Dr.S. Raja Sabapathy

Dr.S. Raja Sabapathy
Plastic Surgeon, Coimbatore

MBBS, MS, M.Ch(Plastic), Dip.NB (plastic), FRCS (Edin)

  • 1 Hospital
  • President, Association of Plastic Surgeons of India – 2011 
  • President, Indian Society for Surgery of the Hand – 2010 – 12 
  • President, Brachial Plexus Surgery Group of India – 2011 – 13
  • Past President, Indian Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • Past President, International Trauma Care (Indian Chapter)
  • Head of the Department, Plastic Surgery, Hand and Microsurgery and Burns 
  • Ganga Hospital, Coimbatore,  Director, Ganga Hospital
  • Hon. Consultant and Advisor, Armed Forces Medical Services
Previous Positions 
  • Founder Secretary of Brachial Plexus Surgery Group of India (2004 - 2007) 
  • Editor of Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery (1994-99) 
  • Member Executive Committee of Association of Plastic Surgeons of India (1994-1999) 
  • Secretary of Indian Society for the Surgery of the Hand (2002 - 2008) 
  • Secretary of Indian Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery (2000-02)

Specialities

  • Plastic Surgery

Expertise

Education

  • MBBS, MS, M.Ch(Plastic), Dip.NB (plastic), FRCS (Edin)
  • MBBS from Stanley Medical College, Madras, Best outgoing student of the Year 1979 
  • MS General Surgery from Madras Medical College, Madras, 1982 
  • M.Ch (Plastic Surg) from Stanley Medical College, Madras, 1985 
  • Dip NB (Plastic Surg) from National Board of Exams, N Delhi, 1985 
  • FRCS from Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, UK, 1989
  • Fellowship in Hand & from Christine M Kleinert Institute for Hand and 
  • Microsurgery Microsurgery, Louisville, USA, 1990 
  • MAMS from National Academy of Medical Sciences, 2003

Practice Information

Ganga Medical Centre & Hospitals, Coimbatore

Ganga Medical Centre & Hospitals, Coimbatore

313, Mettupalayam Road , Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu - 641043

Patient Experience

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Achievements & Contributions

