About the Department

The Department of Surgical Oncology, Kasturba Medical College was established in 1992 and is one of the earliest Surgical Oncology departments in this part of the state. The department has grown strength to strength, abreast with latest developments and moving towards the goal of adequate cancer surgery along with function/organ preservation  in tune with the internationally accepted treatment standards and guidelines. It is an internationally acclaimed centre for cancer treatment and research, catering to the needs of people of the state of Karnataka and adjoining parts of Kerala and Goa. The department has several innovative and pioneering works in cancer control, treatment, research and training to its credit. The department provides a thorough surgical care, starting with establishing the diagnosis, through comprehensive staging of the tumour, oncologically sound surgery and high standards of post-operative care. The department is located in the Shirdi Sai Baba Cancer Centre and Research block and is a part of Manipal Comprehensive Cancer Care Centre (MCCCC) with full-fledged departments of Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology, Paediatric Oncology, Palliative Medicine and Nuclear Medicine and supported by allied services such as Plastic surgery, Critical care medicine, Anaesthesiology, Pathology, Radiology, Microbiology, Nutrition and Transfusion Medicine.

On an average, 900 major oncological surgeries are performed by the department in a year.  The spectrum of surgeries includes basic, advanced and supra major complex resections and reconstructions. Routine operations include procedures for head and neck (including Thyroid and Salivary Gland tumors), breast and gynecological cancers (Ovary, Cervix and Endometrial cancers).  Major procedures performed are all types of Esophageal cancer surgeries, Hepato-pancreatico-biliary cancer surgeries (Liver, Bile duct and Pancreatic tumors), upper and lower Gastrointestinal cancer surgeries (Stomach, Colon and Rectal Cancers), Thoracic cancer surgeries (Lung, Trachea, Mediastinal neoplasms Including Thymus gland tumor), Limb salvage surgery (Bone and soft tissue tumors), Hyper-thermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC) and Pelvic exenterations etc. Minimally invasive cancer surgeries include advanced laparoscopic and thoracoscopic (VATS-Video Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery) surgeries.

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Courses Offered

  1. MCh Surgical Oncology  (Commencing from academic year-2023)

  2. FHNO Head and Neck surgery ( till 2024)

  3. Observership in Surgical Oncology : https://manipal.edu/kmc-manipal/program-list/short-term1.html

  4. PhD (Oncology)  

Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Shailesh Vinayak Shrikhande      

Deputy Director, Professor & Head, Division of cancer surgery, Tata Memorial Cancer Centre, Mumbai

Dr. Avanish Saklani 

Professor, Colorectal cancer and Robotic Surgery, Tata Memorial Cancer Centre, Mumbai

Dr. Shabber S Zaveri

Consultant, Surgical Oncology

Manipal Hospital, Bangalore

Services Offered

  • Thoracoscopic (VATS) surgery – Esophageal cancer, Lung and Mediastinal tumors
  • Laparoscopic surgery- Stomach, Pancreas, Colorectal, Gynecological and Urological cancers
  • TAMIS- Trans-anal Minimally invasive surgery for early rectal cancers
  • Inter-sphincteric resection (ISR) – Sphincter preserving surgery for low rectal cancer
  • Conservative surgery- Breast, Limb saving surgery, Nephron sparing for kidney cancer
  • Sentinel node – Breast, Gynecological and Urological cancers
  • Cytoreductive surgery + Hyper-thermic Intra Peritoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC) for Peritoneal surface malignancies, Stomach, Colorectal cancer, Ovarian cancer.
  • Pelvic Exenterative surgery – Colorectal, Gynec and Urological cancers
  • Lung and liver surgery/metastatectomy
  • Plastic reconstruction-Local and free flaps.
  • Chemotherapy venous access devices insertion


  1. A Mechanistic Review of Methotrexate and Celecoxib as a Potential Metronomic Chemotherapy for Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma.

Mehta Vedant Kamal, Mahadev Rao, Rama Rao Damerla, Ananth Pai, Krishan Sharan, Akhil Palod, Preethi S. Shetty, Nawaz Usman, Naveena A.N. Kumar.  Cancer Investigation (2023) , DOI: 10.1080/07357907.2022.2139840.

