Dr. B. Ramana

Dr. Balasubramaniam Ramana

Dr. Balasubramaniam Ramana is a senior surgeon specialised in hernia and bariatric surgery, having been a general and advanced laparoscopic surgeon for more than three decades. He is the Founder President of the AWR Surgeons Community, a group that has revolutionised modern hernia surgery in India and other countries.

He is also the President of the International Bariatric Club, Asia-Pacific region and is the Chairman of the IBC Academy. He is the Director and Head of the Department of Minimal Access, Bariatric, Hernia and GI Surgery at CMRI, CK Birla Hospitals, Kolkata. He also holds privileges in Belle Vue Clinic in Kolkata. He visits Sir Gangaram Hospital, New Delhi as an AWR specialist in the department of IMAS and does very complex procedures there. In the field of AWR, Dr. Ramana travels extensively across India and the world and conducts workshops, courses and conferences for surgeons of all levels. Among the cities he operates regularly are Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Amritsar, Lucknow and Ahmedabad.

He is the pioneer of Abdominal Wall Reconstruction in India and is part of the first global group of surgeons publishing the results of the eTEP retromuscular repairs (Belyansky I, Daes J, Radu VG, Balasubramanian R, Reza Zahiri H, Weltz AS, Sibia US, Park A, Novitsky Y, 2017. A novel approach using the enhanced-view totally extraperitoneal (eTEP) technique for laparoscopic retromuscular hernia repair. Surg Endosc 32:1525–1532).

Among advanced lap procedures, his experience has spanned surgeries on oesophagus, stomach, pancreas, biliary system, colorectal and even other specialities like urology and gynecology (in the past).

Dr. Ramana is known to be frank and honest in all his dealings with patients and others, and treats patients with kindness and consideration. He considers as his main asset the trust he has commanded in his long associations with surgeons at all levels as well as thousands of patients.

Membership and Affiliation

• Founder – President, AWR Surgeons Community
• Founder – Trustee, IBC Asia-Pacific Trust
• President – IBC Asia-Pacific region, International Bariatric Club • Chairman – IBC Academy


• European Hernia Society
• Americas Hernia Society
• Society of America Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES)
• British Hernia Society
• AWR Surgeons Community
• American College of Surgeons
• Asia-Pacific Hernia Society
• American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)
• International Bariatric Club
• Hernia Society of India
• Obesity Surgery Society of India
• Association of Surgeons of India
• Indian Association of Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons
• Indian Medical Association


* Author of chapter, along with Michael Rosen, on “Complex hernias: an overview” in “Surgical Gastroenterology”, 3rd edition, under publication
* Ramana, B. & Dube, B. The Issues of Post¬Lichtenstein Chronic Groin Pain. World J. Surg. doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00268¬021¬05977¬w, 2021
* Gandhi, J., Churiwala, J. J & Ramana, B. AWR (Hernia) Surgery in India: an Update. Ind. J. Surg. doi: 10.1007/s12262¬021¬02731¬3 (2021)
* Ramana, B., Arora, E. & Belyansky, I. Signs and landmarks in eTEP RivesStoppa repair of ventral hernias. Hernia (2020). doi:10.1007/s10029020022164
* Chapter author on "Safety in Abdominal Wall Reconstruction procedures", Editor Om Tantia, book under print
* Acronyms in abdominal wall reconstruction, introduction to a new language. World J Surg. doi: 10.1007/s002680 19052216, 2019
* Loss of Domain: going beyond the Stewart test. World J. Surg. doi:10.1007/s00268019053035, 2019
* Ramana B, Concomitant bariatric surgery and component separation: historic advance or blunder? J. Min. Access Surg., 2018
* Author of chapter on “Loss of domain” in “Surgical Gastroenterology”, Haribhakti S, 3rd edition.
* Author of chapter on “Epigastric, paraumbilical, lumbar and incisional hernias” in “Surgical Gastroenterology”, Haribhakti S, 3rd edition.
* Concomitant bariatric surgery and component separation: historic advance or blunder?.J. Min. Access Surg. (2018)
* A novel approach using the enhanced-view totally extraperitoneal (e-TEP) technique for laparoscopic retromuscular hernia repair”, I. Belyansky, J. Daes, V. Gheorghe Radu, R. Balasubramanian, H. Reza Zahiri, A. S. Weltz, U. S. Sibia, A. Park, Y. Novitsky
* Suprapubic Incisional Hernias: is open surgery a standard? World J. Surg. (2017)
* Chapter: ‘Robotics in Abdominal Wall Reconstruction”. Monograph on Robotics & SILS, Max Healthcare, New Delhi, India (2017)
* Bariatric surgery in developing countries. www.ibcclub.org
* Radical Laparoscopic Treatment of Hepatic Hydatidosis. World J. Surg. (2013)
* Henna as a preoperative marker. World J. Surg. (2011)
* Laparoscopy in Abdominal Tuberculosis. World J. Surg. (2011)
* Malaria: Who is at fault? World J. Surg. (2007) doi: 10.1007/s00268-007-9238-5
* Modified technique of laparoscopic intraperitoneal ernioplasty for irreducible scrotal hernias. World J. Surg. (2007) doi : 10.1007/s00268-007-9097-0
* The physiologic basis of surgery. World J. Surg. (2007) doi: 10.1007/ s00268-007-9435-2
* Chapter: Complications in the third world. Complications in Surgery by Schein et al (2013)
* Chapter: Asian abdominal emergencies. Common Sense Abdominal Emergency Surgery. Eds Schein, Rogers, Rosin.
* Book review: ‘Surgical Gastroenterology’, 2nd edition, S. Haribhakti, 2014. J. Minimal Access Surg.
* Chapter: Bile duct emergencies. Common Sense Abdominal Emergency Surgery’. Springer (2010)
* New surgical species. Gen. Surg. News (2007) doi: 10.1007/s00268-007-9238-5
* Organ Trade: the Iran Model. Nature India (2008) doi: 10.1038/nindia/2008.229

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