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Dr Pranavan (Pran) Palamuthusingam

Dr Pranavan (Pran) Palamuthusingam


Dr Pranavan (Pran) Palamuthusingam is a Consultant General and Hepato-Pancreatic-Biliary (HPB) Surgeon. He graduated from James Cook University medical program in 2008 and finished General Surgery training in 2015, obtaining Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS). He then completed further years of subspecialty training in HPB Surgery Oncology at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and the prestigious St James University Teaching Hospital in Leeds, United Kingdom. He is a certified HPB Surgeon with ANZHPBA (Australia, New Zealand, Hepato-Pancreatico-Biliary Association).  

Pranavan is the Clinical Lead for Liver and Pancreas Surgery in North Queensland and has created a multidisciplinary tertiary referral service based out of the Townsville University Hospital and Mater Hospital, making it into one of the highest volume centres in Australia. The catchment area extends from the Cape York to Mackay. He performs the full breadth of HPB surgery services for both benign and malignant conditions. 

He is the Chair of Trauma Surgery and the Supervisor of General Surgery Training at the Townsville University Hospital and is the Clinical Lead for the North Queensland Foregut Research Collaborative (NQFRSC) that fosters research in Liver and Pancreas Surgery in conjunction with James Cook University. He is also Senior Lecturer in Surgery with the James Cook University Medical School.  

Pranavan is also passionate about General Surgery and provides a broad range of general surgery procedures including:  

  • Sarcoma surgery  
  • Skin cancer surgery 
  • All forms of abdominal wall herniae (Epigastric, ventral, incisional, femoral, inguinal) - both laparoscopic and open 
  • Bowel Cancer Surgery
  • Gallbladder surgery
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Peritoneal Dialysis Access
  • Emergency General Surgery (eg appendicitis, abscess etc)

Each week - Pranavan consults and operates every week ensuring expeditious care. He is also contactable any time for advice.