Dr. Anil D’Cruz
Director of Oncology, Apollo Hospitals, India
President Union International Cancer Control (UICC) Geneva
Dr. D’Cruz MS, DNB, FRCS (Hon) is Director Oncology Apollo Hospitals and Consultant surgeon at Bombay Hospital. He is well-recognised as a global leader, clinician, researcher and teacher in Head and Neck Oncology. He was Director of Tata Memorial Hospital and Chief of Head Neck Services with over 33 years’ experience in the field of cancer. Dr. Dcruz is currently President (2020-2022) of the Union International for Cancer Control Geneva. UICC is the largest cancer organisation globally committed to the cause of cancer control with over 1200 member organisations across 171 countries. He is the first Indian to be elected to this position. In recognition of his professional standing in the field of surgery and oncology he was awarded the Honorary FRCS from the Royal College of Surgeons London.
Dr. Dcruz has held leadership positions & is on the board of numerous professional organisations universities, research organisations and cancer institutions across the country and abroad. He has been President of the Foundation of head neck Oncology India, President of the Asian Society of Head Neck Oncology and current President of the Indian Society of thyroid Surgeons, He is an avid researcher& his landmark contribution in management of neck in early oral cancers awarded the plenary at the American society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2015 and subsequently published in the New England journal of Medicine. This is also the first surgical head neck trial globally to be awarded an ASCO plenary and publication in the New England Journal. Findings of his trial laid to rest a long standing debate of over 5 decades and is now a benchmark and incorporated in management guidelines establishing neck treatment as standard of care in oral cancers. He worked on research in the use of curcumin and was part of a project to develop and validate molecular cytogenetic studies/Proteomics in oral cancers, results of which were filed for a patent.
Dr. D’Cruz has more than 500 peer-reviewed publications and chapters to his name and is a member of the Editorial Board of many reputed national and international journals.
He has delivered more than 1000 invited lectures and nearly a 150 named lectures, key note and orations both nationally and internationally. He has also been a special invitee to over 100 conferences nationally and internationally demonstrating head and neck surgery. Dr. Dcruz’s special areas on interest are oral \ laryngeal cancers, thyroid, parathyroid, salivary glands and neck diseases.
Dr. D’Cruz is a much sought after teacher and was instrumental in initiating the super speciality training course in Head Neck Oncology for the first time in India.
In addition to his commitment to service research and education in the field of cancer. Dr. Dcruz is committed to cancer control, prevention, early detection and equity/access to cancer care. He has been active in tobacco control serving as Secretary of the Action Control on Tobacco an NGO committed to this cause. In addition as board member of the Union International for Cancer Control Geneva (UICC) he has been active in advocacy, convening and capacity building in the field of cancer across the globe for over a decade.