About the Department



The Department of Anaesthesiology is one of the largest clinical departments in SDMCMSH with qualified and well trained Anaesthesiologists, Postgraduate students and trained Anaesthesia Technicians. Apart from the operation theatres, anaesthesia services are provided in all parts of the hospital round the clock. There are state-of-the-art operation theatres, surgical intensive care units and advanced anaesthesia work stations which are comparable with the best health care facilities in India and abroad. Teaching and training is provided to Postgraduate students in Anaesthesiology and Anaesthesia Technician course. The department has a library with a collection of latest textbooks on anaesthesiology, intensive care, pain management, procedures, clinical pharmacology etc.

Head of the Department 

Department of anaesthesiology is currently headed by Dr. P. Raghavnedra Rao who has a vast knowledge of the subject and an experience of 35 years in Anaesthesiology. He is a trained Cardiac Anaesthesiologist with work experience in various Institutes in India, the United Kingdom and Middle East. He is managing the resources at his disposal to the best possible outcome in the ever increasing work load.

Patient Care

Doctors in the department of anaesthesiology anaesthetise patients of all age group including pre-term infants to Geriatric age. Department has facilities for anaesthetising patients coming for surgeries under various departments like General Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Orthopaedics, ENT, Ophthalmology, Neurosurgery, Plastic Surgery, Urology, Paediatric Surgery, Cardiac Surgery and Oro-facio-maxillary Surgery. Anaesthesia services outside OT include Pre-anaesthetic evaluation clinic, Electroconvulsive therapy, and during Endoscopies. Department has a variety of airway gadgets like Laryngoscopes, Laryngeal Mask Airways, Fibreoptic bronchoscope, bougie etc. for managing difficult airways.  Other facilities include invasive blood pressure monitoring, Peripheral nerve stimulator for giving nerve blocks etc.

Treatment Facilities



A team of trained Anaesthesiologists is involved in various forms of treatment such as Labour Analgesia and  “Pain clinic” for chronic pain management. They are involved in Intensive Care of patients admitted in various ICUs. Patients requiring anaesthesia services here are generally sicker, with multiple co-morbid diseases like diabetes, hypertension, coronary artery disease, stroke, respiratory diseases, renal failure, deranged liver function etc who require advanced monitoring and expert handling to ensure safety, faster recovery and better outcome of the patients. 

Teaching Program

MBBS students are exposed to the subject of anaesthesiology during their final year. Weekly lectures covering various relevant aspects anaesthesiology including the history and scope of anaesthesia are conducted. They also get exposed to various anaesthetic procedures in the operation theatre during their OT postings. Postgraduates are being trained in pre-anaesthetic evaluation, all sub-specialities of anaesthesiology, intensive care, pain and palliative care. They have a structured program of practical training on rotational basis in all sub-specialities of anaesthesia to make them confident of handling variety of patients. They are also presenting seminars, journal clubs and clinical cases as per the RGUHS guidelines. They are evaluated periodically for their proficiency in theory as well as practical work. Postgraduates are also trained to conduct a scientific clinical research by the way of dissertations. They are allowed to conduct elective as well as emergency cases under the direct supervision of concerned faculty. Students of various paramedical courses like Anaesthesia Technician [Diploma in Operation Theatre Technology (DOTT) are trained here with a thorough exposure to the practical aspects. They are taught about the principles of asepsis, sterilization of instruments, arranging OT equipment and assisting in anaesthesia and surgical procedures.

