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Madam's doc

You might never have heard of him but for Sonia Gandhi and her trip to the US for medical treatment recently. A radiation oncologist who is director of the Cancer Center at the Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York, Dr Dattatreyudu Nori is regarded as one of the top cancer specialists in the world. His reputation is what compelled Mrs Gandhi's family to reach out to him amid criticism from some quarters that she was forsaking home expertise for treatment abroad.

For all his hidden fame, Dr Nori has modest origins, like his fellow Andhra-ite Yellapragada Subba Rao, who also did pioneering work in cancer research. No fancy-schmancy Harvard medical degree like many NRI/PIO physician peers. Not even AIIMS Delhi or CMC Vellore. Born in Machilipatnam in Andhra Pradesh's Krishna district, Nori is a graduate of Kurnool Medical College and did his post-doc at Osmania Medical College. Arriving in the US in 1977 for post-doctoral training at Sloan Kettering, Dr Nori went on to become a licensed physician in New York, eventually going on to become America's leading cancer specialist according to surveys and magazine polls.

He's also remained true to his roots, overseeing the founding of a state-of-the art 250-bedcancer and research institute located in Hyderabad which was inaugurated by the Indian PM in 2001. While her mother-in-law often repaired to Andhra Pradesh for political rehabilitation and sustenance, it appears Sonia Gandhi did the same for physical revival through Dr Nori.

Reader's opinion (1)

Rama RaoOct 25th, 2011 at 19:13 PM

Dr Dattatreyudu Nori again reminds us that to make it big in life one need not have fancy degrees..Till Sonia Gandhi 'consulted' him, his story was not known to fellow Telugu biddas in Telangana, Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema, the three regions with which he has been associated one way or the other

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