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International Surgical Advisers

International Surgical Advisers are RCSEd Fellows dedicated to training and development and committed to promoting and sharing RCSEd initiatives in their local areas. International Surgical Advisers form a vital link between the College and our current and prospective interntional membership. 

You can find out more about our International Surgical Advisers by reading their biographies below. If you have any questions about our International Surgical Advisers, please contact the ISS.



Dr Uma Krishnaswamy MS, FRCS (Ed), FRCS (Eng), FAIS, MA.

Dr Krishnaswamy is Consultant Breast Surgeon at the Apollo (Main) Hospitals, Chennai, India. Dr Krishnaswamy is the first oncoplastic breast surgeon in Chennai and is currently developing robotic enhanced breast cancer surgery. Dr Krishnaswamy serves as Tutor, Examiner and International Surgical Adviser for the RCSEd and has been training surgical trainees for 25 years.




Mr Vittal is Consultant Endocrine and Laparoscopic Surgeon at the Sree Sai Krishna Hospital & Vittals Institute of Endocrine and Laparoscopic Surgery. Mr Vittal is Honorary Secretary of the Indian association of Endocrine Surgeons, and is an Examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.



Dr. P Raghuram Pillarisetti MS, FRCS (Edin), FRCS (Eng), FRCS (Glasg), FRCS (Irel)

Dr. P. Raghu Ram Pillarisetti, an Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon from Hyderabad (India) is amongst the very few in the World to have acquired the prestigious FRCS from all four Royal Colleges in British Isles. He conceived, designed & established the Indian Subcontinent’s FIRST free standing, purpose built and comprehensive Centre for Breast health in 2007.

Dr Pillarisetti has hosted ten overseas Postgraduate Courses on behalf of the College in Hyderabad for doctors sitting the final FRCS & MRCS Courses ( 2000 - 2013) - the highest number of Courses ever held under the auspices of the College in an Overseas location.

In recognition of his unstinting contribution to the RCSEd for well over a decade, Dr. Pillarisetti has been selected for the prestigious Overseas Gold medal for 2013, making him the youngest ever to receive this esteemed honour in the 508 years history of the College.



Dr Sanjay De Bakshi MS (CAL), FRCS (Eng), FRCS (Ed)

Dr De Bakshi trained at the Medical College Calcutta, completing his MBBS and MS in General surgery from this institute. He subsequently went to the UK where he completed his FRCS(England). He is presently attached to the Calcutta Medical Research Institute (C.M.R.I.), Kolkata as a Consultant Surgeon to the Unit of Surgical Gastroenterology.

He is also an examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and organised a very successful examination for the Edinburgh College for the first time in Kolkata in January 2010. He was also conferred the Fellowship of the Edinburgh College without examination in 2001, the second surgeon from Eastern India to be awarded this honour. He has co-authored a chapter in Bailey & Love’s “Short Practice of Surgery” (25th edition), a book that is considered to be an international surgical bible. Dr De Bakshi organised the IMRCS exams held in 2011 and 2012 and received the “College Overseas Medal 1st July 2011”.


New Delhi

Dr Pawanindra Lal MS, DNB, MNAMS, MNASC, FIMSA, FCLS, FRCS (Ed), FRCS (Glasg), FRCS (Eng), FACS

Dr Lal is Professor of Surgery at MAMC, New Delhi. Dr Lal is keenly interested in teaching and laparoscopic surgery and has more than 60 publications in national and international journals and more than 130 paper presentations. He is a member of all national surgical bodies as well as ELSA (Asia), ALS (UK) and SAGES (USA). He has done pioneering work in Laparoscopic surgery in Basic Laparoscopy, TEP, GERD, Colorectal surgery and is now stepping into Metabolic surgery. Dr Lal is an examiner and College Tutor for The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Glasgow and has been organising MRCS examinations in Delhi since 2005.



Professor Hanafiah Harunarashid FRCS (Ed)

Professor Harunarashid is a consultant vascular and endovascular surgeon at the University Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre. He graduated from the University of St Andrews where he was the recipient of the Margaret-Pickerring Gold Medal award.

Currently, Professor Harunarashid is Director of the Advanced Surgical Skills Centre in UKM, Editor in Chief of the Journal of Surgical Academia, Honorary Secretary of the College of Surgeons Malaysia and an Executive councillor of the Vascular Society of Malaysia. He is a coordinator of the Master of Surgery programme and an active member of the Malaysian Conjoint Board of Surgery. He also sits in the National Specialist Register subspecialty committee. Professor Harunarashid was appointed International Surgical Adviser of the RCSEd in October 2012.



Miss Tin Tin Mar FRCS (Ed)

Miss Mar is Associate Professor in the Surgical Department of University of Medicine (1), New Yangon General Hospital Yangon. Miss Mar became a Fellow of RCSEd in 2001. She has been an examiner since 2006 and an International Surgical Adviser since 2012. Miss Mar finished a Doctorate degree in General Surgery in 2005 from the University of Medicine (2).

Miss Mar is a member of the Myanmar Medical Association, Myanmar Medical Association (Surgical Society), Myanmar Medical Association (Endoscopic Surgical Society and ELSA-Endolaparoscopic Surgeons of Asia, ASEAN Colorectal Surgical Society, and the Asia-Pacific Hernia Society.



Professor Stephen MacLeod FDS RCS (Ed), FRCS (Ed), FACS, FDS RCS (Eng)

Professor of Surgery, Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Loyola University Chicago. Professor MacLeod completed his surgical training in Scotland prior to moving to the United States to pursue a career in surgical training.

Professor MacLeod’s major interests are maxillofacial trauma and reconstruction and clinical skills training.





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