  1. Hegade H. All endotracheal tubes that appear endotracheal are not so ! Indian Journal of Anaesthesia 2014; 58(2): 230.
  2. Sameer Desai, Santhosh MCB. A randomised, double blind comparison of pethidine and ketoprofen as adjuvants to lignocaine in Intravenous Regional Anaesthesia. Rev Bras Anesthesiol 2014;64(4): 221-226.
  3. M.C.B. Santhosh, Rohini Bhat Pai, Roopa Sachidanand, Varun Byrappaa, Raghavendra P. Rao. Inferior venacaval compression due to excessive abdominal packing. Rev Bras Anestesiol. 2014. 64 (3): 199-200.
  4. Yaliwal VG, Hegde HV, Arunkumar J, Garag SS, Rao PR. Foreign body oesophagus: The case of a missing second coin. Indian J Anaesth. 2014 May;58(3):364-5.
  5. Bidkar VG, Jalisatigi RR, Naik AS, Shanbag RD, Siddappa R, Sharma PV, Hegde HV. Perioperative only versus extended antimicrobial usage in tympanomastoid surgery: a randomized trial. Laryngoscope. 2014 Jun;124(6):1459-63
  6. Hegde HV, Yaliwal VG, Annigeri RV, Sunilkumar K, Rameshkumar R, Rao PR. Efficacy of orally disintegrating film of ondansetron versus intravenous ondansetron in prophylaxis of postoperative nausea and vomiting in patients undergoing elective gynaecological laparoscopic procedures: A prospective randomised, double-blind placebo-controlled study.Indian J Anaesth. 2014 Jul;58(4):423-9.
  7. Hegde HV, Malwa P. Ultrasound guided nerve block in successful anesthetic management of an achondroplasic dwarf with severe kyphoscoliosis.Saudi J Anaesth 2014; 8: S125-126.
  8. Hegde HV. How to achieve optimal position for central neuraxial blocks in patients with lower limb fractures? Saudi J Anaesth. 2014 Oct;8(4):566-7.
  9. Hegde HV, Jagadish N, Rao PR. An ultra-rapid development of tachyphylaxis to nitroglycerin. Indian J Anaesth. 2014 ;58(6):777-8
  10. Bhat Pai RV, Hegde HV, Santhosh M, Roopa S, Deshpande SS, Rao PR. Bilateral brachial plexus blocks in a patient of hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy with hypertensive crisis. Indian J Anaesth. 2013 Jan;57(1):72-5.
  11. Desai S, Torgal SV, Rao R. Breathing circuit obstruction caused by kink in the reinforced kink-resistant circle system tube. Indian J Anaesth 2013;57(1): 96-7.
  12. Pai RB, Desai S, Rao R. Spinal anesthesia for hernia surgery in a child with laryngomalacia. Saudi J Anaesth. 2013;7(1):163-4.
  13. Annigeri VM, Bhat MT, Hegde HV, Annigeri RV, Halgeri AB. Prune belly syndrome with congenital pouch colon. J Indian Assoc Pediatr Surg 2013;18:79-80.
  14. Desai S, Kumar R, Torgal SV. Sudden onset severe preclampsia during caesarean section, unmasked by the bolus dose of ephedrine. Indian J Anaesth 2013 Mar-Apr;57(2):202-3.
  15. Desai S, Prashantha PG, Torgal SV, Rao R. Fatal pulmonary embolism subsequent to the use of Esmarch bandage and tourniquet: A case report and review of literature. Saudi J Anaesth. 2013;7:331-335.
  16. Desai S, Santhosh M, Annigeri R, Santhoshi VB, Rao R. Comparison of the antiemetic effect of ramosetron with the combination of dexamethasone and ondansetron in middle ear surgery: A double-blind, randomized clinical study. Saudi J Anaesth. 2013;7:254-258.
  17. Santhosh MCB, Pai RB, Rao RP, Byrappa V. Sudden sustained asystole during a cerebellopontine angle surgery. Journal of Anaesthesiology Clinical Pharmacology 2013;29(3):402-403.
  18. Santhosh MCB, Pai RB, Roopa S, Rao RP. Study of 0.5% Lidocaine Alone and Combination of 0.25% Lidocaine with Fentanyl and Vecuronium in Intravenous Regional Anesthesia for Upper Limb Surgeries. Rev Bras Anestesiol. 2013;63(3):254-257.
