Dr. Krishnakumar Thankappan Head and Neck Surgical Oncologist in Kochi

Dr. Krishnakumar Thankappan

Head and Neck Surgical Oncologist, Kochi


  • 27 Years Experience
  • 1 Hospital


  • Dr. Krishnakumar Thankappan is a Consultant at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Kochi. He specializes in Head and Neck surgery and Oncology. Amrita Institute has one of the best Head and Neck departments in India.


Consultant ENT Surgeon, KVM hospital Cherthala, Cherthala 2002 -  2005

Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology, , Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, Kerala, , Kochi 2005 -  2008

Fellow, Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology, Reconstructive Surgery, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi,India 2005 -  2008

Fellow Head and Neck surgery and Oncology, Reconstructive surgery, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, , New York ,USA 2008 -  2010

Associate Professor, Department of Head and Neck Surgery, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi 2010 -  Present


  • Head and Neck Surgical Oncology

  • Oncology

  • Endoscopic, Head & Neck Surgery

  • Reconstructive Surgery


  • Endocrine Surgical Procedures

  • Endoscopic Laser Laryngeal Cancer Surgery

  • Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

  • Excision of Neck Mass

  • Excision of Parotid, Sublingual, or Submandibular Gland


  • Carcinoma in Situ

  • Dysphagia

  • Head and Neck Tumor

  • Hypopharyngeal Cancer

  • Laryngeal Cancer


  • Head and neck Cancer
  • Oral Cancer
  • Sinus cancer
  • Reconstructive surgery
  • Skull base surgery
  • Sialendoscopy
  • Thyroid
  • Parotid
  • Endoscopic Thyroidectomy
  • Larynx cancer


MBBS, 1997, T D Medical College, Alappuzha ( University of Kerala)

DNB , National Board of Examinations, New Delhi

MS, 2002, B J Medical College,Pune, Pune

MCH, 2008, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi

FAHNS, 2010, Roswell Cancer Institute, University at buffalo, New York

Practice Information

Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS), Kochi

Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS), Kochi

AIMS Ponekkara P. O, Kochi, Kerala - 682041

Achievements & Contributions

  • Thankappan K, Kuriakose MA, Chatni SS, Sharan R, Trivedi NP, Vijayaraghavan S,Sharma M, Iyer S. Lateral arm free flap for oral tongue reconstruction: ananalysis of surgical details, morbidity, and functional and aesthetic outcome.Ann Plast Surg. 2011
  • Thankappan K, Duarah S, Trivedi NP, Panikar D, Kuriakose MA, Iyer S.Vascularised fibula osteocutaneous flap for cervical spinal and posteriorpharyngeal wall reconstruction. Indian J Plast Surg. 2009 Jul;42(2):252-4
  • Thankappan K, Trivedi NP, Sharma M, Kuriakose MA, Iyer S. Free radial forearm adiposo-fascial flap for inferior maxillectomy defect reconstruction. Indian JPlast Surg. 2009 Jan-Jun;42(1):100-3
  • Rigual NR, Thankappan K, Cooper M, Sullivan MA, Dougherty T, Popat SR, LoreeTR, Biel MA, Henderson B. Photodynamic therapy for head and neck dysplasia andcancer. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2009 Aug;135(8):784-8
  • Thankappan K. Microvascular free tissue transfer after prior radiotherapy inhead and neck reconstruction - a review. Surg Oncol. 2010 Dec;19(4):227-34
  • Thankappan K, Sharan R, Iyer S, Kuriakose MA. Esthetic and anatomic basis ofmodified lateral rhinotomy approach. J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2009Jan;67(1):231-4
  • Trivedi NP, Swaminathan DK, Thankappan K, Chatni S, Kuriakose MA, Iyer S.Comparison of quality of life in advanced laryngeal cancer patients afterconcurrent chemoradiotherapy vs total laryngectomy. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg.2008 Nov;139(5):702-7
  • Thankappan K, Trivedi NP, Subash P, Pullara SK, Peter S, Kuriakose MA, Iyer S.Three-dimensional computed tomography-based contouring of a free fibula bonegraft for mandibular reconstruction. J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2008Oct;66(10):2185-92
  • Thankappan K. Recommended organ preservation strategy for T2 unfavorableglottis cancer. J Clin Oncol. 2007 Feb 20;25(6):735-6
  • Trivedi NP, Patel D, Thankappan K, Iyer S, Kuriakose MA. Stomaplasty--anterioradvancement flap and lateral splaying of trachea, a simple and effectivetechnique. J Postgrad Med. 2008 Jan-Mar;54(1):21-4
  • Thankappan K. Basaloid squamous cell carcinoma of the larynx--A systematic review. Auris Nasus Larynx. 2012 Aug;39(4):397-401. Epub 2011 Aug 24. Review
  • Balasubramanian D, Iyer S, Thankappan K. Tracheoesophageal puncture site closure with single perforator-based deltopectoral flap. Head Neck. 2011 Oct 22
  • Balasubramanian D, Thankappan K, Shetty S, Jayaprasad K, Mathew J, Iyer S. Cricotracheal reconstruction with free radial forearm flap and titanium mesh. Head Neck. 2012 Jan 31
  • Balasubramanian D, Thankappan K, Kuriakose MA, S, Sharan R, Mathew J, Sharma M, Iyer S. Reconstructive indications of simultaneous double free flaps in the head and neck: A case series and literature review. Microsurgery. 2012 Sep;32(6):423-30
  • Sharan R, Thankappan K, Iyer S, Panicker D, Kuriakose MA. Intraoperative transillumination to determine the extent of frontal sinus in subcranial approach to anterior skull base. Skull Base. 2011 Mar;21(2):71-4
  • Sadasivan A, Thankappan K, Rajapurkar M, Shetty S, Sreehari S, Iyer S. Verrucous lesions of the oral cavity treated with surgery: Analysis of clinico-pathologic features and outcome. Contemp Clin Dent. 2012 Jan;3(1):60-3
  • Kurup S, Thankappan K, Krishnan N, Nair PP. Intraoral schwannoma - a report of two cases. BMJ Case Rep. 2012 Jul 9;2012
  • Battoo AJ, Thankappan K, Ahmad SZ, Hedne N, Balasubramanian D, Trivedi N, Iyer S, Kuriakose MA. Efficacy of Per Oral Access in the Surgical Management of T2/T3 Oral Cavity Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2012 Aug 7
  • Battoo AJ, Hedne N, Ahmad SZ, Thankappan K, Iyer S, Kuriakose MA. Selective Neck Dissection Is Effective in N1/N2 Nodal Stage Oral Cavity Squamous Cell Carcinoma. J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2012 Aug 9
  • Rajapurkar M, Thankappan K, Sampathirao LM, Kuriakose MA, Iyer S. Oncologic and functional outcome of the preserved eye in malignant sinonasal tumors. Head Neck. 2012 Sep 13
  • FHNO Foundation of Head and Neck Oncology, India
  • Skull base surgery Society of India