Kavi Bhalla, PhD


Kavi Bhalla, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences of the Biological Sciences Division at the University of Chicago, and Affiliated Faculty at the Harris School of Public Policy.  His research focuses on the health impacts of transportation systems with a special emphasis on the prevention of road traffic injuries in low- and middle-income countries. His recent work has included the development of analytical tools for improving estimates of the incidence of injuries in information-poor settings using available data sources. Kavi co-led the injury expert group of the 2010 Global Burden of Disease (GBD) Project.  He is formally trained as a mechanical engineer and his PhD (Cornell, 2001) thesis research focused on the mechanics of material failure, which he later applied to the study of injury biomechanics and vehicle crashworthiness.



Postdoc, 2004-2006, Harvard University (Burden of Disease)

Postdoc, 2001-2004, University of Virginia (Injury Biomechanics)

PhD, 2001, Cornell University (Theoretical and Applied Mechanics)

BTech, 1995, Indian Institute of Technology - Delhi (Mechanical Engineering)


Selected Publications:

  • Bhalla, K., Khurana, N., Bose, D., Navartne, K., Tiwari, G., and Mohan, D., 2016, Official government statistics of road traffic deaths in India under-represent pedestrians and motorized two wheeler riders, Injury Prevention, DOI:10.1136/injuryprev-2016-042053.
  • Bhalla, K., and Harrison, J. E. 2016. Burden Calculator: a simple and open analytical tool for estimating the population burden of injuries. Injury Prevention, 22:i23-i26, DOI:10.1136/injuryprev–2015–041816
  • Mohan, D., & Bhalla, K., 2016, Traffic Safety: Emerging concerns for low and middle income countries, Journal of the Australasian College of Road Safety, 27(2), 9-17.
  • Bhalla, K., Harrison, J., 2015, GBD-2010 overestimates deaths from road injuries in OECD countries: new methods perform poorly, International Journal of Epidemiology, 44(5), 1648-1656, doi: 10.1093/ije/dyv019
  • Bhalla, K., Mohan, D., 2015, Safety of young children on motorized two-wheelers around the world: A review of the global epidemiological evidence, International Association of Traffic and Safety Sciences Research
  • Oke, O., Bhalla, K., Love, D., Siddiqui, S., 2015, Tracking global bicycle ownership patterns, Journal of Transport & Health, 2(4), 490-501.
  • Morain, S., Gielen, A., and Bhalla, K., 2015, Automated speed enforcement systems to reduce traffic-related injuries: closing the policy implementation gap, Injury Prevention, 22(1),79-83.
  • Bao J, Bhalla K, Bennett S., 2015, Evidence to inform intersectoral policies: a comparison of health and transport sector evidence in support of road traffic injury prevention. Health Res Policy Syst.;13(1):559. doi:10.1186/s12961-015-0008-9.
  • Bhalla, K., 2015, Case Study: Institutionalizing road safety management in ArgentinaWorld Bank’s Multisectoral Opportunities and Constraints Assessment Toolkit (MOCAT), World Bank: Washington DC.
  • Bhalla, K., Paichadze, N., Gupta, S., Kliavin, V., Gritsenko, E., Bishai, D., and Hyder, A.A., 2015, Rapid assessment of road safety policy change: relaxation of the national speed enforcement law in Russia leads to large increases in the prevalence of speeding, Injury Prevention, 21(1),53-56, doi:10.1136injuryprev-2014-041189.
  • Bhalla, K., Li, Q., Duan, L., Wang, Y., Bishai, D., and Hyder, A., 2013, The prevalence of speeding and drink driving in two cities in China: a mid project evaluation of ongoing road safety interventions, Injury, International Journal of the Care of the Injured, 44 S4 (2013) S49-S56.
  • GBD-2010 collaborators, 2013. The State of US Health, 1990-2010: Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors JAMA, 310(6), 591–608. (Kavi Bhalla co-led the GBD-2010 injury expert group)
  • GBD-2010 collaborators, 2012, Global and regional mortality from 235 causes of death for 20 age groups in 1990 and 2010: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010. The Lancet. 2012 Dec 13; 380: 2095–2128.  (Kavi Bhalla co-led the GBD-2010 injury expert group)
