Dr Deepraj Bhandarkar’s Profile


Laparoscopic, Thoracoscopic and Bariatric Surgeon

Dr Deepraj Bhandarkar is a Laparoscopic, Thoracoscopic and Bariatric Surgeon who works at Hinduja, Hinduja Healthcare Surgical, Breach Candy and Dalvi Hospitals in Mumbai. Considered a National Expert in the field of Minimal Access (keyhole) Surgery and a pioneer in Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery, he has over 27 years of experience in the field. He offers treatment for a variety of abdominal diseases, chest diseases, obesity and sweaty palms (hyperhidrosis).

He completed his undergraduate studies from Grant Medical College (1981 – 1987) and surgical residency from J. J. Hospital, Mumbai (1988 – 1991). On May 31st, 1990 Dr Bhandarkar participated in the first-ever laparoscopic cholecystectomy performed in India and since then developed a keen interest in laparoscopic surgery. He trained extensively in the United Kingdom from 1992 to 1997. In 1997, he was awarded the prestigious “Traveling Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow” to visit the Royal Brisbane Hospital, Australia and train further in laparoscopic surgery. The same year he also obtained the ‘Diploma in Laparoscopic Surgery’ from University of Strasbourg, France.

He returned to India in 1997 and developed a practice exclusively dedicated to Minimal Access Surgery. He updates himself regularly by visiting centres of excellence abroad. He visited Mount Sinai Hospital, New York in 2002 (laparoscopic adrenal and splenic surgery), St John of God Hospital, Perth in 2006 (bariatric surgery) and University of Pecs, Hungary in 2012 (advanced thoracoscopic surgery).

Being a keen academic, Dr Bhandarkar has to his credit over eighty publications, five published abstracts and 18 book chapters / invited contributions. As a sought after speaker, he has given more than 350 presentations, video lectures and invited talks at National and International conferences. He has authored a book titled “A Primer of Laparoscopic Surgery’ and in 2011 was the Guest Editor for an issue of Journal of Minimal Access Surgery dedicated to “Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery”. He has served as an Associate Editor of Indian Journal of Surgery and since 2005 is the Editor of Journal of Minimal Access Surgery. With the aim of helping younger surgeons and colleagues train in this specialty, he actively participates in conferences and training workshops around the country. In 2011 he was invited to join the Center of Excellence of Minimal Access Surgery Training (CEMAST) – a state-of-the-art training facility in Mumbai – as a Course Director for Laparoscopic General Surgery. In 2017 he was elected Hon. Secretary of the Hernia Society of India.

Dr Bhandarkar’s mission is to pass on the benefits of Minimal Access Surgery to all patients irrespective of their socioeconomic status. He strives to make his expertise available to patients from all strata of the society and from around the country.