Dr Roopa Gawarikar is a dual qualified Specialist Pain Medicine Physician, Radiation Oncologist and Interventional Pain Specialist with expertise in minimally invasive procedures. She completed radiation oncology training at Newcastle and Canberra in 2014 and then underwent further sub specialty training in pain medicine.
She is currently a Staff Specialist in Pain Medicine at The Canberra and Calvary Public Hospitals and VMO at Calvary Private Hospital and Icon Cancer Care. She is clinical lecturer and examiner at ANU. She has been an invited speaker on 'pain management' at many conferences. She is Faculty of Pain Medicine ACT representative on NSW Regional Pain Committee. She has published several papers as first author and lead many research projects.
Dr Gawarikar’s areas of expertise include chronic back and neck pain, neuropathic pain, headaches, pelvic pain and cancer pain. She also manages patients with opioid dependence. She believes in comprehensive multimodal pain management.
Dr Gawarikar has several publications as the first author and has presented at many national and international conferences. She was winner of the Best of the Best Oral Presentation at the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia’s Annual Scientific Meeting in 2014. She was an Australian National University Research Fellow in 2012 and collaborated with researchers from Queen’s University, London, on her project involving immunohistochemical marker to predict local recurrence risk in breast cancer. She is currently leading a Cochrane review and involved in several other projects.
Dr Gawarikar is involved in teaching and conducting examinations for medical students at Australian National University (ANU).
Omission of whole breast irradiation for postmenopausal women with early breast cancer. Lakhanpal R, Jensen K, Shadbolt B, Sullivan L. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2017, Issue 1. Art. No.: CD012469. https://doi.org//10.1002/14651858.CD012469
IHC4 score plus clinical treatment score predicts locoregional recurrence in early breast cancer. Lakhanpal R, Sestak I, Shadbolt B, Bennett G, Brown M, Phillips T, Bullman A, Zhang Y, Rezo A. Breast 2016 Oct;29:147-52. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.breast.2016.06.019
Geriatric assessment of older patients with cancer in Australia – a multicentre audit. Lakhanpal R, Yoong J, Joshi S, Yip D et al. Journal of Geriatric Oncology 2015 May;6(3):185-93. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jgo.2015.03.001
Docetaxel and cyclophosphamide as adjuvant chemotherapy for early breast cancer: primary prophylaxis with G-CSF is required. Lakhanpal R, Stuart-Harris R, Chan A, Kotasek D, Beith J, Cuff K, Bastick P, Lee C. Breast Cancer Management 2013 September;2(5):367-74. https://doi.org/10.2217/bmt.13.41
Combined IHC4 score and local recurrence in breast cancer. Lakhanpal R, Shadbolt B, Bennett G, Brown M, Phillips T, Bullman A, Rezo A. Journal of Clinical Oncology 2014 May;32:15_suppl, 549-549. DOI: 10.1200/jco.2014.32.15_suppl.549
Predictive value of immunohistochemical 4 plus clinical treatment score in determining risk of loco regional recurrence in early breast cancer. Lakhanpal R, Shadbolt B, Bennett G, Brown M, Phillips T, Bullman A, Rezo A. Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology December 2014;10(S8), 77-124. https://doi.org/10.1111/ajco.12304
IHC4 + CTS determines risk of LRC in early breast cancer. Lakhanpal R, Shadbolt B, Genevieve B et al. Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology 2014;58, 1-62.
A multicenter audit of the incidence of febrile neutropenia and neutropenia associated with docetaxel and cyclophosphamide (TC) chemotherapy for early breast cancer. Lakhanpal R, Stuart-Harris R, Chan A, Kotasek D, Beith J, Cuff K, Bastick P, Lee C. Journal of Clinical Oncology 2013 May;31:15_suppl, 1079-1079. DOI: 10.1200/jco.2013.31.15_suppl.1079
Geriatric assessment (GA) of older patients with cancer in Australia: A national, multicenter audit. Joshi S, Steer CB, Yoong J, Lakhanpal R et al. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2011 May;29:15_suppl, 9134-9134. DOI: 10.1200/jco.2011.29.15_suppl.9134
Geriatric assessment (GA) of older patients with cancer in Australia – a multicentre audit. Joshi S, Steer CB, Yoong J, Lakhanpal R et al. Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology 2010;6(Suppl. 3), 150-253.
Cervical spinal cord stimulation for intractable neuropathic pain from neoplastic brachial plexopathy: Case Report. Lakhanpal R, Jain R. Interventional Cancer Pain Symposium 2017, Memorial Sloan Kettering, New York.
Quality Assurance audit of cervical cancer patients treated with brachytherapy at the Canberra Hospital. Lakhanpal R, Rezo A, Shadbolt B. Faculty of Radiation Oncology Annual Scientific meeting Cairns 2012 .DOI:10.1594/ranzcrfro2012/RO-0011
Renal Artery Pseudoaneurysm, A Rare Delayed Complication of Blunt Abdominal Trauma. Lakhanpal R , Chan V. European Society of Radiology Radiological Case Database. 10.1594/EURORAD/CASE.6024