Professor, Department of Head and Surgery, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai.
Officer In Charge, Mahamana Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya Cancer Hospital and Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.
I currently serve as the –
Secretary General of the International Federation of Head Neck Oncologic Societies, the largest global organization with 65 national societies.
Global Coordinator for the World Head Neck Cancer Day.
Secretary, Action Council Against Tobacco – India.
He has received numerous awards for his work including –
Excellence in Cancer Care Award, 2017
Nana Palkar Smruti Award for Excellence in Patient Care, 2017
Health Award for Excellence in Oncology, 2016
Iconic Leadership Award, World CSR Day, 2016
Judy Wilkenfield Award, Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, 2013
Global Cancer Ambassador, American Cancer Society, 2011
Maxwell Robert Byers Award, American Head and Neck society, 2010
Outstanding young Indian Award, 2008.
I am the editor of a major Textbook of Head and Neck Surgery and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Head and Neck surgery. I have authored or co-authored more than 300 peer reviewed publications and I am an avid researcher.I have been invited as visiting professor or guest speaker at several institutions in 32 countries.
My major focus of active research and clinical investigation is in public health, tobacco cessation, cancer prevention, early diagnosis, and working with government and regulatory agencies for prevention of cancers.
I am listed among the top 2% scientists of the world by the Stanford University as published in Plos one.
Summary of my Public Health accomplishments are –
Conceptualized and put into action the Voice of Tobacco Victims (VOTV)campaign (http://www.votvindia.org/) which has become a collective force of nearly 600 cancer survivors and 300 doctors all over India involved in sensitizing key policymakers, law enforcers, and media in addition to social mobilization. VOTV was Recognized by WHO Director general as outstanding anti-tobacco campaign in 2011
My campaign was instrumental in getting Gutka (chewing tobacco product) banned all over India. According to Euro-monitor’s October 2013 study on the smokeless tobacco industry, there was 26 percent reduction in 2012.
The anti-tobacco awareness video conceptualized by me is screened in every television and cinema hall in India.
I have conducted sensitization program for Members of Parliament MLA s of 4 states.
Other activities –
Conceptualized, established andlaunched India’s first Online Oncology Tutorial that is already being employed by Government for educating government employed doctors about cancer care and control.
In the ongoing Covid pandemic, I conceptualized and ran a dedicated facility for covid positive cancer patients.