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SVIMS: Inception


SVIMS was conceived in the year 1986 and the foundation stone was laid on 18th April 1986 by late Sri. N.T. Rama Rao, the Hon'ble Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh (A.P.) It was established with a view to providing super-specialty facilities with nominal cost to the poor. The hospital started functioning from 26th February 1993 by an Act of A.P. State Legislature a. In 1995, SVIMS became a University. In 2006, SVIMS was upgraded to a status at par with AIIMS, New Delhi, under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana scheme of Government of India. SVIMS is recognized by Medical Council of India, for starting various MD/DM/MCh medical courses since 2003. Sri Padmavathi Medical College for Women and associated hospital were established in the year 2014 with an annual intake of 150 students for the MBBS course. It is the second government medical college in India exclusively for women students. In 2018, SVIMS was ranked among the top 100 Higher Education Institutions in India (National Institutional Ranking Framework [NIRF] rank 62 among Universities


Department of Neurosurgery: the Beginning


The Department of Neurosurgery at Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences was started in September 1993 by Dr C.V. Ravi Kumar, an alumnus of NIMHANS Bangalore.


The primary mission of this department is to deliver high-quality neurosurgical care to the needy. As the workload increased, the faculty has been strengthened by neurosurgeons trained in some of the premier centers in India. The department caters to the people of Rayalaseema in particular and also gets referrals from the entire Andhra Pradesh, and the neighboring states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Subsequently, the following faculty members joined the department (in order of joining): Dr. Arun K Singh, Dr Ravikanth Palur, Dr. B Ravi Mohan Rao, Dr S Satish, Dr. GR Chandrasekhar, Dr Satyendra Kumar, Dr D Radhakrishna Reddy, Dr K Ganesh Murthy, Dr P Pandurangan, Dr. G Prakash Rao, Dr Suresh Naik, Dr B Kishore Swain, Dr JV Bhusan, Dr Ravi Suman, Dr K Chandra Sekhar, and Dr A Anil Kumar


Department of Neurosurgery: the Era of Dr BCM Prasad


The evolution of the Department of Neurosurgery at SVIMS can be divided into two periods, the era before and after the advent of Dr BCM Prasad Dr BCM Prasad is an alumnus of Andhra Medical College and NIMHANS Bangalore. He was appointed as Professor and Head of the Department at SVIMS in 2007 and was entrusted the task of developing the residency program. Dr BCM Prasad with the help of an efficient team of assistants, Dr T Suresh, Dr KS Kiran, Dr G Vara Prasad, Dr E Srinivasa Rao, Dr P Maheswar Reddy, Dr VV Ramesh Chandra, Dr A Sasidhar, Dr V Ravikanth, Dr D Jagdeeswara Reddy, Dr Kiran, Dr Jayachandra, Dr Jagadeesh, Dr Sanjeev, Dr Sidda Reddy, Dr Krishnamohan, Dr V. Niranjan, Dr K Venkat, Dr Sudarshan, Dr Sasank, and Dr Srikanth catapulted the department to a new high.

Dr Ramesh Chandra, an alumnus of JIPMER Pondicherry and PGIMER Chandigarh joined the department as Assistant Professor in 2009. Dr BCM Prasad constantly supported, encouraged, and nurtured his career, gave him an opportunity to partake the responsibility of developing the department into its present form. The mentor–mentee relationship and the mutual understanding between them did wonders for the development of the department

The other members of the present faculty include Dr Niranjan, an alumnus of Osmania University, Dr Venkat, an alumnus of AIIMS Delhi, and Dr Srikant, an alumnus of SVIMS Tirupati .The department has made great strides forward since then, in rendering modern neurosurgical services to patients. With the acquisition of state-of the-art equipment, it has evolved into a full-fledged, neurosurgical center in the state of Andhra Pradesh.


Patient care


The department runs regular outpatient clinics on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The total bed strength is 50. The department has two well-equipped operation theaters functioning all around the year, with 100–150 surgeries being performed per month.


The clinical services under Dr BCM Prasad were streamlined and the concept of sub-specialization was introduced. With the implementation of various health insurance schemes like Rajiv Aarogyasri/NTR Vaidyaseva and Pranadanam, the patients attending the outpatient department and the surgeries performed increased three folds. The quantity and quality of the neurosurgical work done at SVIMS were recognized by the Andhra Pradesh government and it was awarded the “Best Neurosurgery Department” state award for 2018


The department caters to a huge population and comprises several clinical programs that encompass the entire spectrum of neurosurgical practice. The programs unique to SVIMS which are available at very few neurosurgical centers are the minimally invasive spine (MIS), spinal deformity and deep brain stimulation (DBS) programs.


