Vishal Rao

Member of High Powered Committee on Tobacco Control

Government of Karnataka


Dr.Vishal Rao is presently the Chief of Head neck surgical oncology at HCG Bangalore, India. He is a TEDx speaker and inventor of the Aum Voice Prosthesis a 1$ speaking device for throat cancer patients. He has more than 8 patents filed for his innovations. He has been conferred the Honorary FRCS by the Royal College of Surgeons Glasgow recognizing his contributions in the field of head neck oncology. He is the recipient of the Judy Wilkenfeld award for Global excellence in tobacco control 2017, Rotary vocational training award 2016 for inventing the voice prosthesis for his throat cancer patients. He received the VarshadaKannadiga Award 2018 (Kannadiga of the Year) for his contributions in Science and Technology. He is presently associate editor of Cancer therapy and oncology international journal and has more than 50 national and International publications to his credit, and is a reviewer for 10 international journals. He also works with Bloomberg partners for Tobacco Control in collaboration with state and union government to implement the WHO FCTC- Framework convention for Tobacco Control through National Tobacco control program. He has been a visiting faculty to John Hopkins University leadership programs. He is a member of High Powered committee on tobacco control and cancer control Govt of Karnataka. He is also member of NCD Task for Bengaluru city. He is also the Incharge coordinator union for international cancer control at HCG. He completed his training in Head neck oncology surgery at the Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai and a brief stint at the Pittsburgh school of medicine as visiting scholar.