Dr. BS Ajaikumar is a doctorpreneur and the Chairman & CEO of HealthCare Global Enterprises Ltd. He is a radiation and medical oncologist with over 40 years of experience.
After finishing his MBBS from St John’s Medical College in Bangalore, he left for the US for his residency training in oncology from the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville. He completed his fellowship in radiation and medical oncology from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Centre in Houston. In 1979, he set up a cancer centre west of Chicago. While running his centre in the US, Dr. Ajaikumar founded a not-for-profit hospital, Bharath Hospital and Institute of Oncology in Mysore in 1989. Around the same time, along with a group of oncologists, he started the Bangalore Institute of Oncology (BIO). As the centre grew, it helped Dr. Ajaikumar understand that in India, the need of the hour was high-quality cancer care with increased accessibility and affordability.
With a vision of expanding the services in Bangalore, he moved back to India with his family in 2003.
To make quality cancer care accessible and affordable to patients in tier II and III cities, he introduced the hub-and spoke model to create 24 comprehensive cancer care centres across India. Due to his keen interest in fertility issues in India, he partnered with Dr. Kamini Rao of Milann, which is one of the leading infertility treatment centres in India.
He continues to pursue his passion for increasing and strengthening the network of comprehensive cancer centres across the world, including Africa and Vietnam.
He is the recipient of the prestigious E&Y Start-Up Entrepreneur of the Year Award & the Asian Health Care Leadership Awards. He has also set up an independent non-partisan think tank Antardhwani that focuses on various issues in the society related to health, education, livelihood and governance of India. Apart from his charitable work, he enjoys being a marathon runner and is a voracious reader.
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