Dr Baiju Senadhipan is an eminent leader of Keyhole Surgery, which is also known as laparoscopic or minimally invasive surgery. He has pioneered keyhole surgery since 1990s and since then through continuous learning and teaching, has significantly contributed to the advancement of keyhole surgery in India.He is an international expert in Cancer Keyhole Surgery for gastrointestinal cancers such as that of the food pipe, stomach, liver, pancreas, bile duct, small and large intestines and in rectum. A host of scientific studies have proven the effectiveness of keyhole surgery in the case of cancer, but very few surgeons across the world have the skill to safely perform them. Dr Senadhipan is one among those few. He has successfully performed more than 2000 complex gastrointestinal cancer surgeries laparoscopically placing him amongst the most experienced in the world.
Dr Senadhipan is a leading expert in Keyhole Bariatric Surgery to cure morbid obesity and thereby type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea and other morbidities that coexist in an obese patient. He has performed more than 500 Bariatric Surgeries, one of the largest series in Kerala and India. Bariatric Surgery, also called obesity surgery or metabolic surgery, is different from liposuction which is performed by plastic surgeons largely for cosmetic purposes.Dr Senadhipan and his team have had excellent results with keyhole surgery on the 5000-plus patients they have treated for hernia, gall bladder disease and other non-cancerous diseases of the digestive organs. This is a very high number of patients in comparison to any keyhole surgeon in India.
Dr Senadhipan was the first Indian surgeon to perform a complex non-cancerous procedure called Laparoscopic Coloplasty for Benign Oesophageal Stricture. He has successfully used the keyhole method in complex surgeries which are otherwise done through open method.
He routinely performs Endoscopic surgeries like ERCP to diagnose and treat certain conditions of bile duct and pancreatic duct without invasive procedures like making cuts on the body.
Dr Senadhipan is a prominent educator and regularly trains hundreds of surgeons, both internationally and across India, in laparoscopic surgery. He has traveled as faculty to Taiwan, Japan, Singapore and Sri Lanka and has shared his expertise and knowledge at more than 40 national congresses and 24 local meetings.
Recently, he was invited to the Advanced Course in Laparoscopic Colorectal and Transanal Surgery organised by IRCAD Taiwan as the as Asia Pacific Visiting Professor. The course trained 39 surgeons from across the Asia Pacific. IRCAD is recognized worldwide as a reference center for minimally invasive surgery.It annually trains more than 3500 doctors from around the world at its face-to-face training programs and via the internet through its virtual university specializing in surgery.
Dr Senadhipan partners with the industry as a medical and education expert. He is a faculty with Johnson & Johnson, Medtronic, Merril and Cipla to educate doctors about new technologies and therapies.
Dr Senadhipan became the first Keralite to be an elected member of the prestigious Society of American Gastroenterologists and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES).
SAGES is dedicated to surgical education, research, innovation and leadership.
This membership will provide Dr Senadhipan and his Center with opportunities to learn from distinguished members of the Society from the US and across the world.
In turn, he too will be able to share with them the cutting edge Keyhole Surgery work being carried out at his Center which is one of the best in India today.
In 2012, the Malayali Association of Singapore recognised his immense contribution to patients and society and honoured him with the International Malayali Achievement Award. And, later in 2015, he was presented with the K.R.Narayanan National Founder Award. . Twice, he has been recognised by Rotary International for Vocational Excellence. Recently in 2016 October Dr Senadhipan was awarded the first Panakkattodi Amma Award, instituted by the committee of the famous Panakkattodi Amma Temple of Chavara Thekkumbahghom in Kerala, the native village of Dr Senadhipan.
Dr Senadhipan dedicates considerable amount of his time towards charity. Along with his partners he recently launched a charitable initiative called CanCure to help provide free cancer care to underprivileged patients. He is striving to train all government surgeons in Kerala in this procedure. He believes this will make it possible to perform gastrointestinal surgeries in a timely manner and thus reduce in the possibilities of the disease worsening and the patient losing his life. Dr Senadhipan’s vision is to make keyhole surgery accessible to all.
Not content to rest on his laurels, Dr Senadhipan keeps abreast of emerging technologies and procedures in his field through continuous learning. He recently trained in Endoscopic Ultra Sound in India, Robotic Surgery and Lap Donor Hepatectomy (LDH) in Korea. LDH is a new keyhole technique in liver transplant surgery that makes the donor’s as well as the recipient’s post operative experience more comfortable due to its minimally invasive method.
Dr Senadhipan grew up in a small island of Guhanandapuram on the banks of Ashtamudi Lake at Thekkumbahghom village, Chavara in Kollam district. He was the third child of four to his parents. Currently, he lives with his wife Dr Iodine Senadhipan, a practicing Ophthalmologist, and children Swaroop and Sneha at Ulloor in Trivandrum.
He started the exploration of keyhole surgery during his MCh superspeciality training in the 1990s. At the time laparoscopic surgery was an uncharted territory and no one in Kerala had heard of it. To master the keyhole suturing techniques, Dr Senadhipan spent several hours day after day, cutting and suturing intestinal parts which he obtained from a slaughter house in Trivandrum.
This hard work and dedication have contributed to the skills which make it possible for him to navigate with ease the complex situations that arise in laparoscopic procedures today.