Andreas Vesalius (1514-1564)

Andreas Vesalius (31 December 1514 – 15 October 1564) was an anatomist, physician, and author of one of the most influential books on human anatomy, De humani corporis fabrica (On the Fabric of the Human Body). Vesalius is often referred to as the founder of modern human anatomy".


Dr.Jeyanthi Gnanadeepam MS
Professor & Head

The department of Anatomy was inaugurated on 3rd October 1966 to welcome the first batch of 75 graduate. From that instant this department has had footfalls of more than 4100 graduate students in these 50 years. It is most satisfying that the students who pass these portals have consistently cleared all the boards in each year of the course and have excelled in the clinical course. The academic year has a planned calendar of academic activities, with integrated teaching and clubs activities. The Department awards a Gold Medal for the best outgoing student from the department. The department has a history of engaging in social awareness like encouraging voluntary body donor scheme. The department presently has 120 registered donors who have agreed willingly to donate their bodies for anatomy studies after their death. “Anatomy is destiny” said Sigmund Freud. But for TVMC Anatomy is pristine destiny.

Academic Program

The department welcomes 150 graduate freshers every summer. Students get involved with discovering the secrets of the human body at our dissection hall. It is satisfying to find that 95-98% percent of our students has successfully sat for the boards in each batch. The academic year has predetermined calendar of activities with didactic lecture, symposia, seminars, and clubs activities in the right mix.
The Graduate student is taken through a fascinating journey of self discovery and learning in different subspecialties in Anatomy through the fresher course year. The course content includes

General Anatomy : Tissues of the body, General osteology, Arthrology, Muscle & fascia, Nervous system, Principles governing arterial, Venous and lymphatic pathways, Innervation of tissues.
Gross Anatomy : Detailed Gross Anatomy of the human body, including cross sectional anatomy.
Radiological Anatomy : Principles involved in plain radiography and procedures of imaging like CT scans & MRI.
Embryology : Embryology of all the systems of the body including variations and congenital anomalies.
Comparative Anatomy; Histology : Histological and Museum Techniques, Microscopes – All Types, Care and maintenance of light microscope, General histology, Special histology of the systems of the body.
Neuroanatomy : Structural organization of various parts of the nervous system with particular reference to their connections and functions.
Genetics : Chromosome, Structures, Sex Chromatin, Karyotyping, Inheritance & Pattern and Aberrations.
Applied Anatomy including Radio Anatomy : Applied aspects of Human Anatomy including Surgical Approaches to various structures and organs. Determination of age, sex, stature and race from skeletal remains. A C.M.E in Cardiovascular Anatomy was conducted on 17.6.2011.


Postgraduate ProgramTirunelveli Medical College

The Department assists and interacts with the resident trainees of the Department of General Surgery and Final Year Graduate Students in teaching them Surgical Anatomy and Operative Surgery.

Continuing Medical Education

A C.M.E in Cardiovascular Anatomy was conducted on 17.6.2011

Research Projects

Our Ongoing Projects include :

  • Coeliac trunk and variation in branching pattern of Splenic artery, Aorta.
  • Variations in the Arrangement of Great Vessels,
  • Structure of the Head of Femur,
  • Correlative radio-anatomy of the Brain.


Prof. T.Hariharan Memorial Cash Award 

2016-17                       Ms Abisha Grace

2017-18                       Mr Arumugam

2018-19                       Mr Vikram

Prof. T.Hariharan Memorial Medal

2016-17                       Ms Harini

2017-18                       Mr. Ajith

2018-19                       Mr Aarthi Sakthi Bala



The Department of Anatomy Museum houses some of the old and rare sample of perinatal, neonatal and pediatric anatomy. The museum has 675 specimens in the best of preservation and display. The ambience of the old hall and its wooded galleries is a treat. The skeleton of a small child discovered at Adhichanallur (Near Tirunelveli) during an Archeological excavation is one of the rarest pieces of anthropological anatomy in the world. Dated to belong to the Pandian Dynasty (around 3,800 years old)