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Jitendra Kumar Singh: Recipient of padma Shri

Jitendra Kumar Singh is a oncologist the ex-director of Mahavir Cancer Institute & Research Centre and the president of Cancer Care India, the apex body for cancer support organizations in India. He was honored in 2012, with the fourth highest Indian civilian award of Padma Shri. Jitendra Kumar Singh was born to a freedom fighter, in the village of Majhauni of Banka district, Bihar in 1952. He did his schooling at SMP School, Jethour and graduated in medicine, with National Merit Scholarship from the erstwhile Prince of Wales Medical College (Patna Medical College) under Patna University in 1975. His post graduation was in Radiotherapy which he completed in 1980 from the same university. He also did advanced training at Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai during 1985-86. Jitendra Kumar Singh started his career as a faculty member at the Radium Institute of Patna Medical College and Hospital where he worked for 14 years before joining Darbhanga Medical College and Hospital as an additional professor. In 1981, he joined Mahavir Cancer Sansthan as its director, a post he holds till September 2014 and also served S.S.Hospital. Jitendra Kumar Singh joined Mahavir Cancer Sansthan as the director when it was in the third year of its existence. The institution, during his tenure, is reported to have grown from a 100 bedded hospital to be rated as the second largest cancer hospital in India with facilities to accommodate 450 inpatients attended to by 125 doctors, 18 radiologists and 700 staff. The hospital is reported to have a patient roll of 300,000 with 26,500 new patients added every year. Jitendra Singh is known to have been active in the cancer awareness programs in the state of Bihar and his efforts are reported behind the establishment of a community oncology department at Mahavir Cancer Sansthan. He has also contributed to many cancer awareness campaigns such as the one with the participation of celebrities like Hema Malini, Shabana Azmi and Shatrughan Sinha. Jitendra Singh is known to have been active in research and has served as the principal investigator in 25 national and international clinical trials of cancer medicines. He has headed 12 major projects initiated by the Department of Science and Technology and the Indian Council of Medical Research such as the Task Force for Gallbladder Carcinoma. He is also known to have contributed to the development of palliative.


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