Madras Medical College (1850) and Government General Hospital (1644), is one of the oldest and prestigious Institutes of India and is the pioneer in starting many new medical courses in India.
A separate Geriatric surgery Outpatient service was started in the year 1983 and Dr. R. Sivaraman was posted to look after OP services under Prof. A. Umapathy and Prof. R. Saratchandra (HOD).
Government of Tamilnadu started a separate Geriatric Surgery Department first of its kind in the year 1990, Prof. R. Sivaraman the founder became the first Professor and Head of the Department.
Prof. R. Sivaraman by his untiring efforts developed the department and also started exclusive endoscopic services from 10.4.1992.
Prof. R. Veerapandian took over charge as Professor in the year 2002. Laparoscopic service was started in the year 2003.
The department was shifted to the new tower block in August 2006 (male geriatric ward 241- 30 beds, female geriatric ward 143 -20 beds and 3 post operative beds.
The department has done collaborative work with Govt. of India and WHO and published a book on “Guidelines on common surgical interventions in elderly” edited by Professor R. Veerapandian released by The Honorable Minister for Health and Family welfare, Government of Tamilnadu and received by health secretary in February 2008.
Prof. P.P.Dhakshayani took over charge as Professor and HOD on September 2009.
Geriatric surgery department functions under the Professor and HOD of the department. 2 Assistant Professors of Geriatric surgery look after the male and male post operative wards and female and female post operative wards.
- To start M.ch Geriatric surgery course.
- Initiation of National Institute for ageing, and construction is in progress, and will start functioning in a year.
- To train paramedical staffs and doctors with regard to comprehensive and quality life in elders in the society.
Number of units : one
Op days, timings : Monday, Wednesday, Friday
08:00am – 10:00am
Bed strength : male ward – 15
Female ward – 12
Postoperative ward – 3
Average OP per day : 75
Average I.P : 20
Theatre days : Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
Surgeries performed : All common surgical problems for patients more than 60 years of age