July 15, 2019, Fairfax, Virginia – Eight Inova Schar Cancer Institute doctors have been named “Top Doctors” in Northern Virginia by Arlington Magazine, continuing a track record of recognition for this growing team of exceptional cancer specialists.

Inova Schar, a department of Inova Fairfax Hospital, is home to more than 1,000 doctors, researchers, nurses, cancer specialists and emotional support experts committed to delivering the nation’s highest standard of compassionate, collaborative and holistic cancer care, customized to the needs of each patient. Many have been recognized nationally for their research and cancer care expertise and come to Inova Schar from other renowned cancer centers.

“At Inova Schar, we conduct groundbreaking clinical research and use the latest in innovative treatments and technologies to provide best-in-class cancer care under one roof,” said John Deeken, MD, President of Inova Schar Cancer Institute. “But it is our human element that really sets us apart as we fulfill our mission to provide world-class cancer care to each person in every community we have the privilege to serve. I am proud to be surrounded by such an accomplished, multidisciplinary team and to see our community acknowledge how they put our patients at the center of everything they do.”  

The following doctors from Inova Schar were recognized as Top Doctors in Northern Virginia by Arlington Magazine:

Breast Surgery:


Medical Oncology:

Radiation Oncology:

  • Gopal Bajaj, MD (Ear Nose and Throat, Head and Neck Cancer, Lung Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, Prostate Cancer)
  • Samir Kanani, MD (Brain Cancer/Tumors, Liver Cancer, Lung Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, Prostate Cancer)


Doctors were selected for the Arlington Magazine list by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., a leading healthcare research and information company. Doctors on the list must have offices in Arlington, McLean, Falls Church and the neighboring communities located in ZIP codes 22182, 22031 and 22301.

Media Contact: Kelly Schlageter, kelly.schlageter@inova.org, 571-241-6342

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About Inova

Inova is Northern Virginia’s leading nonprofit healthcare provider, employing more than 18,000 team members and serving more than 2 million individuals annually through an integrated network of hospitals, primary and specialty care practices, emergency and urgent care centers, outpatient services and destination institutes, such as the Inova Heart and Vascular Institute, Inova Schar Cancer Institute and Inova Neuroscience and Spine Institute. Our mission is to provide world-class healthcare – every time, every touch – to each person in every community we have the privilege to serve. Founded in 1956 as the Fairfax Hospital Association, Inova has grown with its surrounding community and the region to provide a full spectrum of health services, including Northern Virginia’s only Level 1 Trauma Center and Level 4 neonatal intensive care unit. Its hospitals have a total of 1,800 licensed beds.

Four of Inova’s five hospitals have received five-star rankings from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; they are the only hospitals in the Washington, DC region to have earned the highest rating from the federal agency. To achieve its mission of providing world-class healthcare to a diverse community, Inova is home to prominent clinicians and scientists, who drive innovation to improve patient care, prevent disease and promote wellness. More information and statistics about Inova can be found at www.inova.org.

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