        2. Recurrent Giant Myofibroblastic Sarcoma of Neck in a Teenager:             Overcoming Treatment Challenges

Diksha Dinker, Keshava Rajan, Naveena A. N. Kumar, Vishwapriyan Godhkini. Indian J Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg (2023) doi.org/10.1007/s12070-023-03752-y

        3. Parietal Peritoneum Interposition Tube Graft as an Autologous             Substitute for the Reconstruction of Inferior Vena cava Following             Resection of Retroperitoneal Sarcoma

Sameer Ahmed,  Naveena A. N. Kumar, Akhil Palod, Arvind Kumar Bishnoi. Indian Journal of Surgical Oncology https://doi.org/10.1007/s13193-023-01768-y .

        4. Enbloc resection of primary oral cancer involving infratemporal             fossa: A systematic “out to in and top to bottom” surgical approach             and outcomes .

Naveena AN Kumar, Punit Singh Dikhit, Keshava Rajan, Nawaz Usman, Preethi S Shetty, Vedant Mehta, Rinsha Gireesh. J Stomatol Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2023 May 27:101515. doi: 10.1016/j.jormas.2023.101515.

        5. Myoepithelial Carcinoma of Sinonasal Cavity: PeculiarDiagnosis,             Conventional Treatment

Diksha Dinker, Keshava Rajan, Swati Sharma, Naveena AN Kumar. Indian Journal of Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery https://doi.org/10.1007/s12070-023-03989-7

        6. Agenesis of Dorsal Pancreas and Solid Pseudopapillary Tumor:             Ventral Pancreas Preserving Portal Vein Resection and             Reconstruction Using a Peritoneal Graft

Naveena AN Kumar,  Arika S. Dsouza, Nawaz Usman, Arvind K. Bishnoi. Cureus 15(6): e40916. DOI 10.7759/cureus.40916

       7. Oral Metronomic Chemotherapy in Advanced and Metastatic Oral            Squamous Cell Carcinoma: A Need of the Hour .

Naveena A. N. Kumar, Punit Singh Dikhit, Anmi Jose, Vedant Mehta, Ananth Pai,Adarsh Kudva, Mahadev Rao. J. Maxillofac. Oral Surg. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12663-023-01963-y.

        8. Indigenous technique to develop sponge for endo vaccum therapy in             post-operative anastomotic leak: A case report.

Raya Venkatesh Reddy Balaji Musunuri Siddheesh Rajpurohit A N Naveena Kumar , Shiran Shetty . Trop Doct 2023 Jun 23;494755231167615. doi: 10.1177/00494755231167615.

        9. Prostaglandin-endoperoxide synthase 2 (PTGS2) gene expression             and its association with genes regulating the VEGF signaling pathway             in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma

Mehta Vedant Kamal, Rama Rao Damerla, Punit Singh Dikhit, Naveena AN Kumar. Journal of                    Oral Biology and Craniofacial Research 13 (2023) 567–574

        10. Integration of liquid biopsy and pharmacogenomics for precision                 therapy of EGFR mutant and resistant lung cancers

Kolesar, J., Peh, S., Thomas, L., Baburaj, G., Mukherjee, N., Kantamneni, R., Lewis, S.Pai, A.Udupa, K. S.Kumar An, N., Rangnekar, V. M. & Rao, M., 12-2022, In: Molecular Cancer. 21, 1, p. 61 1 p., 61.

        11. Ipsilateral Cervicodeltopectoral Flap: A Forgotten Technique, Revival             in the Era of Microvascular Reconstruction.

Usman, N., Dikhit, P.S., Kumar, N.A.N. et al.  J. Maxillofac. Oral Surg. (2022). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12663-022-01757-8

        12. Identification of HOX signatures contributing to oral cancer                phenotype.

Padam KSR, Morgan R, Hunter K, Chakrabarty S, Kumar NAN, Radhakrishnan R. Sci Rep. 2022 Jun 16;12(1):10123. doi: 10.1038/s41598-022-14412-6.

        13. To CT or not to CT: Questioning the Cost-Effectiveness of CT Thorax                in Head and Neck Cancers

Usman, N., Shetty, P.S., Dikhit, P.S, D Diksha, Kumar NANet al.  Indian J Surg Oncol(2022). https://doi.org/10.1007/s13193-022-01608-5

        14. The regulatory role of HOX interacting lncRNA in oral cancer-An in               silico analysis.

Basavarajappa DS, Padam KSR, Chakrabarty S, An NK, Radhakrishnan R. J Oral Pathol Med. 2022 Jun 29. doi: 10.1111/jop.13329.

