A national and international-award winning head and neck cancer surgeon by training, he has undergone extensive training in India, Australia, US and the UK. As a surgeon, he has experience in all facets of head and neck oncology and skull base surgery. He also performs reconstructive microsurgery with expertise in dental implant-driven jaw reconstruction and facial nerve reanimation. He leads the Department of Head and Neck Oncology at Sri Shankara Cancer Hospital, an integrated unit which aims to provide world-class treatment and rehabilitation at an affordable cost. He is also pursuing a PhD in oral cancer immunology from Manipal Academy of Higher Education. He has published over one hundred and ten peer reviewed articles and book chapters on head and neck oncology. He has been published in several high impact factor journals like European Journal of Cancer, Oral Oncology, Head & Neck and Lancet Oncology. He was an editor of the textbook ‘Comprehensive Management of Head and Neck Cancer’ published in 2021. He has a passion for affordable healthcare delivery and is involved in several projects that focus on lowcost cancer screening and detection. He is the joint holder of a patent for a microscope adapter that can be used to replace a slide scanner at the fraction of the cost; this is being developed to allow for digital pathology even in the remotest of areas. He serves as the All-India Managers Association (AIMA) Young Leaders Council Bengaluru Chapter Chair, where he focuses on developing strategic frameworks to improve healthcare partnerships in the region, and is the Oncology Mentor for GE India’s Edison Accelerator program, one of India’s largest incubator program for startups in healthcare and technology.
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