CNS Specialists

Rakesh Jalali, MD

Professor of Radiation Oncology
Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, India 
President, Indian Society of Neuro Oncology (ISNO) 

Rakesh Jalali leads the Neuro-Oncology Group in TMH, the finest and premier such unit in India drawing patient referrals. training opportunities. observers and research project requests and funding. His research interests have focused on evaluation of high-precision techniques of radiotherapy, late-term toxicities and quality of life. biological imaging, molecular prediction and clinical evaluation of new agents in neuro-oncology. He has to his credit more than 200 publications in all major journals including The Lancet, Lancet Oncology, JAMA Oncology, UROBP, JCO, Radioth & Oncology, Neuro Oncology, JNS, JNO, etc.

Dr. Jalali was instrumental in establishing the Indian Society of Neuro-Oncology (ISNO) in 2008 serving as its founding general secretary and now currently as President. He has led two national expert panels on formulating ISNO guidelines for 'medulloblastomas' (2015-2016) and 'WHO 2016 classification of CNS tomours and clinical impact' (2016-2017). Dr. Jalali's honours include awards in Pediatric Clinical Research and Quality of Life Research at the SNO Annual Meetings and has delivered countless lectures at various scientific and social forums. He is currently ASNO's co-editor of Neuro-Oncology Practice and webmaster of ASNO's website. 

Dr. Jalali also runs the "Brain Tumor Foundation of India", a charity dedicated to the welfare of the patients with brain tumors and their families. He also conceptualized and helped make an animation film for children with cancer, 'Bust That Noma', to alleviate some of the anxieties suffered by children undergoing cancer treatment. 


Tejpal Gupta, MD

Professor and Officer-in-Charge, Department of Radiation Oncology
ACTREC, Tata Memorial Centre, Navi Mumbai

Dr. Tejpal Gupta is presently affiliated as Professor and Incharge, Department of Radiation Oncology at the Advanced Centre for Treatment, Education, and Research in Cancer (ACTREC) in Navi Mumbai, the research campus of Tata Memorial Centre. He is a well-known expert in Neuro-Oncology and Head and Neck Cancers with over 150 peer reviewed publications to his credit. He is currently Convener of the Neuro-Oncology Disease Management Group at the hospital providing guidance and leadership towards service, education, and research in tumors arising in the central nervous system (CNS). He also serves as the General Secretary (Joint) of the Indian Society of Neuro-Oncology, the premier most academic forum for neuro-onology in the country and is a core member of the Brain Tumor Foundation of India (BTFI), an in-house charity that provides support to patients and families with CNS tumors. 


Monica Malik, MD

Professor and Head, Department of Radiation Oncology 
Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad, India 

Dr. Monica Malik is Professor and Head of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad. She has a special interest in CNS, Breast and GI malignancies and in palliative care. She has been trained at AIIMS, New Delhi. She is a recipient of the ASCO- IDEA in Palliative Care and a graduate of the ASCO Leadership Development Program. She is also a recipient of the IACA fellowship in SBRT at the Perelman Centre for Advanced Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. She has over 13 years of experience and more than 25 peer-reviewed publications to her credit. 

Debnarayan Dutta, MD

Head and Senior Consultant, Radiation Oncology 
Amrita Institute of Medical Science, Kochi

Dr. Debnarayan Dutta, HOD & Senior Consultant, Department of Radiation Onclogy at Amrita Institute of Medical Science, Cochin. He is reputed radiation oncologist worked in Apollo Cancer Hospital, Chennai as senior consultant before joining AIMS. He did his MBBS from National Medical College, Kolkata in the year 1999 and MD in radiation oncology from the Nilratan Sirkar Medical College, Kolkata from 2003 to 2006. After completing his MD training, he joined Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai as Neurooncology & Stereotactic radiosurgery fellow in 2006. Then he did fellowship in IMRT in head & Neck radiation Oncology from Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai. He joined Apollo Cancer Hospital, Chennai in 2010 as consultant and was an integral part of CyberKnife treatment team. He was awarded the prestigious ‘MERIT’ award for being a promising cancer researcher by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) in 2008, presenter in ‘Hosino’ young investigator award at Yokohama Japan 2009, awarded ‘Neucletron Fellowship’ in 2010. He received aboard training from Antoine Lasassagne Cancer Centre, Nice and Oscar Lambart Cancer Centre, Lille, France for CyberKnife. He had a short stint at Munich CyberKnife Centre, Munich. He is one of the first few Cyberknife users in India and regarded as an expert in radiosurgery & SBRT and treated almost 2000 patients with CyberKnife. He received training from Varian SBRT training centre at Lisbon, Portugal in 2013 and was part of IBA proton users meeting at Paris in 2014. He is an eminent speaker in radiosurgery and neurooncology, with more than 200 national and international presentations in different academic forums. He has 35 indexed publications, 30 indexed abstracts, three chapters in three books and reviewer of few indexed journals.