Sanjeev Aggarwal, MD, medical director of The Cancer Center at Lake Manassas since its February 2007 opening, has earned his reputation as a highly qualified and respected physician who is dedicated to providing the most advanced, complete care to each patient's medical and emotional needs.
Dr. Aggarwal is certified in therapeutic radiology by the American Board of Radiology, and has been recognized by patients and his peers as a top doctor by Washingtonian Magazine (2010, 2012) and Northern Virginia Magazine (2012)--awards that underscore his dedication to ensuring patients receive comprehensive care.
"As a radiation oncologist and the medical director of a cancer center, I do more than just provide radiation therapy," explains Dr. Aggarwal. "My ultimate goal is to educate each patient to help him or her understand the disease, the diagnosis, and the next steps." By listening to each patient and providing as much information as possible – including all treatment options – Dr. Aggarwal strives to help each patient make an informed decision about his or her own care and be comfortable with the treatment process.
Dr. Aggarwal has experience treating all forms of cancer, and has led several groundbreaking initiatives at The Cancer Center at Lake Manassas. Under Dr. Aggarwal's leadership, the Cancer Center became the first site in the Washington, D.C., area to use the new RapidArc treatment system. Dr. Aggarwal has pioneered the use of RapidArc to treat various types of cancer, including prostate cancers, brain tumors, breast cancers, pancreatic cancers, and rectal cases.
Another innovative care approach that Dr. Aggarwal has helped establish at the Cancer Center is the use of national, multidisciplinary tumor boards to review unique cases. By presenting complex and rare cases before a panel of nationally recognized experts, Dr. Aggarwal combines the Center's advanced capabilities with input from the medical field's top experts to deliver the most informed, advanced care possible.
Away from the Cancer Center, Dr. Aggarwal is committed to serving the community, promoting the health of its residents, contributing to his field. He often gives community lectures on cancer treatment and wellness and has supported the American Cancer Society Relay for Life events in both Prince William and Fauquier County. He also was appointed by Governor Tim Kaine to the Virginia Tobacco Settlement Foundation in 2005 to assist with leading a statewide effort to curb youth tobacco use. Dr. Aggarwal was re-appointed to the foundation by Governor Bob McDonnell.
Dr. Aggarwal is a member of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO). He serves as track chair of the national breast cancer committee that reviews and approves all abstracts for presentation at ASTRO’s annual meeting, and regularly moderates breast cancer sessions at the event.
He also is a member of the American Radium Society, the oldest society devoted to the study and treatment of cancer, and has published several papers in nationally recognized, peer-reviewed medical journals.
A Northern Virginia native, Dr. Aggarwal completed his undergraduate work at the University of Virginia with a B.A. in chemistry. He earned his M.D. at the Medical College of Virginia, where he was also awarded the prestigious Kinloch Nelson Scholarship for academic achievement and service. He completed his residency at the University of Maryland Medical System, taking a special interest in prostate and breast cancers, and was the chief resident of radiation oncology at the University of Maryland Hospital during his final year of training.
While a resident, Dr. Aggarwal also completed externships at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he focused on gastro-intestinal cancers; University of Washington, where he focused on prostate cancers; and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, where he focused on childhood cancers.
Dr. Aggarwal served as an assistant professor in the Department of Radiation Medicine at Georgetown University Hospital’s Lombardi Cancer Center from 2002 to 2006, and currently teaches residents at the facility. In 2005, he became the medical director for Georgetown’s southern satellite radiation oncology facility at Clinton, Maryland.
Dr. Aggarwal believes a healthy lifestyle is the foundation for a healthy life. His regular fitness routine includes running and weekly basketball games. He also enjoys golf and horseback riding, and would like to try his hand at polo.
Dr. Aggarwal and his wife live in Northern Virginia. They are expecting their first child in Fall 2012.