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Dr. Chandru Kaliaperumal

Consultant Paediatric and Adult Neurosurgeon

Royal Hospital for Children and Young people (RHCYP) &

Department of Clinical Neurosciences (DCN)

Royal infirmary of Edinburgh

Dr. Chandru Kaliaperumal

Consultant Paediatric and Adult Neurosurgeon

I am working in the Royal Hospital for Children and Young people (RHCYP) and Department of Clinical neurosciences (DCN) based in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

Royal Hospital for Children and Young people (RHCYP) &

Department of Clinical Neurosciences (DCN)

Royal infirmary of Edinburgh


My areas of interest:

I also offer antenatal counselling for prospective parents with a foetal diagnosis of neurological (brain and spine) anomaly.

My current practice includes treating both Paediatric and Adult patients managing Brain and spine tumours, Spinal degenerative disease, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Hydrocephalus, Chiari Malformation, Complex spinal dysraphisms, Craniofacial abnormalities (Craniosynostosis) and Traumatic Brain & spinal injury. I am also a part of the Pituitary tumour multidisciplinary team.

I am privileged to be a recognised post graduate trainer for Neurosurgical trainees and lead the undergraduate Neurosurgical training module for Edinburgh University Medical students.

I focus on innovation and advancement in Neurosurgical techniques adapting state-of-the-art technology & evidence-based medicine.

Back pain
Neck pain
Facial pain
Trigeminal Neuralgia
Brain tumours
Spinal tumours
Craniofacial surgery
Skull base surgery
Spinal dysraphisms
Head injury
Chiari malformation
Spinal stenosis

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Qualifications and Training:

Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer- Edinburgh University- June 2015

FRCSI - Fellowship Ad Eundem-RCSI- July 2014

Post Graduate Diploma in Medical Education (DipMedEd)- June 2014

Fellow of European Board of Neurological Surgery (FEBNS)- Feb 2012

Professional Diploma in Clinical Research (PDCR)- Jan 2012

FRCSEd (Neuro.Surg)- May 2010

MBBS (Pondicherry University, India), Feb 2002


Consultant Paediatric and Adult Neurosurgeon 

I am a Consultant Paediatric and Adult Neurosurgeon working in the Royal Hospital for Children and Young people (RHCYP) and Department of Clinical neurosciences (DCN) based in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

I am married to Dr Savitha Raveendran, who is a Psychiatrist and Rapid Transformational Therapist (RTT). I am a father of two and I believe in having a perfect work-life balance.

My interests include music, singing, art and Table tennis.

I gained significant experience during my training by working in multiple major neurosurgical centres across the UK (Derriford Hospital Plymouth, Sheffield Teaching Hospital, University Hospital in Cardiff, and Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast) and the Republic of Ireland (Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, Cork University Hospital, Cork & Children’s University Hospital in Dublin). I then completed a Paediatric Neurosurgical Fellowship in Great Ormond Street Hospital, London.

During my undergraduate degree in Medicine from Pondicherry University (JIPMER) in India, I won a Gold Medal the Best Outgoing and All-round performance. I finished my neurosurgical training in the Irish Republic. Kamal Sayed Prize in Neurosurgery was awarded by the RCSI for contribution to Neurosurgical Research in 2012. More recently, I was awarded Outstanding role model for contribution to Neurosurgical Training by the NHS Education for Scotland.

I have published more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed International Journals, Chapter in an upcoming Neurosurgery text book and have more than 125 presentations in National and International meetings. I have peer-reviewed scientific articles for more than 45 journals. I am an Editorial board member for 3 International journals and reviewer board for 2 journals.

My current work includes Paediatric and Adult neurosurgery. I have a subspecialty interest in Brain tumour surgery, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Hydrocephalus, Neuroendoscopy, Craniofacial surgery, spinal degenerative disease, disc prolapse, Chiari Malformation and Complex Spinal Dysraphisms. My private practice mirrors my NHS practice


Prizes and Awards: Outstanding Role Model

Awarded by NHS Education for Scotland for contribution to Neurosurgical training. June 2021

Kamal Sayed Prize for Neurosurgery-2012 awarded by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland & IICN. April 2012

Congress of Neurological Surgeons-Reciprocal Travel Award - awarded by European Association of Neurosurgical societies (EANS). June 2011

M C Rama Valia Varma Raja Gold Medal Award- for Best Undergraduate student (1996-2002). Pondicherry University, India. February 2002

JIPMER Alumni Association Gold Medal Award-for Best All round Undergraduate student for excellence in curricular and extra-curricular activities (1996-2002). Pondicherry University, India. February 2002.

I have a keen interest in teaching and training Medical students, Foundation doctors and post graduate Neurosurgical specialist trainees. I have been a part of the question writing group for the Intercollegiate specialty Neurosurgical FRCS exit exams since 2013 and currently Oral examiner for FRCS exit exams, JCIE, UK. I am an appraiser for the Consultant Neurosurgeons based in the NHS Lothian. I am also the External Advisor for the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and Faculties in Scotland Appointed  May 2021.

I have been appointed as the Foundation Programme Director ( FPD) for South East of Scotland in July 2022.

I chair the Scottish Charity, NeusMent( SC0517390)- Mentoring Global Medical students in Neurosurgery that was established in May 2022.

Clinical trials:


Local co-investigator, DCN, Neurosurgery, Edinburgh. Sept 2021.This trial aims to see if GB surgery with these extra technologies (tools) added to the standard ones, increases a patient’s good functioning quality of life, so-called Deterioration Free Survival (DFS).

UK Chiari 1 Study-National multicentric trial. March 2020. Principal investigator- Edinburgh. September 2020.

NIHR Health Technology Assessment (HTA) programme 18/186 Active management vs conservative management for symptomatic brain cavernoma. 2019

Brain Matrix: 

Local co-investigator- DCN, Edinburgh. April 2021

Propranolol for Intracerebral cavernoma study (The PICC trial).Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh 2016. Pilot patient study for 1 year and results to be presented/Published.

Local Paediatric Neurosurgical Co-Investigator and collaborator.

Principal Investigator


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