  •  Distinguished Awards, Honours and Invitations (53) Dr S Raja SabapathyAppointed by the sanction of the President of India on 27th Oct 2009 to be the Non Official Member of the Armed Forces Medical Research Committee (AFMRC) of the Defense Research & Development Organization (DRDO) for a three year term from 4th Jan 2010. 
  • Invitation to deliver the ‘State of Art Lecture’ at the Annual Congress of the Asian Association of Paediatric Surgeons , Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Feb 23 25, 2010 Title: Management of Paediatric Limb Injuries Honorary Faculty, 2nd Mayo – Chang Gung Symposium in Reconstructive Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, USA. 24th – 27th June, 2010
  •  The symposium is organized to discuss the cutting edge advances in reconstructive surgery. Participated in cadaver dissection workshop and delivered 3 invited lectures. 
  • Presidential Oration, 10th Biennial Meeting of the Indian Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, Hyderabad, 16th – 18th July, 2010. Title: Looking back the two decades and facing forwards.
  • Prof R Sarat Chandra Lecture. Association of Surgeons of India, Trichy Chapter. 25th July 2010. Title: How to obtain good outcome following Limb trauma?
  • Adjunct Professor of the Tamil Nadu Dr MGR Medical University. The Vice-Chancellor of the Tamil Nadu Medical University appointed Dr Raja Sabapathy as the Adjunct professor of the University for a term of 5 years from 18th Aug 2010. 
  • Guest Professor of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the Australian Hand Surgery Society for their Annual Congress in Brisbane, in May 2009. At the invitation of the RACS and AHSS delivered one Key Note address, 3 Invitation lectures and conducted a Master Class at their Annual Surgical Congress. The first Indian Hand Surgeon to have received this honour. 
  • Yusuf Memorial Oration – 2009. of the Association of Paediatric Surgeons of India, Tamil Nadu Chapter, Erode, Tamil Nadu, July 11, 2009 Title: ‘Optimizing Outcomes in Paediatric Trauma’ 
  • Martin Isaac Oration – 2009 of the International Trauma Care - Indian Chapter at the Annual Conference in Kolkatta, August 22, 2009 Title: ‘Improving Trauma Outcomes in India - What we can do?’13
  • Dr NH Antia Award of the Association of Plastic Surgeons of India for the best publication by its members in an indexed international journal in the year 2008 The Award Winning Paper: Venkatramani H, Bhardwaj P, Faruquee SR, Sabapathy SR. Functional Outcome of Nerve Transfer for Restoration of Shoulder and Elbow Function in Upper Brachial Plexus Injury. Journal of Brachial Plexus and Peripheral Nerve Injury 2008; 3:15 
  • Dr Murari Mukerjee Oration - 2008 of the Association of Plastic Surgeons of India during APSICON – 2008 at Varanasi, November, 2008 Title: ‘Be the change that you want to see in the world.’
  • Brig. Rasamay Ganguly Memorial Oration - 2007 of the Association of Surgeons of India, during ASICON-2007, Bubaneshwar, Dec 2007 Title: Trauma Reconstructive Surgery – Its Need, Availability and Future in India 
  • Dr NH Antia Prize of Association of Plastic Surgeons of India for the Best Paper published by 
  • its member in an indexed international journal in the year 2006.
  • Award Winning Paper: Raja Sabapathy S, Venkatramani H, Ravindra Bharathi R, D’Silva J. 
  • Technical Considerations in Replantation of Total Scalp Avulsions. Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery, 2006; 59:2-10. 
  • This paper was also selected for inclusion in Year Book of Plastic & Aesthetic Surgery, 2007. 95-97 as one of the significant publications published in the year 2006. . 
  •  ‘Inaugural Oration’ at the 42nd National Conference of the Association of Plastic Surgeons of India, Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, 29th Nov – 3rd Dec, 2007 Title: Extending the Frontiers in Limb Salvage Following Trauma Bangladesh Society for Surgery of the Hand Award (BDSSH award) –Nov 2007. 
  • Dr Raja Sabapathy was honoured with this award at the inaugural year for contribution towards the development of Hand and Microsurgery in Bangladesh, and for his help towards the formation of the 
