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I graduated from University of Madras, India and obtained MD in General Medicine from one of the prestigious central institutes (JIPMER) in India. I was awarded a Gold medal by the University for the most outstanding performance in the MD examination.
My general oncology training started in Republic of Ireland and then I spent fours years in the Oxford Medical Oncology training programme leading to the completion of specialist training in oncology (CCST). I took part in various research activities during my training and I was awarded the American Society of Oncology Merit Award for the quality research paper abstract submitted in one of their meetings.
In 2005 I was appointed as a Consultant Medical Oncologist at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust. As an oncologist with a special interest in colorectal, lung cancer and mesothelioma, my expertise is treating cancer patients with chemotherapy, biological therapies, targeted therapies and also immunotherapies.
I also use molecular tests like next generation sequencing (NGS) and genetic tests to guide treatment decisions and reduce the toxicities from treatment. In addition, I take part in many clinical trials and I was the principal investigator of a few of the trials. I have extensive knowledge in managing symptoms associated with cancer and I work very closely with the palliative care and pain team.
Areas of interest
Colorectal (bowel) cancer; Lung cancer, Malignant Mesothelioma
Use of the biological therapies in the treatment of cancer like bevacizumab, cetuximab, Panitumumab.
Use of the targeted therapies in the treatment of cancer like osmertinib, gefitinib, afatinib,criziotinib. Use of the immunotherapies in the treatment of cancer like pembrolizumab, atezilozumab, nivoulumab.
Application of Molecular tests including next generation sequencing (NGS) which help to guide targeted treatments.
Application of Genetic tests like DPD and MSI, which might influence treatment decision making in colorectal cancer patients.
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Medical Oncologist
Queen Alexandra Hospital
Lung and colorectal cancers
(Additional) Languages spoken
- Tamil - Native or bilingual
- MBBS University of Madras, India 1990
- MD Pondicherry University, India 1995
- MRCP Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK 1999
- FRCP Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK 2009
- CCST in Medical Oncology STA of Medical Royal Colleges of the UK 2004
Reference number 5176876
Details of entry to specialist register
- CCST in Medical Oncology, 2004
Affiliations / memberships
Fellow of Royal College of Physicians of London
Member of Association of Cancer Physicians (ACP)
Member of Medical Defence Union (No. 424767D)
Member of American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
Member of European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO)
Member of British Medical Association (BMA)
Member of International Association Society of Lung Cancer (IASLC)
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