Dr Ram Alva completed his MD in radiation oncology from a reputed institute in Bengaluru and went on to pursue his DNB at the same institute. He is an expert in managing various malignancies, both with external beam radiotherapy and brachytherapy. His areas of interest include central nervous system tumors, genito-urinary, soft tissue cancers and various lymphomas and leukemia. He is actively involved in various research and teaching programmes and has several publications to his credit. He is a lifetime member of the Association of Radiation Oncologists in India (AROI).