  • Bangladesh Hand Surgery society. One surgeon selected by the society spends one year in the department and their training and stay is sponsored by Dr S Raja Sabapathy. Five surgeons have been trained so far and they have significantly improved the trauma care on their return. 
  • Visiting Professor, Plastic Surgery Department and Orthopaedic Surgery Department, Mayo Clinic USA, 30th Sept. to 2nd Oct 2007 
  • In addition to the visit to the Department, gave two one hour lectures as Grand rounds on the management of limb trauma – the Ganga Hospital experience 
  • Tamil Nadu Scientist Award – (TANSA Award) 2007. This award under the category of Medical Sciences was awarded by the Tamil Nadu State Council for Science and Technology for the Contribution to and Development of Plastic Surgery, Hand and Microsurgery in the country 14
  • Invited Presidential Guest Lecturer – American Association of Microscope Enhanced Dentistry. Was conferred Honorary Membership of the Association in their Annual Meeting in Tucson, Arizona, USA, 2nd to 4th Nov, 2006. 
  • The Association of AMED invites a surgeon who has significantly contributed to Microsurgery as the Presidential Guest Speaker and honors them with Honorary Membership. Dr Raja Sabapathy was conferred the Hon. Membership of the society and he gave the lecture on the topic, ‘Pushing the Boundaries of Care with Microsurgery’ 
  • Visiting Professor to the Plastic Surgery Department, Yale University, USA, September 2006. Did Cadaver demonstration of raising various flaps and lectured on limb salvage surgery as practiced at Ganga Hospital. 
  • Visiting Lecturer Kleinert and Kutz Hand Care Centre, Louisville, USA, September 2006. 
  • Invited Guest Faculty – Annual meeting of the College of Surgeons of Sri Lanka, Colombo, August 2006. 
  • Appointed as Hon. Consultant and Advisor to the Armed Forces Medical Services by the Government of India. 2005 
  • ‘For the Sake of Honour Award’ – of the Rotary International, 5th April, 2005 The highest award of the Rotary International was conferred on the Ganga Hospital team for their contribution to the society through projects like ‘Save the Working Hand’ and ‘Help for the Hands in 
  • Need’ which provided high quality hand and microsurgery service to the poor through matching grant projects of Rotary International. Award presented by Padma Vibhushanan Dr MS Valiathan, in a function organized by Rotary Club of Coimbatore Metropolis. 
  • Distinguished Hand Lecturer, Singapore Society for Hand Surgery and Exit Examiner in Hand Surgery at National University Hospital, Singapore, November 2005. 
  • Every year one international authority is chosen by the National University of Singapore to be the external examiner for the exit exam in Hand surgery and the same person is also honoured as the 
  • Distinguished Hand Lecturer by the Hand Society. Dr Raja Sabapathy was honoured with the opportunity in 2005
  • Douglas Lamb Lecturer - British Society for Surgery of the Hand, Royal College of Surgeons, London, Nov 2005 
  • Dr Raja Sabapathy was awarded the Prestigious Lecture (the only named oration in the British Hand Society) in recognition of his contributions to the field of reattaching amputated hands. The only surgeon from Asia to have delivered this lecture so far.Title: Major Replantations
  • Featured in Frontispiece section of Journal of Hand Surgery (British & European Volume) The Journal of Hand Surgery profiles a surgeon, who has contributed significantly to the growth of 
  • Hand and Microsurgery worldwide. The surgeon’s photograph and a short CV is published in the Frontispiece section of the journal. Dr Raja Sabapathy was profiled in the Oct 2005 issue of the Journal. 15
  • Visiting Professor, Plastic Surgery Department, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA, September 2005 
  • 24. Invited Guest Faculty - Manchester Instructional Course in Hand Surgery for Britain and Europe –British Society for Surgery of the Hand, January 28, 2004 
  • This very popular Instructional Course run by the British Society for Surgery of the Hand covers up all subjects in six courses spread over 3 years. For each subject they invite an international speaker 