  19. Santhosh MC, Pai RB, Rao RP. Pourfour Du Petit syndrome after interscalene block. Saudi J Anaesth 2013;7:203-4.
  20. Santhosh MCB, Torgal SV, Pai RB, Roopa S, Santoshi VB, Rao RP. Comparison of tube-taping versus a tube-holding device for securing endotracheal tubes in adults undergoing surgery in prone position. Acta Anaesth. Belg 2013; 64:75-79.
  21. Bhat MT, Hegde HV, Santhosh M, Rao RP. Orbital exenteration under trigeminal block: An innovative method of regional anesthesia. Saudi J Anaesth 2013;7:470-3.
  22. Hegde HV, Yaddanapudi LN, Prasad KC, Bhat MT, Hegde JS, Cb SM, Yaliwal VG, Rao PR. Reply: conclusions need to be based on sound data - keep an eye on both bias and imprecision. Eur J Anaesthesiol. 2013 Feb;30(2):94.
  23. Hiremath S, Hegde HV, Swamy PR, Pai RB. Tension Pneumothorax and Pneumomediastinum Caused by a Malpositioned Mediastinal Drain in a Patient Following Closure of an Atrial Septal Defect. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 2012 Feb;26(1):104-5.
  24. Hegde HV, Pai RB, Yaliwal VG, Annigeri VM, Halgeri AB, Rao PR. Management of a 10-month-old child with a rare combination of Bardet-Biedl syndrome and ano-rectal malformation undergoing anterior sagittal ano-rectoplasty. J Anesth. 2012 Feb;26(1):132-3. 
  25. Annigeri VM, Hegde HV, Patil PB, Halgeri AB, Rao PR. Pyloroduodenal duplication cyst. J Indian Assoc Pediatr Surg 2012; 17:80-1.
  26. Hegde HV, Annigeri VM, Pai VV. Anesthetic challenges in lamellar ichthyosis. Paediatr Anaesth  2012 May; 22(5): 492-4.
  27. Hegde HV, Prasad KC, Bhat MT, Hegde JS, Cb SM, Yaliwal VG, Raghavendra Rao P. Airway difficulty in Mallampati 'class zero' patients: a prospective double-blind observational study. Eur J Anaesthesiol. 2012; 29 (7):338-42.
  28. Hegde HV, Bhat RL, Shanbag RD, Bharat M, Rao PR. Unmasking of tracheomalacia following short-term mechanical ventilation in a patient of adult respiratory distress syndrome. Indian J Anaesth. 2012 Mar;56(2):171-4.
  29. Pai RB, Hegde HV, Srikanth V, Rao PR. Severe unilateral bronchospasm due to inadequate anesthetic depth: A case report and review of literature. Saudi J Anaesth. 2012 Apr; 6(2):186-8.
  30. Annigeri VM, Hegde HV, Patil PB, Halgeri AB, Rao PR. Congenital giant megaureter with duplex kidney presenting as abdominal lump in a neonate. J Indian Assoc Pediatr Surg 2012;17:168-70.
  31. Santhosh MC, Torgal SV, Bhat Pai R, Roopa S, Hegde HV, Rao RP. Intraoperative thyroid storm in a patient with euthyroid multinodular goiter. Acta Anaesthesiol Taiwan. 2012 Dec;50(4):191.
  32. Hegde HV, Mudaraddi RR, Yaliwal VG, Rao PR. Comparison of oscillometric blood pressure measurement by two clinical monitors: Datex Ohmeda GE S/5 and Criticare 8100E nGenuity. Indian J Anaesth. 2011 Mar;55(2):199-200
  33. Hegde HV, Patil PB, Rameshkumar R, Sunita TH, Bhat MT, Desai RM, Rao PR. A rare case of antepartum posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome. Anaesth Intensive Care. 2011 May;39(3):499-502.>
  34. Hegde HV, Rao PR, Torgal SV. Is central-line guidewire sufficient for retrograde intubation?. Indian J Anaesth 2011;55:321
  35. Hegde HV, Arya VK, Thingam SK, Rana S. Anesthesia for simultaneous bilateral aorto-axillary and coronary artery bypass grafting in Takayasu's arteritis. Ann Card Anaesth. 2011 Sep-Dec;14(3):239-40.
  36. Puri GD, Mathew PJ, Sethu Madhavan J, Hegde HV, Fiehn A. Bi-spectral index, entropy and predicted plasma propofol concentrations with target controlled infusions in Indian patients. J Clin Monit Comput. 2011 Oct;25(5):309-314. 
  37. Hegde HV, Mudaraddi RR, Yaliwal VG, Rao PR. Authors’ reply. Indian J Anaesth. 2011 Sept;55(5):550.
