonia–how does Tennessee measure up?Tenn Med. 2003 Jun;96(6):271-4.

Jain, MK, Butler J, Mirvis D. Heart failure: do we deliver quality care? Tenn Med. 2003 Feb:96(2):81-4.

Butler J, Arbogast PG, BeLue R, Daugherty J, Jain MK, Ray WA, Griffin MR. Outpatient adherence to beta-blocker therapy after acute myocardial infarction. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2002 Nov 6;40(9):1589-95.

Dusek JA, Sherwood JB, Freidman R, Myers P, Bethea CF, Levitsky S, Hill PC, Jain MK, Kopecky SL, Mueller PS, Lam P, Benson H, Hibberd PL. Study of the Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory Prayer (STEP): study design and research methods. Am Heart J. 2002 Apr;143(4):577-84.

Ghorbani RP, Ghorbani AJ, Jain MK, Walker DH. A case of scrub typhus probably acquired in Africa. Clin Infect Dis. 1997 Dec;25(6):1473-4.

Jain MK Chapter on “Parasitic and Tropical Diseases Textbook of Primary Care Medicine, Editor John Noble 2000.

Status and Trends of the Global HIV/AIDS Pandemic. Satellite Symposium of the XI International Conference on AIDS in Vancouver Canada. (Consensus Statement Participant), 1996.

George S, Jacob M, Jain MK, et al. Risk Factors for HIV infection in STD Clinic in Vellore, India. (Accepted for publication in JAIDS).

Jain M, John TJ. (Letter) Lancet. HIV epidemic in India, 348(9024):412-3,Aug10, 1996.

Jain MK, DeMaria, A. Chapter on “Parasitic and Tropical Diseases, and Advice for Travelers” Pg 855-884. Textbook of Primary Care Medicine, Editor John Noble 1996.

Jain MK, John TJ, Keusch GT: Review of HIV Infection in India. JAIDS, Nov 1994, 7(11):1185-94.

Jain MK, John TJ, Keusch GT: Epidemiology of HIV and AIDS in India, AIDS 1994, 8 (suppl 2):S61-S75.

Dasgupta PR, Jain MK, John TJ, Government response to HIV/AIDS in India, AIDS 1994, 8 (suppl 2):S83-S90.

Jain L., Jain M.:Melody of India Cuisine: Tasteful New Vegetarian Recipes Celebrating Soy and Tofu, Santa Barbara,CA, Woodbridge Press, 1992. (224 page book on soybean nutrition and recipes).

Referral to the Community for Continuing Medical Care of Newly Identified Patients with HIV Infection:Experience from a Diagnostic Evaluation Unit. H Libman, JH Samet, KA Freedberg, M Jain, DE Craven.Abstract presented as a poster at 1992 Society of General Internal Medicine Meeting, Washington DC.

Jain L., Jain M.: Indian Soy Cuisine, Singapore, American Soybean Association, 1988. (A booklet being sold and distributed in India and USA)

Jain M.: “Educating Villagers in India on the Dietary Uses of Soybean”, Food and Nutrition Bulletin, Dec.,1988.

Jain M.,Colburn S., Gallagher D.: “Determination of Binaural Hearing Critical Bandwidth through Interaural Correlation”, Journal of Acoustical Society of America, in press.

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