innovation in medicinesurgical educationmicrosurgerybrachial plexusnerve injuriesHand fractures
Dr Vaikunthan Rajaratnam graduated from the University of Malaya in 1980 with distinction in pathology and did his initial orthopaedic surgery training at the University of Malaya Medical Centre and later continued his advanced plastic, hand and microsurgery training in the UK and US.
He commenced his academic career at the University of Malaya in 1986 and later became a medical entrepreneur by setting up the first private trauma hospital in Malaysia. He maintained his academic affiliations with the UMMC as honorary consultant and progressed to develop hand surgery and public and physician education on health and medicine in Malaysia through his leadership involvement in numerous professional bodies like the Malaysian Orthopaeidc Association, Malaysian Society for the Surgery of the Hand, Malaysian Osteoporosis Society and the Malaysian Healthy Ageing Association.
The last decade has seen Dr Vaikunthan Rajaratnam working in the National Health Service in the UK as a senior Consultant Hand Surgeon in Birmingham UK with a subspecialty interest in peripheral nerve and brachial plexus surgery. His main focus recently has been in building the specialty of hand surgery in the UK and training surgeons. His research areas include the ageing hand and surgical training methodologies. He has developed a Masters program for Hand Therapy and MBA for doctors. Dr Vaikunthan Rajaratnam furthered his skills sets by obtaining a MBA and has delivered his competencies for various management projects in the area of health care facility development, due diligence, merger and acquisition process in health care and medical fraud detection for the insurance agencies. His passion for teaching and education has taken him around the world to deliver workshop and lectures on surgery and surgical training. He continues on his life long journey as a learner and is currently doing his Masters in Medical Education at the University of Dundee, UK
Animal models for training in tendon surgery: sheep's forelimbs.
The Journal of hand surgery European volume
Biomechanical comparison of pull-out force of unicortical versus bicortical screws in proximal phalanges of the hand: a human cadaveric study.
Clinical Biomechanics (2008) 23(9) 1136-1140
A biomechanical analysis of distraction force in modified hynes-Giddins dynamic external fixator.
Annals of Plastic Surgery (2007) 59(3) 300-301
A novel hook plate fixation technique for the treatment of mallet fractures.