  • who has extensively contributed to the field to address the delegates. Dr Raja Sabapathy was chosen to address on Soft tissue cover, microsurgical reconstruction and Hand infections. The first Indian Hand Surgeon to have had the honour
  • Best Paper Prize – 7th Biennial Meeting of the Indian Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, 2004, Hyderabad. Title: ‘Technical Considerations of Major Replantations’ 
  • General Sanyal Visiting Professorship - Association of Plastic Surgeons of India (2004-06). Was awarded this prestigious professorship of the Association of Plastic Surgeons of India to visit 
  • various centers in the country lecturing and demonstrating surgical techniques. Dr Raja Sabapathy extensively toured the country with various teaching assignments. 
  • Best Poster Award – Annual Meeting of the Indian Society for Surgery of the Hand, 2004, Gangtok Sikkim. Title: ‘Primary Bone Grafting with Pedicle Flaps as Cover in Dorsal Combined Injuries of Fingers’ 
  • Dr Mathias Oration - Tamilnadu & Pondichery Chapter of Association of Surgeons of India. 2004Title: ‘Trauma Reconstructive Surgery - The Need of the Hour’ 
  • Guest Oration - Fifty Second Armed Forces Medical Conference, Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, 3rd – 6th Feb 2004.Title: Salvage of Mutilated Limb Injuries and a Strategy for India 
  • Best Scientific Presentation Award – Trauma Section, Annual conference of the Indian Orthopaedic Association. IOACON 2004, Agra 
  • The award was given to the presentation ‘Primary Closure in Open Injuries of the limbs – The role and safety.’ – Dr Naresh Babu, Dr S Rajasekaran, Dr J Dheenadayalan, Dr AP Shetty, Dr S Raja Sabapathy. 16
  • Keynote Speaker - Inauguration of the Association of Plastic Surgeons of Sri Lanka 2003 An international faculty attended the inauguration of the Association of Plastic Surgeons of Sri Lankaand Dr S Raja Sabapathy was given the honour to deliver the key note address during the inaugural function. Title: ‘Trauma Reconstructive Surgery - Personal Perspectives and a Vision for the Future’ 
  • Lester Surgical and Heinz Waldrich Prize of the British Association of Plastic Surgeons (Roderick Dunn & Dr. S. Raja Sabapathy), 2003 Title: ‘Passage to India- Bruce Bailey Fellowship in Hand and Microsurgery at Coimbatore’. 
  • Mr Rodrick Dunn (presently Consultant Plastic Surgoen, UK) spent two months in the Plastic and Hand Surgery unit of Ganga Hospital as the First Bruce Bailey Fellow and on return to UK presented his Coimbatore experiences in the Annual Meeting of the British Association of Plastic Surgeons. This paper won the Lester Surgical and Heinz Waldrich Prize (1500 Pounds) for the best paper in Microsurgery category. 
  • Best Paper Prize - Annual Meeting of the Indian Society for Surgery of the Hand, 2003 Title: ‘Immediate Flap Cover to the Hand after Critical Revascularisation and Replantation’ 
  • Dr RN Sinha Award - Best Article published in the Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery in the year 2003. 
  • The Award Winning Paper: Raja Sabapathy S, Hari Venkatramani, Ravindra Bharathi R, Sandeep J Sebastin. Replantation of Ring Avulsion Amputations. Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery, 2003; 36:76-83 
  • Dr Thirugnanam Oration, Tamil Nadu State Conference of Indian Medical Association, 2002 Title: Plastic Surgery for the General Practitioner 
  • Peet Prize: Association of Plastic Surgeons of India. Best paper presentation in the Annual Conference 2002, Bangalore. Title: ‘Replantation of Ring Avulsion Amputations and a new Techniqu for Reconstruction of Non-Replantable Avulsion Amputations,’This award has been won for the second time. 
  • Distinguished Service Award, 2002 Rotary Club of Tutucorin Seaside 17
  • SICOT Best Paper Award, SICOT Meeting, San Diego, USA , Aug 23 – 30, 2002 The award in the Best Research Paper category was given to the presentation, ‘Immediate Total 
  • Reconstruction of limbs in Open Injuries’ – Dr S Rajasekaran, Dr S Raja Sabapathy, and Dr J Dheenadayalan. The unit is recognized as the one of the best centres in the world for the volume and the quality of care in the management of major crush injuries and has extensively contributed to the literature. 