  38. Harihar V. Hegde, Vijay G. Yaliwal, Shyamsundar K. Joshi, and P. Raghavendra Rao, "The Sheared Central Venous Catheter?," Case Reports in Anesthesiology, vol. 2011, Article ID 379827, 4 pages, 2011. doi:10.1155/2011/379827
Publications (Non-Medline indexed) 
  1. Harihar V. Hegde,Shanmukh Hiremath,Ashwin S. Kulkarni,M.P. Bharat,Srinivas K. Kalabhavi, Ravi L. Bhat.Emergency, anaesthetic and intensive care management of a case of eventration of diaphragm, Bochdalek hernia and an intra-thoracic gastric rupture with gastric gangrene.Trends in Anaesthesia and Critical Care 2011; 1: 42-45.
  2. Goverdhan D. Puri, Amol Pradhan, Bhupesh Kumar, Harihar V. Hegde, Anju Singh, G.R.V. Prasad. Anaesthetic management of a patient with Eisenmenger syndrome for lower abdominal surgery. Trends in Anaesthesia and Critical Care2011; 1: 51-53.
  3. Harihar V. Hegde, P. Raghavendra Rao. Beware of administration of methylergometrine prior to uterine incision and delivery; venous air embolism during caesarean section. Trends in Anaesthesia and Critical Care 2011; 1: 111-114.
  4. Vinod Hosalli, Uday Ambi, Shivanand Hulkund, Harihar V. Hegde Anaesthetic Management of a Case of Osteogenesis Imperfecta with Bladder Outlet Obstruction: A Case Report. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research. 2011 June: 5 (3) : 640 – 642.
  5. U. Ambi, V. Hosalli, S. Hulkund & H. Hegde : Noma Neonatorum: An Airway Challenge In Paediatrics. The Internet Journal of Anesthesiology. 2011 Volume 29 Number 2
  6. Bhat Pai RV, Hegde HV, Santosh M, Roopa S. Bronchospasm following supraclavicular brachial plexus block. Anesth Essays Res 2011 Jul-Dec; 5: 211-3.
  7. Shenoy A, Kamath S. Anaesthetic management of a huge mediastinal tumour with tracheobronchial compression. Ind J Resp Care 2013; 2:328-31.
  8. Patil VC, Krishnamurthy NP, Kamath S. Comparison between the use of LMA Proseal and I-gel as a conduit for fiberoptic bronchoscope guided Aintree Intubation Catheter insertion and subsequent endotracheal intubation. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH 2013; 2: 290-292.
  9. Annigeri V, Desai S. Lumbo costo vertebral syndrome.A case report.  Karnataka Paediatric journal. 2013. 28.101.
  10. Swathi Kumari K, Hegde HV. Combined-Spinal-Epidural Anesthesia in a Parturient with Gestational Hypertension with Acute and Extremely Elevated Blood Pressure Undergoing Emergency Caesarean Section. J Anesth Crit Care Open Access 2014, 1(5): 00028.
Dissertations/ Research Dissertations:
  1. Effect of addition of dexmedetomidine to caudal bupivacaine on post-operative analgesia in paediatric patients. Authors: Dr. Prashanth P G, Dr. P Raghavendra Rao, Dr. Rajesh Phatake. Expected month of completion: Oct-12
  2. Comparison of three different  doses of oxytocin in patients undergoing elective caesarean sections. Authors: Dr. Guruprasad Shetty, Dr. S. V. Torgal, Dr. Rohini V. Bhat Pai. Expected month of completion: Dec-12.
  3. Comparison of noninvasive and invasive arterial blood pressure measurements by two clinical  monitors. Authors: Dr. Varun Byrappa, Dr. P. Raghavendra Rao, Dr. Harihar V. Hegde. Expected month of completion: Dec-12.
  4. Propofol injection pain: a prospective duble-blind trail of MCT/LCT propofol formulation  versus LCT propofol. Authors:  Dr. Supreeth R Shetty, Dr. Raghavendra Rao, Dr. Santhosh MCB. Expected month of completion: Jun-14.
  5. Evaluation of addition of dexmedetomidine to propofol anaesthesia for middle ear surgeries: A prospective double-blind randomised observational study. Authors: Dr. Swathi Kumari K, Dr. S V Torgal, Dr. Harihar V Hegde. Expected month of completion: Jun-14.
