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Dr. K. Ganapathy


Apollo Telemedicine Networking Foundation (ATNF)

Dr. K.GANAPATHY M.Ch.(Neurosurgery), FACS, FICS, FAMS Ph.D is a former Secretary and Past President of the Neurological Society of India, former Secretary of the Asian Australasian Society of Neurological Surgery (15,000 NEUROSURGEONS FROM 78 COUNTRIES) , Past President of the Indian Society of Stereotactic & Functional Neurosurgery and Past President of the Telemedicine Society of India. An Adjunct Professor, at the IIT Madras, Tamilnadu Medical University & Anna University, Chennai. Dr. Ganapathy was formerly Honorary Consultant and Advisor in Neurosurgery Armed Forces Medical Services. In 1990 he became the first in South Asia to get a Ph.D in neuro-imaging. A former examiner & Inspector for the National Board of Examinations Ministry of Health, Govt. of India he was also an overseas examiner to the Universiti Sains Malaysia and the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh. Dr. Ganapathy is Member of the Editorial Board of 4 International and 3 National Journals in Neurosciences and was the first neurosurgeon from South Asia to be formally trained in Stereotactic radiosurgery in 1995 and later in robotic radiosurgery in 2008. He is a reviewer for ATA’s official journal and other telemedicine journals. A pioneer in introducing Telemedicine in India Dr. Ganapathy has been working relentlessly from 1999, for the growth and development of Telemedicine in India. Dr. Ganapathy was a Member of the National Task Force on Telemedicine. Extensively travelled, Dr. Ganapathy is a popular speaker in national and international conferences. He started the first formal Certificate course on Telehealth Technology, in conjunction with the Anna University. Dr. Ganapathy was a mentor for MBA scholars from Harvard Business School and for the Ross Business School University of Michigan, the Yale University etc. For the last 4 years 90 senior managers from 32 different countries doing an executive MBA at the London School of Economics visit his dept as part of an educational tour. During the last 39 years he has presented more than 396 papers in national conferences and 145 in International meetings. Dr. Ganapathy has published about 200 scientific papers & 16 chapters in books, besides about 70 articles in “The Hindu” a widely read English newspaper. Dr. Ganapathy is the President of the Apollo Telemedicine Networking Foundation, the largest and oldest multi-specialty Telemedicine network in South Asia. Prof Ganapathy had with Ericson initiated pilot projects in using wireless telemedicine in rural areas in Tamilnadu. In Nov 2007 he organized a well attended international conference on telemedicine at Chennai. Dr. Ganapathy has been on the faculty for several World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies Educational Programmes. At a WFNS course at Bhubaneshwar in India he facilitated the first multi point( 8 centres) two way audio video broadcast of the educational programme besides webcasting the programme. As a member of the hi power Programme Advisory Committee (Health Sciences) Dept of Science & Technology Govt. of India he reviews research projects for funding. He has also initiated a patient empowerment programme where thro multi point VC villagers from 15 villages interact with consultants. More than 7000 have already benefitted from this ongoing programme. He also carried out a major Pan-India Survey on “ Will mHealth Be Accepted in India?” As chairman of the scientific committee, he has played a key role in organizing five annual international conferences on “Transforming Healthcare with ICT’. Columbia University ranked 13th in the world has selected ATNF as a case study to demonstrate gloal best practices. 

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