  • Prof R Sarat Chandra Oration, at Association of Surgeons of India, Trichy Chapter 22nd April, 2001 
  • Title: Salvage of Mutilating Limb Injuries 
  • Best Paper Award: Annual Meeting of the Indian Society for Surgery of the Hand, 2000 Title: ‘Reconstruction of Finger tip Amputations with Advancement Flap and Free Nail Bed Graft’ 
  • Col Vasavada Oration, Baroda, Indian Medical Association, 1999 
  • Venture Fund Award of Association of Plastic Surgeons of India, 1998 The award was given to conduct the study on the availability and utilization of Plastic Surgery Services in the Management of Open Fractures in India. This was a seminal study to assess the standard of practice in the country and the results and suggestions for improvement were published in the article Raja Sabapathy S.,Study on the availability and utilization of Plastic Surgery services in the management of open fractures in
  • T.V. Sivanandan Oration: Indian Medical Association, Coimbatore, 1998 Title: Recent Advances in Plastic Surgery 
  • Best Paper Award: Annual Meeting of the Indian Society for Surgery of the Hand, Coimbatore, 1997 Title: ‘Aesthetic consideration in Flap Coverage of the Hand’ 
  • Best Paper Award Junior Category: Annual Meeting of the Indian Society for Surgery of the Hand, Lucknow, 1995 Title: ‘Replantation of Avulsion Amputation of the Thumb’. 
  • President’s Special Peet Prize: Association of Plastic Surgeons of India. Best paper presentation in the Annual Conference, Bangalore, 1993 18Title: ‘Plastic Surgeon Procedures in Limb salvage of Grade III B & III C injuries’ 
  •  Appointed as the Editor for the Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery, 1993 In the six years as Editor of the Journal gave a new look to the journal and made significant improvements to the quality of publishing. 
  • Dr B C Roy National Award – Fellowship for Post graduate Studies of the Medical Council of India (1979 – 81) This award was given during the MS General Surgery training period at Madras Medical College, Madras. 
  • Best Dissertation Award - Association of Anatomists, Tamil Nadu 1980Topic: ‘Postural Mechanisms in Human Being's’. This award was given for an inter - collegiate competition at post – graduate student level
  • Editor, Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery
  • Practice Manual for Microvascular Surgery, 3rd Edition, 2007 - Robert Acland and S Raja Sabapathy. Published by The Indian Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • Sabapathy SR. Hand Surgery in India. In Hand Surgery Worldwide – International Reconstruction of a Beautiful and ready instrument of the mind Eds Urbaniak, Levin S, Baek GH., Soucacas PN. 
  • Konstantaras Medical Publications. 2010. 93 – 98. (Chapter 20). 
  • Sabapathy SR. Management of Hand Burns. In: Sarabahi S ed. Principles and Practice of Burn Care, Jaypee Publishers, 2010: 362 – 382. (Chapter 27). 
  • Sabapathy SR. Vessels. In: Wei FC and Mardini S, ed. Flaps in Reconstructive Surgery, Elsevier , 2009: 81 – 92. (Chapter No 9) 
  • Sabapathy SR. Amputations and Replantations. In: Guyuron B, Eriksson E, Persing JA. Ed.Plastic Surgery – Indications and Practice. Elsevier. 2009: 1211 – 1224. (Chapter 94) 
  • Sabapathy SR Refinements of Pedicle Flaps for Soft Tissue Cover in the Upper Limb. In: Venkataswami ed: Surgery of the Injured Hand – Towards Functional Restoration. Jaypee Publishers. 2009: 131 – 138. (Chapter 10). 
  • Sabapathy SR, Rajasekaran S. Management of Complex Injuries of the Upper Extremity Proximal to the Wrist. In: Venkataswami R. ed: Surgery of the Injured Hand – Towards Functional Restoration.. 
  • Jaypee Publishers. 2009: 150 - 160. (Chapter 12) 
  • Sabapathy SR. Organization of a Microsurgery Service. In: Venkataswami R. ed: Surgery of the Injured Hand – Towards Functional Restoration.. Jaypee Publishers. 2009: 497 - 500. (Chapter 39) 
  • Sabapathy SR. Soft Tissue Coverage for Lower Extremity. In. Text boon of Orthopaedics and Trauma. 2nd ed. Vol 2. Kulkarni GS. ed. Jaypee Brothers, 2008; 1306 – 1311. (Chapter 159). 
