MS, MCh, DNB, FACS, FRCS(Hon) Ed.,
  • Chairman – GEM Hospital and Research Centre
  • Professor & Director – Institute of Gastroenterology & Minimal Access Surgery
  • Managing Trustee – GEM Digestive Diseases Foundation – Charitable Trust

About Doctor

Development of Laparoscopic Surgery in India

Dr Palanivelu was first to introduce Iaparoscopic surgery in south India. He was instrumental in popularizing this new branch of medicine in India. He applied Iaparoscopic technique to all types of surgery including cancer surgery.

Humble background

Born in a poor family of agricultural workers, he completed primary education overcoming great difficulties. But this motivated him to do service to the poor through free medical camps and treating thousands of poor patients. He also trained hundreds of rural surgeons.

Laparoscopic Revolution – A must for India

Laparoscopic surgery is beneficial to all sections of society as they recover quickly from surgery without pain and go back to work early. Making it possible to provide Laparoscopic surgery at affordable cost through his innovations has been the essence of his contribution to Medicine.

Held in High esteem by peers

He has been a great teacher and guiding force to all Laparoscopic surgeons and was accorded the title of “Beeshmacharya” by the Association of Minimal access surgeons of India. He is not only a top achiever in the medical field but also a great social worker, writer, scientist and a visionary.


Dr BC Roy National Awardee 2006 and 2015

Under the category of development of specialty medicine namely laparoscopic surgery in 2006 and eminent medical person in 2015. This rare honour of having this award twice is a testimony to his achievement.

Award by House of Commons, UK Parliament 2018

For his orginal contribution to development of Laparoscopic surgery, the only Indian to receive this honour.

First Indian to win Silver Medal

In the international Olympic minimal access surgery competition in 2009 in Phoenix USA.

Innovated over 20 new operative techniques

Which are considered world’s best and the videos of these procedures are included in the teaching resources of American College of Surgeons, American gastrointestinal SAGES university, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburg, Korean, Chinese and Japanese universities.

Authored many books in surgery

Which are of international repute. For the first time in Indian medical history, his books got published in various languages – Spanish, Chinese, Korean etc.

First Indian surgeon

Who was accorded the privilege to operate and teach in various countries including UK, USA, Hong Kong, Argentina etc.


Understanding the plight of the economically backward, Dr Palanivelu strives hard to make Laparoscopy available for all. This is done through:

GEM Digestive Diseases Foundation and Charitable Trust

Free Medical ward at GEM Hospital

GEM Mobile Clinic

“To reach the unreachable”

Establishment of first Preventive gastroenterology Clinic

Health Education

GEM Nursing Education


“Best Doctor Award” by TamilNadu Government, 2011 Life Time Achievement Award, Association of surgeons of India 2007, Bhubaneswar, Orissa. Life Time Achievement Award of District Rotary Coimbatore, 2012 Vocational excellence award of Rotary International, 2011 “For The Sake of Honour Award” 2009 by Mount Rotary Chennai, 2009 “Bheeshmacharya award” by Association of Minimal Access Surgeons of India during the Annual conference AMASICON 2012, Coimbatore 2012 The Award of “Brand Ambassador of Coimbatore” by The Indian chamber of Commerce and Industry Coimbatore, 2012
Honorary Fellowship conferred by Latin American old University, First Indian Honored in Latin America “Living Legend of Laproscopy Award” by New York City Council & New York Tamil Sangam 2012. Olympic Silver Medal, in International Olympic Surgery, Phoniex, USA, 2009. Fellowship Ad Hominem Award, by Royal college of Surgeons of Edinburgh – the highest honour of the college, United Kingdom. 2003
Best Technique Award for Cancer Esophagus, 10th International Society of Disease of Esophagus, Japan, 2010 Best Video Award, European Association of Endoscopic Surgeons, 16th Annual Conference at Stockholm, Sweden 2008 Best Video Award, Annual conference of ‘American College of Surgeons, San Francisco, 2008 Best Paper Award, 16th World Congress of Laparoscopic and m AEndoscopic Surgery in 1998 at Rome, Italy Best International Video Award, Annual Congress of America College of Surgeons, New Orleans, USA, 2007. SAGES Awards from the ‘Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons’ for the three consecutive years in recognition of his meritorious innovations (2003, 2004 & 2005)
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