Title: Oncologist, Medical Researcher, Educator, Administrator
Company: Atrium Health
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Derek Raghavan, Oncologist, Medical Researcher, Educator and Administrator at Atrium Health, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of healthcare.
Dedicated to caring for others and ensuring their safety, Dr. Raghavan has spent his career as a superb physician, teacher, researcher and colleague. Originally planning to pursue the field of immunology, he found he enjoyed clinical involvement and preferred working directly with patients. In preparation for his exceptional career, Dr. Raghavan earned a Bachelor of Surgery and a Bachelor of Medicine, both with honors, from the University of Sydney in 1974. He has been a resident and registrar for the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney, Australia, from 1974 to 1977 and earned a Doctor of Philosophy from London University in 1984 and a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Sydney in 2013. While in medical school, Dr. Raghavan had been a taxi driver, a position that allowed him to learn about advising and communicating with people quickly and easily, shaping him greatly and contributing to his work ethic. He currently holds multiple positions, serving as the professor of medicine for the Atrium Health System since 2016 and president of the Levine Cancer Institute since 2011. His previous positions include, but are not limited to, professor of clinical medicine for The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, chief of the division of medical oncology for the University of Southern California, medical research specialist for the University of Minnesota and research fellow for the Ludwig Institute Cancer Research of London.
Dr. Raghavan has had immense success and contributions to the field of health services. He developed a neo-adjuvant chemotherapy paradigm for invasive, non-metastatic bladder cancer in tandem with Dr. Mark Soloway as well as identified bladder cancer stem cell with Dr. Pamela J. Russell in the 1980s. Dr. Raghavan developed gemcitabine for advanced bladder cancer with Dr. Walter Stadler and Dr. Malcolm Moore, among others, in the 1990s and developed the first mobile low dose CT screening unit for lung cancer with Mellisa Wheeler in 2017. Dr. Raghavan attributes his success to his mentors, John Sands and Monroe Neville. John Sands had been his boss when he was a resident who was an excellent physician, extraordinary with patients and in his spare time ran his family business, Parker Bros. Monroe Neville had been Dr. Raghavan’s Doctor of Philosophy supervisor and the head of the Ludwig Institute for cancer research, remaining a major influence ever since. Throughout the duration of his extensive career, Dr. Raghavan considers building the Levin Cancer Institute in Charlotte, NC, to be the highlight of his career. Prior to this, there were not any cancer institutes in Charlotte but due to Dr. Raghavan’s efforts there are now 25 branches of the institute throughout North Carolina.
Dr. Raghavan has lent his expertise to others, contributing to numerous creative works that have been used by others in the field of healthcare. He serves as the editor of “Urologic Oncology” and has been the editor for “Seminars in Oncology,” “Clinical Cancer Research,” “Bladder Cancer: A Guide for Patients and Families” and “Principles and Practice of Genitourinary Oncology.” In recognition of his success and influence, he has been lauded with multiple awards, including the James D. Wolfensohn Award from the Sydney University Graduates Union of North America in 2017, Physician of the Year from the Charlotte Business Magazine in 2013 and the Frank S. Moran Award for Leadership in Cancer Research from the University of Michigan in 2003. He has been named a Moreton Memorial Lecturer of the Health Science Center from Texas A&M University in 1995 and the Hospice Physician of Year from the Hospice of Buffalo in 1994. Dr. Raghavan received a research grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia from 1983 to 1990 and has been a traveling fellow for the New South Wales Cancer Council of Sydney in 1978.
Bettering any group with which he has been involved with, Dr. Raghavan holds membership with numerous organizations. He has been affiliated with the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American College of Physicians, the Royal Australian College of Physicians, the Medical Oncology Group of Australia and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, among others. Dr. Raghavan believes that the fact he has done quite a lot of translational research as part of his clinical practice is what separates him from others in his field. Moreover, Dr. Raghavan loves and admires his family, believing them to be absolutely essential and that one should never lose sight of the importance of one’s spouse and family. In recognition of his success, he has been awarded The Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Raghavan’s notoriety has resulted in being included in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in the West and Who’s Who in the World.
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