Dr. Rajkumar Palaniappan

Dr. Raj Palaniappan
Dr. Rajkumar Palaniappan

Apollo Hospitals Greams Road, Chennai


Dr. Rajkumar Palaniappan

Obesity & Bariatric Surgeon, Robotic & Metabolic Surgeon

Director & Chief Surgeon – Institute of Bariatrics, 

Apollo Hospitals Greams Road,Chennai, India

Profile Snapshot

  • 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 bariatric.
  • He is currently working as a 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 bariatrics correction with least or no morbidity. He 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.


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

Work Experience

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


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


  • 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 and Achievements

  • 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)


  • 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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