About the Department

The department came into independent existence in 1982 under Dr. P L N G Rao as first head of the department. A referral centre for Karnataka and its neighbouring states since inception, it has progressed consistently since 1992, when the M. Ch (Paediatric Surgery) programme was started.

The department has been on the forefront for its quality patient care, teaching, training and research. The department has contributed significantly in promoting the development of paediatric surgery at the state and regional level. Apart from regular paediatric surgical work, department has grown to be a referral centre for complex genitourinary reconstruction, hepatobiliary surgeries, neonatal surgical anomalies, Paediatric head and neck lesions, Paediatric thoracic lesions, Paediatric tumours and Paediatric minimal access surgery.

The surgeons and the nurses in department are specially trained in the surgical care of infants and children. The department functions in conjunction with the Departments of Paediatrics, Paediatric nephrology, endocrinology and Neonatology to provide comprehensive care to the surgical neonate, infant and child.  The department has all the gadgets and infrastructure to undertake any complex surgery with world class facilities.

The department was the first in Karnataka state to offer super-specialisation course in Paediatric Surgery. It is a three-year residential postgraduate training in the speciality of paediatric surgery leading to the award of a M. Ch degree from the Manipal Academy of Higher Education. Currently we have alumni practising across India and Australia.

The department is involved in teaching undergraduate medical students and postgraduates from the departments of general surgery & Paediatrics with activities such as didactic lecture classes, clinical postings & discussions, small group teaching etc. The department regularly organizes as well as takes part in inter-speciality academic activity with other subspecialties such as Paediatric Nephrology, Paediatric Endocrinology, Paediatric Haemato-Oncology, Neonatology, Nuclear Medicine etc as also with the broad specialities of Paediatrics & General Surgery.

The department also conducts & encourages research in surgical problems in children by undergraduates, interns & post graduates.

The department also conducts & encourages research in surgical problems in children by undergraduates, interns & post graduates.

The key highlights are

· Hands on surgical training

· Exposure to complete range of paediatric surgical conditions

· Congenial work and learning atmosphere

· Excellent institute library with latest journals

· Paediatric surgery department lecture hall with audio-visual facilities

· Exposure to full range of paediatric surgical conditions including general paediatric surgery, hydrocephalus, spinal dysraphism, thoracic, gastrointestinal conditions, paediatric urology, hypospadias, paediatric laparoscopy and trauma

· Neonatal and paediatric intensive unit care training

· Regular seminars, journal clubs, case presentations

· Optional short postings at other centres in India

· Clinical research



PhD Awarded/Ongoing


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Candidate name



Dr. Mamatha Pai



Dr. Sonia D’Souza



Edlin Glane Mathias


Current student





Services Offered

Core competencies of the department are:

· General Paediatric Surgery

· Neonatal and Paediatric Gastrointestinal & Hepatobiliary Surgery

· Neonatal and Paediatric urology                       

· Neonatal and Paediatric Thoracic Surgery

· Paediatric Oncosurgery

· Neonatal and Paediatric Laparoscopy/Endoscopy

· Paediatric Trauma Surgery

· Hydrocephalus, spinal dysraphism

· Cleft lip and palate surgeries                             

· Paediatric Surgical Emergencies

In addition, the department provides diagnostic Gastrointestinal endoscopy, diagnostic Bronchoscopy as well as extraction of bronchial foreign bodies, injection sclerotherapy where indicated, non-operative management of intussusception, insertion of Gastrostomy buttons where indicated for feeding problems in children & reconstructive surgeries in urology & other external congenital anomalies, evaluation & management of neurogenic bladder, evaluation & management of constipation in children.

