Botswana-UPenn Partnership

Surbhi Grover, MD

Dr. Surbhi Grover is an Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at University of Pennsylvania and Adjunct Senior Lecturer at University of Botswana. She is interested in addressing the growing global cancer burden by focusing on public health endeavors and cost-effective clinical initiatives to improve access to care and outcomes of care in developing countries. Before residency, she worked with Professor Jeffrey Sachs at the Earth Institute and the Gates Foundation on advising the Ministry of Health of India on the National Rural Health Mission, a rural health initiative to strengthen basic and preventive healthcare in rural India.

Since 2011, Dr. Grover has been working with the Botswana-UPenn partnership, strengthening the oncology program in Botswana. She moved full-time to Botswana in 2014. In her current role, she is seeing cancer patients at the public hospital, conducting research and teaching. She is leading the implementation of an ongoing U54 NIH-funded study focused on cervical cancer and she is involved with mentoring several junior investigators at the University of Botswana through the mentoring core of U54. She has also completed a NIH-funded pilot prospective study studying impact of HIV on cervical cancer in Botswana and is currently studying HPV associated cancers in Botswana. She has lead the development of the first gynecological cancers and head and neck cancer multi-disciplinary tumor board to streamline patient treatment and follow up care in the country. Through this current grant application, she will further her work in cervical cancer in Botswana. She will leverage the infrastructure built by the U54 parent grant, her previous cervical cancer project, and the multi-disciplinary gynecological clinic to investigate role of HPV viral load in predicting tumor response and recurrence.