Vivek Patkar

Vivek is currently working as a clinical lead on IRC's CREDO project. He has also recently started work on a PhD in the area of evidential argumentation and shared decision-making.

Vivek worked at Cancer Research UK from 2003-2006 as a Clinical Fellow involved in designing and conducting a research trial to evaluate the impact of PROforma decision support technology on breast surgeons decision-making. Before joining Cancer Research he worked as a registrar in the breast unit of Guy's hospital.

Vivek studied medicine at Grant Medical College in Bombay University {1991- 1996}. He was awarded an MS (Masters in Surgery) in General Surgery in 1999. He worked at Tata Memorial Hospital between 1997 and 2002 in various subspecialties of surgical oncology before committing to a career in breast oncosurgery. He recently gained his MRCS in Surgery from Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh.

Research interests

Vivek's current research focuses on bringing together literature evidence and patients' values in the process of clinical decision-making, using argumentation frameworks. Vivek's other research interests are studying the biological processes underling tumour growth, progression and metastasis. At Tata Memorial Hospital he worked with Prof. I Mittra on apoptosis and cell transformation.

Outside interests

Trekking, mountaineering and Hindustani classical music.


Patkar V et al (2006) Evidence-based guidelines and decision support services: a discussion and evaluation in triple assessment of suspected breast cancer. Br J Cancer. Dec 4;95 (11) :1490-6

Fox J, Patkar V, Thomson R.Decision support for health care: the PROforma evidence base. Inform Prim Care. 2006;14(1):49-54

Patkar V, C Hurt, R Steele, S Love, A Purushotham, M Williams, R Thomson, J Fox, Effect of the computerised decision support system on compliance with evidence-based guidelines in triple assessment. (ECAI-workshop Aug 2006 on "AI techniques in healthcare: evidence-based guidelines and protocols" as paper presentation.

Peleg M; Steele R; Thomson R; Patkar V; Rose T. Open-source publishing of medical knowledge for creation of computer-interpretable guidelines. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN MEDICINE, PROCEEDINGS 3581: 156-160

Fox J, Black E, Glasspool D, Modgil S, Oettinger A, Patkar V, Williams M. "Towards a general model for argumentation services" Accepted for publication in Argumentation for Consumers of Healthcare - AAAI 2006 Spring Symposium, Stanford University, Stanford, California, March 27-29 2006

Fox J, Alabassi A, Patkar V, Rose T, Black E. An ontological approach to modelling tasks and goals. Comput Biol Med. 2005 Sep 15;

'Audit of near total laryngectomy' presented at Asia Pacific Head and Neck Cancer Congress in December 1997.

MS thesis submitted to Bombay University in 1999 on "Incidence, treatment and prognosis of tongue cancer in people younger than 35 years of age"