About Doctor Athira Ramakrishnan

Doctor Athira Ramakrishnan

MBBS, MS - ENT, DNB - ENT
ENT/ Otorhinolaryngologist, Head and Neck Surgeon, 11 Years Experience Overall (11 years as specialist)
For past 5 years working as Consultant ENT, head and neck surgery, Fortis Hospitals, Bangalore

Experienced in transoral robotic surgery

Dr. Athira is a Consultant ENT, Head & Neck Surgeon with around 10 years of clinical experience. She graduated from JIPMER, and also did her Post graduate in ENT at PGIMER in 2006 with an excellent hands-on training in Ear surgeries, endoscopic surgeries and head and neck surgeries. Her area of expertise are endoscopic sinus surgeries, ear surgeries, thyroid and parathyroid surgeries, photo surgery, laryngeal and oral laser surgery and head and neck cancer surgery

About

I was practicing as an ENT surgeon at St Johns Medical College Hospital, Bangalore and later went on to train specifically in my special area of interest which is head and neck Oncology and Reconstruction. For past 5 yrs after my basic training as an ENT surgeon I have concentrated in my special field of interest and have acquired enough experience to manage patients through the difficult time of cancer treatment.

I have been fortunate to have been trained in some of the best institutes in the country during my under-graduation and post graduation. Once I recognized my special area of interest I have sought training in the field of head and neck surgery from one of the best and dedicated teams At Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Centre which deal with the same in the country. Through this training I have learned and I am continuing to learn the multidisciplinary and team approach to deal with cancer.

I am trained to do complete and adequate resection of cancer involving various sites in head and neck and manage this patients in the post operative period. I am also trained in Endoscopic skull base surgery and have performed endoscopic tumor resection in nasal cavity and paranasal sinuses. My training has given me insight not only to tumor extirpation but also into post operative rehabilitation. I am also trained in speech and swallowing rehabilitation which is routinely necessary in head and neck cancer treatments irrespective of whether surgical or non surgical modality of treatment has been chosen. I would like to continue to work in the field of Head and Neck Surgery and do justice to my specialized training in this field.

Experience

Consultant ENT, Head and Neck surgery
Fortis Hospitals
2015 - Present
Bangalore, India

Fellowship in Head and Neck Surgical oncology
Mazumdar shaw cancer centre
Jan 2013 – Present
Bangalore, India

Senior Residency - ENT, Head and Neck surgery
St. John’s National Academy of Health Sciences
Nov 2009 – Jan 2013 . 3 years 3 months
Bangalore, India

Junior Residency
Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER)
2006 – 2009 . 4 years
Chandigarh, India

Rotating Internship
JIPMER Hospital
2004 – 2005 . 1 year
Puducherry, India

Education

Fellowship in Head and Neck Surgical oncology
Mazumdar shaw cancer centre
Jan 2013 – Present
Bangalore, India
  • Able to independently perform head and neck surgeries like thyroidectomy, parotidectomy, submandibular gland dissection, neck dissection, laryngectomy, laryngopharyngectomy, endoscopic assisted skull base surgery, craniofacial resection
  • Able to perform complete enbloc resection of primary tumor in head and neck malignancies involving oral cavity, oropharynx, larynx, hypopharynx.
  • Trained in preoperative counselling management, surgery and post operative rehabilitation of head and neck cancer patients
  • Involved in clinical research as a part of training programme
  • Able to perform various head and neck resection and local, regional as well as free flap
Observership in head and neck Oncology
Mazumdar Shaw cancer centre
15th Sep 2011 – 15th Oct 2011
Bangalore, India

Senior Residency - ENT, Head and Neck surgery
St. John’s National Academy of Health Sciences
Nov 2009 – Jan 2013 . 3 years 3 months
Bangalore, India
  • Trained Undergraduates in theoretical and clinical ENT as a part of senior resident post
  • Trained Post graduates in DLO, DNB and MS programmes
  • Independently performed ENT and Head and Neck surgeries including mastoidectomy, tympanoplasy, FESS, sphenoidotomy, submandibular gland dissection, medial maxillectomy, neck dissections, thyoidectomies
  • Took care of patients pre and post operatively and participated in academic activities in the Department
  • Co-guided thesis work of post graduate student
  • Assisted in DNB training workshops, Continued Medical Education programmes

Junior Residency
Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER)
2006 – 2009 . 4 years
Chandigarh, India
  • 6 months house surgeoncy at PGIMER , Chandigarh
  • 3 yr Junior Residency at PGIMER Chandigarh
  • Adept at taking care of patients preoperatively and post operatively as a part of clinical training programme
  • Assisted >300 surgeries per year as a part of residential training
  • independently performed >40 surgeries under supervision per year as a part of residential training including tympanoplasty, modified radical mastoidectomy, intact canal wall mastoidecomy, functional endoscopic sinus surgeries.
  • Independently performed emergency ENT surgeries like tracheostomy, neck abscess drainage, debridement of sinonasal mucormycosis, partial maxillectomy, direct laryngoscopy, esophagoscopy, bronchoscopy, foreign body removal etc.
  • Thesis entitled “Cortical mastoidectomy in surgery of tubotympanic disease.Are we overdoing it?”, published in The surgeon 2011;9:pg22-26.

Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Post Graduate Medical Educaton and Research
MBBS
July 2000 – Dec 2005
Puducherry, India
  • Passed out with distinction in some subjects and at first attempt in all subjects
  • Underwent Rotatory clinical training in Emergency medicine, General surgery , General Medicine and Gynaecology
  • 2 months peripheral posting at rural health Centre where managed emergencies, vaginal deliveries.
  • Executed disaster management and triaging as a part of Tsunami rescue in Tamil Nadu
  • Completed 1yr rotatory internship in all clinical and paraclinical departments at JIPMER