Dr Frank Saran MD FRCR

Radiation Oncologist

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Dr. Saran is one of the most senior radiation oncologist in New Zealand and a clinician first and foremost. His ethos is to provide world class holistic and patient centred care in the context of up-to-date evidence based best practice and has more than 2 decades of experience working in the private sector. Dedicated to improving outcomes for all patients requiring radiotherapy, his specific interests include innovative new cancer treatment techniques focussing on improving survival while minimising treatment related side effects

Dr. Saran’s areas of expertise are in the treatment of

  • Primary benign and malignant brain tumours
  • Secondary brain metastases.
  • Soft tissue and bone sarcomas

Dr. Saran graduated at the University of Düsseldorf in Germany in 1992 and completed his training as clinical oncologist/ radiotherapist in Germany followed by a clinical research fellowship in London focusing on precision radiotherapy techniques and stereotactic radiosurgery.  He was appointed as consultant clinical oncologist in Cardiff in 1998, London in 2001 and moved to New Zealand in 2018.

The academic focus of his career has been on precision radiotherapy including Image Guided Stereotactic Radiotherapy, Radiosurgery and novel/ experimental treatments.  As Head of the Neuro-Oncology Unit at the internationally leading Royal Marsden Hospital in London and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Cancer Research (the largest comprehensive cancer centre in Europe) he directed for many years a large dedicated research team. Dr. Saran has been the chief or principle investigator of many phase 1, 2 or 3 clinical trials - a role which he maintains after his move to Auckland. He has published over 120 peer reviewed research articles in academically highly rated journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Clinical Oncology, International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology and Physics etc. In addition he has written over a dozen text book chapters reflecting his internationally recognised expertise.

As a sign that Dr. Saran is at the forefront of his field is that he has been invited to give many keynote lectures at meetings worldwide. His exceptional international expertise lead to the selection as a core member for a number of UK national guideline and commissioning groups convened by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) or NHS England (NHSE).

Dr Saran currently holds a position as senior Radiation Oncologist at Auckland City Hospital and ARO.