Dr Gawarikar is the only dual qualified Radiation Oncologist and Specialist Pain Medicine Physician in Australia.
Dr Gawarikar understands each patient’s experience with pain and cancer is unique. She is committed to delivering the best possible individualised treatment plans and believes early involvement in a patient’s pain journey delivers the best outcomes. She is dedicated, sincere and compassionate towards her patients and works in partnership with each patient and other involved specialists to improve the patient’s pain and overall quality of life.
Dr Gawarikar (nee Lakhanpal) is the only dual qualified Radiation Oncologist and Specialist Pain Medicine Physician in Australia. She aims to deliver comprehensive cancer pain management utilising palliative radiation therapy, interventional procedures (blocks, neurolysis, neuromodulation), pharmacotherapy including ketamine infusions, psychoeducational self-pain management education, and physical reconditioning.
Dr Gawarikar graduated in 2003 from the University of Pune. She completed her Radiation Oncology training in Newcastle and Canberra and was awarded Fellowship to the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (FRANZCR) in 2013.
She worked as a locum Radiation Oncologist at The Canberra Hospital where she was actively involved in treating patients with lung, gynecological and breast malignancies, and running the Palliative Rapid Access Clinic for treating patients with painful bone metastasis. She then completed further sub-specialty training in pain medicine at The Canberra Hospital and was awarded Fellowship in Pain Medicine (FFPMANZCA) in 2017.
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).