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DR. VISHAL CHOKSI

HEAD & NECK CANCER SURGEON
  • Head and Neck Cancer Surgeon, Apollo CBCC Cancer Center, A’bad
  • Head and Neck Surgery (MSKCC, USA)
  • General Surgery (USA)
  • Diplomat of American Board of Surgery
Dr. Vishal Choksi, the Director of Anahat Oncology, aims to provide a global standard of head and neck cancer care.

A product of the prestigious Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), New York, which is regarded internationally as the Mecca of cancer treatment, Dr. Vishal Choksi is the only surgeon in India trained in an American Head and Neck Society fellowship at MSKCC under Dr. Jatin Shah for two and half years.

Earlier, Dr. Choksi received training for five years at the renowned Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York and acquired certification as a General Surgeon from the American Board of Surgeons.

FULL BIOGRAPHY
Dr. Vishal Choksi, the Director of Anahat Oncology is an example of a new generation of surgical oncologists who represent a unique blend of global standards with Indian insights. A product of the prestigious Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), New York, which is regarded internationally as the Mecca of cancer treatment, Dr. Vishal Choksi is the only surgeon in India trained in a two and half year American Head and Neck Cancer Society Fellowship at MSKCC under Dr. Jatin Shah.

Previously, Dr. Choksi received training for five years at the renowned Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York under Dr. Joseph Cunningham Jr, one of the titans of surgery in New York. He acquired certification as a General Surgeon from the American Board of Surgeons. Armed with impeccable international credentials in head and neck surgery, Dr. Vishal Choksi chose to bring the benefits of his expertise to India. He has been instrumental in developing the Head and Neck Cancer Surgery Department at Apollo Hospitals in Ahmedabad. As the founder, he has created the Department into an important hub of head and neck cancer treatment in Ahmedabad.

His extensive activity involving a wide variety of head and neck cancers includes areas of special interest such as skull base cancers, oral cancers, thyroid diseases and minimally invasive procedures. He continues to explore new frontiers of knowledge in these areas by way of presenting
papers at national and international seminars and conferences. He continues to upgrade his scientific knowledge through special courses and workshops, such as receiving additional training in MIVATS – Minimally Invasive Video Assisted Thyroid Surgery at the University of Pisa, Italy and Endoscopic Laser Surgery at the European Institute of Oncology, Italy.

But above all, an abiding passion of Dr. Choksi has been to explore the nexus between tobacco and oral cancers. An interest that began during his Head and Neck Cancer training at Memorial Sloan Kettering where he was awarded the prestigious T32 Training Grant by the National Institute of Health (USA) to study the molecular cell signalling related to tobacco and carcinogens.

Today, with a truly international patient base extending to more than 12 countries of Asia, Africa, Europe and North America, Dr. Choksi continues to widen his medical focus through his association with Apollo-CBCC Cancer Center.

DEGREES
  • M.B.B.S. – Pramukhswami Medical College, Sardar Patel University (1993-1999)
  • Diplomat of American Board of Surgery – 2006
  • American Head and Neck Society Fellowship (2006-2008)
SURGICAL TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
  • Surgical Intern, Northshore University Hospital, Long Island, New York (2000-2001)
  • Surgical Resident, Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York (2001-2005)
  • Chief Surgical Resident, Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York (2005-2006)
  • Post-doctoral Fellow, Weill Medical College, Cornell University, New York (2006-2007)
  • Clinical Instructor in Surgery, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York (2007-2008)
  • Clinical Fellow, Division of Head and Neck Surgery, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York (2006-2008)
  • Junior Lecturer, Gujarat Cancer Research Institute, Ahmedabad (2010-2011)
  • Chief, Head and Neck Surgery, Apollo Hospital, Ahmedabad (2011-March 2015)
  • Head and Neck Cancer Surgeon, Apollo CBCC Cancer Center, Ahmedabad (April 2015 to Present)

DR. LALIT CHOKSI

SURGICAL ONCOLOGIST
  • Retd. Assistant Professor, Roswell Park Cancer Institute (NY, USA)
  • Retd. Associate Professor, GCRI & Diplomat of American Board of Surgery
  • Fellow of American College of Surgeons
  • Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons (Canada)
Dr. Lalit B. Choksi has an unmatched professional profile that combines impressive international experience with extensive exposure to the cancer field in India.

