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Dr. C V Gopalakrishnan


A Neurosurgeon with more than 12 years of experience, Dr. C V Gopalakrishnan is an expert in Paediatric Neurosurgery and Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery. Trained at some of the finest medical institutes in India, Canada and Switzerland, he specialises in the surgical management of complex brain and spinal disorders in children, including brain tumours, hydrocephalus, craniosynostosis, spasticity and spinal dysraphism.

Dr. Gopalakrishnan has attained training in highly advanced procedures like minimally invasive selective dorsal rhizotomies for children with spasticity, spina bifida management, craniofacial surgeries, endoscopic strip craniectomy for infants with craniosynostosis, endoscopic third ventriculostomy and choroid plexus coagulation for paediatric hydrocephalus.

Dr. Gopalakrishnan has extensive experience in the management of brain and spinal conditions in adults as well, including minimally invasive surgery for management of degenerative and traumatic spine conditions, skull-base surgery and neuro-oncology.


Chef de Clinique, Neurosurgery (University Hospital, Lausanne, Switzerland) | Fellowship in Pediatric Neurosurgery (British Columbia Children’s Hospital, Vancouver, Canada) | MCh in Neurosurgery (Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram) | MS in General Surgery (Govt. Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram) | MBBS (Govt. Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram)


Expertise in advanced surgical management of:

Arachnoid cysts

Brain tumours

Cerebral palsy, including selective dorsal rhizotomy/ baclofen pumps for spasticity

Chiari malformation

Congenital malformations of the brain and spine

Craniofacial syndromes

Craniosynostosis including Endoscopic strip craniectomy in infants and post-operative helmeting

Epilepsy surgery

Hydrocephalus, including endoscopic third ventriculostomy and choroid plexus coagulation

Inflammatory/Infectious processes of the brain and spine (e.g. brain abscess)

Neural tube disorders (spina bifida, syringomyelia, tethered cord, etc.)

Skeletal dysplasia

Spinal cord tumours

Traumatic brain and spinal injuries

Vascular abnormalities, including moyamoya and pediatric aneurysm

Minimally invasive endoscopic techniques

Frameless stereotactic guidance

Intraoperative mapping to preserve normal brain function

Worked as:

Consultant - Neurosurgery, NMC Royal Hospital, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Professor – Neurosurgery, M S Ramaiah Medical College and Hospitals, Bangalore

Chef de Clinique, Neurosurgery, University Hospital, Lausanne, Switzerland

Fellowship in Paediatric Neurosurgery, British Columbia Children’s Hospital, Canada

Associate Professor, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram

Assistant Professor, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram

Adhoc Consultant, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram

Former visiting Professor at the Division of Paediatric Neurosurgery at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Ohio, USA.

Published 44 research articles in peer reviewed journals

Member of the Neurological Society of India

Member of the Indian Society for Paediatric Neurosurgery

Member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), USA

Faculty at several national and international neurosurgical conferences / CMEs.

Proficient in English, Hindi, Tamil and Malayalam.

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