M. Krishnan Nair (doctor)

M. Krishnan Nair (Doctor)

M. Krishnan Nair (doctor)

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M. Krishnan Nair (doctor) is a leading oncologist working in India. He is the founding director of the Regional Cancer Center (RCC) at Trivandrum, a director of the S.U.T. Institute of Oncology in Thiruvananthapuram(Trivandrum) and a professor at the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences & Research in Kochi. He received the Padma Shri award from the President of India.


Nair earned his MBBS degree from University of Kerala, India in 1963, then went on to earn a MD (Radiotherapy and Clinical Oncology) from the University of Punjab in 1968. In 1972, he earned a FRCR (Clinical Oncology) from the Royal College of Radiologists in London.

Work in India

As founding director of RCC, he was responsible for establishing one of the largest comprehensive cancer centres in India and for initiating programmes in Community Oncology, Pain and Palliative Care, and Paediatric Oncology for the first time in India. He was a member of the expert group that drew up the National Cancer Control Plan of India. He served the World Health Organization (WHO) for more than a decade in their Expert Advisory Panel on Cancer. Currently, he is the only member from India on the Advisory Committee of the Director General, WHO and Cancer Technical Group (CTG) of WHO.

He introduced for the first time an institution oriented and extremely inexpensive Cancer Insurance plan in India called Cancer Care for Life. He established five district-level peripheral centres for prevention and early detection...
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