The MIS program was developed to be at par with any international center. The program boasts of performing all the minimally invasive spine (MIS) procedures described in the literature. The center has been identified as a visiting surgeon program center for MIS and it trains surgeons interested in these procedures.


The Department started the spinal deformity program in 2013 with the help of Dr HS Chhabra from Indian Spinal Injury Centre; Delhi. The department has treated independently around 120 patients with various deformities under this program. This is the only center in Andhra Pradesh with a dedicated spinal deformity program offering treatment to a large number of patients regularly. The work done on spinal deformity was presented as “Development of the surgical program for spinal deformity at a tertiary center – challenges and outcomes” at the British Medical Journal South Asia Awards 2017 and was selected as a finalist under the category “Surgical team of the year”


The departments of neurosurgery and neurology started the movement disorder program  in July 2017. Dr Anandh Balasubramanian and Dr Kiran Khanapure were the proctors for the initial cases to transfer the technical know-how for deep brain stimulation (DBS). The department has independently and successfully treated 25 patients with DBS till now. This is the only center in Andhra Pradesh offering DBS and conducted the first-ever “Live DBS workshop for Parkinson's disease” in India. Around 150 neurologists and neurosurgeons participated from all over the country and made it a huge success.

The movement disorder and the spinal deformity programs are good examples wherein the quality healthcare reaches the financially weaker section of people without any financial burden to them. The huge success of these programs received extensive media coverage and reached out to a lot of poor patients.




The residency program (MCh Neurosurgery) was properly structured and the intake of residents increased from one student per year to three per year. Till now, a total of 19 residents have been awarded MCh degrees. The academic activities were streamlined and the proper protocol was followed in line with that of the best institutes in the country. Interactive teaching sessions including neuroradiology sessions, seminars, journal clubs, preoperative discussions, morbidity-mortality meets, and case presentations are regularly conducted for the MCh Residents. The neurosurgical work done at SVIMS has been accepted and presented at various international (ACNS, Global spine congress, Worldspine, SMISS, etc) and national (NSICON, SPINE, ASSICON etc) conferences. The faculty and the residents bagged some prestigious fellowships to enhance their exposure to various subspecialties.


Apart from the many projects done on conventional neurosurgical topics the department has ventured into research into basic neurosciences. In vitro differentiation of cultured human CD 34+ cells into astrocytes was done. We identified novel NF1 gene mutations in three different neurofibromatosis type 1 Indian families, novel mutations were identified in sequence analysis of NF2 and TRAF 7 genes in meningiomas. All the sequence variants identified herein have been deposited in the GenBank (




The department conducted the annual state conference of the Andhra Pradesh Neuroscientists Association (APNSA) in 1996, 2003, and 2014. Two orations are conducted every year, the Cherukuri Narasimham and Subhadra Devi oration (March) and the Srinivasa neurosurgery endowment oration (October). The department holds a CME (How I do it video presentations) every year focusing on a specific subspecialty and related cadaveric demonstration.


Other academic activities


The concept of a local neurosciences club was thought and was materialized as Tirupati Neuro club where the local neurosurgeons, neurologists meet and share their experiences. In view of the demand from our outgoing residents who wanted some surgical videos depicting the critical steps of a surgery, we started an online video library on YouTube (Neurosurgery@SVIMS = subscriber). This was very well appreciated by the younger neurosurgical community.


Relationship with the administration and other departments


The department shares a very cordial relationship with the supporting departments especially the department of neurology. The department of neurology was started and is headed by Dr B Vengamma, an alumnus of SVMC Tirupati and NIMHANS Bangalore. The coordination between the departments of neurosurgery and neurology is one of the best among the neurosciences centers in the country and is exemplified by the good results obtained in the management of stroke and movement disorders.

The administration has always been supportive of the department. Dr G Subramanyam, the former Director a implemented the Arogyasri and Pranadanam schemes thus paving the way to an increased patient load. Dr B Vengamma, the former Director  procured the latest equipment for the department and enhanced the surgical armamentarium to be at par with any well developed neurosurgical center in the country. Dr TS Ravikumar, the present Director started the DBS program for movement disorders, streamlined the emergency/trauma care, and introduced the concept of quality control in health care.


Unique Traditions


Dr BCM Prasad introduced a lot of unique traditions in the department to increase bonding among the faculty and residents. All birthdays, teacher's day, any month with the number of surgeries crossing a hundred, anybody returning from hometown after a vacation warranted celebrations/treat. Every day, we have a common lunch at the hospital. Get-togethers and Tirumala temple darshans are planned regularly. The get-togethers include all the faculty, residents, and supporting staff


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