Mr Thanesan Ramalingam, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon
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Mr Thanesan Ramalingam

Consultant Colorectal Surgeon

 

Year Qualified

1993

 

 

 

Clinical Interests

All Colorectal Surgery, including colonoscopy (diagnostic and therapeutic).

 

As a highly experienced Colorectal Surgeon, Mr Ramalingam can offer advice and surgical treatment for all Colorectal conditions (including Bowel cancer, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis), diverticular disease, rectal bleeding, anal fissures, perineal sepsis and fistulae) as well as general surgical procedures such as hernia repairs.

 

Mr Ramalingam performs a high number of endoscopies annually: both colonoscopies and oesphagogastroduodenoscopies (OGD’s). I have additional expertise in endoscopy (having trained for, and previously been on, the GI Bleeding rota) and I also train junior doctors in endoscopy.

 

Specialising In

All Colorectal Surgery, including colonoscopy (diagnostic and therapeutic). As a highly experienced Colorectal Surgeon.  Mr Ramalingam can offer advice and surgical treatment for all Colorectal conditions (including Bowel cancer, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis), diverticular disease, rectal bleeding, anal fissures, perineal sepsis and fistulae) as well as general surgical procedures such as hernia repairs.  He performs a high number of endoscopies annually: both colonoscopies and oesphagogastroduodenoscopies (OGD’s).  He has additional expertise in Endoscopy (having trained for, and previously been on, the GI Bleeding rota) and has also trained junior doctors in Endoscopy.

 

Professional Profile

Mr Ramalingam has been a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon for over ten years, whilst also carrying out his duty as a Senior Consultant Surgeon in the Armed Forces (Royal Army Medical Corps, RAMC).  Prior to joining East Kent Hospital University Trust, he spent seven years as a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon in University of Durham and Darlington NHS Trust, where he established a Multidisciplinary team for patients with Inflammatory Bowel disease.  He was nominated, and received, an ‘NHS Hero’ award for patient care.

 

Having qualified in 1993 from Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School, London, and subsequently completed his house-officer jobs, he spent a year as an anatomy and physiology teacher at the University of Sheffield.  He subsequently completed general surgical training before undertaking specialist Colorectal training at a number of highly regarded professorial units, including Oxford, Basingstoke and St Marks Hospital London (an internationally renowned centre for the treatment of intestinal and colorectal disorders).

 

He actively participates in the National Bowel Cancer Audit (NBOCA), and National Emergency Laparotomy Audit (NELA) where his operative results are consistently within the top ten percent nationally.  The majority of his major –case operative practice involves treating patients with colorectal cancer and Inflammatory Bowel Disease.  He has an active interest in laparoscopic (minimally invasive) colorectal surgery and spent a year of his training developing this skill in a New Zealand tertiary centre.

 

Personal Profile

Mr Ramalingam is married with four children and, together with his wife, enjoys keeping up with their endeavours.

 

Research Interests

Mr Ramalingam has a keen interest in medical education and research.  He holds an Honorary Senior Lecturer post at Swansea University and a Chief External Undergraduate Examiner (Year 3) at Southampton University.  He is also a keen trainer and assessor of junior surgeons and medical students within the NHS and the Military.  On joining East Kent University Hospital Trust, he spent a number of years as a Governance Lead.  This role involves working to improve patient safety and surgical accountability, alongside improving patient care.  These aims remain central to his surgical practice.

 

In 2020 Mr Ramalingam will be involved in an academic project and will cease working at East Kent University Hospitals.  He will be recommencing NHS work when this project is completed, and will be continuing to see patients at One Ashford Hospital throughout the year.