Professor Anil D’Cruz delivered his Semon Lecture on the 2nd of November 2018 at the Royal Society of Medicine. His talk focused around the increasing incidence of head and neck cancers in India due to the widespread use of tobacco. He first looked at the current management of advanced head and neck cancer, before moving on to exploring how current research could be tailored to improve outcomes and noting some of the possible cost saving strategies.
Professor Anil K D’Cruz is professor and chief of the Department of Head and Neck Surgery at the Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai, India. Professor D’Cruz graduated from St John’s Medical College, Bangalore in 1984 and went on to complete his Masters in general surgery at Mumbai University. Professor D’Cruz is a member of numerous professional bodies including the Indian Society of Surgical Oncology, Association of Surgeons of India, Indian Society for Cancer Research, Foundation of Head and Neck Oncology and the Action council for Tobacco Control. He is a founding fellow of the International Association of Oral Oncology and the Indian Head and Neck Co-operative group. Professor D’Cruz has over 70 peer-reviewed publications to his credit and has delivered over 150 lectures and orations, both nationally and internationally. – Royal Society of Medicine biography