Surbhi Grover, MD, MPH


  •  Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology | University of Pennsylvania
  •  Botswana | India | South Africa | Zambia
  •   Global Oncology | HPV | Radiation oncology

Languages: English (native), Hindi (fluent), Punjabi (fluent)

Bio statement

Dr. Grover 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. Since 2011, she 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 at head of oncology at the Princess Marina Hospital, she is seeing cancer patients at the public hospital, conducting research and teaching. She is also leading the implementation of an ongoing U54-funded UPENN/UB study focused on cervical cancer. She is heavily involved with AORTIC, the African body on cancer research and education and leading educational efforts in Africa. She is also working closely with collaborators at TATA Memorial Cancer Center in India on various research projects and developing education initiatives for trainees in India and Africa.

Recent global health projects

Varian, A Multi-Institutional Study of Barriers to Cancer Care in Sub-Saharan Africa

NIH, Improving timeliness of cervical cancer care in women living with HIV in Botswana.

Selected publications

BMC Infectious Diseases volume 22, Article number: 95 (2022) Cite

Grover S, Bvochora-Nsingo M, Yeager a, Chiyapo S, Bhatia R, MacDuffie E, Puri P, Balang D, Ratcliffe S, Narasimhamurthy M, Gwangwava E, Tsietso S, Kayembe M, Ramogola-Masire D, Dryden-Peterson S, Mahantshetty U, Viswanathan N, Zetola N, Lin LL (2018). "The impact of HIV infection on survival and acute toxicities from chemoradiation therapy for cervical cancer patients in a limited resource setting." International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics. epub 2018 Feb 1. doi: 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2018.01.067. 

Grover S, Chiyapo SP, Puri P, Narasimhamurthy M, Gaolebale BE, Tapela N, Ramogola-Masire D, Kayembe MKA, Moloi T, Gaolebale PA (2017). Multidisciplinary Gynecologic Oncology Clinic in Botswana: A Model for Multidisciplinary Oncology Care in Low- and Middle-Income Settings. J Glob Oncol. 2017 Feb 8;3(5):666-670. doi: 10.1200/JGO.2016.006353. 

Grover S, Gudi S, Gandhi AK, Puri PM, Olson AC, Rodin D, Balogun O, Dhillon PK, Sharma DN, Rath GK, Shrivastava SK, Viswanathan AN, Mahantshetty U. Radiation Oncology in India: Challenges and OpportunitiesSemin Radiat Oncol. 2017 Apr;27(2):158-163. doi: 10.1016/j.semradonc.2016.11.007. 

Grover S, Longo J, Einck J, Puri P, Brown D, Chino J, Mahantshetty U, Yashar C, Erickson B. The Unique Issues With Brachytherapy in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. Semin Radiat Oncol. 2017 Apr;27(2):136-142. doi: 10.1016/j.semradonc.2016.11.005.