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Prof Jayant Vaidya
Surgical Interventional Trials Unit, 3rd floor Charles Bell House
Division of Surgery and Interventional Science, University College London
43-45 Foley Street
Tel: 02076799280 or 07306444066
Fax: 02076799290
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  • Professor of Surgery & Oncology
  • Department of Targeted Intervention
  • Div of Surgery & Interventional Sci
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences

Professor Jayant Vaidya is a breast cancer expert who specialises in diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the breast. Prof Vaidya is Professor of Surgery and Oncology at UCL Division of Surgery, leading ground-breaking research in breast cancer surgery, radiotherapy and oncology at University College London, a world leading university.

He currently divides his time equally between research and clinical work.

He qualified in surgical oncology (MBBS MS DNB) from the Bombay University and the National Board. His PhD is from London University and he is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, FRCS, UK. At the age of 17 he was declared a National Scholar and received a scholarship throughout his medical education.

He has worked at the Tata Memorial Hospital, Royal Marsden Hospital, University College London and the University of Dundee, before moving back to London in 2009.

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Professor Vaidya's research has been in surgery, tobacco eradication, surgical oncology and several aspects of breast cancer - surgery, radiotherapy and oncology. 

His early work in Goa with Dr Sharad Vaidya showed how sports sponsorship (of cricket matches) by tobacco companies initiates smoking amongst children in India. This work and the anti-tobacco campaign led to some of the toughest laws of the land towards reducing tobacco consumption, curbing the initiation of smoking at young age and reducing deaths from heart disease and cancer.

His research on Intraoperative Radiotherapy (IORT) was inspired by his original laboratory work in 1994, leading to the idea that breast cancer treatment with surgery and radiotherapy needs to be focussed and targeted. Working with Professor Michael Baum and Professor Jeffrey S Tobias, in UCL, London, Prof Vaidya developed the concept, tools (Intrabeam) and the surgical operative procedure (TARGIT IORT) to give targeted intraoperative radiotherapy to the tissues immediately around a breast cancer, after it is surgically removed (lumpectomy). He coined the acronym TARGIT- for TARGeted Intraoperative radioTherapy and it is commonly called Intrabeam TARGIT IORT.

The Intrabeam TARGIT IORT procedure has been now been used for 45,000 breast cancer patients treated in 260 centres in 38 countries worldwide. I would encourage the interested reader to visit the dedicated website for Intrabeam TARGIT IORT for more information and to read the publications on IORT for breast cancer

Given as a tumour bed boost, TARGIT IORT appears to achieve more than 98% durable local control in unselected cases. This has lead to the TARGIT-B trial, funded by HTA - NIHR, which will inform us whether Intrabeam TARGIT IORT given as a boost is superior to the standard radiotherapy boost.

Here are some of his talks about breast cancer research including Intrabeam TARGIT IORT.

Teaching Summary

Professor Vaidya loves to teach and has been involved with teaching medical students, junior doctors, fellows and PhD students. 

  Professor of Surgery and Oncology Division of Surgery and Interventional Science University College London, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2004   Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training Royal College of Surgeons
2003   Fellow Of The Royal College Of Surgeons Royal College of Surgeons
2002   Doctor of Philosophy University of London
1998   Fellow Of The Royal College Of Surgeons Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
1991   Master of Surgery University of Bombay
1991   Diploma National Board of Examinations - Delhi National Board of Examinations New Delhi
1987   Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery University of Bombay
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