One of the senior-most cancer surgeons in the field in India today, Dr. Choksi has the distinction of being the first formally trained surgical oncologist in the entire state of Gujarat.

A Fellow of the American College of Surgery (FACS) and a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgery of Canada (FRCS-C), Dr. Choksi has also been certified by the American Board of Surgery and has practiced in the US as a surgical oncologist for more than twenty years.

FULL BIOGRAPHY
Dr. Lalit B. Choksi, the Surgeon Emeritus in charge of Remote Opinion Services at Anahat Oncology has an unmatched professional profile that combines impressive international experience in surgical oncology with extensive exposure to the cancer field in India.

One of the senior-most cancer surgeons in the field in India today, Dr. Choksi has the distinction of being the first formally trained surgical oncologist in the entire state of Gujarat.

A Fellow of the American College of Surgery (FACS) and a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgery of Canada (FRCS-C), Dr. Choksi has also been certified by the American Board of Surgery and as such has practiced in the US as a surgical oncologist for more than twenty years.

In the US, Dr. Lalit Choksi received his early training in General Surgery at Little Company of Mary Hospital of Chicago and thereafter he trained at the prestigious Roswell Park Memorial Hospital in Buffalo, New York, a center associated with the development of pioneering techniques in surgical oncology. Dr. Choksi also worked as a staff member of the same institute in the capacity of Attending Surgeon in the Breast Cancer Division.

In Peoria, Illinois Dr. Choksi blended his academic interest with surgical practice when he taught surgery as Assistant Professor at Peoria School of Medicine of the University of Illinois. He also served as Attending Surgeon of Surgical Oncology at St. Francis Hospital, Methodist Hospital and
Proctor Hospital.

Moved by a vision to share his vast experience of working at premier centers of surgical oncology in the US and a desire to contribute to the medical field in India, he subsequently joined Gujarat Cancer and Research Institute (GCRI), Ahmedabad as an Associate Professor and Head of Surgical Unit 2, until he shifted his focus to full-time private practice in 1995. During his tenure at the GCRI, Dr. Choksi trained a number of practicing surgical oncologists and introduced many new and innovative surgical techniques.

Today, Dr. Choksi serves as the Founding President of Gujarat State Head and Neck Organisation (G-SHNO). Given his vast clinical experience and deep knowledge of surgical oncology, Dr. Lalit B. Choksi is an invaluable source for evidence based clinical and surgical interventions.

DEGREES
  • M.B.B.S. – B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad, India (1958-1964)
  • Diplomat of American Board of Surgery – USA (1970)
  • Fellow of American College of Surgeons (F.A.C.S.) – 1970
  • Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons, Canada (F.R.C.S.)- 1971
SURGICAL TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
  • Surgical Internship, Little Company of Mary Hospital, Chicago, Illinois, USA (1964-1965)
  • Surgical Resident, Little Company of Mary Hospital, Chicago, Illinois, USA (1965-1967)
  • Surgical Oncology Resident, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, New York (1967-1970)
  • Attending Surgeon, Division of Breast Surgery, Roswell Park Cancer Institute (1970-1971)
  • Attending Surgeon, Little Company of Mary, Chicago, USA (1971-1972)
  • Assistant Professor of Surgery, Gujarat Cancer and Research Institute, Ahmedabad, India (1972-1976)
  • Assistant Professor of Surgery, Peoria School of Medicine, University of Illinois (1976-1985)
  • Attending Surgeon, St. Francis Hospital, Peoria, Illinois, USA (1976-1985)
  • Attending Surgeon, Proctor Hospital, Peoria, Illinois, USA (1977-1986)
  • Associate Professor of Surgery, Gujarat Cancer and Research Institute, Ahmedabad, India (1986-1995)
  • Director, Mahavir Surgical Hospital and Cancer Care Center, Ahmedabad, India (1992-2015)