Capt. Dr. Somanathan Nair, (Chief General Surgeon), Dr. Mathew PC., (Chief Maxillofacial Surgeon) Dr. Daniel (Visiting Surgeon from Germany) and Mr. Johnson (OT Technician).
The shift towards becoming a center for surgical excellence was driven by the hospital’s Director and Superintendent, Dr. Charlie Cherian, and an MD in Anesthesiology who understandably had a special interest in surgery.
Encouraged by his father and inspired by his grandfather before him. Dr. Cherian was ably supported in this major shift by the hospital’s HOD for General Surgery Capt. Dr. Somanathan Nair and Dr. P. C. Mathew, for Maxillo-facial Surgery.
Together the Management of the hospital began to encourage and share expertise with visiting surgeons, especially the eminent Dr. Hermann Sailer, Founder of Cleft Children International in Switzerland.
Today in addition to state of the art surgeries for complex Cleft Lip/ Cleft Palate cases, the hospital provides a range of surgical solutions that address congenital and facial deformities as well as tumours. Some of the procedures that the hospital is qualified to provide include
In 2012 the hospital’s collaboration with Cleft Children International, Switzerland and Dr. Sailer was formalized. Dr. Herman Sailer, the world renowned maxillo-facial and plastic surgeon and Philanthropist also helped the hospital source specialized equipment and engage in an ongoing training process. Dr. Sailer personally mentored the Hospital as well as the surgical and anesthetic departments. In the process the hospital became a leading center for Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate surgery. Thanks to the support from CCI, the hospital acquired state of the art instrumentation from companies like KLS Martin, and Synthis. This includes special equipment for facial distraction (the holding apart of facial bone or cartilage) to shape or re-shape the face. Today, the Maxillofacial Department of St. Thomas Hospital helps transforms lives by helping people resolve crippling congenital infirmities, correct facial deformities and remove tumours of the face and neck. The department at St. Thomas Hospital seeks to live up to its motto every day…. ”We Transform Lives”