Dr. Dattatreyudu Nori is an internationally acclaimed oncologist, par excellence, a pioneering physician, and an important thought leader.
For over two decades, he has held the positions of Professor and Chairman of Radiation Oncology and Director of the Cancer Center at world-renowned Cornell Medical Center in New York. He has pioneered numerous cancer treatment techniques that have contributed to significant improvement in the cure rates and in saving lives of countless cancer patients all over the world.
Dr. Nori received his medical degree from Kurnool Medical College in 1973 and a postgraduate medical degree from Osmania University in 1976. He then joined the internationally recognized Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in the U.S. in 1976. During his academic career, spanning over four decades, he made groundbreaking and seminal contributions to cancer in the U.S.He has also taken a special interest in making sure that these advances reached vulnerable and poor cancer patients in his home country of India. He has written over 300 scientific articles and four books in oncology and received special recognition fellowship awards from various professional organizations around the world.
In India, Dr. Nori has extended his expertise and experience to state governments and private organizations to establish comprehensive Cancer Centers. In early 2000, he helped the government of Andhra Pradesh and was one of the founding members and Chief Scientific Advisor of the Basavatarakum Indo-American Cancer and Research Institute in Hyderabad, a 500 bed not for profit, Comprehensive Cancer Center, inaugurated by Prime Minister Sri Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He has also been working tirelessly to improve training for Indian doctors in the cancer specialty. He has established advanced Fellowship Programs for Indian doctors to receive advanced training at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Cornell University Medical Center. He is a consultant to the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), advising in the formulation of guidelines for cancer treatment in developing countries.
Dr. Nori’s distinguished and exceptional achievements in the field of oncology have been recognized with many fellowships, awards and honors, including the most prestigious “Tribute to Life” Award by the American Cancer Society and the “Most Distinguished Physician Award” by Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. The Nargis Dutt Memorial Foundation in the U.S. and the network of Indian Professionals in the U.S. honored him with the “Excelsior Award” and the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) honored him with the “Most Distinguished Physician Award”. In 2014, Dr. Nori was honored with the highest civilian award in the U.S. “The Ellis Island Medal of Honor” for his exemplary and outstanding qualities in both his personal and professional life. Various professional and scientific organizations in India have honored him and recognized his exceptional contributions to improve cancer care in India. The Indian Medical Association honored him with a Gold Medal for providing advanced training in the U.S. for Indian physicians.
The government of India recognized his contributions to medicine with the “Padma Shri Award” in 2015. In December 2017, the 10,000 member oncologists of the Indian Cancer Congress honored him with their highest recognition “Living Legend in Cancer” award for his contributions to cancer care in India, the U.S., and around the globe.