Professor Dr Dharmendra Ganesan

AM (Mal), FRCS (Edin), FRCS (Ire), FRCS (Neurosurgery) (UK), MS (UM), MBBS (UM)


Clinic Schedule and Appointment List

  • Mon 30/03
    17:00 - 19:30
  • Tue 31/03
    Not Available
  • Wed 01/04
    Not Available
  • Thu 02/04
    Not Available
  • Fri 03/04
    09:00 - 11:30
  • Sat 04/04
    Not Available


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A conscientious, reliable and hardworking neurosurgeon. Professor Dharmendra Ganesan, known for his eye for detail, is a Senior Consultant Neurosurgeon as well as the Head of Neurosurgery Services and also the Chairman of the Paediatric Neurosurgical Services at University Malaya Medical Centre

Professor Dr. Dharmendra Ganesan is a 1995 MBBS graduate of the Faculty of Medicine, University Malaya. After obtaining the FRCS (Edinburgh) August 2001 and (Ireland) September 2001, as well as completing his Masters in Surgery at University Malaya in 2002, he began his neurosurgical training in the Division of Neurosurgery at University of Malaya Medical Centre and went on to complete his clinical training in Adddenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, United Kingdom whilst working as a registrar and training with reputable names in the field of Neurosurgery. He passed the intercollegiate exam in United Kingdom and obtained an FRCS in Neurosurgery in June 2006.

He continued to sub-specialize in Complex Spine, pursuing a fellowship at Addenbrookes in Cambridge and completing the Cleveland Spine Review course.

His field of subspecialty is Paediatric neurosurgery, which he completed as a visiting fellowship in several hospitals of good standing, namely, Great Ormond Street in London, Necker Enfant Malades in Paris and Montefiore Children's Hospital in New York. He has also completed the European post graduate and Asian Australasian advanced course in Paediatric neurosurgery. He is a member of the International Society of Paediatric Neurosurgery (ISPN).

His current clinical practice involves all general neurosurgical cases whilst his areas of expertise focus on complex spinal problems and Paediatric neurosurgical cases.  Being amongst the few Paediatric Neurosurgeons in Malaysia, he sees patients from near and far involving newborns, infants and toddlers all the way up to 18 year old teenagers.

Professor Dharmendra is just as much an avid writer and has published several clinical papers based on interesting researches in reputable journals such as Journal of Neurosurgery, British Journal of Neurosurgery, Child Nervous System, Journal of Spine, Lancet, Neurology Asia and others. He also conducts research at University of Malaya pertaining genomics and its relationship to traumatic brain injury. He has presented in many local and international scientific meetings. He is the currently the Treasurer of the Neurosurgical Association of Malaysia (NAM) and member of Academy of Medicine of Malaysia. He is also a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeon of Edinburgh and Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He has been elected to be in the Clinical Quality Assurance committee of UMMC and spends the little time he has left teaching and training under and postgraduate students of the Medical Faculty at the University Malaya.

