Oncology experts drive the GIRO initiative to advocate for equitable access to radiotherapy as an essential part of multidisciplinary cancer care
Ajay Aggarwal is a Consultant Clinical Oncologist at Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Trust, London (UK) and an Honorary Senior Lecturer at King’s College London (UK) in the Institute of Cancer Policy. He is also the Oncology Coordinator for the National Prostate Cancer Audit, based at the Royal College of Surgeons of England.
He graduated from Guy’s, Kings’ & St Thomas’ Medical School in 2004 having attained a BSc in Management at Imperial College London. Following this he obtained his Medical (MRCP) and Clinical Oncology (FRCR) specialist postgraduate qualifications. He has an MSc in the Science of Cancer from The Institute of Cancer Research and an MSc in Health, Population and Society from The London School of Economics. He completed his PhD progam in Health Services Research and Policy at The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2017, where he used econometric, geographic and epidemiological research methodologies to explore the role of hospital competition in cancer service delivery.
Main interests and global collaborations
Ajay’s main research interests focus upon the delivery of sustainable and equitable cancer care in developed and emerging economies, health system design, and performance assessment of cancer treatment interventions and services. He has previously worked at the World Health Organisation in Geneva, and in Fortaleza, Brazil and collaborates with international organisations such as ECCO and researchers across Europe, North America and India. He has been a co-author of the Lancet Oncology commissions in Global Cancer Surgery and the Burden of Cancer in India as well as the Lancet Commission focusing on Health, Equity and Women’s Cancers.