The Director of the department of Medical Oncology at Jaslok Hospital, Chairman of S L Raheja Hospital and Nanavati Hospital, Dr. Suresh Advani has over 35 years of rich experience in his field. Dr. Suresh Advani is a renowned Mumbai-based Oncologist and pioneered stem cell transplantation in the city of Mumbai along with the rest of India. Dr. Advani is the first Oncologist of the country who successfully transplanted bone marrow into a nine-year-old girl down with myeloid leukemia from her brother.
He has always been the man of willpower, diagnosed with poliomyelitis at an early age, Dr. Suresh Advani had never let this come in the way of his medical journey. He obtained the MBBS and MD Medicine degrees from Grant Medical College, Mumbai and then served as Medical Oncologist at Tata Memorial Hospital for many years. To further gain experience in the field of bone marrow transplantation, Dr. Suresh went to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, Washington. There he got a chance to work with 1990’s Nobel Prize winner Dr. E Donnall Thomas, who is a famous Oncologist and known as the father of bone-marrow transplantation.
Besides working at Jaslok Hospital, SL Raheja and Nanavati Hospital, Dr. Suresh Advani is also heading an NGO Helping Hands which provides Holistic Cancer Care. During his tenure at Tata Memorial Hospital, he has also worked as the chief investigator for acute Lymphoblastic leukemia project supported by National Cancer Institute Washington and the chronic Lymphatic project supported by Department of Science and Technology.
Dr. Advani is the recipient of many international and national awards including the Padmashri Award, the highest civilian honor granted by the President of India. He has received many awards for his work in the field of Oncology out of them few are ‘’Dhanvantari Award (2002)”, “PADMASHRI” by Government of India (2002) and “PADMABHUSHAN” by Government of India (2012). His special interests lie in Bone marrow and Stem cell transplant, Lymphomas, Acute leukemias, Multiple myelomas, Breast Cancer, Spreading Cancer awareness and Cancer education and Clinical Trials