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  • 2003 “Melioidosis presenting as spinal epidural abscess” Ganesan D, SD Puthucheary and V.Waran; British Journal of Neurosurgery vol. 17, No.6: 568-571. (ISI)
  • 2006 “ The diagnosis and management of subarachnoid haemorrhage in an elderly population” RJ Walker, D.Ganesan, PJ Kirkpatrick; CME Journal Geriatric Medicine; vol. 8, No. 3: 121-128 (SCOPUS)
  • 2008 “Stent placement for management of a small parasagittal meningioma – Technical note” Dharmendra Ganesan, J. Nicholas P. Higgins, Timothy Harrower, Neil G. Burnet, Nicholas J. C. Sarkies, Mark Manford, John D. Pickard, Journal of Neurosurgery : vol. 108 , No. 2: 377 – 381 (ISI)
  • 2007 “Prospective study of outcomes in lumbar discectomy” MR Guilfoyle, D Ganesan, H Seeley, RJ Laing; British Journal of Neurosurgery;21(4):389-95 (ISI)
  • 2007 “A combination of immunomodulation and CSF diversion can facilitate treatment of tuberculous meningitis with hydrocephalus” Aliyu SH, Ganesan D, Enoch DA, Lever AML, Watts C; Inf Dis J Pak, Vol. 16, issue 1, p.22-24
  • 2008 “A second biopsy? – tandem lesion” D Ganesan, AF Dean, N Antoun, RW Kirollos; Acta Neurochir (Wien) ; 150(5):501-3; discussion 503. Epub 2008 Mar 26. (ISI)
  • 2009 “Evolution of tonsillar ectopia associated with frontal encephalocoele” Dharmendra Ganesan MS FRCS(SN), Richard D Hayward FRCS, Dominic N Thompson FRCS(SN); Child’s Nervous System, 25(7): 889-893 (ISI)
  • 2009 “Randomised controlled trial of the use of drains versus no drains after burr hole evacuation of chronic subdural haematoma” Thomas Santarius, Peter J Kirkpatrick, Dharmendra Ganesan, Hui Ling Chia, Ibrahim Jalloh, Peter Smielewski, Hugh K Richards, Hani Marcus, Richard A Parker, Stephen J Price, Ramez W Kirollos, Peter J Hutchinson; The LANCET, vol. 374, No. 9695: 1067-1073 (ISI)
  • 2010 “Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy limited to the posterior fossa” K Rahmat, S Kaur, NM Ramli, PA Chandran, KT Wong, S Abdullah, Sharifah, D Ganesan, CT Tan; Neurology Asia, 15(3): 283-286 (ISI)
  • 2011 “Central nervous system intravascular lymphoma in a Malaysian” SAM Mukari, N Ramli, SAA Edrus, M Noordin, K Rahmat, LM Looi, D Ganesan, GG Gan, CT Tan; Neurology Asia, (ISI)
  • 2011 “Ossified lumbar pseudomeningocele : imaging findings” Al-Edrus SA, Mohamed Mukari SA, Ganesan D, Ramli N , Spine J. (ISI)
  • 2011 “Video clip transfer of radiological images using a mobile telephone in emergency neurosurgical consultations (3G Multi-Media Messaging Service)” Waran V, Bahuri NF, Narayanan V, Ganesan D, Kadir KA. Br J Neurosurg. (ISI)
  • 2012 “Neonatal post haemorrhagic hydrocephalus resulting in foraminal septae – radiological technique and surgical implications” F Fadzli, NM Ramli, K Rahmat, D Ganesan, Child Nervous System, 2013 Jan;29(1):159-62. doi: 10.1007/s00381-012-1923-5. Epub . (ISI)
  • 2012 “Calcified pseudomeningocoele of lumbar spine – a review” SF Narverud, NF Ramli, H Chandran, D Ganesan. European Spine Journal, [Epub ahead of print] (ISI)
  • 2012 “Idiopathic hypertrophic spinal pachymeningitis – a rare entity” SF Narverud, PA Chandran, NM Ramli, D Ganesan. The Internet Journal of Neurosurgery, ISSN 1528-8285(SCOPUS)
  • 2012 “Single nucleotide polymorphisms in the promoter of the Apolipoprotein E gene in different ethnic groups in Malaysia: Prevalence study and literature review” - Poovindran A. R., Ganesan D. Ramahsamay N, Wong K. T; Neurology Asia, vol 17, issue4, pg. 341-346 (ISI)
  • 2013 Multicompartmental congenital intracranial immature teratoma. D Ganesan,KS Mun, Sia SF, N Vairavan, Gnana Kumar, Lucy Lum, Lucy Chan, MunKS, V Waran; Neurology Asia, vol 18, issue 1, pg 5,(ISI)
  • 2013 “Concomitant injuries and its influence on functional outcome after traumatic brain injury” – M Mazlan, BK Leong, D Ganesan, R Begum; Disability and Rehabilitation [Epub ahead of print] (ISI)
  • 2013 “Infratentorial benign cystic meninigioma mimicking a haemangioblastoma radiologically and a pilocytic astrocytoma intraoperatively : case report - KG Tan, Devaraj P, Hari Chandran, Teoh KH, G Kumar, D Ganesan; J Med Case Rep;7(1):87. [Epub ahead of print](ISI)
  • 2014 “Cognitive impairments in mild traumatic brain injury and genetic polymorphism of apolipoprotein E: A preliminary study in a Level I trauma center” V Veeramuthu, D Pancharatnam, AR Poovindran, NA Musthapha, WK Thong, M Mazlan, V Waran, D Ganesan, Neurology Asia, Volume 19 (1)(ISI)
  • 2014 “A rare orbital complication of eye exodeviation with limited abduction during monobloc Le Fort III distraction osteogenesis" - Firdaus Hariri, Lim Kwong Cheung, ZAA Rahman, SN Ramasamy, D Ganesan, The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal , (ISI)
  • 2014 “A minimally invasive endoscopic transnasal approach to the craniovertebral junction in the paediatric population” Tan Sien Hui, Dharmendra Ganesan, Prepageran Narayanan, Vicknes Waran, European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology and Head & Neck DOI 10.1.1007/s00405-014-3149-5 (ISI)
  • 2014 Monobloc Le Fort III distraction osteogenesis for correction of severe fronto-orbital and midface hypoplasia in pediatric Crouzon syndrome" The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal (ISI)


Fellowships, Memberships &

Professional Affiliations

  • Member of the Hospital Technical Committee to Evaluate Offer to Purchase Image Guidance System, Ultrasound Dissector and "Bekalan Guna Hapus Pelbagai Dewan Bedah", Faculty Of Medicine.
  • Committee in the Setting up of the Masters in Neurosurgery, University Malaya.
  • Treasurer for Neurosurgical Association of Malaysia (NAM), National, 25-Jul-11 - 25-Jul-14.
  • Committee member of the Clinical Quality Assurance of University of Malaya Medical Centre, Faculty Of Medicine, 01-Jan-11 - 31-Dec-13.
  • Committee member of the Health and Safety of Workers in the Faculty of Medicine, Faculty Of Medicine, 01-Jan-11 - 31-Dec-11.


Awards and


  • Best Oral Presentation Award for "Randomised Controlled Trial of the use of Drains versus no Drains after burr hole Evacuation of Chronic Subdural Haematoma", Society of British Neurological Surgeons, 2009.
  • Best Poster Award for Cambridge Chronic Subdural Haematoma Trial: Does temporary post-operative subdural drainage reduce the recurrence rate. - Ganesan D, Santarius T, Chia L, Tsang K, Price SJ, Kirollos RW, Kirkpatrick PJ, Hutchinson PJ, British Neurosurgical Research Group , 2006.
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) Resident Award for"Randomised Controlled Trial of the use of Drains versus no Drains after Burr Hole evacuation of Chronic Subdural Haematoma" , Congress of Neurological Surgeons, 2009.