::Departments : Clinical : Orthopaedic Surgery
Department of Orthopaedics And Traumatology
History of Department:

                         The Orthopaedic Department in GRH is about 74 years old and very few Departments in India can claim this seniority by this time.

                         For want of patients coming with orthopaedic  problems, the first orthopaedic ward with 8 beds was started at the Old Fort Hospital near Periyar Bus Stand in the year 1938 under the charge of   Dr Yegaya Narayanan (Honorary Assistant) under the supervision of   Col. Sheperd (The District Medical Officer). By 1940 the Department was shifted to GRH premises. Surgical management of fractures was started in 1938 itself. Dr A.S Annamalai was instrumental in doing numerous surgeries in Ortho Dept and bringing international glory to the Dept. Dr Bashir was the first qualified ortho surgeon in the Dept.        The Department flourished further under Dr K.A Ramalingam and   Dr P.Krishna Menon.  Dr S.T Sunderraj was the first Professor of Orthopaedics  in  GRH. Subsequently Dr Thomas Xavier,    P.Sounderrajan, Dr M.Ramanathan, Dr A. Subramanian,   Dr G.Swaminathan, Dr I.Swaminathan, Dr T.Prabhakaran,                                
Dr M.Chidambaram, Dr Dhanraj, DrMalairaju, Dr Raviraman hold the prestigious post. Presently Pro Dr V.Pugalenthi is holding  the post.

         Diploma courses were started in 1969 and M.S. Ortho Courses were started in 1973. 

        Presently the Department is functioning  exclusively in the newly constructed Anna Bus Stand Complex.
Academic Activities:

Type of courses                     :    Medical  And Paramedical      
 Medical Courses

Name of the course M.S Ortho D.Ortho
Eligibility M.B.B.S M.B.B.S
Course Duration  Three Years Two Years
Sanctioned Seats Eight Six
Selection Procedure
By Common Entrance Examination By Common Entrance Examination
University Examination Details
1.Basic Science-  on completion of Ist year- Theory only-April
2. Degree Exam-
On completion of 3rd year-
Theory and Practicals-
Three Papers- April

1. Basic Science-  on completion of Ist year-Theory only- April
2. Diploma Exam- On completion of 2rd year-
Theory and Practicals-
Two Papers- April
Paramedical Course

Name of the course
Plaster Technicition
Eligibility Pass in S.S.L.C
Course Duration One year
Sanctioned Seats four
Selection Procedure Interview
University Examination Details Tamilnadu Dr MGR Medical University
                           Department of Orthopaedics is running a feast of academic activities on six days a week, a unique feature of this Department.

Monday Weekly Audit Meeting
Tuesday P.G Dissertation Review/ Faculty Teaching
Wednesday P.G Topic and Discussion
Thursday Pre Operative and Post Operative Xray Discussion
Friday P.G Journal Topic
Saturday General clinical Demonstration
Research And Publications:

 Department Of Ortho has published a lot of paper works in National And State Journals

Year Number Of Publications
2011 Seven
2010 Six
2009 Eight
2008 Seven
2007 Six
Department Of Ortho also conducted four research works during the years 2007-2012

1.     Crash II clinical randomization of an anti fibrinolytic agent in significant hemorrhage in co-        ordination with London School Of Hygiene And Tropical Medicine in Dept Of Ortho, GRH, under W.H.O guidance - 2008

2   WHO Study on Non Communicable disease at GRH on Road Traffic Accidents  2005-06

3. LAMBDA Therapeutic Research LTD , on double blind  study of Nimuslide with placebo on Osteoarthritis at GRH -2008

4.Attended the Third Training Course in Research Methodology by  PICSEP Project and MO&GS- 2008
Prizes and Awards Constituted by the Department:
  Professor A.Subramanium Medal for Best outgoing M.S. Ortho Post Graduate
  Professor G.Subramanium Medal for Best Outgoing D.Ortho Postgraduate

Prizes and Awards won:

        Won the best Department Award in the Medical Exhibition conducted on November 2010
        Won the Shield for Best Paper Presenting Department from     Clinico- Society Meeting Forum  for the year 2011.
CMEs  and Workshops/ Conference conducted:

CMEs  and Workshops/ Conference conducted
TNOACON 2011, Pro G.S Oration on Pelvic injuries
C.M.E on Bone Tumours
C.M.E on  Joint Replacement
All India Hand surgery Conference
A Hand on Workshop on suturing techniques in nerve , tendon, and vascular injuries on animal models
Services Offered:

Number of Units in the Department
Four Ortho Units and Two Speciality
Units ( Spine & Hand)

OP Days And Timings
Regular O.Ps –
7.30 A.M to 12.00 P.M
Speciality O.Ps-
 Hand – Monday 10.00A.M to 12.00 P.M
Spine-  Tuesday 10.00A.M to 12.00 P.M

I.P Units & Admission Day(Unit wise)
Day Outpatient& Inpatient Operation Theatre
Monday I ortho& Hand II Ortho
Tuesday II ortho& Spine III Ortho
Wednesday III Ortho& Hand IV Ortho
Thursday IV Ortho I Ortho
Friday I Ortho/III Ortho & Hand& Spine II Ortho/ III Ortho/ Spine &Hand
Saturday II Ortho/ IV Ortho & Hand &Spine I Ortho/IVOrtho  Hand& Spine
All Units
( On rotation) , Hand unit
( On Rotation),
Spine Unit


Bed Strength of Department 320
Average O.P 460 /Day
Average I.P
Trauma& Emergency   -  331 /Month
Ortho Diseases            -   81/ Month

Type Of Surgeries Performed
All Trauma Surgeries, Joint Replacement, Arthroscopy, Spine Surgeries, Hand And Micro Vascular Surgeries, Tumour Surgeries, Deformity Correction, Paediatric Ortho Surgeries, Plastic Surgeries.
Speciality  Clinic conducted by the department
10.00 A.M -12.00 P.M
Day Speciality Clinic
Monday Hand
Tuesday Spine
Wednesday Arthroscopy and sports injury
Thursday Bone tumour clinic
Friday Paediatric orthopaedics


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