Alok Thakar graduated from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India, and subsequently was trained in Otolaryngology & Head‐Neck Surgery in India and UK. In 1997, he was appointed as a Consultant at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India. He has a special interest in head‐neck oncology and the entire spectrum of skull base surgery—anterior, lateral, and endoscopic. The focus of his work has been on optimizing outcomes and minimizing the disability following treatment of head‐neck and skull base lesions. He has been instrumental in the development of transoral laser surgery and transoral robotic surgery in his institution. His efforts have been recognized by the award of the Shakuntala Amir Chand Award by the Indian Council of Medical Research and a Gold Medal Award by the Neuro‐Otological and Equilibriometric Society of India. Professor Thakar is currently on the executive committees of the Foundation of Head‐Neck Oncology and the Skull Base Society of India and is the Past‐President of the Neuro‐Otological Society of India. He serves on the editorial board of select national and international journals. He has authored over 200 papers including a chapter in Scott‐Brown’s Textbook of Otolaryngology and one publication included in the Year Book of Otolaryngology & Head‐Neck Surgery.
Biography Updated on 2 October 2014