A Radiation Oncologist with over 12 years of experience, Dr. Durgapoorna is an expert in the radiotherapeutic management of malignant / benign neurological diseases with more than a decade’s experience in performing Cranial Radiosurgery.
She believes in providing ethical, evidence-based management of cancers with a focus on improving the quality of life of patients. Her training at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, which is one of the most reputed cancer care facilities in the world, enriched her knowledge in advanced therapies / techniques like stereotactic body radiotherapy and image-guided treatments for tumours in extracranial sites, especially the spine, the gastro intestinal tract and the lung.
Dr. Durgapoorna has extensive experience in Stereotactic Radio Surgery (SRS), Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy, Image Guided Radiotherapy, Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy including Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy, Helical Tomotherapy and CyberKnife procedures along with Brachytherapy, Total Skin Electron Therapy (TSET), 3D Conformal Radiotherapy and Conventional Radiotherapy.
Apart from Neuro Oncology, her areas of interest include the management of head and neck, breast, thoracic, gastro intestinal and gynaecological cancers.
Fellowship in Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (MD Anderson Cancer Centre, Texas, USA) | MD in Radiotherapy (Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, Karnataka) | MBBS (Govt. Medical College, Calicut)
Expertise & Experience
Experience in all aspects of radiation oncology, in both adults and children.
Trained extensively in radiotherapeutic management of various benign and malignant neurological conditions.
Worked with the senior most Radiation Oncologist and the finest Neurosurgeons in the State, which helped her understand the nuances of Cranial Radiosurgery (SRS) for brain metastasis, benign brain tumours and for functional indications.
Travel Grant Recipient to attend The State of the Art in Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics held at San Antonio, Texas, USA by the American Society of Therapeutic Radiation Oncology.
Served multiple times as an Examiner for the award of the degree of MD in Radiotherapy.
Published numerous research articles in international peer reviewed journals.
Worked as Associate Professor at the Department of Radiation Oncology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi for over 10 years, where she was associated with MD / DMRT (Diplomate Medical Radiation Therapy) & DNB (Diplomate National Board) in Radiation Oncology. She was also associated with Fellowship courses in Surgical Oncology, Neuro Oncology, Head & Neck Oncology and Bachelor of Science programme for MRT students, radiotherapy technologists, nurses and technicians.
Believes in a holistic approach to treatment and providing continuum of care and palliation.
Proficient in Malayalam, English, Hindi, Kannada.