Dr. Rajkumar Palaniappan Bariatric & Metabolic Surgeon in Chennai

Dr. Rajkumar Palaniappan

Bariatric & Metabolic Surgeon, Chennai


  • 24 Years Experience
  • 1 Hospital


  • Dr. Rajkumar Palaniappan is presently working as the senior consultant surgeon in the division of Minimal Access Surgery in Apollo Hospitals
  • Dr. Rajkumar is a very well known laparoscopic & bariatric(obesity) surgeon from India with the distinction of performing almost all types of laparoscopic surgeries described in world literature
  • Languages : English, Hindi, Tamil


Bariatric & Metabolic Surgeon, Apollo Hospitals, Chennai 2010 -  Present

Head of the Department of Gastro and Obesity Surgery, Apollo Victor Hospials, Goa 2007 -  2010

Consultant Surgeon, LifeLine Hospitals, Chennai 2006 -  2007

Assistant Professor, PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Coimbatore 2003 -  2005


  • Bariatric & Metabolic Surgery

  • Surgical Gastroenterology

  • General & Laparoscopic Surgery

  • Minimal Access Surgery

  • Robotic Surgery

  • Bariatric Nutrition

  • Endoscopy

  • Gastro Surgery


  • Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery


  • MBBS from Rajah Muthiah Institute of Medical Sciences. December 1996
  • MS (General Surgery) from Sri Ramachandra Medical College, Chennai November 2000
  • MMAS (Masters in Minimal Access Surgery) from Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, UK September 2003
  • F.I.C.S. (Fellow International College of Surgeons)  in Surgical Gastroenterology
  • D.MAS. (Diploma in Minimal Access Surgery) from The  Global Open University, India, September2010

Practice Information

Apollo Hospitals, Greams Lane

Apollo Hospitals, Greams Lane

21, Off Greams Road, Greams Lane, Chennai, Tamil Nadu - 600006


09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Achievements & Contributions

  • "Laparoscopic and Hand-assisted Liver surgery - Possibilities of resection" This is a ccomprehensive review of published literature on Laparoscopic and HALS management of liver disorders with a view to analyze the current evidence regarding feasibility, utility and safety of laparoscopy in complementing laparoscopy. This was under taken as a part fulfillment of Masters Course under supervision of Professor A.Cuschieri with a view for submitting to a peer journal.
  • "Comparison of use of dominant and non-dominant hands in HALS" This study in the emerging field of Hand-assisted laparoscopic surgery (HALS) was carried out in the department of Surgical Skills Unit in Ninewells hospital, United Kingdom with 30 surgeons from different parts of Europe, America and Asia. Task performance of intra-corporeal bowel suturing using the special Dundee Multi-tool was analysed and there was a significant improvement in task performance using the dominant hand in
  • "Bile duct injuries - Evaluation and management" - M.S. dissertation The study was aimed to evaluate the cause of bile duct injuries and to facilitate appropriate management depending on various clinical presentation. This study was done with 22 cases referred to SRMC & RI Hospital, Chennai, India from various centers throughout the country for a period of three years. Failure to indenty the anatomy was considered to be the commonest cause of injury with laparoscopic cholecyste
  • Honorary Associate Professor - Saveetha Medical College, Chennai
  • Excellence in New Initiative Award - 18 Sep 2013, Apollo Group of Hospitals
  • Chikitsa Rattan Award - 22 May 2007, NewDelhi
  • Performed World's first SILS Revision Bariatric Surgery in July 2011
  • Performed Asia's first Endoluminal Revision Gastroplasty in January 2012
  • Performed India's first Robotic Bariatric Surgery in December 2011
  • Performed India's first SILS Gastric By-pass in February 2011
  • Performed India's First SILS Cardiomyotomy in April 2010
  • Performed India's First SILS Gastro Jejunostomy in April 2010
  • Performed India's first SILS Incisional Hernia Repair in October 2009
  • Performed India's first SILS Fundoplication in December 2009
  • Performed India's first SILS Rectopexy in May 2010
  • Performed India's First Laparoscopic Diaphragmatic Reconstruction in May 2006
  • Invented "Hiatal Sling" liver traction technique for Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS)
  • Clinical Robotic Surgeons Association (CRSA)
  • International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity (IFSO)
  • European Association for Endoscopic Surgery (EAES)
  • Endoscopic and Laparoscopic Surgeons of Asia (ELSA)
  • International Association of Surgeons, Gastroenterologist and Oncologists (IASGO)
  • World Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons (WALS)
  • Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society of India (OSSI)
  • Indian Association of Gastrointestinal Endosurgeons (IAGES)
  • Association of Minimal Access Surgeons of India (AMASI)