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ABOUT Dr S Raja Sabapathy

Chairman & Head of the Department


Doctor

Dr. S. Raja Sabapathy
MS (Gen), M Ch (Plastic), DNB (Plastic), FRCS (Edin), FAMS, Hon FRCS (Glasgow), Hon FACS, D Sc (Hon)
Chairman, Division of Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery, Reconstructive Microsurgery and Burns


Dr Raja Sabapathy, Chairman, Department of Plastic, Hand and Reconstructive Microsurgery and Burns graduated as the Best Outgoing Student of Stanley Medical College, standing first in Medicine and Surgery in the Madras University.

His chief interests are Hand Surgery, Microsurgery and complex reconstruction following trauma, cancer and burns.

2685 Surgeons from 70 countries have visited the Plastic Surgery department to observe the surgical procedures and system of care.. Organizations like Resurge Africa, B First, Medecins San Frontiers (MSF) IMET 2000, CORSU Uganda, Rotary International have partnered with the unit for capacity building across the world. Recognizing his Leadership qualities in putting India in the World map of Reconstructive Surgery, the Association of Plastic Surgeons of India has instituted the APSI – Raja Sabapathy Leadership Award to recognize future leaders in the field.

He is passionate to provide free reconstruction for burn survivors through the project, "Hope after Fire', an initiative with Rotary Club of Coimbatore Metropolis.

Academic:

  • Chairman, Dept of Plastic, Hand and Microsurgery, Burns and Aesthetic Surgery
  • Hon Consultant, Armed Forces Medical Services of India
  • Sushruta – Guha Professor of Plastic Surgery and Wound Healing, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh - 2016

Leadership in Professional Bodies:

Current Positions:

  • President, Asian Pacific Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand
  • Secretary General, International Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand
  • EC Member - Diabetic Foot Society of India.

Past President

  • Association of Plastic Surgeons of India
  • Indian Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • Indian Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • International Trauma Care (Indian Chapter)
  • Brachial Plexus Surgery Group of India – 2011 – 13

Member of the Executive Committee

Diabetic Foot Society of India


National Liaison

World Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery (WSRM)


Head Quarters Coordinator

Association of Plastic Surgeons of Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry region


Secretary

Association of Plastic Surgeons of Coimbatore Region


International Awards (Academic Recognition & Awards 105)

  • Awarded the Honorary Fellowship of the American College of Surgeons – Hon FACS at the 2020 Annual Clinical Congress. Fifth Indian and the 13th Plastic Surgeon worldwide chosen to receive the honour in the 132 year history of the American College of Surgeons.
  • Douglas Lamb Lecturer of the British Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • Shivas Medal of Central Traumatology Institute, Moscow
  • Dr AC Boonzaire Lecture - South African Society for Hand Surgery, Serbian Microsurgery Society
  • Bangladesh Society for Surgery of the Hand Award
  • Honorary Memberships of the Royal College of Surgeons of Glasgow, British Society for Surgery of the Hand, South African Society for Hand Surgery, Serbian Microsurgery Society
  • Visiting Professor at the Mayo Clinic, Yale, Washington University
  • Invited International Member of the American Association of Plastic Surgery
  • Global Alumni Award for Service to Humanity, Rotary Foundation

National Awards:

  • Honorary Member of the Armed Forces Medical Research Committee (AFMRC) served 2 terms of 3 years each
  • Silver Jubilee Oration Award of AIIMS, 2015
  • Gilles Oration, 2013, Mukerjee Oration 2008, Peet Prize 1993, 2002, NH Antia Prize, 2006, 2008, 2019, RN Sinha Award 2003 of APSI
  • Tamil Nadu Scientist Award 2007
  • Conferred Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) of Dr MGR Educational & Research Institute
  • Delivered 40 Eponymous Orations in Professional Associations

National & International Presentation

  • Invitation Lectures and International Meetings Attended (Total 310)
  • Invitation Lectures and National Meetings Attended (Total 431)

Textbooks

  • Co Author- Microsugery Practice Manual Editor, Text book of Plastic Surgery, Hand Section Authored 51 book chapters

Journals

  • No. of Peer Reviewed Publications (Total 164)
  • Editor, Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery (1994-99)
  • Regional Editor, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Global Editorial Board
  • Dy Editor, Hand Surgery, Asia Pacific Volume.
  • Guest Editor, in international journals, Seminars in Plastic Surgery, Hand Clinics and Injury.

Member of the Editorial Board of

  1. Hand Surgery (Asia Pacific) – Duputy Editor
  2. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open – Regional Editor
  3. Journal of Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery (USA)
  4. Hand (AAHS)
  5. Journal of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (JPRAS) formerly the British Journal of Plastic Surgery
  6. Hand Surgery (Springer).