Dr Chirag Jyotiker Desai has achieved his MBBS, MD, DM (Oncology) from Gujarat University, Ahmedabad, India. Currently, he is the Consultant Medical Oncologist and Founder Director, Hemato-oncology Clinic at Vedanta Institute of Medical Sciences. Here he is involved in activities including Clinical care of the cancer patients, Clinical research activities and Educational activities.
Under Clinical Care, he is recognized as a KOL by the oncology fraternity and the industry. He has worked closely with a team comprised of surgical and radiation oncologists, radiology and pathology colleagues and other specialists as required as well as involved in planning the treatment and execution of chemotherapy protocols. He also plans institutional protocols for the treatment of cancer.
His clinical research activities include his role as a Principal or sub-investigator in more than 75 clinical trials, where most of them are for USFDA or EMEA submission. He has been a DSMB member of 5 industry-sponsored clinical trials including one study in vaccine and one in NCE. He is a Steering committee member for 3 industry-sponsored clinical trials including 2 early-phase trial of NCE/NBE and a Consultant/Advisor to 4 Indian CROs. He has played the role as a subject expert to 2 Indian Pharma companies in their biosimilar development. He has been invited as a subject expert by pharma companies while presentation to SEC at CDSCO office. He is a member of disease guideline committee for Lung Cancer and Tongue Cancer for Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) and also of Scientific Advisory Board of iBioAnalysis – a company in collaboration with Department of Science and Technology of Govt. of India.
His various Educational activities involve an invitation as a faculty for most oncology events in the country and the region. He is also involved as a moderator, debater, guest lecturer, a mentor for oncologists in training and the clinical research professionals working in pharma companies/CROs to train them in oncology therapeutic area and GCP. His mentorship has also been helpful to the medical and communication departments of Indian as well as multinational pharma companies for their existing products and new launches; investigators/ colleagues and ethics committee members in GCP. He is also a member of the editorial board of 4 Indian/Regional oncology journals. He has mentored about 35 MPharm or MSc Life Science students in their 4th term short research project for their thesis and played a role as an External Evaluator for PhD for Tata Memorial Center students.
Dr Desai is affiliated with CIMS Hospital, Ahmedabad since 2014. His past affiliations include Sterling Hospital – Ahmedabad, HCG Cancer Center – Ahmedabad and Apollo CBCC Cancer Center Ahmedabad.
Dr Desai has worked as an Advisor/Consultant – Oncology Therapeutic Area Programs, National Oncology Coordinator and Project Manager for Quintiles Spectral India Ltd, Ahmedabad. He has worked as a Director for VIBGYOR Scientific Research, Ahmedabad from 2006 to 2011.
At Vibgyor and Quintiles, being an in-house oncology resource person he was responsible for the evaluation of the projects, selecting the investigators, site selection, site initiation, training of the CRAs, overseeing the monitoring from the scientific viewpoint, making the budget and agreement with the sponsor and the sites, ensuring the clarity of the interpretation of the protocol with the sponsor and the investigators.
As his career objective, he believes that there is a large room for improvement in cancer therapy and the dire need of innovations. He wishes to be a part of the improvement in the therapeutics against cancer and allied diseases. Having the necessary background of internal medicine and oncology, with experience in clinical research and clinical practice, he believes that he is in the position to ensure the correct drug being investigated with the correct methodology. This includes a thoughtful protocol, effective route and schedule of administration, a realistic endpoint, feasible target in terms of efficacy, ensuring safety and recruiting an adequate number of patients.
He is the founder member of Indian Collaborative Oncology Network (ICON), an active member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and a full member of European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO). He is a life member of Indian Society of Medical and Pediatric Oncology, Indian Medical Association (Ahmedabad Branch), Association of Physicians of Gujarat and Association of Physicians of Ahmedabad.