I am a Cancer Surgeon with a M.S.
in general surgery from Bombay University and a FRCS from
I have trained extensively in Surgical
Oncology at the Tata Cancer Hospital under the
guidance of various specialists and in every anatomical area
of the body. I did a year rotating Junior Registrar residency
in 1986-87, and from 1989 a year as a Clinical Fellow in Head
& Neck cancers and Gastrointestinal cancers, two years as a
rotating Senior Registrar and thereafter 15 months as a Senior
Research Fellow in Genitourinary and Gynaecologic Oncology
Unit. During my training at the Tata hospital I have performed
surgery for all types of cancer and reconstructive procedures.
I did clinical research and formed a large database while a
research fellow, which resulted in over twenty national and
international publications to my credit.
I was awarded the UICC
(International Union against Cancer - based in Geneva)
ICRETT Fellowship in March 1994. I went to USA for 3
months on this fellowship and spent a month each at the
Indiana University Medical Centre, Mayo Clinic in Rochester
(Minnesota) and University of Southern California- Kenneth
Norris Cancer Centre. I was able to pick up finer techniques
by watching and assisting some of the world’s authorities.
I went to the UK and was employed for two
years by the University of Liverpool as a Tutor in
Surgery and with the Royal Liverpool University Hospital as a
Senior Registrar for the on-call rota. I was directly
responsible to Professor S.J.Leinster who was then the Head of
Department of Surgery & the Director of Medical Education. His
unit specialised in breast diseases/cancers and additionally
he had a special interest in management of malignant melanomas
viz. a viz-isolated limb perfusions. I did laboratory based
research work, taught medical students and had clinical duties
in the form of running various types of breast clinics, doing
all types of breast cancer surgery and breast reconstructive
surgery. During my tenure in UK I completed my FRCS.
I have been teaching medical
students/postgraduates when I was a postgraduate student (1
year), then as a senior registrar at Tata Cancer Hospital (2
years) and finally as a Tutor in Surgery at the University of
Liverpool, UK. Overall I have over 5 years of experience
teaching medical students and postgraduate students.
In 2001 I took a 4-month sabbatical to
learn laparoscopic surgery related to cancers. For this I
spent time in the Department of minimally invasive surgery at
the University of Liverpool, Department of Gynecologic
Oncology , Jena –Germany, and at the Department of
Laparoscopic Surgery, Mount Sinai Hospital in New York USA.
This training was affected by Fellowships from UICC (ICRETT
fellowship) and from Royal College of Surgeons Glasgow.
I am practising as a Surgical &
Gynecologic Oncologist in Mumbai at the Breach Candy Hospital,
Jaslok Hospital, Bhatia Hospital and Parsee General Hospital.
My areas of interest are breast, gynaecologic cancers, (esp.
ovarian cancers) urologic and colorectal cancers and
laparoscopic surgery in oncology.