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Chennai Doctor to Deliver Prestigious Lecture in UK

Times of India
17 February 2011
By Revathi Ramanan
Chennai, India

When he graduated from Kilpauk Medical College in 1994, little did Dr Srinivasan Madhusudan know that just 17 years down the line he would be chosen by the Royal College of Physicians, London to deliver its prestigious Goulstonian lecture.

Dr Madhusudan, who is the first Indian to be given the honour of delivering the 372–year–old lecture, hails from Coimbatore but was brought up in Chennai where he spent twenty years of his life and attended the Sindhi Model Senior Secondary School.

At the lecture, which is likely to be held at the end of this year or early next year, Dr Madhusudan will talk about personalised cancer therapy and the research which is underway in order to increase the cancer cellkill and improve treatment outcomes in patients.

"My interest in cancer developed at a very young age," he says. "There were personal reasons that motivated me to take up this speciality and make a difference. I grew up seeing my father going through this illness and realised that cancer is not just a physical illness but also has psycho–social implications on the family and society," says Dr Madhusudan, who is also a keen student of Hindu philosophy and Vedanta.

During his undergraduate years at KMC, his interest in the subject deepened and after moving to the UK, he decided to undertake specialist training in cancer in Oxford. "My mentors in Oxford were inspirational figures working in key cancer–related areas.

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