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Dr. Rajiv V. Datta

BIO:Specialize in cancer of the breast, colon/rectum and endocrine system, soft tissue tumors, melanoma and head and neck surgery


NRI, Rajiv V. Datta, 45, M.D., FACS, FRCS, FICS, Vice Chairman Department of Surgery, Director of the Division of Surgical Oncology and Head and Neck Surgery, is one of the leading head and neck surgeons in the U.S. and an international leader in surgical oncology. He is board certified in surgery.

  • He was born in New Delhi and raised in Mumbai
  • He graduated medical degree from Grant Medical College of the University of Bombay in Bombay, India. His parents, especially his mother encouragement him to complete a surgical oncology fellowship at the renowned Tata Memorial Hospital, the largest cancer center in Asia.
  • He spent about three years in the United Kingdom, receiving advanced training in surgical oncology and plastic surgery and became a fellow at the Royal College of Surgeons.
  • Datta came to the United States in 1994 and completed an internship and residency in general surgery at Maimonides Medical Center in the Brooklyn, N.Y. The following year he served as a research fellow at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and chief resident at Maimonides Medical Center. This was followed by a rare opportunity for a dual fellowship in head and neck oncology and surgical oncology at the prestigious Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, N.Y.
  • Before joining the staff at South Nassau in 2001, he was director of surgical oncology at Maimonides Medical Center
  • Dr. Datta is a fellow of the prestigious International College of Surgeons. The fellowship is awarded to select surgeons around the world whose education and training, professional qualifications, surgical competence and ethical conduct have passed a rigorous evaluation and have been found to be consistent with the high standards established by the College.
  • He has written extensively on the topic of thyroid neoplasms and colon cancer screening and is a member of several national and regional professional organizations, including the American Society of Head and Neck Surgery and the Society of Surgical Oncology.
  • Dr. Datta's wife, a PhD in cell biology, "has been a very positive support" for his career while also raising their two daughters, aged nine and eleven.






Dr. Rajiv V. Datta appointed as vice-chair of its surgery department of The South Nassau Communities Hospital, New York