        15. A comprehensive review on wound dressing usage in clinical                settings

Sanjay P Sonar, Naveena AN Kumar, Ashok Moharana, Deepak TS. International Journal of Surgery and Medicine (2022) 8 (3): 16-26.

        16. Synchronous Whole Sternal Metastasis from Primary Malignant                Mediastinal Germ Cell Tumor in a Teenager

Bhat VK, Vijayasekharan K, Usman N, Naveena AN Kumar. South Asian J Cancer 2022;00(00):1–4.

        17. Laparoscopic total mesorectal excision for low rectal cancer – A step by step approach – A video vignette

Kumar, N. A. N., Usman, N., Rajan, K., S Shetty, P., Crithic, V. H. V. & Rao V Narasimha, V., 2022, (Accepted/In press) In: Colorectal Disease.

        18. Signet ring cell cancer of stomach and gastro-esophageal junction: molecular alterations, stage-stratified treatment approaches, and future challenges

Kumar, N. A. N., Jose, A., Usman, N., Rajan, K., Munisamy, M., Shetty, P. S. & Rao, M., 2022, (Accepted/In press) In: Langenbeck's Archives of Surgery.

        19. Laparoscopic extended colectomy with complete mesocoli               excision for right sided cT4b colon cancer-A video vignette.

Kumar NAN, Palod A, Usman N, Shetty PS, Narasimha VRV, Ahamed S. Colorectal Dis. 2022 Sep 11. doi: 10.1111/codi.16330.

        20 Laparoscopic left colectomy with complete mesocolic excision for                splenic flexure tumour with intussusception-a video vignette

Kumar NAN, Palod A, Usman N, S Shetty P, Jb N, Hv Crithic V.. Colorectal Dis. 2022 Oct 11. doi: 10.1111/codi.16363.

        21. Esophageal Cancer and Double Aortic Arch: Right-Sided Thoracoscopic Esophagectomy and Reconstruction

Kumar, N. A. N., Usman, N., Rajan, K. & Gaude, Y. K., 01-03-2021, In: Journal of Gastrointestinal Cancer.


        22. Interpreting the RAPIDO trial: factors to consider

Kumar, N. A. N., 03-2021, In: The Lancet Oncology. 22, 3, p. e86

        23. Laparoscopic complete mesocolic excision—a combined medial to lateral and caudal to cranial approach

Kumar, N. A. N., Rajan, K., Usman, N., Shetty, P. S., HV Crithic, V. & Rao V Narasimha, V., 2021, (Accepted/In press) In: Colorectal Disease

        24. Lymph node yield in treatment naïve cases of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma: En bloc lymphadenectomy versus level-by-level dissection

Devaraja, K.Pujary, K.Ramaswamy, B., Nayak, D., Kumar, N. & Nayak, D., 01-03-2021, In: Journal of Laryngology and Otology.

        25. The contralateral based Cervico-pectoral rotation flap for large neck defects

Kumar, N. A. N., Dikhit, P. S., Usman, N., Rajan, K. & Shetty, P. S., 2021, (Accepted/In press) In: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

        26.   Distal tracheal resection and reconstruction through right posterolateral thoracotomy

Kumar, N. A.Bishnoi, A. K.Usman, N., Rajan, K., Gaude, Y. K., Nileshwar, A. & Prabhu, M., 01-09-2020, In: Indian Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.

        27. Gastric Outlet Obstruction in a Breast Cancer Survivor: Evaluation and Treatment

Yalla, P., J, P., Udupa, K. S. & Kumar, N. A., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In: Indian Journal of Surgery.

        28. Histone demethylase KDM5B as a therapeutic target for cancer therapy

Jose, A., Shenoy, G. G., Rodrigues, G. S., Kumar, N. A. N., Munisamy, M., Thomas, L., Kolesar, J., Rai, G., Rao, P. P. N. & Rao, M., 08-2020, In: Cancers. 12, 8, p. 1-16 16 p., 2121.


1.   Re-establishing full-fledged surgical oncology service under the roof of Manipal comprehensive cancer care.

2.   Commencing fellowship programs in Onco-surgery and Head and neck oncology

3.   Commencing M.Ch Surgical Oncology program from 2023



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