Dr. K. Venugopal, Heads the Department of Respiratory Medicine at Sooriya Hospital, Chennai. He has more than 20 years experience in Respiratory medicine and he is involved in various academic activities at national and regional levels. He is active member in Indian Chest Society, American Thoracic Society and Indian Medical Association. He is one of the member of Cystic Fibrosis working group in India and he is one of the pioneers in Cystic Fibrosis work in India. He has rich experience in research and is currently involved active research in pulmonary medicine. He is a visiting fellow of Johns Hopkins Medical School, Baltimore, Merryland, USA and Department of Medicine, University of Chicago, Chicago, USA. Respiratory Medicine Department is one of the full-fledged thoracic medicine unit in Chennai city. Outpatient department works from Monday to Saturday. Inpatient department also has acute respiratory care unit and Fibroptic Bronchoscopic facility. Thoracic Surgical Unit does all major lung surgeries including Lobectomy and Pneumonectomy.
Two renowned surgeons of Chennai, Dr. Viswakumar and Prof. Rajan Santhosham takes chargeof all major thoracic surgeries.
Intensive Respiratory Care unit is part of the ICU and has 6 state of the art ventilators and round the clock trained Anesthetists to take care of patients on ventilators. This unit is taken care by
- Dr. Chandramohan - ICU In-charge,
- Dr. Rajendran - Senior Anesthetist,
- Dr. P C Vijayakumar - Anethetist and Intensivist,
- Dr. Anand Kumar - Physician .
Pulmonary Function Laboratory works Monday to Saturday. Assessment of pulmonary function for Bronchial Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and other pulmonary disorders are done by Mrs. Sujatha Venugopal, who has more than 10 years experience in pulmonary function assessment. Pulmonary Function Test is routinely done for all Executive Health Checkup subjects. Respiratory Rehabilitation Programme, Yoga Therapy for Asthma and COPD, Asthma Education Programme are the other activities of the department.
This department is recognized for Cystic Fibrosis research and is the only center in South India where cases are being referred for the diagnosis and management. Cystic Fibrosis research is under the guidance of , Johns Hopkins Medical School, Baltimore, Merryland, USA, Paediatric Cystic Fibrosis unit, Southampton General Hospital, Southampton, UK. This unit is also recognized by Child Health International, who has special interest in Cystic Fibrosis research all over the world. Genomic Studies in Cystic Fibrosis is supported by Department of Medicine, University of Chicago, USA. Major national multi centric clinical trials in respiratory medicine are being conducted under this department. A trial of the role of Indian Curcumin, an active principle of Turmeric, in Interstitial Lung Fibrosis is in progress with technical know how from University of Chicago and Department of Medicine, Anarbour, USA.
Dr. Venugopal will available in the Department from Monday to Saturday (9.00 am – 9.00 pm). For Appointment: 9940350232 Ph : 23761751 / 52 / 53 / 54 / 55 / 23761756. Extn: 178