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Our surgical teams are known for their kindness and personal care ensuring your safety, comfort and support while you are away and for when you return home. Compassionate, sensitive and professional…

Dr Raj Palaniappan

General Surgery, Consultant Bariatric & Digestive Surgeon

Dr. Raj is a very well known bariatric (obesity) surgeon from India with distinction of performing almost all types of laparoscopic surgeries described in world literature. He graduated in 1996 from south India and completed his postgraduation in surgery by the year 2000. He did superspecialisation in Laparoscopy in the UK and is one of the very few qualified masters degree holder. He worked under the
doyens of laparoscopic and bariatric surgery in the UK & USA, and completed his Surgical  Gastroenterology and Robotic fellowships from USA. He worked in various teaching institutes & corporate hospitals in different parts before joining as the director and lead surgeon in Apollo Hospitals, Chennai. He has special interest in Single Incision & Robotic Surgery and a leading specialist in those fields having performed the first SILS & Robotic Bariatric Surgeries in the country. He trains surgeons
in the filed of bariatric and minimal access surgery through his trust “Forum for Laparoscopic Innovative Practices” (FLIP) and runs his surgical speciality services “Bariatric & Robortic Surgery (BAROS)” at Apollo Hospitals, Chennai. He recently has started a foundation “Reclaim Life” to create awareness about obesity and its comorbidities and educate the society about the benefits of lifestyle modifications.


Dr. Raj has achieved various milestones in his career being one of the few in the world to perform and promote SILS surgeries on a regular basis and has designed his own ergonomic modification for SILS port placement. He also had designed various traction techniques for the same including the “Hiatal Sling” technique. He is fondly and rightfully called by his seniors and colleagues as ‘ERGONOMIC MAN OF INDIA”. His interest in technological advancements made him introduce Robotic and Endoluminal bariatric surgeries in to India.

  • World’s first SILS Band to Sleeve revision – Jul 2011
  • World’s first SILS Band to Bypass revision – Sep 2012
  • World’s first SILS Band to MGB revision – Oct 2013
  • Asia’s first Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty – Jan 2012
  • Asia’s first Endoscopic GJ Stomal Reduction – Jan 2012
  • India’s first SILS Mini Gastric Bypass – Dec 2013
  • India’s first Robotic revision bariatric surgery – April 2012
  • India’s first Robotic Gastric Bypass – Feb 2012
  • India’s first Robotic Sleeve Gastrectomy – Dec 2011
  • India’s first SILS Gastric Bypass – Feb 2011
  • India’s first Lap. Sleeve with proximal jejunal bypass – April 2016
  • South India’s Best Bariatric surgery center – 2015 to 2019


MBBS – Raja Muthiah Medical College, India, Jan 1996
MS General – Sri Ramachandra University, India, Nov 2000
MMAS – Ninewells, Dundee University, UK – Oct 2009
FICS – International College of Surgeons, USA, May 2003
DMAS – The Global Open University, India, Sep 2010
FMAS – World Association of Lap Surgeons, Feb 2010
FALS – Indian Association of GI Endo Surgeons, Feb 2012
FRS-International Accreditation Organisation, USA, Mar 2012
FIBC – International Bariatric Club, April 2017
FMBS – Obesity Surgery Society of India – Feb 2020