  • Sabapathy SR, Venkatramani H. Microvascular Techniques in Thumb Reconstruction. In: . Joshi BB ed Concepts and Strategies in Thumb Repair and Reconstruction. Jess Research and Development Society. 2007; 105 – 123. (Section IX). 
  • Sabapathy SR. Technique of Micro reconstruction of Peripheral Nerves. In: Singh AK, ed. Indian Clinical Neurosurgery, Vol. 1. CBS Publishers and Distributors, 2001; 354 – 371. (Chapter 31) 
  • Sabapathy SR. Principles of Management of Severely Injured Extremities. In: Panhani ML. Bhatti TG. ed. Trauma Hindustan Offset, 1993, 
  • Sabapathy SR, Hande KH. Carcinoid Tumour and Carcinoid Syndrome. In Sarat Chandra R, Vittal S eds. Surgical Endocrinology, Viswanathan Publishers, 1983. 263 – 273. (Chapter 28) 
  • Sabapathy SR, Ramgopal V. Hormones and Neoplasia. In Sarat Chandra R, Vittal S eds. Surgical Endocrinology, Viswanathan Publishers, 1983. 274 - 284. (Chapter 29) 
  • Sabapathy SR, Bhardwaj P. Tendon Injuries. In- Mercers Text book of Orthopaedics. Chapter 93.
  • Sabapathy SR, Bhardwaj P. Crush injuries of the limbs. In-Principles and practice of wound care. Chapter 13. Editor: Sarabahi S, Tiwari VK. Jaypee Publishers, India
  • Publications:
  • Raja Sabapathy S, Roberts JO, Regan PJ, Ramaswamy CN Pedal Macrodactyly treated by Digital Shortening and Free nail grafting; a report of two cases. British Journal of Plastic Surgery 1990; 43: 116 - 119
  • Regan PJ, Robert JO, Sabapathy SR, Robert AHN Use of the medicinal leech to salvage specialized skin jeopardized by venous impairment. Injury -British Journal of Accident Surgery 1991; 22,161 - 163
  • Tsai TM, Raja Sabapathy S, Martin D. Revascularization of a finger with a Thenar Mini Free Flap. Journal of Hand Surgery 1991; 16A, 604 - 606
  • Raja Sabapathy S, Firrell JC, Kleinert J M. Evaluation of Sympathetic control of Digital Blood Flow. Journal of Hand Surgery 1993 18 A, 634 - 638
  • Rachmiel J, Jackson I T, Sabapathy S.R, Forte RA Severe Congenital hypoplasia of tongue and abnormal shape of soft palate and tonsillar pillars - European Journal of Plastic Surgery 1993;16: 149 - 153.
  • Raja Sabapathy S, Bose VC, Rex C, Dheenadhaylan J. Simultaneous Volar and Dorsal dislocation of proximal inter phalangeal joints in adjacent fingers - A Case Report. Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery 1994; 27:26-28. 
  • Ravindra Bhat, Raja Sabapathy S, Dinesh Kumar Shetty.Subclavian Perivascular Approach For Brachial Plexus Blockade in Upper Extremity Surgery. Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery 1994; 27: 79 - 81 
  • Raja Sabapathy S, Bose V C, Rex C. Irreducible Dislocation of the thumb due to sesamoid bone interposition. A Case Report. Journal of Hand Surgery 1995; 20A: 487 - 489
  • Raja Sabapathy S, Suresh Babu S, Agarwal A K, Reverse Digital Artery Island Flap for fingertip defects. Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery.1995; 28:73-76 
  • Raja Sabapathy S, Rajasekaran S.Management of Upper limb Monomelic Polytrauma with Neurovascular Problems. 12th Symposium. ISRM. Singapore. 1996; 279-283 
  • Madhusudhan HP, Agarwal AK, Raja Sabapathy S. Isolated Complex Dorsal Dislocation of the middle finger metacarpophalangeal joint. Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery. 1996; 29: 20-22
  • Raja Sabapathy S.,Study on the availability and utilization of Plastic Surgery services in the management of open fractures in India .Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery 1999; 32:9-20
  • Raja Sabapathy S. Distally based superficial sural artery flap – discussion. On the article by Gupta A, Prakash PJ, Thomas BP, et al. Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery.1999;32:48-49
  • Association of Plastic Surgeons of IndiaIndian Hand SocietyExec Commitee member of Indian Society of Reconstructive Micro SurgeryMember, Armed Forces Medical Research Committee, (AFMRC) of DRDO Non Official Member, Armed Forces Medical Research Committee, (AFMRC) of DRDOMember of the Editorial Board of:Journal of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (JPRAS) formerly the British Journal of Plastic Surgery Journal of Hand Surgery (American Vol) Journal o