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Vision and Mission

The vision of this Centre is to support, promote, and advocate for best practices in improving quality of cause of death data.

To achieve this vision, the Centre has established the following goals:

    • To develop resources on cause of death improvement activities, that can be used to guide engagement with government and non-governmental agencies, or can be used independently by agencies to support their efforts
    • To build capacity to improve cause of death activities in Indian and Asia Pacific region. The activities will include training & education in writing medical certification of cause of death data, mortality coding (ICD 10 and ICD 11), implementation of automated software in coding, production of vital statistics reports, etc.

  • To catalyze improvement in cause of death quality standards through advocacy efforts

The aim is for the Centre to be a reliable and excellent resource for cause of death activities, including capacity building in mortality coding (ICD-10 and ICD-11), providing support for coding systems establishment, training of doctors in MCCD, and training of analysts and program managers in vital statistics and production of analytical reports.

The Centre will also support advocacy to continue improving standards and efforts in India for high quality cause of death data.

Director - Dr. Rajesh Dikshit

Dr. Dikshit is an Epidemiologist working in the area of cancer for over three decades, with expertise and experience in cancer epidemiology, molecular epidemiology, surveillance and cancer registries.

Dr. Dikshit is also the Director of Centre for Cancer Epidemiology at Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai where he leads multidisciplinary research programs with emphasis on assessing cancer burden, identifying risk factors related to life style and genetics, and studying risk factors for disease progression. He is also engaged in developing education and training programs in Epidemiology to foster research in the country and has served as a faculty for Epidemiology at Tata Memorial Hospital, and other institutions mentoring students in this field.

Dr. Dikshit has been Principal Investigator and co-investigator on numerous nationally and internationally funded epidemiological studies to understand cancers of sites relevant to Indian population such as oral, breast, gall bladder cancers and has trained other researchers who are now leading their own studies.

In addition to research activities, Dr. Dikshit is the regional representative of International Association of Cancer Registries for Asia and Principal Coordinator of IARC Regional Hub for Cancer Registration in Asia, with its headquarters in Tata Memorial Hospital (TMH). With his leadership, Dr. Dikshit has played an important role in expansion of network of population-based cancer registries in India, thereby strengthening cancer surveillance in the country. He has also been actively conducting courses and workshops on cancer registration for registries in India and other Asian countries such as Myanmar, Nepal and Bhutan. The Hub is also responsible for conducting courses on cancer epidemiology, cancer survival and prediction methods.

Deputy Director - Dr. Pankaj Chaturvedi

Dr. Pankaj Chaturvedi is Head Neck Cancer Surgeon and Deputy Director of Center for Cancer Epidemiology at Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai. He has been invited as visiting faculty in 44 institutions in 32 countries. He is the editor of the Textbook of Head and Neck Surgery and the Associate Editor of the International Journal of Head and Neck surgery. He has authored more than 200 papers in international peer reviewed journals. He is the Principal Investigator of several pivotal randomized clinical trials. His main area of interest is prevention and early detection of oral cancer. He is the recipient of the prestigious NIH R01 grant for research on tobacco carcinogenesis.

Dr. Chaturvedi occupies important positions in several prestigious organizations - Secretary General, International Federation of Head Neck Oncologists; Global Coordinator, World Head Neck Cancer Day; Councilor, International Academy of Oral Oncology; Chairman, Oral Cancer Foundation, Indian Dental Association; Founder, Head Neck cooperative oncology group; Founder, Indian Society of Thyroid Surgeons; Founder, Oral Cancer Task Force; Member, International Advisory Board, American Head Neck Societies, Secretary, Action Council Against Tobacco – India. He has received several awards - Excellence in Cancer Care Award, 2017; Nana Palkar Smruti Award for Excellence in Patient Care, 2017; Health Award for Excellence in Oncology, 2016; Iconic Leadership Award, World CSR Day, 2016; Sushruta Award, 2015; BMJ Award for Health Advocacy, 2014; Judy Wilkenfield Award, Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, 2013; Global Cancer Ambassador, American Cancer Society, 2011; WHO Director General Award for leadership in tobacco control, 2010; Maxwell Robert Byers Award, American Head and Neck society, 2010; Outstanding Young Indian Award, 2008.

Dr. Chaturvedi is the founder of Maharashtra Cancer Warriors that is offering voluntary oncology services in 24 district hospitals of Maharashtra. He is the coordinator of the oncology services on Lifeline Express, world’s first cancer hospital on train. He conceptualized, established and launched India’s first Online Oncology Tutorial that is already being employed by several state governments in India.

Dr. Chaturvedi has tremendous interest in Public Health issues especially related to tobacco, areca nut and alcohol control. He was invited as a speaker to the United Nations Summit on Non-Communicable Diseases, 2011 in New York.

News and Events

Upcoming Events

Virtual Launch of ‘Centre for Strengthening Cause of Death Data’

The Tata Memorial Centre (TMC) is pleased to launch the 'Centre for Strengthening Cause of Death Data' at the Centre for Cancer Epidemiology, TMC.

Virtual launch of the Centre is scheduled for Friday, August 6, 2021 at 11:00 am IST along with the launch of an MCCD e-learning course for doctors on the Omnicuris platform.

( Please click here for Launch Agenda )

Launch of MCCD E-learning Course

This course will launch on August 6, 2021 and allocates Continuing Medical Education credit to MBBS doctors who successfully complete the course, but is available and free for anyone to access and view.

( Please click here for MCCD course flyer, teaser )     ( Please click here for MCCD course brochure )


  • What is Civil Registration?
  • What are Vital Statistics?
  • Do all countries have the same Civil Registration and Vital Statistics System?
  • Why do countries register births and deaths?
  • Why is there a law on the registration of births and deaths?
  • What is Medical Certification of Cause of Death?
  • Why should medical doctors be the only individuals to medically certify a death?

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