  • Bhalla, K., Harrison, J., Fingerhut, L.A., Shahraz, S., Abraham, J., Yeh, P.H., on behalf of the Global Burden of Disease Injury Expert Group, 2011, The global injury mortality data collection of the Global Burden of Disease Injury Expert Group: a publicly accessible research tool, International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion, 18(3), 249-253.
  • Bhalla, K., Harrison, J., Shahraz, S., Fingerhut, L., on behalf of the Global Burden of Disease Injury Expert Group, 2010, An assessment of the availability and quality of cause of death data for estimating the global burden of injuries, Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 88:831–838C, doi:10.2471/BLT.09.068809.
  • Sanghavi, P., Bhalla, K., and Das, V., 2009, Fire-related deaths in India in 2001: a retrospective analysis of data, The Lancet, 373(9671), 1282-1288.
  • Bhalla, K., Navaratne, K.V., Shahraz, S., Bartels, D., Abraham, J., and Dharmaratne, S., 2010, Estimating the incidence of road traffic fatalities and injuries in Sri Lanka using multiple data sources, accepted for publication in the International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion, First published on 23 July 2010 (iFirst), doi:10.1080/17457300.2010.490919.
  • Bhalla, K., Naghavi, M., Shahraz, S., Bartels, D., and Murray, C.J.L, 2009, Building national estimates of the burden of road traffic injuries in developing countries from all available data sources: Iran, Injury Prevention, 15: 146-149.
  • Bhalla, K., Shahraz, S., Bartels, D., and Abraham, J., 2009, Methods for developing country level estimates of the incidence of deaths and non-fatal injuries from road traffic crashes, International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion, 16(4): 239-248.
  • Bhalla, K., Shahraz, S., Naghavi, M., Lozano, R., and Murray, C., 2008, Estimating the distribution of external causes in hospital data from injury diagnosis, Accident Analysis and Prevention, 20, 1822-1829.
  • Bose, D., Bhalla, K., Untaroiu, C., Ivarsson B. J., Crandall, J.R., and Hurwitz, S.R., 2008, Injury tolerance and moment response of the knee joint to combined valgus bending and shear loading, Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, 130(3), 031008.
  • Bhalla, K., Ezzati, M., Mahal, A., and Reich, M., 2007, A risk-based method for modeling traffic fatalities, Risk Analysis, 27 (1), 125-136.
  • Bhalla, K., Shin, J., Kam, C., Murphy, D., Drinkwater, C., and Crandall, J., and Takahashi, Y., 2005, Experimental investigation of the response of the human lower limb to the pedestrian impact loading environment,SAE 2005 Transactions Journal of Passenger Cars – Mechanical Systems.
  • Bhalla, K., Bose, D., Madeley, N.J., Kerrigan, J., Crandall, J., Takahashi, Y., and Longhitano, D., 2003, Evaluation of the response of mechanical pedestrian knee joint impactors to bending and shear loading, Proceedings of the 18th International Technical Conference on Enhanced Safety of Vehicles, Nagoya, Japan.
  • Bhalla, K., Zehnder, A.T., and Han, X., 2003, Thermomechanics of slow stable crack growth: closing the loop between experiments and simulation, Engineering Fracture Mechanics, 70, 2439-2458.
  • Crandall, J.R., Bhalla, K.S., Madeley, N.J., 2002, Designing road vehicles for pedestrian safety, British Medical Journal, 324: 1145-1148.
  • Chang, P.B., Williams, B.J., Bhalla, K.S., Belknap, T.W., Santner, T.J., Notz, W.I., and Bartel D.L., 2001, Robust design and analysis of total joint replacements: finite element model experiments with environmental variables, Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, Vol. 123, 239-246.
  • Bhalla, K., Kale, S.R., and Mohan, D., 2000, Burn properties of fabrics and garments worn in India, Accident Analysis and Prevention, 32, 407-420.
  • Mohan, D., Kajzer, J., Bhalla, K.S., and Chawla, A., 1997, Impact modeling studies for a three-wheeled scooter taxi, Accident Analysis and Prevention, 29 (2), 161-170.

Complete List of Published Work on Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=bbDMMiIAAAAJ&hl=en