Surgical Oncology is one of the first services that started at SRHU in 1992 as a community cancer clinic. Development of Oncology services were important part of the vision of HH Swami Rama for getting affordable cancer care within reach of the sub Himalayan population who could not afford to travel to far away cities. As the Himalayan Institute of Medical Sciences came up, Oncology services became part of academic Department of Surgery as sub specialized Surgical unit & evolved as major referral center for cancer care in Dehradun region.

Oncology services at HIMS paved the way for the development of Cancer Research Institute - CRI at SRHU campus in 2008. Housing 260 bedded facilities including Surgical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology, Pediatric Oncology, Hematology, Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, Nuclear Medicine, Palliative & Supportive Oncology, Onco-pathology, Preventive Oncology, Dental Services, Cancer Research all under one roof.

The Department

The Department of Surgical Oncology is part of the comprehensive cancer care offered by the CRI and is the largest and oldest referral centre for Cancer surgery both in the state of Uttarakhand and western UP. The Department has an OPD footfall of 14532 every year, with 1834 inpatient admissions and performs approximately 3100 Oncological procedures including 1000 major & extra major surgeries yearly.


Cancer Research Institute (CRI)

The Cancer Research Institute has five modular Operating Rooms with state-of-the-art equipment, air filtration system, energy devices, high end anesthesia workstations, pendants and information systems for patient management. It has a 16 bedded postoperative room and a 12 bedded ICU for cancer patients. Modern endoscopy services including Endoscopic Ultrasound are located in OT complex and available for Surgical Oncology faculty and trainees to use. Pathology services are in house with facility for Frozen section examination and Histopathology and IHC. Biobanking of tumour tissues is also done to facilitate basic research.


Academic Environment & Facilities

HIMS provides vibrant academic environment for learning cancer care in a multidisciplinary setting. Faculty & staff in Surgical Oncology offer organ specific services working in harmony with the Department of Radiation and Medical oncology, the Bone Marrow transplant unit and Pediatric Hemato-oncology. Multidisciplinary discussions are held for all patients with a weekly tumour board handling all complicated cases. Weekly clinical audit of all cases treated by the Oncology services is mandatory part of quality assurance in cancer care.

All faculty members have vast experience of oncology care and surgical procedures, trained at premier institution of India and abroad. Department offers wide range of Surgical Oncology expertise to perform basic and complex surgical procedures for cancer of Head and Neck, Breast, esophagus, GI and Genitourinary, Musculoskeletal including reconstructive procedures. Faculty members have sub specialized in different organ specific areas to provide quality care. Surgical oncology service has strong support of Pathology, Dental Services, Pain and Palliative Care Services, Speech and Rehabilitation Services and Stoma Care.

Department has important ongoing research projects sponsored by ICMR, DBT, UCOST and continues to publish significantly. And has been actively participating in academic meetings and conferences at regional and National level, Department organized the National Conference of Indian Association of Surgical oncology in 1999, and thereafter midterm conference of ISO and IASO in 2008, 2013, and has been co-hosting Oncology conferences, Workshops and CME every year.

Trainees in the Department and multidisciplinary environment around have the opportunity to learn skills and develop a strong foundation for career in Surgical Oncology.


Supporting Department & Services:

  • Anesthesiology:¬†Department of Anesthesiology & Pain management is one of the largest departments at HIMS and cater the needs of the main hospital as well CRI, dedicated faculty staff and rotating resident staff takes care of Operation theater services at CRI.
  • Cadaveric Laboratory / Anatomy:¬†A cadaveric lab is available for training of all surgical residents.
  • Central Reference Laboratory & Blood Banking:¬†HIMS has NABL accredited laboratories, providing all services required for modern Oncological care including Histopathology, Cytology, IHC, Molecular markers. Laboratories & blood bank are housed in a separate large multistoried building.
  • Complementary therapy / Yoga and Stress Management:¬†SRHU has special focus on integration of lifestyle management in care of chronic illnesses. Special sessions are held for stress management of cancer patients, a separate building of Panchkarma offers services for recuperation of cancer patients.
  • Dental Surgery:¬† It works closely with Head & Neck Oncology team.
  • Medical Oncology, Clinical Hematology:¬†A dedicated clinical Department of Medical Oncology offers services of Day care chemotherapy, Bone Marrow transplant.
  • Nuclear Medicine:¬†Located in CRI building, Department is equipped with PET CT Scan, Gamma camera and is the only facility to offer PET CT Scan in the state of Uttarakhand.
  • Palliative & Supportive Oncology:¬†Cancer Research Institute has special focus on organization of palliative & supportive care, having dedicated faculty & nursing staff and participation from all oncology faculty staff. Developing pain free services at CRI.
  • Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Speech Therapy:¬†It offers comprehensive and specialized services by dedicated staff.
  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery:¬†Academic Department of Plastic Surgery at HIMS has four dedicated faculty and works closely with Surgical Oncology team providing support for major oncoplastic & reconstructive procedures including microvascular free flaps.
  • Pulmonary Medicine / Critical Care Medicine:¬†Department supports lung cancer services and intensive care.
  • Radiation Oncology:¬†Department of Radiation oncology at CRI, HIMS is equipped with two linear accelerators including Varian Linear Accelerator ‚ÄúTrue Beam ‚Äúcapable of delivering IMRT, IGRT, SBRT and another Linear accelerator by Siemens, HDR Brachytherapy. Department is functional since 2008 and has been serving largest number of cases in this region. Department is having MD program in Radiation Oncology and B.Sc in Radiotherapy Technology.
  • Radio diagnosis:¬†Equipped with state of art MRI, CT Scan, Mammography, Ultrasound, Dexa scan, provides services of Diagnostic & interventional radiology.



