He has developed a voice prosthesis that can help throat cancer patients speak after surgery and unlike the extremely expensive ones available in the market today, this device will cost just Rs. 50 or just about USD 0.75!
Dr. Vishal Rao is a Bangalore based oncologist. He has trained in Oncology at one of the most prestigious cancer institutes of India, the Tata Memorial Hospital at Mumbai. He is also a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Otolaryngology in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, USA, a Consultant at the Institute of Public Health and a Director of the Cancer Prevention and Tobacco Control Project with W.H.O Tobacco Free Initiaves partners .
The other positions held by Dr. Vishal Rao are: Member of the Union for International Cancer control (UICC) Globalink – Global Tobacco Control; a Member of National Executive Committee for the Foundation of Head and Neck Oncology (FHNO); Executive Board Member of the State Association for Otolaryngology – Head Neck Surgery, Karnataka and a Member of the Action Council against Tobacco (ACT) – India.
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