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 of the AWR Surgeons Community 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 associated with Apollo Gleneagles Hospital and 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.

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 his main asset as the trust he has captured in his long associations with surgeons at all levels as well as thousands of patients.

Membership and Affiliation

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


• European Hernia Society
• 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.
* Author of chapter on “Loss of domain” in “Surgical Gastroenterology”, 3rd edition,under publication.
* Author of chapter on “Epigastric, paraumbilical, lumbar and incisional hernias” in “Surgical Gastroenterology”, 3rd edition, under publication.
* 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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