Department of Surgical Oncology
About the Department
Seeds of Surgical Oncology were sown at SMS Medical College Jaipur by Dr P K Wanchoo who was Prof. of Surgery and trained at MSKCC New York. With his efforts and donation from Shri Radha Krishan Birla Family, the RKBC Cancer Detection Centre was conceived. Foundation stone of this was laid on 7th April 1987 by the then Chief Minister Shri Haridev Joshi. It was inaugurated on 13th of August 1988 by the then Chief Minister of Rajasthan of Shri Shiv Charan Mathur in the presence of the then Health Minister Shri Ragunath Vishnoi. This building had OPDs, Rooms for Colposcopy, and Radiology etc. Continued efforts of Dr Wanchoo and Dr H C Sethi generated more donation from the R K Birla Family which made possible extension of the building to house the Seminar hall, Rooms for Research, CytoPathology, and Registry etc. A total of 6000 Sq. Ft. built area was available. Hence this was renamed as RK Birla Cancer Centre and was inaugurated by the then Chief Minister Shri Bhairon Shingh Shekhawat in the presence of Health Minister Shri Lalit Kishore Chaturvedi on 26th of December 1991. Dedicated Surgical Oncology work was started from 1991 by Dr Raj Govind Sharma Assistant Prof. of Surgery who was trained at Tata Memorial Hospital Mumbai and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre, New York. Dr Sharma started Cancer Registry in 1991 and subsequently published invaluable (almost Non-Existent) epidemiological data on Cancer from Eastern and Western Rajasthan in Indian Journal of Cancer. In the crusade for developing Oncology facilities in Rajasthan, Dr Raj Govind Sharma was joined by Dr Hemant Malhotra then Asst. Prof. in Medicine. Dr Malhotra was trained in Medical Oncology at Tata Memorial Hospital Mumbai and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre, New York. Joint efforts of Dr Sharma & Dr Malhotra resulted in a Grant from National Cancer Control Program which helped in construction of the Oncology Wing and Bone Marrow Transplant Centre on the first floor of the existing RK Birla Cancer Centre building. This Oncology Wing was inaugurated on 10th December 2007 by the then Chief Minister of Rajasthan Smt. Vasundhra Raje in presence of Health Minister Shri Ghanshyam Tiwari, PWD Minister Shri Rajendra Singh Rathod and Education Minister Prof. Vasudev Devnani and others. This wing contained the Surgical Oncology Operation Theatre Complex, Bone Marrow Transplant unit, Recovery and Day Care wards. This laid the foundation of Division of Surgical and Medical Oncology at SMS Medical College, Jaipur. Official sanction of Division of Surgical and Medical Oncology was granted on 16th January 2008. Dr Raj Govind Sharma headed the Division of Surgical Oncology and got Two Posts of Senior Residents in Surgical Oncology sanctioned by Govt. of Rajasthan in 2009. Subsequently two more posts of Senior Resident in Surgical Oncology were sanctioned. With the increasing load of cancer patients need was felt for expansion and Dr Suresh Singh Asst. Prof. in Surgery joined the Division of Surgical Oncology in 2010 and Dr Pinakin Patel Asst. Prof. in Surgery joined in 2013. Finally a separate Department of Surgical Oncology was created on 29/03/16 by Government of Rajasthan at SMS Medical College, Jaipur. The new Department is being headed by Senior Prof. Dr. Raj Govind Sharma as PHOD, Dr Suresh Singh, Associate Prof. and Dr Pinakin Patel, Assistant Prof. in Dept. of Surgical Oncology.