Dr. C. Rayappa, MBBS, DLO, FRCS (Edin)

Senior Consultant
Dept. of ENT – Head & Neck and Skullbase Surgery
Apollo Speciality Cancer Hospital,
Chennai, India

Head Neck & Skull Base Surgery Dr. C. Rayappa graduated from Madras Medical College, Chennai, India in 1982. He completed his post graduation in Otolaryngology (ENT) from the same institution and had his advanced training at Sunderland General Hospital, U.K. from 1987 to 1992. He qualified to become a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons [FRCS] of Edinburgh in 1989.

After gaining practical experience in Micro Ear Surgery, Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery and Head & Neck Tumour Surgery, he visited many leading centers in Europe and USA(including, Prof. Ugo Fisch of University of Zurich, Switzerland, and Prof. Mario Sanna of Italy, who are pioneers in lateral skull base surgery) learning the finer aspect of skull base surgery,.

From 1992 to 1994 he worked at King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia which is a tertiary care hospital, that specializes in Head & Neck Tumour Surgery and skull base surgery.

Dr. C. Rayappa started the Department of ENT - Head & Neck and Skull Base Surgery at Apollo Speciality Cancer Hospital, Chennai, India, in 1995. His multidisciplinary team (includes Radiation Oncologist, Medical Oncologist, Neurosurgeon, Plastic & Reconstructive surgeon, Maxillofacial surgeon & prosthodontist) work together to develop treatment plans using the latest technology and the most advanced surgical techniques and therapies for patients with head & neck and skull base tumours. Continued efforts of the team to improve the quality of care has made this unit one of the best in head & neck and skull base tumour surgery in the Indian Subcontinent.

Minimally invasive endoscopic skull base surgery through the nose without a skin incision is being done by Dr. C. Rayappa since 1997 for conditions like pituitary adenoma, clival chordoma, meningocoele (herniation of brain and its covering into the nose), CSF leak and select benign and malignant tumours of skull base (all of which earlier needed opening of the skull for access).

He had his training in Transoral Robotic Surgery (TORS) from Dr. Weinstein who is a pioneer in TORS at University of Pennsylvania, USA in May 2014

Expertise in open as well as the minimally invasive surgical techniques using endoscope, Laser and Robot allows him to use the ideal surgical technique to reduce morbidity without compromising cancer clearance.