Dr. Gouri Shankar Bhattacharyya, a medical oncologist based in Kolkata, India for over a quarter of a century, recently passed away due to COVID-19–related complications.
Dr. Bhattacharyya was an EACR member for over 14 years; he was an Ambassador and was active in promoting and organising meetings across prevention, early detection and health literacy, to improve education, learning research and cancer in Low and Middle Income Countries.
The Journal of Thoracic Oncology, whom Dr. Bhattacharyya worked with during his career, spoke warmly about him:
“With his passing away, the oncology fraternity of India has lost one of its most brilliant physicians, most loved teachers, most revered mentors, and an outstanding “out-of-the-box” thinker with an incredibly versatile and innovative mind.”
He was active in the Committees of several international associations, including the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC), one of the EACR’s Strategic Partners. Dr Bhattacharyya was running for a seat on the IASLC Board of Directors at the time of his death. This IASLC tribute said “he was passionate about bridging the gaps in lung cancer education and care by connecting, supporting, informing, and empowering caregivers and the community.”
The tributes from his peers only serve to highlight his stature in the field. All of us at the EACR would like to extend our sympathy to his family, his friends and his colleagues.