  6. Comparison of accuracy of CVP tip placement by intra-atrial ECG guided technique versus surface landmark technique. Authors: DR. Kiran B S, Dr. Rajesh Phatake, Dr. Rohini Bhat Pai. Expected month of completion: Jun-14.
  1. Dr. Tejaswini H. S. : A prospective randomised comparative study of incidence of post dural puncture headache after spinal anaesthesia using 25 g and 27 g whitacre needle in patients undergoing caesarean section
  2. : Comparison of intrathecal dexmeditomedine, buprenorphine and clonidine as adjuvant to bupivacaine in spinal anaesthesia in elective lower abdominal surgeries: a prospective randomized observational study.
  3. : Comparison between intravenous fentanyl and dexmedetomidine to attenuate sevoflurane – induced agitation in paediatric patients undergoing lower abdominal surgery: a prospectiverandomized observational study.
  4. Dr. Akshay Uday Shetty: Comparison of the effect of spine flexion on the incidence of post dural puncture headache: a prospective randomised double – blind observational study.
  5. Dr. Devaraj I. C. : Comparison of haemodynamic response to laryngoscopy and endotracheal intubation following induction of general anaesthesia with propofol or etomidate
  6. Efficacy of orally disintegrating film [ODF] of ondansetron versus intravenous ondansetron in prophylaxis of postoperative elective gynaecological laparoscopic procedures: a prospective randomised dobule blind placebo controlled study.  Authors: Dr. Harihar V Hegde, Dr. Vijay G Yaliwal, Dr. Rashmi Anngeri. Expected month of completion: Sep-12
  7. Comparision of antiemetic efficacyof Ramosetron to the combination of dexamethasone and ondansetron in middle ear surgeries. Authors: Dr. Sameer Desai, Dr. Santhosh MCB, Dr. Rashmi Annigeri, Dr. Santoshi Badiger. Expected month of completion: Oct-12
  8. Comparative study of ease of nasogastric tube insertion before and after endotracheal intubation. Authors: Dr. Sameer Desai, Dr. SV Torgal. Expected month of completion: Apr-13
  9. Oral clonidine versus oral diazepam as premedication in patients ungergoing  septoplasty with FESS; a double blind randomized study. Authors: Dr. Rohini Bhat Pai, Dr. Roopa S. Bhat, Dr. Santoshi Badiger, Dr. Santhosh MCB. Expected month of completion: Apr-13.
Dr. P. Raghavendra Rao
Professor & HOD
Dr. Shrirang V. Torgal
Dr. Shyamsundeer Kamath K
Dr. Harihar V. Hegde
Dr. Vajendra K Joshi
Associate Professor
Dr. Sameer N. Desai
Associate Professor
Dr. Ravi L Bhat
Associate Professor
Dr. Sandhya Pavate
Assistant Professor
Dr. Mahantesh S Mudakanagoudar
Assistant Professor
Dr. Bandi Joshiraj
Assistant Professor
Dr. Mohammad Asif Kalas
Assistant Professor
Dr. Kiran A Honnannavar
Assistant Professor
Dr. Supreeth R Shetty
Assistant Professor
Dr. Ranjith Kumar R T
Assistant Professor
Dr. B K Manjunath
Assistant Professor
Dr. Imran Sholapur
Assistant Professor
Dr. Shilpa Agnihotri
Assistant Professor
Dr. Ravikumar M
Assistant Professor
Dr. Siddesh N Kadur
Assistant professor
Dr. Basavaraj Chandrashekar Lakkundi
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Dr. Kambow Anmol
Sr. Resident
Dr. Noorfathima Akaram
Sr. Resident
Dr. Nitin Mathew
Sr. Resident
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Sr. Resident
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Dr. Shamana S Shetty
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Dr. Kanmani T L
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Dr. Kezia Susan Babu
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