A very renowned radiation oncologist from India, Dr Tejinder Kataria has many firsts to her credit. She has been instrumental in setting up radiation oncology practice at many private hospitals in India including Medanta-The Medicity.
Leading a dedicated team of professionals, she provides integrated cancer care using state of the art technology including India’s first Cyberknife VSI (has treated over 1300 patients since the technology came to India in July, 2012), first Infinity Linear Accelerator with Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT) and Synergy-S with beam modulator and SRS facilities. She is also the first in the country to start Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy using physical intensity modulators and permanent iodine 125 seed implants for prostate cancer.
She deftly uses stereotactic radiation (SRS) with micro multi leaf collimation, whole body stereotactic radiotherapy (SBRT), image guided radiotherapy (IGRT), intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) total body irradiation (TBI), integrated brachytherapy with low & high dose rate seed implants, 3-D conformal radiation (3D CRT), PET-CT, MRI and CT-Simulator fusion for effective cancer treatment planning.
She performs intracavitary brachytherapy for cancer cervix under general/spinal anesthesia with planning and dosimetry for bladder and rectal points at each insertion and is involved in performing interstitial implants for oral cavity, breast cancer, soft tissue sarcomas, intraluminal therapy for cholangio carcinomas, bronchogenic and esophageal cancers and surface moulds.
Dr Kataria initiated 3-D conformal and intensity modulated radiotherapy in India using physical intensity modulators, after her training at DKFZ, Heidelberg, Germany in 2001. At the same time she started the 3-D conformal radiation with Leibinger micro-multileaf collimator attachment to existing KD-2 Mevatron and introduced the MLC based intensity modulated radiotherapy back in 2004.
Dr Kataria is well versed with the use of Simulators, CT/MR planning, photon and electron applications, use of treatment planning computers for forward and inverse planning, low, medium, pulsed and high dose rate brachytherapy.
She is a consultant with IAEA and is Trainer for QUATRO (Quality Assurance for Trainers in Radiation Oncology) and a teacher for post graduate Radiation Oncology programs at various universities in India and overseas under the aegis of IAEA.
With her efforts, quality assurance in radiotherapy has been accepted under the National Cancer Control Programme in India as one of the prime focus for development, besides expansion of well-equipped radiotherapy facilities across the various regional cancer centers.
Dr Kataria has many publications to her credit; she regularly contributes in international and national journals with articles on radiation oncology, radiation therapy, molecular biology, brachytherapy, radiotherapy, head and neck cancers, brain tumors, cancers of breasts, lungs, esophagus (food pipe), colon, rectum, pancreas, liver, cholangio carcinomas & lymphomas, abdominal malignancies.
She was Chief Editor, North Zone for AROI journal (AJRO) since 2012 and is on the editorial board of Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy and Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics. She was reviewer for practical reviews in cancer management sponsored by John Hopkins University, School of Medicine and Oakstone Medical Publishing between 2003 – 2009 and is a reviewer for International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics since 2003. She was the guest editor for Journal of International Medical Science Academy in 2005.