Dr. Sunil Saini
MBBS, MS (Surgery) BHU Varanasi
Prof & Head Department of Surgical Oncology

Director, Cancer Research Institute
HIMS, SRHU Dehradun

Started first cancer clinic at Himalayan Hospital in 1992, and subsequently served as faculty in Surgical Oncology, at Himalayan Institute of Medical Sciences 1995 onwards. Dr Saini completed a fellowship in Head & Neck Oncology at Tata Memorial Hospital Mumbai under Dr Ashok Mehta & a fellowship in Surgical Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Institute New York. He has vast experience of treating thousands of cancers patients over last 28 years from western UP & Uttarakhand region performing complex surgical procedures for all common & rare cancers. Dr. Saini has special focus & expertise in surgical management of Head & Neck, breast, esophagus & upper aerodigestive tract cancers. He has Academic & research interest in clinical oncology, palliative & supportive oncology, cancer data base, tissue banking. Published more than 100 articles, and completed many sponsored research projects, had major research grants from ICMR, DBT, UCOST. Serving as chairperson of HIMS Research committee and Institutional Ethics committee of AIIMS Rishikesh, served as member / chairperson of subcommittees at ICMR / DBT. Played leading role in setting up Cancer Research Institute at SRHU and cancer awareness in Uttarakhand region. He has been examiner for MCh Surgical Oncology at AIIMS New Delhi & BHU Varanasi. Received numerous awards and acknowledgments including best clinician award at HIMS in 1999, UICC fellowship 2004, Uttarakhand Ratna award 2017, Special award from SRHU for long services 2013, from Health Minister of India for setting up Cancer Institution 2015, Special Medical Services award from Chief Minister 2019 and from Governor 2020. Continues to serve as committed clinician and surgeon & teacher, with focus on excellence in cancer care for service of people at large.

Dr. Manisa Pattanayak
MBBS, MS (Surgery) Berhampur University, Orissa
Trained in Surgical Oncology at Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute, Kolkata & Regional Cancer Institute, Trivandrum

Associate Professor, Department of Surgical Oncology
HIMS, SRHU Dehradun

With more than fifteen years of experience in handling major oncological surgeries, her special expertise includes Head and Neck surgeries. She has been awarded the IFNOS GOLF fellowship from MSKCC, New York and the UICC-ICRETT Fellowship for the year 2018. Apart from the Head and Neck, she is currently part of the organ specific team for Breast and Thoracic oncology. Her special interests include organization of multidisciplinary cancer care and peri-operative care of major operative procedures.

Dr. Akash Narain Gaind
Post Doctrate fellowship Surgical Oncology

Assistant Professor, Department of Surgical Oncology
HIMS, SRHU Dehradun

Dr. Akash’s area of interest is Gynaecologic and Peritoneal surface cancers. He has worked extensively in complex Cyto-reduction surgeries with intraperitoneal chemotherapy. His research project currently is in hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy in a low socio economic setting.

He has also held clinical attachments in the Department of Head and Neck cancer at Tata Memorial Hospital Mumbai and also in Breast Cancer Centre at St. Jans Hospital Brugges- Belgium. He has also worked as a Senior consultant department of surgical oncology at Max Super Specialty Hospital, Dehradun.

Dr. Anshika Arora
MBBS, MS (Surgery ) CMC Vellore
Trained in Surgical Oncology at HIMS, SRHU

Assistant Professor, Department of Surgical Oncology
HIMS, SRHU Dehradun

More than 11 years of experience as a practicing surgeon including 5 years & 6 months exclusive in surgical oncology after completing post-graduation in 2009.  Acquired vast experience of performing variety of major general and oncologic surgical procedures serving in Head & Neck Oncology Unit at CMC Vellore, Breast Oncology at Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute in New Delhi and at a large community general hospital in Uttarakhand before joining the Department of Surgical Oncology in 2016. Special areas of clinical interest & expertise are complex general oncological surgery, Head and Neck oncology, Breast oncology, palliative and supportive oncology. Academic and clinical interests include organization of surgical residents training, clinical audits and multidisciplinary care, palliative and supportive care with focus on distress assessment & management. Focus of research areas are Head & Neck oncology, Breast oncology & supportive therapies in oncology care.  Completed prospective studies on sentinel lymph node biopsy in breast cancer, distress amongst cancer patients & published in indexed peer reviewed journal. Currently studying role of nutrition & systemic immunity in outcome of oral cancer management. Mentored many students & residents to carry out research projects & publish and present in conferences. Dr. Anshika organized many CMEs and workshops on palliative care and delivered guest lectures & playing leading role in setting up pain free hospital services.