Advani was born on August 1, 1947, in Karachi. His family — parents, three brothers and three sisters — had to flee to India on August 15 due to Partition. They came first to Deolali, Nashik, and then to Mumbai a few years later thanks to his father’s electrical business. Advani, who used to walk until the mid-1950s.
Despite odds, he moved on in life pretty fast. For someone who had to flee his home when he was merely 15 days old, Advani rose to become the chief of medical oncology at the Tata Memorial Hospital and he also set up the oncology department at Jaslok Hospital, Mumbai — and he is currently the chief medical and paediatric oncologist and heamato-oncologist at Jaslok Hospital.
Education – Breaking the ceiling
For Advani, one of India’s best oncologists who won the Padma Bhushan, the country’s third-highest civilian award, battling odds wasn’t anything new. Back in 1965, after finishing school — at that time it was the inter-college degree — he applied for admission to medicine at Grant Medical College, but was rejected. They didn’t want a “crippled” person.
But he wasn’t ready to give up: he wrote to the hospital authorities, ministers and others, requesting their intervention. Finally, Grant Medical College relented and he went on to pursue an MBBS as a day scholar. He had a person to help him get onto the wheelchair and he often took a cab to his parents’ home in the Mumbai suburb of Ghatkopar, where he continues to live even now.
As a young boy Dr. Advani used his powers of persuasion to convince the dean of the college to admit him to the MBBS course. Inspite his physical condition his mind is extremely fertile. As a student Advani won countless distinctions and awards.
MBBS, MD (General Medicine), FICP, MNAMS, FNAMS
- Being a handicapped person, his achievements are core inspiration to many doctors, patients and people who know him.
- His dedication, passion and commitment to fight cancer made him one of the best oncologists in the world.
- Being a cancer healer Advani has faced many challenges in his life and has went past it with his smile, dedication, and positivity.