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A board-certified neurologist and world authority on brain tumors, Dr. Sumul N. Raval is one of few neuro-oncologists in private practice in United States. 

Dr. Raval is the founder and director of the David S. Zocchi Brain Tumor Center at Monmouth Medical Center – New Jersey’s first and most comprehensive facility specializing in brain tumors. The center focuses on bringing leading-edge care to the local community. Dr. Raval’s personal dream was to begin a state-of-the-art brain tumor center in New Jersey, so that patients can receive academic-level care in their own backyards. Today, the program draws patients from across the country and as far away as Sweden, Russia, Venezuela, Turkey and India.

Dr. Raval completed his neuro-oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Dr. Raval has earned national recognition for participating in clinical trials to advance knowledge about treatment options for brain tumors, and his research has not only been published in peer-reviewed medical journals, but also presented at national meetings of the American Society for Clinical Oncology. He says, “We are so fortunate to be able to offer his expert care to our patients and their families.”

He is first physician to present and publish paper with 100% response rate for most malignant brain tumor called Glioblastoma Multiforme in the literature. He is first community based Neuro-Oncologist to achieve this success. He is a frequent clinical trial investigator and has combined the drugs Avastin® (now FDA approved for glioblastoma) and irinotecan to successfully shrink brain tumors. He also had lead a brain tumor vaccine trial.

In addition, Dr. Raval is a humanitarian: “I believe quality of life is just as important as battling the disease,” he says. He listens to patients with compassion and inspires them to think positively.

Dr. Raval was presented with the GBM Heroes Award (Glioblastoma Multiforme) during the 21st Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society for Neuro-Oncology held in Scottsdale, Arizona organized by CURE® magazine. The honor recognizes individuals who have dedicated their lives to helping patients with GBM and their families, according to CURE® magazine. This conference drew 3,600 Neuro-Oncologists, Neuro-Surgeons, Radiation Oncologists, Neuro-Radiologists and Scientists from 55 countries, and is the most comprehensive neuro-oncology meeting in the world.

“This is an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime honor,” says Dr. Raval, noting the global recognition is especially rare for a doctor at a community hospital. “I am humbled and grateful to receive this award.”

Dr. Raval “is one of the few neuro-oncologists who brings world-class care to families in their own backyard,” notes CURE, a renowned cancer magazine with nearly 1 million readers.

His chapter in Textbook “Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma”, on Management of Primary Central Nervous System Lymphoma (PCNSL) remains gold standard of management of PCNSL and saving lives of patients worldwide. His Recent chapters in two textbooks on Covid 19 Pandemics has all information about immediate and long term complications of Covid 19 and Neurology. His several manuscripts published on multiple sclerosis, cell death mechanism opened doors for new research and development of new treatments in future.

In addition, Dr. Raval is a staff Neuro-Oncologist at Jersey Shore University Medical Center since 2003 where he introduced the Neuro-Oncology field to Meridian Health. He also practices at Community Medical Center, where he served as Secretory of the Medical Staff and serves as a Vice Chairman of the Department of Neurology.  A diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, he is president of Garden State Neurology & Neuro-Oncology, with offices located in West Long Branch and Toms River. He is immediate past president of Monmouth and Ocean Medical Society, Chapter of Medical Society of New Jersey, and Elected as Treasurer of Medical Society of New Jersey 2022. He was chosen by peers in New Jersey for 11 years in row as Jersey Choice Top Doctors from 2013 to 2023. He also appeared on Cover page of New Jersey Monthly magazine in 2015. In 2008 he was awarded as 10th Annual Francis Black Humanitarian of the Year Award in Healthcare. He received numerous more awards over the years.

After serving as Treasure for year 2022-2023, He was elected as Secretary for year 2023-2024 for American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) which is second largest medical organization after American Medical Association, AMA in USA

Sumul N. Raval MD, DABPN

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