Tata Memorial Hospital
Keynote topic: Closing the gap in resources and cancer outcomes: examples from India
Professor CS Pramesh is the Director of the Tata Memorial Hospital and the Professor and Head of Thoracic Surgery at the Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). He is the convener for the National Cancer Grid, a large network of 244 cancer centres in India (https://tmc.gov.in/ncg). The mandate of the National Cancer Grid is to provide uniform standards of cancer care across the country. Professor Pramesh is highly committed to efforts towards reducing inequities in cancer care and making cancer treatment accessible to all geographic regions and strata of society. He is also a visiting professor at the Division of Cancer Studies, King’s College London, and the Institute of Cancer Policy, King’s Health Partners, London.
His clinical interests include the management of oesophageal and lung cancers and minimally invasive surgery. He is the Principal Investigator in several investigator-initiated research studies including randomised trials on cancer screening, surgical techniques, and neoadjuvant and adjuvant treatment of thoracic cancers. His broader research interests include cancer policy, health equity, value-based care, and health services research. He has more than 200 peer-reviewed journal articles, abstracts, and book chapters on various topics including thoracic oncology, clinical research methods, translational research, health equity, and cancer policy.
Professor Pramesh has strong interests in clinical trial designs, surgical trials, comparative effectiveness research, promoting collaborative research, and cancer policy. He has completed the Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Trials offered by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London. He is keen on promoting training in clinical research methods and conducts several courses on clinical research methodology, biostatistics, and scientific writing. He serves on the advisory boards of several national and international research organisations and granting agencies.