PGI's eminent child cancer specialist passes away

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jun 14, 2014 18:57 IST

Eminent child cancer specialist at Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Dr RK Marwaha, passed away here on Saturday. He was 62 and was suffering from Parkinson for past several years.

The news of his death was confirmed by PGIMER, where he was serving as a professor of pediatric hematology-oncology in the pediatrics department.

A PGIMER official said Marwaha had been a faculty member in the department of pediatrics since 1982. He worked at the advanced pediatrics centre.

Dr Marwaha graduated from the Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, and obtained his MD in pediatrics from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, in December, 1978. He remained a clinical fellow in hematology-oncology at the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, London. He was also a clinical observer at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre, New York.

He was awarded with the SS Manchanda Award in 1986, VB Raju Endowment Award in 1987 and Dr HB Dingley Memorial Award of ICMR for his research and expertise in pediatric hematology-oncology in 1990.

He was also honoured with the prestigious Punjab Sarkar Parman Patras 2003 award on August 15, 2003, by the Punjab government in recognition of his dedication towards taking care of children with cancer.

Under his stewardship, a post-doctoral in DM (pediatric-hematology-oncology) course had been started in the advanced pediatric centre at PGIMER in July, 2009. The doctor had also published more than 350 publications in journals of national and international repute.

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