Some of the commonly seen & treated conditions are:

· Tracheo-oesophageal Fistulae

· Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia

· Intestinal Atresias

· Malrotation & Volvulus of Intestine

· Abdominal Wall Defects

· Anorectal Malformation

· Hirschsprung’s Disease

· Intussusception

· Intestinal obstruction from various causes

· Pyloric Stenosis

· Gastro-oesophageal Reflux

· Posterior Urethral Valves

· Hydronephrosis

· Vesicourethral Reflux

· Exstrophy-epispadias Complex

· Hypospadias

· Undescended Testis

· Hernias, Hydrocoele, Phimosis

· Wilms Tumour

· Rhabdomyosarcoma

· Neuroblastoma

· Teratoma

· Decortication

· Removal of Mediastinal Tumours

. Lung Resection

· Biliary Atresia

· Choledochal Cysts

· Hepatic Cysts

· Gallstone Disease

· Syndactyly

· Vascular Malformations




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Title of the grant

Granting agency

Principal Investigator

Duration of the project



Fertility preservation in cancer affected prepubertal boys: An experimental approach using testicular tissue cryopreservation

Indian Council of Medical Research

Dr. Vijay Kumar




A Cluster randomized trial of sterile glove and instrument change at the time of wound closure to reduce surgical site infection. A trial in Low- and Middle-Income Countries.

National institute of health research (NIHR), UK

Dr Vijay Kumar




The efficacy of nurse assisted distraction strategies (NADS) on post-operative pain experience: a cluster randomized controlled trial among paediatric surgery children in a tertiary care hospital, Karnataka

American Paediatric Surgical Nursing Association, USA

Edlin Mathias




Rotasiil vaccine intussusception Surveillance in Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Gujarat, India"

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), USA &

Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH), Tamil Nadu

Vijay Kumar






1.   Management and Outcomes of Congenital Anomalies in Low-, Middle- and High-Income Countries: A Multi-centre, International, Prospective Cohort Study. This study was international multicentre study led by the global paediatric surgery collaborative(www.globalpaedsurg.com). This study has been recently published in the July 2021 Issue of the prestigious journal Lancet. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(21)00767-4.

2.   Testicular Loss in Children Due to Incorrect Early Diagnosis of Torsion

V Kumar, P Matai, SP Prabhu, PT Sundeep

Clinical paediatrics 59 (4-5), 436-438



3.   Tholeti P, Uppangala S, Bhat V, Udupa KS, Kumar V, Patted S, Natarajan P, Spears N, Kalthur G, Woodruff TK, Adiga SK. Oncofertility: Knowledge, Attitudes, and Barriers Among Indian Oncologists and Gynecologists. J Adolesc Young Adult Oncol. 2021 Feb;10(1):71-77. doi: 10.1089/jayao.2020.0034. Epub 2020 May 22. PMID: 32456519.

4.   Virmani S, Prabhu PS, Sundeep PT, Kumar V. Role of laboratory markers in predicting severity of acute appendicitis. Afr J Paediatr Surg. 2018;15(1):1-4. doi:10.4103/ajps.AJPS_47_16





The department is the first in Karnataka state and one of the early institutes in South India to start the M. Ch course in Paediatric Surgery.

- The department is a referral centre and has also been a pioneer in this regional area in performing complex paediatric surgical cases.

- First to start single stage surgery for Hirschsprung’s disease

- Organised state level Paediatric surgery conference in 2008

- Department organised a free paediatric surgery camp along with the participation of NGO Bala shalya mission AND Peedh Parai international, USA and conducted 30 free surgeries in Kasturba hospital Manipal.

- The department has also collaborated with other centres internationally in research and skill development projects.



Contact Us


Google map   : https://goo.gl/maps/mnxHinPUPTrbeyRZ9

Email                :paedsurgery.kmc@manipal.edu

Phone number  : +91- 820- 2922116



Research & Publications

The areas of research include: Evaluation of histogenesis of various organ systems using fetal tissues. Estimation of subcutaneous fat and fibre distribution and types in the abdominal region and its clinical implications. Effect of DHA and Colin on stress induced behaviour and histological changes in the CNS. • Preventive and protective role of cissus quadrangular is extract on diabetes induced osteopenia and bone loss in osteoporosis- a cellular and molecular evaluation. Cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in curative and prophylactic role of Ceasalpenia Bonduc extracts on Liver toxicity. Use of lead as nanoparticle in traditional medicine - multi-organ approach to evaluate the functional, cellular and molecular alterations. Role of traditional medicinal preparations in wound healing - structural, biomechanical, molecular evaluations use normal and diabetic wound models.