Dr. Dessai has had a distinguished academic career during her the MBBS years at Goa Medical College, Goa. Following her Obstetrics and Gynecological training at Goa Medical College, she moved to Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai and trained for three years in various capacities. She subsequently visited the Canadian center “London health sciences, Ontario” when she was selected through the IGCS travel fellowship. Post completion of training from Tata Memorial Hospital in 2013, Dr. Dessai, took the challenge of establishing the department of breast and Gyn-Oncology in Malabar Cancer Center, in South India. She established a state of the art of unit, which catered to 1200-1500 new female cancer patients per year and performed around 500-700 major surgeries per year. On account of her exemplary service, she was promoted as associate professor and head of the unit in 2015. She subsequently started a Gyn-Oncology fellowship at the same center. In addition she was a faculty for fellowship in breast oncology and is a recognized faculty for DNB surgical oncology. She led the unit till 2018. Since 2018 Dr. Dessai has shifted her base to Mumbai. Till date Dr. Dessai has operated on over 1500 breast cancer patients and managed over 2000 gynecological cancer patients.

Educational qualification

1. Dr Sampada Dessai MBBS, MS
2. Fellowship Gyn oncology (Tata Memorial Centre,Mumbai, India)
3. International Gynecologic Cancer Society ( London health sciences, Ontario, Canada)
4. Gynecological cancer and Breast cancer Surgeon

Research and Publications

Dr. Dessai is an active researcher. She believes in innovation and improving patient outcomes. She performed and published an experience of over 50 modified pelvic exenteration surgeries for recurrent pelvic malignancies. Similar innovative work in ovarian cancer, cervical cancer, breast cancer and endometrial cancer has been published by her in various peer reviewed journals. In addition, Dr Dessai is one of the pioneers in distress research in India. Her work on distress, has led to regular screening for distress among patients in many parts of India.

Lectures and books authored

Dr. Dessai’s academic contributions are extensive and she has delivered numerous lectures and presentations and participated in various panel discussions at various national and international forums. She is an active member of multiple societies in oncology. Apart from numerous papers and articles, she has authored chapters in a major Oncology textbook published recently on breast and endometrial cancers. Dr. Dessai believes in evidence based management and the use of technology as required for the betterment of outcomes and quality of life.

Area of Interest

1. Ovarian cancer surgery
2. Cervical cancer
3. Endometrial cancer
4. Vulval /vaginal cancer
5. Breast cancer surgery
6. Treatment of advanced /recurrent gynaecological cancer
7. Minimally invasive ( Laparoscopic/ Robotic) surgery
8. Cancer prevention, screening
9. Fertility preservation in women cancer
10.Cancer in pregnancy
11.Management Precancerous and non cancerous gynecological condition. Expertise


1. Screening for Breast and Gynecological Cancers

2. Breast Cancer surgeries

    a. Modified radical Mastectomy with Lymph node dissection
    b. Sentinel Lymph node biopsy
    c. Breast Conservative surgery
3. Gynecological Cancer surgeries
  • a. Ovarian Cancer surgery
    This is the forte of Dr. Dessai. Dr Dessai achieves one of highest complete cytoreduction rates in ovarian cancer
    which are unmatched. She has published a series on these surgeries.
    • i. Cytoreductive surgery
      ii. Radical and Ultraradical Cytoreductive surgeries
      iii. Interval Cytoreductive surgeries
  • b. Cervical Cancer surgery
    • i. Nerve sparing radical Hysterectomy
      ii. Type 1, 2 and 3 Hysterectomy with Pelvic Lymph node dissection
  • c. Endometrial Cancer surgery
    • i. Hysterectomy with or without Pelvic and Paraaortic Lymph node dissection
  • d. Vulva and Vaginal cancer surgeries
4. Minimal Invasive and Robotic surgeries

5. Pelvic exenteration- Dr Dessai has performed and published the largest series of Pelvic exenteration in the World. This surgery is the only hope of cure in a relapsed setting.

Information on common female cancers

1. Breast Cancer
2. Ovarian Cancer
3. Cervical cancer
4. Endometrial Cancer

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