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Profile of  Dr. V. Shanta

Dr.V.Shanta was born in a distinguished scientific family of India in Chennai. Her immediate grand uncle and uncle were both Noble Laureates. She graduated (M.B.B.S.) in 1949, D.G.O. in 1952 and M.D, in Obstetrics & Gynecology in 1955.  In April 1955, she joined the fledgling Cancer Institute, established in 1954 by the Womens’ Indian Association Cancer Relief Fund, as its Resident Medical Officer in preference to the Asst. Surgeon’s Post in the Women & Children’s Hospital, Madras, to which she had been selected by the Madras Public Service Commission.

Dr.V.Shanta is at present Chairman of the Cancer Institute (WIA) Chennai.

Her entire medical life over 50 years has been dedicated to the mission of organising care of Cancer patients, the study of the disease, its prevention and control, the generation of specialists and scientists in different aspects of Oncologic Sciences. She has played a pioneering role along with Dr. Krishnamurthi in the development of the Cancer Institute (WIA) from a cottage hospital of 12 beds to a major comprehensive Cancer Centre of national and international stature. 
She was on WHO Advisory Committee on Cancer till March 2005.  She was Convener of the State Advisory Board on Cancer. She has been Chairman of the INDO-US Collaborative Group on Lymphoid Neoplasias (Indian Chapter), member of many ICMR Committees, member of the ICMR Task Force on Registries and member of the Syndicate of the Anna University. She was President of the Indian Society of Oncology (88-90), President of the Asian & Pacific Federation of Organisations for cancer control (97-99) and President of the 15th Asian & Pacific Cancer Conference (1999).  She has participated in a number of Scientific International Collaborative Programmes.
Apart from 60 awards from public and official organisations for her contribution to the advances in management and control of Cancer, she was the recipient of the national award Padma Shri in 1986.  She was elected Hon. Member of the International Association of Cancer Registry (IARC) in 1997 for her contribution to development of registries in India. She was conferred the D.Sc (honoris causa) of the  Shri Venkateswara University, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh for her outstanding contribution in the field of medicine in 1998 and D.Sc  (honoris causa) of the Tamil Nadu Dr.MGR University in 2002.

She is also recipient of the Nazli-Gad-El-Mawla Award instituted by the International Network for Cancer Treatment and Research, Brussels, for outstanding contribution to cancer control by an individual from a resource poor country in 2002.

She is the recipient of the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service 2005 and Padma Bhushan in 2006.

She has published over 95 papers in national and international journals, contributed chapters in Oncology books, delivered many prestigious orations and participated in many international and national conferences.





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