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About Dr. Karunakaran S

Best Spine Specialist Orthopedic Surgeon In Anna Nagar, Chennai

About Dr. Karunakaran S Spine Centre Anna Nagar Chennai

Dr. Karunakaran S., is a Consultant Spine Orthopedic Surgeon with an experience of 22 years. He practices at Precision Spine Centre in Anna Nagar East as well as in Gleneagles Global Hospital, Chennai. He is currently the Director of Institute of Advanced Spine Services, Gleneagles Global Hospital, Chennai.

Diplomat of the National Board (D.N.B.), 2001, Indian Medical Council, India.

Master of Surgery in Orthopedics (M.S. Ortho), 2000, Ramachandra Medical College & Research Institute, Chennai, India (A Harvard Medical International Associated Institution)

Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (M.B.B.S), 1995, Rajah Muthiah Medical College, Annamalai University, Chidambaram, India.

Contract Medical Consultant (2005 May to present), Department of Orthopaedics, Government General Hospital, Chennai, India.

Consultant Spine Surgeon (2003 October-2004 November), Meenakshi Mission Hospiatal, Madurai, India.

Junior Orthopedic Consultant (2000 June -2003 January), MIOT Hospitals, Chennai, India.

Medical Officer In Surgical Gastroentrology (1995 – 1997), Wellington Hospitals, Chennai, India

Associate Professor of Spine Surgery, Department of Orthopedics, Government General Hospital (Madras Medical college), Chennai, February 2014 – May 2016

Executive committee member Association Of Spine Surgeons Of India (ASSI)

Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedics, Government General Hospital (Madras Medical college), Chennai, 2006 July.

Fellowship secretary Tamilnadu Orthopaedic association 2009


  • Mohandas Weller Gold Medal & Fellowship Award at 10th Anniversary meets of the Indo German Orthopedic Foundation, India. On analysis of single level stabilization in grade 1 and grade 2 spondylolisthesis (SPINE)
  • ASSI (Association of spine surgeons of India) Traveling Spine Fellowship 2005
  • Tamil Nadu Orthopaedic Association Traveling Spine Fellowship 2006.
  • Best Publication in Tamil Nadu Orthopaedic Association Journal 2010 – Morphometric evaluation of the Cervical Spine Pedicle in our Population.

Spine Surgery

Pioneer in percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy under local anaesthesia for disc prolapse in this part of the country (Trans foraminal and inter laminar without stiches)

First in South India to have used INSPACE-interspinous implant for lumbar canal stenosis-Key hole spine surgery local anaesthesia

Performed more than thousand spine surgeries-scoliosis, cervical spine pathologies, thoracotomies, laparotomy, disc replacement surgeries.

Pain management for spine – Foraminal epidural steroid injection, facetal blocks, discography.


Autologous Osteochondral Bone Grafting – an Experimental Study on Rabbits Knee.

Faculty in International Meetings

Sri Lankan Orthopedic Association 2017 Presented on Transforaminal Endoscopic Disc Surgery

Kandy Society Of Medicine 2017 Presented our work on Endoscopic Minimally invasive Surgery and Scoliosis Surgery

Faculty in National Conference

MISSICON 2017 presented a paper on Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery For Spondylodiscitis

ICS (Instructional Course in Spine) 2017 Kovalam endoscopic management of facetal cyst

  • Chairperson at ICS 2015 August at Vishakapatnam


Member of the Tamil Nadu Orthopedic Association.

Member of the Orthopedic Association of south Indian states.

Member of the Association of Spine Surgeons of India.

Member of the Asian Academy of Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery.

2013- Presented Trans laminar Screw Fixation for C6C7 and C7D1 a prospective study at ASSICON Kochi – Dr.V.T. Ingalhalikar Gold Medal

2013 – Teaching faculty at the endoscopic spine workshop at Derven organized by Dr. Gore

2012 – Teaching faculty at Indian Orthopedic Association (IOA) for basic spine workshop

2012- Teaching faculty For SCORE 2012 delivered a lecture on the current concepts in the management of Dorso Lumbar Spinal Fractures

2011- Teaching faculty For SCORE 2011 delivered a lecture on the current concepts in the management of Spinal Tumours

2010- Faculty in Instructional Course Spine –National level meeting, presented my work on recent advances in minimally invasive spine surgery.

2009-Lecture on “Surgical Anatomy and Bio-Mechanics of the Upper Cervical Spine”, Symposium on Cervical Spine Injuries. At Madras medical College – MGR Medical university.

