Medical Advisory Committee

Dr Pankaj Chaturvedi


Professor Pankaj Chaturvedi is Head Neck Cancer Surgeon and Deputy Director at Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai. He did his medical schooling and post-graduation in General Surgery from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. He has been invited as visiting faculty in 32 institutions in 20 countries. He is the editor of the Textbook of Head and Neck Surgery. He is the Associate Editor of the International Journal of Head and Neck surgery. He has authored more than 175 papers in international peer reviewed journals. He is the Principal investigator of several pivotal clinical trials. His main area of interest is prevention and early detection of oral cancer. He is the recipient of the prestigious NIH R01 grant for research on tobacco carcinogenesis. He is the founder of Maharashtra Cancer Warriors that is offering voluntary oncology services in 24 district hospitals of Maharashtra. He is the coordinator of the oncology services on Lifeline express, world’s first cancer hospital on train. He conceptualized, established and launched India’s first Online Oncology Tutorial that is already being employed by several state governments.

Dr Chaturvedi has tremendous interest in Public Health issue especially related to Tobacco, areca nut and alcohol control. He started the Voice of Tobacco Victims Campaign ( ) that was instrumental in ban on Gutka (a form of smokeless tobacco) all over India, ban on Pan Masala ( flavored areca nut) in some states and also increase in Tobacco Taxes. He was invited as a speaker in United Nation’s Summit on Non Communicable diseases, 2011 in New York. He has conducted sensitization program for the Members of Parliament and in several Legislative assemblies that galvanized policy makers on cancer prevention and early detection. His anti-tobacco cartoons, poems and articles are very popular on internet.

Important Positions –

1. Secretary General, International Federation of Head Neck Oncologists. It is a federation of 55 Head Neck societies from 49 countries.

2. Councilor, International Academy of Oral Oncology

3. Chairman, Oral Cancer Foundation, Indian Dental Association

4. Founder, Head Neck cooperative oncology group

5. Founder, Indian Society of Thyroid Surgeons

6. Founder, Oral Cancer Task Force

7. International Advisory Board, American Head Neck Societies

8. Secretary, Action Council Against Tobacco – India

9. Global Coordinator, World Head Neck Cancer Day

Awards / Honors

1. Excellence in Cancer Care Award, Navbharat Times, 2017

2. Nana Palkar Smruti Award for Excellence in Patient Care, 2017

3. India News Health Awards, in ‘Excellence in Oncology’, 2016

4. Iconic Leadership Award, World CSR Day, 2016

5. Sushruta Award, 2015

6. BMJ Award for Health Advocacy, The Oscar of Medicine, 2014

7. Judy Wilkenfield Award, Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, Washington DC, 2013 –

8. WHO Director General Award for leadership in tobacco control, 2010

9. Maxwell Robert Byers Award, American Head and Neck society, 2010

10. Outstanding young Indian Award, Junior Chambers International Inc. 2008

11. Best postgraduate award 1995, Institute of Medical Sciences, B.H.U, Varanasi

12. Best intern award for rural health service, 1992, IMS B.H.U. Varanasi

Dr Vijay Kumar


Dr Vijay Kumar is a medical professional and active in social service with more than seven years of clinical experience. He completed his medical graduation from Darbhanga Medical College, Lalit Narayan Mithila University. He has also done a Certificate Course on Diabetic Management (CCDM) from Apollo hospital

Dr Kumar is presently associated with Intensive Care Unit, Deepak Memorial Hospital in Delhi. He is also working as a Medical Consultant for the NGOs like Salam Balak Trust (SBT), Delhi – an organisation working in the field of street and working children and South Asian Research & Development Initiative (SARDI) – an organisation working in the field of HIV/AIDS.
In the past, Mr Kumar had also worked with Safdarjung Hospital, Delhi; Kumar Nursing Home, Patna and MHCPS – a multispecialty clinic in Delhi. He was also involved in surveillance work for Polio and HIV. Dr. Kumar had also taken part in more than 100 health camps in the city of Delhi focusing on sexually transmitted disease and other non-infectious diseases.

Dr (Mrs) Anju Mehta

MBBS, MD Anaesthesia

Senior Intensivist-Critical Care & Cardiac Anaesthesia and Quality Registrar for ICUs-Critical Care & Cardiac Anaesthesia at the Delhi Heart & Lung Institute. Delhi Heart & Lung Institute

Dr Anju Mehta, is a Topper in KEM Hospital in the MD Anaesthesia Examination- Mumbai University. Indian Society of Anaesthesia, Delhi Chapter-T.N Jha Award on behalf of lady Hardinge for Best Paper presentation. Publication of ‘Endotracheal Intubation related massive Subcutaneous emphysema and tension pneumomediastinum resulting in cardiac arrest’-a dilemma’ in the Postgraduate Journal of Medicine, Volume 49, issue 2, April-June 2003. Paper presentation on’ Management of a large pulmonary cyst in a child’ in the Indian Society of Critical Care Meet at India Habitat Centre in April 2003 . Conducted a Workshop and Certificate programme on Advanced Cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Presented a paper on ’Factor VII deficiency-a post operative Dilemma’ in CTCON Jaipur 2007, paper on postoperative bleeding, in the Indian Society of Critical care conference in November 2007. She is the Co-Editor of quarterly Newsletter-‘Hridaya Sandesh’ and the Internal Quality Auditor for Quality Assurance Programmes for the Hospital.

Dr Sanjana Sikri

Dr Sanjana Sikri completed her MBBS from “Kasturba Medical College”, Mangalore in 1994 and internship from “Nair Hospital”, Mumbai. She started her career as an Emergency Medical Officer in Vasant Lok Hospital in 1997 where she participated in Eye Camps, school checkups programme and other workshops. From 1999 to 2002, she worked as “Medical Coordinator” with AIDS Awareness Group (AAG), an HIV/AIDS project with sex workers of G.B Road funded by Delhi State AIDS Control Society. The job responsibilities included check-up and treatment of STD/STIs, Counseling, general medical care, report writing and training outreach staff.

Since 2003 she is working as a Medical Officer with Salaam Balaak Trust (SBT), an NGO in central Delhi, operational with 5000 street and disadvantaged children through five full-care residential programmes, five contact points and 1098 child line for children in distress.
Dr Sekris responsibilities include providing professional and medical services (medical check-ups, treatment and supervision of medication, vaccines administration, counseling and psychological support, networking with public hospitals for hospitalization cases etc.); coordination of SBT’s health programme and providing technical support (peer education, conducting training on HIV/AIDS, STD/STIs, Hepatitis, symptomatic management of STD/STIs, etc.) . She is a member of the CCF Medical Action group and gives her time to the CCF programs for education on chronic diseases.