Dr. C. Rayappa

Qualification: MD, DNB,

Dr. C. Rayappa graduated from Madras Medical College, Chennai, India in 1982. He completed his post graduation in Otolaryngology (ENT) from the same institution and had his advanced training at Sunderland General Hospital, U.K. from 1987 to 1992.

He qualified to become a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons [FRCS] of Edinburgh in 1989. Under the guidance of Mr. Peter Samuel, Mr. Ian Mackee, Mr. S.S.Pillai & Mr. Ian Hopper he gained practical experience in Micro Ear Surgery, Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery and Head & Neck Tumour Surgery. He visited many leading centers in Europe and USA learning the finer aspect of skull base surgery, including, Prof. Ugo Fisch of University of Zurich, Switzerland, who is a pioneer in lateral skull base surgery. From 1992 to 1994 he worked at King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia which is a tertiary care hospital, that specializes in Head & Neck Tumour Surgery and skull base surgery.

Dr. C. Rayappa started the Department of ENT - Head & Neck and Skull Base Surgery at Apollo Speciality Hospital, Chennai, India, in 1995. His multidisciplinary team which includes Radiation Oncologist, Medical Oncologist, Neurosurgeons, Plastic & Reconstructive surgeons, Maxillofacial prosthodontists - work together to develop treatment plans using the latest technology and the most advanced surgical techniques and therapies for patients with head & neck cancer and skull base tumours. Continued efforts of the team to improve the quality of care has made this unit one of the best in head & neck tumour surgery and skull base surgery in the Indian Subcontinent.

Minimally invasive endoscopic skull base surgery through the nose without a skin incision is being done by Dr. C. Rayappa since 1997 for conditions like pituitary adenoma, clival chordoma, meningocoele (herniation of brain and its covering into the nose) and CSF leak (all of which earlier needed opening of the skull for access).

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