Dr. Alok Thakar is a Professor of Otolaryngology & Head Neck Surgery, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.Dr. Alok Thakar graduated from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences and subsequently trained in Otolaryngology & Head-Neck Surgery in India and the UK. In 1997 he was appointed a Consultant at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi - the premier medical school and teaching hospital in the country. Dr. Thakar has a special interest in Head-Neck Oncology and the entire spectrum of Skull Base Surgery-anterior, lateral and endoscopic. The focus of his work has been on optimizing outcomes and minimizing the disability following treatment of Head-Neck and Skull Base Lesions. He has been instrumental in the development of Trans-Oral Laser Surgery and Trans Oral Robotic Surgery in his institution, as also voice conserving oncosurgery, minimally invasive skull base surgery, and techniques for rehabilitation of facial nerve and lower cranial nerve lesions. Professor Thakar has served on the executive committees of the Foundation for Head-Neck Oncology, the Skull Base Surgery Society of India, Association of Phonosurgeons of India, and is the Past-President of the Neuro Otologic Society of India. He serves on the editorial board of select national and International Journals. He also serves in a number of prominent advisory positions, including Member, Task Force on Cancer Management- Indian Council for Medical Research. Dr. Thakar’s research has centered primarily on Oncology and Neuro-otology. He has been Chief Investigator in 7 funded clnical research projects and been associated with several other projects. He has authored over 200 papers including a chapter in Scott-Brown’s Textbook of Otolaryngology and one publication included in the Year Book of Otolaryngology & Head-Neck Surgery. His efforts have been recognized by the award of the Shakuntala Amir Chand Award by the Indian Council of Medical Research, and a Gold Medal Award by the Neuro-Otological and Equilibriometric Society of India. He was recently appointed as Honorary Consultant to the Armed Forces Medical Services.