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Amala Institute of Medical Sciences

(NABH Accredited and ISO 9001 2015 Certified)

Amala Nagar PO, Thrissur, Kerala, INDIA - 680555


This department is one of the earliest in Kerala and started functioning since April 1996. The department was upgraded to Amala Gastro Centre on 12/1/2019. Presently the department caters to a huge patient load and runs regular OPD and endoscopy services including 24 Hr emergency services. The department has the most modern HD video upper GI scopes & colonoscopes with Narrow Band imaging (Olympus Exera II CV – 180 series), ERCP, EUS and C-Arm Facilities. Further interventional radiology procedures like angio embolization, TACE, Microwave Ablation & PTBD are performed regularly. More than 600 advanced endoscopic procedures are being performed every year.

Upper GI scopy includes routine diagnostic work, banding of oesophageal varices, sclerotherapy of oesophageal and gastric varices, dilatation of oesophageal strictures, and foreign body removal. Stenting of malignant oesophageal strictures, Polypectomy, Endoscopic nasogastric & nasojejunal tube placement and haemorrhoidal banding are also undertaken. Selectron therapy of oesophageal malignacies are regularly done. Lower GI scopies include colonoscopy and flexible sigmoidoscopy. Amala gastro centre also has one of the strongest surgical gastro teams, with advanced laparoscopic & Complex surgeries including liver surgeries being performed regularly.

Team consists of 3 Medical Gastroenterologists, 2 surgical gastroenterologists, an interventional radiologists and a dedicated Gastro pathology team.

This department caters a lot of hepatology work. Many cases of acute hepatitis as well as chronic liver disease attend the gastro OPD regularly and undergo inpatient treatment if required.

We started DNB course in gastroenterology from the year 2019 with an intake of two residents. We already have Diploma in endoscopic technology course since July 2012 for which every year 4 students are selected.

OP Timing

All working days - 8 AM to 4 PM.

Faculty Details

Dr. Robert P. PanakkalProf. & HODMD General Medicine, DM Gastroenterology
Dr. Anoop John KASenior Consultant MD Internal Medicine, DM Gastroenterology
Dr. Sojan George KSenior Consultant MD General Medicine, DM Gastroenterology, DNB Gastroenterology
Dr. Byju KundilSenior Consultant Surgical GastroenterologistMS, Mch.
Dr. George Mathew SebastianConsultant Surgical Gastroenterologist cum Asst. ProfessorMS, Mch.
Dr. Jijoe JohnInterventional RadiologistMBBS, DMRD
Dr. George TharakanJunior ResidentMBBS

Dr. Sreejith Venugopal

Did MBBS from Govt medical college Thrissur and passed out in 2005
MD in general medicine from Govt medical college Jabalpur , Madhya Pradesh and passed out in 2009
DM in medical gastroenterology from Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences Luckow, Uttar Pradesh in 2013
Three years of PG teaching experience while doing DM/ senior residency

Dr. Robert P. Panakkal


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