Meet Padma Shri Dr. Dattatreya Nori – Featured Indian American

NEW YORK (TIP): Dr. Dattatreya Nori, an internationally renowned Oncologist is a recipient of one of India’s highest civil awards, “Padma Shri”. The award was announced on the eve of India’s Republic Day, January 26, 2015.

Government of India recognizes excellence and contributions of Indians within  India and abroad every year on the eve of Republic Day.

Dr. Nori, Professor and Executive Vice Chairman of the Radiation  Oncology Department at the New York- Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College in New-York City is passionately committed to help the less fortunate.

Meet Padma Shri Dr. Dattatreya Nori, the renowned Oncologist

Man does not live by bread alone. What else does one need depends on the thinking of the person.

To Dr. Dattatreyudu Nori, it is a touch of spirituality that lends strength to him as a medical professional. A derivative of the spirituality that he possesses and practices is the desire to serve and help the less fortunate in society. In Dr. Nori one sees  a glorious combination of material success and spiritual excellence.

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Dr. Nori’s professional excellence and humanitarian approach have endeared him in both USA and India, the country of his origin. Here he is seen sharing lighter moments with President of USA Barack Obama. Dr. Dattatreyudu Nori M.D., FACR, FACRO, is Professor and Executive Vice Chairman of the Radiation Oncology Department at The NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. In addition, Dr. Nori is Chairman of Radiation Oncology at The New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens. He is also the Director of the Cancer Center at the New York Hospital Queens, in which capacity he heads that organization’s cancer program. Dr. Nori completed his undergraduate training at Kurnool Medical College and received his postgraduate medical degree from Osmania University in India. He then joined the staff of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, where he became Chief of the Brachytherapy Service before accepting the current position as Chairman of Radiation Oncology at Cornell.


Dr. Dattatreyudu Nori, Professor and Executive Vice Chairman of the Radiation Oncology Department at the New York – Presbyterian Hospital / Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City is passionately committed to help the less fortunate. In recognition of  his professional excellence and tremendous contribution, Government of India, on 66th Republic Day of India on the January 26, 2015,  honored Dr. Nori with “Padma Shri”, one of the highest civilian awards of the country.  We, at The Indian Panorama, congratulate Dr. Nori on getting the prestigious award and wish him many more honors in times to come.

Dr. Nori has an international reputation as a pioneer and authority in radiation oncology and brachytherapy. He was instrumental in introducing the current techniques and clinical concepts of High Dose Rate Brachytherapy for gynecological, genitourinary, thoracic and head and neck tumors. His research also included efforts to improve the outcome for patients with prostate cancer, lung cancer, pancreas, breast and other cancers. Dr. Nori has served as principal investigator for numerous clinical trails sponsored by the National Cancer Institute and has received several national and international awards for his contributions to cancer research, including the Distinguished Alumnus Award of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Alumni Society. He has been called “a recognized leader in his specialty” by the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine. 

Dr. Nori served in the American Cancer Society in various positions including Chairmanship of the Professional Education Committee. The American Cancer Society honored him with their highest prestigious award “Tribute to Life” for his accomplishments in cancer research.


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Dr. Nori inaugurated the Brachytherapy Department of Indo-American Cancer Institute

Dr. Nori has trained more than 150 residents and fellows, some of whom have become Chairman of academic departments in the U.S. Dr. Nori is a Fellow in the American College of Radiology, Fellow in the American College of Radiation Oncology, past President of the American Brachytherapy Society, and a current member of several national and international oncology societies. He is also an Associate Editor of three oncology journals as well as a Visiting Professor to many universities in the U.S. and abroad. He has published three books and more than 200 scientific articles. He has given several prestigious lectureships such as the Probstein Oncology lecture at Washington University in St. Louis. He received a Gold Medal from the Indian Medical Association for his contributions to cancer research and training Indian physicians in the U.S. He also received the Excelsior Award from the Network of Indian Professionals in the United States and many Indian Organizations in the U.S., such as the Nargis Dutt Cancer Foundation and the Federation of Indian Associations have honored him for his contributions to cancer research.

Dattatreya Nori3 Dattatreya Nori5Dr. Nori has provided technical and scientific help to many cancer centers in India, South America and Israel, and he is also the Founding Member of the Indo-American Cancer Institute for Women and Children, a state-of-the art 250 bed cancer and research institute located in Hyderabad, A.P. which was inaugurated by the Prime Minister of India in 2001. In addition, Dr. Nori is a Consultant to the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency, advising on the formulation of guidelines for the treatment of cancer in developing countries. In a recent survey conducted by the reputable Castle Connolly Medical Ltd and published in America’s Top Doctors, Dr. Nori has been selected as one of the top doctors in America. In this survey, more than 250,000 leading doctors were asked to name the nation’s best physicians in various specialties -those “to whom you would send members of your family”. The most important criterion for physician selection was excellence in patient care, education, residency, board certification, fellowships, professional reputation, research, hospital affiliation, academic stature and medical school faculty appointment and experience. In a more recent survey done by the most popular woman’s magazine in the U.S., The Ladies’ Home Journal, Dr. Nori has also been named as one of the top doctors in America for the treatment of cancers in women. Dr. Nori was also honored by Senator Jon Corgine, Chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Committee and by Council Speaker Gifford Milller for his contributions to cancer research.

Dattatreya Nori8 Dattatreya Nori7 Dattatreya Nori6Dr. Nori continues to be active as clinician, teacher, researcher and administrator of two large Radiation Oncology Departments and the Cancer Center at New York Hospital Queens.

As I write his profile here in New York Dr. Nori is away to India  where he is  addressing  a Global Health Summit in Kochi from January 2 to 5. Dr. Nori is there to talk about prevention of Cervical cancer in India. He is there to give out the message that it can be prevented in India just as well as it is prevented in USA. Dr. Nori is a visiting professor to many universities across the globe and is frequently traveling.


In India, which is his country of origin, he has helped set up a number of hospitals. One  such hospital – Indo American Cancer Hospital  with 500 beds is state of the art cancer hospital in Hyderabad. It was founded in 2002 and was inaugurated by the then Prime Minister of India Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee.


Dr. Nori lives with his wife Subhadra in Scarsdale, New York. His wife is a physician, academician and chairperson of the Department of Rehabilitation at Jacobi Medical Center affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. His son, Sateesh and daughter-in- law Joy, are both attorneys and his daughter, Priya and son-in-law Himanshu, are both physicians.


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