Sharmila A. Pimple, MBBS, MD

Professor and Physician, Department of Preventive Oncology

Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, India


Sharmila A. Pimple received her medical training at Grant Medical College, Mumbai University, with a focus on Preventive and Social Medicine, and holds Diplomas in Cancer Control and Prevention, and Molecular Prevention from the US National Institutes of Health. Dr. Pimple is Principal Investigator on three studies –an interventional study on tobacco cessation effectiveness, and two related to HPV and cervical cancer – and is Co-Investigator on three others.
Over the past 10 years, Dr. Pimple has been involved in various capacity building and technology transfer projects developing and coordinating programs, creating training guidelines and manuals, and conducting courses in cancer control, prevention and screening and tobacco control at the municipal, district, and state levels, and for non-governmental organizations. She regularly conducts training workshops in colposcopy for the early detection and management of cervical neoplasias using LEEP and cryotherapy.

Dr. Pimple’s goals are to leverage her experience in the control, prevention and early detection of oral, breast, cervical and tobacco-related cancers coupled with tobacco control and cessation, to address other non-communicable diseases which share common risk factors, in order to have an impact on primary and secondary prevention of non-communicable diseases at a programmatic level throughout the country. She is interested in broadening her research and programmatic expertise to include public health policy development, global health and health disparities, common challenges to low and middle income countries and emerging economies, and in mobilization of existing resources, multi-sectorial co-operation, action and public private partnerships for NCD’s in general and cancer control and prevention in particular.

Project Title: An Observational study to evaluate the impact of Gutkha and Pan masala ban in Maharashtra State and Compliance with specific provisions under Section 5 and 6 of COTPA in Thane District, Maha