Dr. Rajkumar Palaniappan

Dr. Raj Palaniappan
Dr. Rajkumar Palaniappan

Designation of Dr. Rajkumar Palaniappan

Dr. Rajkumar Palaniappan 
Obesity & Bariatric Surgeon, Robotic & Metabolic Surgeon
Director and Chief Surgeon – Institute of Bariatrics
Apollo Hospitals Greams Road, Chennai, India

Profile Snapshot of Dr. Rajkumar Palaniappan

  • Dr. Rajkumar Palaniappan is an acclaimed laparoscopic & minimal access obesity surgeon from India with the specialized experience of more than 21 years in the field of bariatrics.
  • He is currently working as a senior consultant with Apollo Hospital, Chennai.
  • Dr. Palaniappan is one of the very few Master’s degree holders in Laparoscopy (MMAS) in India.
  • His specialization in Bariatric Surgery led to success in carrying out over 400 procedures.
  • Dr. Palaniappan performed bariatric surgeries like the band, duodenal switch, bypass, and bariatric correction with the least or no morbidity.
  • Dr. Palaniappan also gained credit for performing India’s first Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS) and Robotic Surgery.
  • Dr. Palaniappan with his team invented the “Dundee Multitool” for Manual Laparoscopic Surgery. He is one of the few surgeons to execute Laparoscopic Whipple’s Pancreatic Duodenectomy.
  • Dr. Palaniappan obtained an admirable position on the Editorial Board of the World Journal of Laparoscopic Surgery.

Dr. Rajkumar Palaniappan’s Expertise

  • Bariatric surgery
  • Graft
  • Liver Disease Treatment
  • Lymphedema
  • Minimal access surgery
  • Preoperative treatment
  • Robotic surgery
  • Single-incision Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Steatosis
  • Vascular trauma

Work Experience of Dr. Rajkumar Palaniappan

  • Total 25 years of experience
  • Senior Consultant – Bariatric Surgeon, Apollo Hospitals, Chennai since 2005
  • HoD (Gastro and Obesity Surgery) at Apollo Victor Hospital, Goa

Dr. Rajkumar Palaniappan’s Qualifications

  • MBBS from Annamalai University (1997)
  • MS – General Surgery from Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai (2000)
  • MMAS
  • FICS (Gastroenterology)
  • FMAS
  • DMAS
  • FALS
  • FRS
  • FLS

Memberships of Dr. Rajkumar Palaniappan

  • IFSO – International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity
  • EAES – European Association for Endoscopic Surgery
  • EATS – European Association of Transluminal Surgery
  • ELSA – Endoscopic and Laparoscopic Surgeons of Asia
  • IASGO – International Association of Surgeons, Gastroenterologists, and Oncologists
  • ICRS – International College of Robotic Surgeons
  • WALS – World Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons
  • OSSI – Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society of India
  • IAGES – Indian Association of Gastrointestinal Endosurgeons
  • AMASI – Association of Minimal Access Surgeons of India
  • ASI – Association of Surgeons of India

Awards & Recognitions received by Dr. Rajkumar Palaniappan

  • Granted Chikitsa Rattan Award for outstanding contribution to the field of medicine and is one of the young achievers in the field of Laparoscopy (2007)
  • Founder President of Forum for Laparoscopic Innovative Practices (FLIP) (2011)
  • In 2006, accomplished India’s Foremost Laparoscopic Diaphragmatic Reconstruction
  • Executed India’s first SILS Gastric By-pass (2011)
  • Did India’s First SILS Cardiomyotomy (2010)
  • Executed India’s First SILS Gastro Jejunostomy (2010)
  • Performed India’s First SILS Total Hysterectomy (2009)
  • Implemented India’s first SILS Incisional Hernia Repair (2009)
  • Performed India’s first SILS Fundoplication (2009)
  • Performed India’s first SILS Rectopexy (2010)
  • Performed India’s first SILS Myomectomy (2010)
  • Performed India’s third SILS Sleeve Gastrectomy (2009)

Publications of Dr. Rajkumar Palaniappan

  • The novel “Window Technique” of Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy (March 2003)
  • Written “Rule of Hand”, an innovative technique of port placement in Laparoscopy

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