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Dr. Kapil Bhalla to head Georgia cancer center in Augusta

September 2006
Dr. Kapil Bhalla to head Georgia cancer center in Augusta

Dr. Kapil N. Bhalla has become the founding director of a $54-million cancer research center at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. An oncologist by training, Dr. Bhalla was most recently the scientific director of the Hematologic Malignancies Program at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in Tampa, Fla. In his new position, he will be in charge of cancer research, education and clinical programs at the Medical College of Georgia. At Governor Sonny Purdue's instigation, the state has provided $5 million both last year and this year for cancer research at MCG. Bhalla now has the money to recruit about 30 scientists for his center. He is also the principal investigator for $4.7 million in research grants from the National Cancer Institute and the Department of Defense. After graduating from the University of Delhi's Maulana Azad Medical College, he did his internships (pathology and internal medicine) and residency (internal medicine) in the U.S. He has also done a postdoctoral fellowship in hematology and oncology. Dr. Bhalla, who has served on the faculties at Columbia and Emory, among other universities, is the author of 125 scholarly articles on cancer research and clinical trials.

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