Health Policy Council Chairman
Northwest Community Hospital, Arlington Heights, Ill.
- MD, University of Kerala, India, 1988.
- MB, BS, Armed Forces Medical College, University of Pune, India, 1982.
- American Board of Radiology. Recertification 2007.
- Board Certified in Radiation Oncology, American Board of Radiology, June 1997.
- FRCR (Clinical Oncology), Royal College of Radiologists, London, U.K., 1992.
- Associate Professor in Radiation Oncology and Urology, Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, Ill., July 2005-September 2005.
- Assistant Professor in Radiation Oncology and Urology, Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, Ill., July 1997-June 2005.
- Attending Physician, Department of Radiation Oncology, Northwest Community Hospital, Arlington Heights, Ill., September 2005-present.
- Clinical Director: Department of Radiation Oncology, Loyola University Medical Center, 2002-2005.
- Associate Clinical Director: Department of Radiation Oncology, Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC) 2000-2002.
- Medical Director: Department of Radiation Oncology, West Suburban Hospital, Oak Park, Ill. 1997-2000.
I am currently working as part of a three-person, hospital-based radiation oncology group practice at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, Ill. I joined this practice after eight years in a university-based academic practice at the Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill., from 1997 to 2005, where I held the positions of Assistant Professor and, later, Associate Professor. My training in Clinical Oncology includes a postgraduate degree from India and a fellowship from the Royal College of Radiologists. Following that I did my residency in radiation oncology at Loyola University between 1994 and 1997.
During my time as an active member, the primary focus of my ASTRO service has been within the Health Policy Committee, which I joined soon after residency. I have served in various capacities and leadership roles on the Health Policy Committee as outlined above.
The collaborative work of this committee has involved the dedication of many. I am proud to say that I have worked actively with numerous individuals in advancing ASTRO’s policy goals. Some of the highlights of the collaborative works with which I was actively associated include developing the ASTRO/ACR coding guides, successfully defending the five-year review of the radiation oncology codes, and developing and valuing new codes through the AMA CPT/RUC process etc.
My wife Tara and I have three children (two boys and a girl): one is a recent college graduate, another is eagerly preparing for his freshman year of high school and the youngest is currently battling cursive in the fourth grade.