2008-“Percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy for lumbar disc prolapse” ASSICON, Chennai- Poster presentation

2007-management of bilateral facet joint dislocation of cervical spine through dorsal approach, ASSICON, Ahmedabad.

2005-“Analysis of the therapeutic efficacy of the foraminal epidural steroid in the treatment of lumbar disc prolapse with sciatica”, ASSICON 2005,Bangalore

2004-“Analysis of Cervico Dorsal Spine Tuberculosis” at OASISCON, Thrissur.

2002 – “Lumbar spine Stabilization & fusion in Grade I & II Listhesis”

At Tamil Nadu Orthopedic Association, Coimbatore, India. 2000 – “Mosaic Plasty” An Experimental study on Articular surface rabbits

At Tamil Nadu Orthopedic Association, Chennai, India. 1998- “Auto Distracter – A warning” at Tamil Nadu Orthopedic Association, Madurai, India.

International Papers Presented

2002 – “Analysis of Lumbar Spine stabilization and Fusion in Grade I & II Listhesis Indo-German Orthopedic Foundation, Chennai, India.

2002- “Tuberculosis of cervicodorsal Spine “at Indo-German Orthopedic Foundation, Bangalore, India

International Conferences Attended

First International Conference on Acetabular Fracture, Chennai, India (1998)

First International Conference on Elbow Disorders, Chennai, India (1998).

70th Annual Meeting of American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, New Orleans, U.S.A (2003)

The 11th Congress of the International Musculoskeletal Laser Society (IMLAS) 2004, Seoul, Korea

Spine Week May 2016, Singapore.

Cadaverric hands-on endoscopic training at M.S.Ramiah University (Jan 2016))

Advanced Cadaveric hands–on training at Boomrungard Hospital ,Bangkok (2017) with Dr.Sebastian Ruetten,Richard Wolf.

Training in interlaminar percutaneous Endoscopic Cervical and Lumbar Spine Surgery with Dr.Sebastian Ruetten, at St. Anna Hospital, Herne, Germany (2013).

Advanced Training for Endoscopic Spine Surgery under Dr.Antony Yeung, Phoenix, USA (2013)-Trans foraminal endoscopic lumbar disc surgery, Dorsal Endoscopic Rhizotomy for Chronic back pain and latest Percutaneous Fusion techniques under local anaesthesia.

Workshop on Endoscopic spine- OASISCON 2009,Kochi

Asian Academy of Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery National Workshop, Mumbai, India (2005)

OASISCON 2005, workshop on spine stabilization /endoscopic spine surgery, Chennai

Workshop on K-Fixator, PIMS, Pondicherry

Fellowship in Minimally invasive Spine surgery, Percutaneous Endoscopic Spine Surgery Seoul, Korea (2004)

Training in endoscopic spine surgery (Trans foraminal approach) under Dr.Gore, Pune, India (2004)

Observership at AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences), New Delhi under Dr.Aravind Jayaswal (2004)

Observership under Dr.Randal Betz at Shriners Hospital for Children-Philadelphia, USA (2003)

Observership in the spine unit at the Hospital for Special Surgery-New York, USA (2003).

Latest Advances in Intramedullary Nailing at Mathy’s, India (2002).

IGOF Spring Seminar on shoulder arthroscopy (2001)

Advanced Trauma Management course & Workshop (1999).

IGOF seminar on TKR, Spinal Injuries Arthroscopy (1998).

Arthroscopy Combined Universities Orthopedic Courses (1998)

Workshop on Total Knee Replacement on 19th November (1997)

Academic and Public Benefit Activities

Organizing Secretary for Symposium on Cervical Spine Injuries, Madras medical college, August 2009.

Awareness talk regarding spine disorders and there prevention on Television, February 2006

Free physiotherapy camp for neighbors.

Bone mineral density camp and spine camp.

Analysis of Lumbar Spine Stabilization and fusion in Grade I & II Listhesis, IGOF Journal Vol.: 1(2002) 97 – 104.

Tuberculosis of cervicodorsal Spine, IGOF Journal Vol.: 2(2002) 35 – 39.

Bilateral Cervical Jumped Facets –Operative management by dorsal approach, Journal of Tamil Nadu Orthopaedic Association, Vol. 33(2007) 20-28.

Morphometric study of the Cervical Spine Pedicle in our population- Best Publication 2011 in Journal of Tamil Nadu Orthopaedic Association, Vol. 36 (2010)

Retro pharyngeal approach for Upper Cervical Spine lesions published in Journal of Tamil Nadu Orthopaedic Association, Vol.37 (2011)