CME INDIA Presentation by ⚜ Dr. M. Gowri Sankar, MD, Senior Assistant Professor, Dept. of General Medicine, Government Medical College and ESI Hospital, Coimbatore.
Today’s History Feature:
🇮🇳 The Pride of India 🇮🇳
Prof. Dr. C. Palanivelu
(Born – 4th February)
💠Indian Laparoscopic Surgeon
💠Trailblazer in the field of Gastroenterology, Laparoscopy, Bariatric & Robotic Surgery
🔹Palanivelu was born in a poor farmer family in a small village called Avarankattupudur in Namakkal district, Tamil Nadu.
🔹Because of drought in his village and the resulting poverty, his family emigrated to Malaysia. There he worked as a daily-wage labour in a palm oil estate for 5 years.
🔹After returning to India, he was determined to rejoin school and completed his schooling at 21 years of age.
🔹During his young days, his sister died due to pneumonia at the age of 6 years. Due to lack of medical facilities, many villagers were untreated for their diseases and injuries and there were many deaths due to cancer. These painful occurrences forced him to enroll for medicine.
🔹In fact, his dream and willpower led him to overcome all the obstacles of life and finally he stepped in for medical studies at Stanley Medical College, Chennai at the age of 28 years in 1971.
🔹After completing his MS degree in Surgery and Mch in Gastroenterology, he began his medical career at the age of 40 years. Then, he joined as a faculty in Coimbatore Medical College, Coimbatore.
🔹Soon, Dr. Palanivelu turned his attention on minimally invasive gastro-intestinal surgery. In 1991, he started and became the Founder of Coimbatore Institute of Gastrointestinal Endo-Surgery (CIGES).
🔹Thereby, he became the first surgeon in South India to introduce laparoscopic surgery and was instrumental in developing advanced laparoscopic surgery in India.
🔹In the span of 10 years, his institution became the destination for laparoscopic surgery. Many surgeons – from all over India – got trained in laparoscopic procedures in his institution.
🔹By sensing the importance of providing comprehensive gastro care, Dr. Palanivelu established the Asia’s first exclusive gastroenterology and advanced laparoscopic surgery centre in 2001 named Gastro Enterology and Medical (GEM) Hospital and Research Centre at Coimbatore.
🔹He revolutionized the field of medicine by inventing many newer laparoscopic techniques such as:
🔅Palanivelu’s technique of esophagectomy for cancer esophagus.
🔅Palanivelu’s hydatid trocar system for hydatid cyst excision.
🔅Choledochal cyst laparoscopic excision & Hepatojejunostomy.
🔅Single incision colorectal cancer resection.
🔅Gastrectomy for cancer stomach.
🔅Duodeno jejunal bypass operation for uncontrolled diabetes mellitus.
🔅First in the world to perform laparoscopic Whipple operation for cancer pancreas.
🔹Moreover, his artistic key hole laparoscopic surgeries were published as textbooks in the name of
🔅Art of Laparoscopic Surgery.
🔅Operative Manual of Laparoscopic Hernia Surgery.
🔅CIGES Atlas of Laparoscopic Surgery.
🔹Subsequently, his surgical textbooks were published in various languages, including English, Spanish, Korean and Chinese and have been considered as the Holy books for Laparoscopy. Also, he published about 140 original articles and over 250 research papers.
🔹Further, Prof. Palanivelu has been the
🔅Founder President of Association of Minimal Access Surgeons of India (AMASI) & Indian Society for diseases of Esophagus and Stomach (ISES)
🔅Chairman, Fellowship in Minimal Access Surgery training programme.
🔹He is serving as a national and international teaching faculty for many reputed institutions and has many international acclaim to his name:
🔅First Indian to win Best Laparoscopy Video Award in 2007.
🔅First Indian to win International Olympic Silver Medal for Surgery in 2009.
🔅Best Technique Award by International Society for Diseases of Esophagus in 2010.
🔅He received two Dr. B.C. Roy National Awards. First time for the development of laparoscopic surgery speciality in 2006. Second time for an Eminent Medical Person category in 2016.
🔹Prof. Palanivelu often quotes “I have never forgotten where I came from.” He runs the GEM Medical Foundation, a charitable organization, which provides free medical and surgical treatment for poor people and runs a free mobile clinic with the motto – Reach the unreached remote villages.
The Rise of a Farmer’s Son with Scope and Laparoscope
The Beeshmacharya in the Field of Laparoscopic Surgery
Celebrating his birthday today 💐
Prof. Dr. C. Palanivelu🙏🏼
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