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Professor Mittra obtained his medical degree from University of Delhi, and did his Post Graduate Training in Surgery in the UK and became a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He obtained his Ph.D. degree from University of London and did his post-doctoral work with Dr. Renato Dulbecco, Nobel Laureate, at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund Laboratories in London.

On returning to India in 1982, Professor Mittra joined the Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai as a Consultant Surgeon in the Department of Surgical Oncology. Professor Mittra set up the first dedicated Breast Unit in India and became the Chief of Breast Cancer Service at TMH. Simultaneously Professor Mittra held the position of Head of the Division of Laboratory Medicine that he set up at TMH.

Professor Mittra has published extensively in the fields of clinical, basic as well as public health research in cancer in major international journals. He happens to be the first and only Indian investigator to have received a RO-1 grant from the US NIH to conduct one of the largest randomized trials of screening for breast and cervical cancer. Professor Mittra has the distinction of having published his first ever scientific contribution as a single author paper in Nature in 1974, and happens to be the first Indian scientist to have published in the journal Cell.

Professor Mittra was conferred the Roll of Honours by the International Union Against Cancer in 1994. He has been visiting professor to several international institutions and held the Prestigious Pearce Gould Professorship at University College London in 1998.

Professor Mittra is / has been on the editorial / advisory board of British Medical Journal, Lancet Oncology, Nature Clinical Practice Oncology, British Journal of Cancer, European Journal of Cancer, International Journal of Surgery, The Breast and Journal of Biosciences.

Professor Mittra is a fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences and Indian National Science Academy.