John Hunter

A Scotsman John Hunter (1728-1793) was known for his scientific, experimental apporach to medicine and surgery. He has been called the "father of Modern surge."


Dr. Alex Arthur Edwards MS
Head of the Department

I am proud to head this department which has been in academic existence since 1968 and has been a postgraduate departments since 1982. We presently admit 20 postgraduate residents. I cherish the moments in the departments as a Professor and Head.



List of Succession of the Department
Dr.O.Devaraj M.S19681969
Dr.D.Lazmanan M.S19691971
Dr.K.N.Casudevan M.S FASC19711973
Dr.C.Raman M.S19731974
Dr.S.S.V.Krishnan M.S19741975
Dr.G.S.Venkatesan M.S19751976
Dr.M.S.Srinivasan M.S19761985
Dr.R.Anandarai FRCS19851986
Dr.S.Ramakrishnan M.S19861991
Dr.M.Shanmugasundaram M.S19911992
Dr.M.Thangaraj M.S FAIS19921997
Dr.Pratap Gnanamuthu M.S20012003
Dr.R.Gopinath M.S20032006
Dr.G.Thangaiah M.S20062007
Dr.Paulus D.Prakash M.S20072008
Dr.G.Thangaiah M.SMay'08Aug'08
Dr.A.Chidambaram M.SSep'08Sep'08
Dr.J.Jevakumar Sahayam M.SOct'08Jun'10
Dr.K.Parimalam M.SJun'10Aug'10
Dr.S.Sondararajan M.S20102013
Dr. Maheswari MS20132015
Dr.V.K.Rajendran MS20152016
Dr.V.Pandy MS20162018
Dr.M.S.Varadarajan MS20182019
Dr. Alex Arthur Edwards2019Till Date


Acadamic Graducate Program
Currently the Department of Surgery has 35 full time faculty participating in teaching, research and clinical activities at MMC. More than 200 undergraduate medical students and 35 post graduates are trained annually in didactic courses and on clinical rotations. Teaching General Surgery (Clinical, Theory and Operative Surgery) in batches is done throughout the year. These include teaching during OPD classes, Ward rounds, Ward clinics, operations in OTs and Theory classes for both UGs & PGs. The clinical experience is remarkable both in the number and the variety of cases. The principles of graduated responsibility and early opportunities for independent decision-making are emphasized throughout the duration of training. The overall emphasis of the program is to provide our trainees with the opportunity to become excellent clinical surgeons, experienced teachers, and accomplished scientific investigators. On completion of graduation the residential program helps the interns to get trained is surgical management (both elective &emergency surgery). Clinical meetings are held weekly. Complicated and interesting surgical problems are discussed. The graduates are also trained during the final year and as interns in

  • Skills Training on suturing
  • Skills Training & Interactive Session on FNAC/Collection,
  • Training Session on Transport & Processing of Pathology, Micro biology, Biochemistry samples with respective departments Career Guidance & Counseling
  • Computer aided learning
  • Interaction training with Radiology
  • Weekly Evaluation and Rreview of the log books
  • Skills training in Basic trauma life support

The residency training includes all facets of General Surgery including Endrocine Surgery (viz. Thyroids, Adrenals etc), Breast Surgery, Surgical Gastroenterology, General Surgery including Surgical Pathology and applied aspects and Basic Medical Sciences.
The residents are also trained in

in Premedication, CPR, types of regional anaesthesia, general anaesthesia, Anaesthesia in special circumstances like emergency, surgery metabolic derangements, Trauma etc. and Management of pain.
Techniques of commonly performed investigations in Radiology like plain x-ray both for bone and soft tissue and technique of contrast x-rays in various systems in the body and their interpretation, Ultrasonogram, C.T. Scans, MRI scans, Dopplers, Mammograms, Fluroscopic studies, Practical Knowledge of Radio Therapy - telecobalt, linear accelerators & other types of irradiation.

The resident receives one month training in Orthopedics and two months training in Traumatology including principles and management of common fracture, Immobilization and plaster technique, correction of deformities of limbs, diseases of bone and joints including tumours, Management, nerve, tendon and vascular injury, and management of Polytrauma.
Thoraco-abdominal injuries, intercostal drain, thoracotomy and closure, surgery of oesophagus, lung and pericardium, Management of emphyema, Fundamentals of open heart surgery and Byepass surgery.

Management of head in injury, Diagnosis and management of intra craneal tension, Practical experience in burrhole and craniotomy.
Basic knowledge of endourology, Trauma related to Urology, Basic investigative aspects of uro-dynamic studies.
Facio Maxillary injuries, Various methods of Raw area coverage including Myocutaneous flap, Reconstructive surgery for Breast and head and neck cancer, Cosmetic reconstructive surgery, Management of Burns, Bed Sore – prevention and management.
Congenital anomalies – gastro-intestinal, ano-rectal genitourinary tract etc, Management of intestinal obstruction in new born and childhood malignancies.

Hospital Services

Emergency Services

The emergency surgical team works round the clock (24 Hours) and attends to both Surgical and Trauma emergencies to the poor and needy. The Hospital is situated right of the North South Corridor of the national highway system and hence trauma and emergencies related to accidents and surgical emergencies are quite common. This includes a wide variety of poly-trauma, and surgical diseases like GI bleed, Intestinal Obstruction, Peritonitis, pancreatitis which are managed by the rapid responder team of the institute with prompt resuscitation and support. The duty surgical team performs major emergency surgeries on the patients in the emergency operation theatre, adjoining the Accident and Emergency Unit.
Elective Surgical Services

Elective surgical patients are provided appropriate investigations. The department offers surgical opinion and management to 8 allied government hospitals in the district. Elective surgery is performed after detailed evaluation for surgery and anesthetic fitness and necessary counseling of patients.

Hospital Services

This department is a large teaching department in the state of Tamilnadu both in terms of clinical services provided and the surgery training program. The department examines over 100,000 patients each year. It performs about 10,000 major and 12000 minor operations every year. A variety of diagnostic and interventional surgical, laparoscopic and endoscopic procedures are performed. The department has a very active teaching schedule for residents besides conducting refresher courses; it also provides opportunity for observer-ship for those from other departments and elsewhere in the state and country. Services Offered by the departments include: General Surgical outpatient and inpatient care, General Surgical management both elective and emergency, Laparoscopic & Endoscopic Surgeries, Emergency trauma care, ISCU care, Surgical skill training lab with endo-surgery training, Day care surgery, and Diabetic foot clinic. Nearly 200 patients with surgical diseases of the thyroid, breast, gastrointestinal tract, gall bladder, liver, pancreas, genitor urinary system, soft tissue, skin. retro-peritoneum & retro-mediastinum are treated. The department runs special clinics for Cancers-Surgical Oncology Clinic, Diabetes-Diabetic Care Clinic, Surgical Endocrinology Clinic, and Surgical Gastroenterology Clinic. The Department has 7 major units and a ISCU Unit each headed by a Professor. OP days and timings All days in a week between 8 Am and 12 Noon.

Statistics of Department
YearOPDIndoor AdmisstionsMajor SurgeriesMinor Surgeries