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Dr. Puneet Dhar

Senior Consultant

Department

Gastrointestinal Surgery

Qualification

MBBS, MS (Gen Surgery), MCh (Surg Gastro), Fellow (Transplant)

Dr Puneet Dhar is a Surgical Gastroenterologist with more than 30 years experience in the superspecialty. After his medical training in Delhi, he went for a fellowship in Transplant Surgery at Cambridge University Hospitals Trust, UK and also worked there as a locum consultant. He did his MCh from the GB Pant Hospital – as the first MCI recognised centre in the country and subsequently worked there as a Specialist before moving to the prestigious Amrita Institute of medical Sciences to setup what became one of the largest and best GI surgery centres in the country. Before joining Amrita Hospital Faridabad, he also setup the department at AIIMS Rishikesh as Professor and Head and also served as the Dean of Student Welfare there. He has published extensively in this field in journals and book chapters, and has been a reviewer and on the editorial board of several medical journals and societies. He has been an active member of several professional societies and served on their executive committees. He is the President elect of the Indian Chapter of International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association. He is also the webinar coordinator for National Board of Examinations and has been on the Governing Body of Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences. He has also been involved in charitable activities of the Amrita Math as well as the Rotary and served in various medical and non-medical admin capacities and boards. He has also been a regular organisier CMEs and medical conferences for scientific Associations as well as many teaching activities including online and through Social Media.
  • MBBS (Maulana Azad Medical College, University of Delhi)
  • MS (Gen Surgery) (Safdarjang Hospital, University of Delhi)
  • MCh (Surg Gastro)(GB Pant Hospital, University of Delhi)
  • Fellow (Transplant) ( Addenbrookes NHS Hospital, Cambridge UK)
  • GI Cancer surgery
  • Pancreatic Surgery
  • Neuroendocrine Tumours
  • Biliary reconstructions
  • Retroperitoneal surgery
  • Pouch surgery for complex colorectal disease
  • Laparoscopic surgery
  • Surgical Infections and antimicrobial stewardship
  • Medical education including Online
  • Medical Humanities
  • Surgical research and training
  • Best Speaker award at Annual Conference of Indian Association of Surgical Gastroenterology at ASICON 1992, Calcutta, on “Infected pancreatic Necrosis”
  • 4th International Endoscopic surgery award from Evaluation Committee of Endoscopics award; 20th October 2007 at Beijing, People’s Republic of China.
  • Professor Raghavachari oration for 2018 at the Kerala ASI annual conference in Cochin 5th May 2018.
  • Dr Ramesh Nigam memorial oration for 2015 delivered at the 75th annual conference of the ASI in Gurgaon December 2015
  • Rotary District Best Secretary award for the Region 2018-9 for coordination of Rotary activities during the Kerala Flood
  • Teachers day award for Covid activities 5th Sept 2020 at AIIMS Rishikesh

Chapters In Books / Monographs

  • Dhar P, Sudhindran S. Ischemic Bowel Disease. IN API Textbook of Medicine 12th edition. Chief Editor Kamath S (In Press 2022)
  • Agrawal A, Mullick S, Dhar P. Surgical access to the abdomen (incisions closures including laparoscopic port placement) IN Abdominal trauma, Abdominal wall, Peritoneum and Retroperitoneum. Ed Nagral S, Nanavati A. Part of series “Oxford Gastrointestinal Surgery Library’. Series editor Gouma D, Nundy S. Oxford University. 2022.
  • Dhar P, Mathew JS. Assessing Availability of Facilities, Infrastructure and Resources IN Thesis Writing for Master's and Ph.D. Ed Parija SC, Kate V. (Springer) 2018
  • Dhar P, Nautiyal M, Binoj ST. Ch 11. Cystic neoplasms of Pancreas IN Contemporary surgery vol 3. 2018. Ed. Abraham SJ and Kumar A (Micro labs)
  • Dhar P, Paulose R. Menon RC, Moorthy S. Cystic neoplasms of pancreas. In IASG Textbook. Ed Sahni P. (Byword) In Press.
  • Dhar P. Ischemic Bowel Disease. p 1720-3. IN API Textbook of Medicine 11th edition. Chief Editor Kamath S. 2018
  • Dhar P, Balakrishnan D, Agrawal A. Crohn’s disease. In Surgical gastroenterology textbook (ed Haribhakti) Paras Medical Publishers 3rd editions (also 1st and 2nd) 2018
  • Dhar P, Nautiyal M. Cystic neoplasms of pancreas In Surgical gastroenterology textbook (ed Haribhakti) Paras Medical Publishers 3rd edition 2018
  • P Dhar, S Chacko. Investigation and Management of Gallstone Disease. In Practical Gastroenterology, 2016 Ed V Balakrishnan, G Rajesh
  • Paulose R, Ram D, Dhar P. Mesenteric tumours IN GI Surgery Annual Vol 22(Published by Indian association of Surgical gastroenterology). Ed TK Chattopadhyay, 2015
  • Dhar P, Tiwari N, and Saraf V. (Chapter 6) IN ECAB Clinical Update: Gastroenterology/ Hepatology: Diabetes and Exocrine Pancreas (Ed Unnikrishnan AG) Elsevier 2014.
  • Dhar P, Unnikrishnan G. Pelvic Exenteration p159-169. In Operative Procedures in Surgical Gastroenterology. Ed Kaushik SP (Jaypee) 2009
  • Dhar P, Menon RC. Radical Cytoreductive Surgery for Pseudomyxoma Peritonei p171-184. In Operative Procedures in Surgical Gastroenterology. Ed Kaushik SP (Jaypee) 2009
  • Dhar P, Prasad K. Pelvic Exenteration in GI Surgery Annual vol 10. 2003. TK Chattopadhyay (ed.) Published by Indian Association of Surgical Gastroenterology.

Journal Articles

  • Bhatwal A, Bavikatte A, Dhar P. Gallbladder polyps: Is a cancer phobia justified?. J Med Evid 2022;3:130-3
  • Mathew A, Ramachandra D, Goyal A, Karthyarth MN, Kaushal G, Rakesh NR, Agrawal A, Joseph PM, Dhar P. 49: Re-Constructive Techniques Following Resection Of Mid And Low Rectal Cancers: An Updated Network Meta-Analysis. Gastroenterology. 2022 May 1;162(7):S-1303.
  • Dhar P. Broken strings can still make a symphony. J Med Evid 2022;3:204-6
  • Mathew A, Rakesh NR, Kaushal G, Ramachandra D, Goyal A, Karthyarth MN, Azad S, Sanyal S, Dhar P. IgG4-Related Pancreato-Biliary Disease in the Disguise of Malignancy. Am Surg 2022 Online doi: 10.1177/00031348221102610
  • Seenivasagam RK, Dhar P. People we admire - The cancer care messiah of Northeast India: Dr Ravi Kannan. J Med Evid 2022;3:111-4
  • Ramachandra D, Kaushal G, Mathew A, Dhar P, Rakesh NR. Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Sigmoid Colon: A Path Less Traveled. Cureus 2022 14(2): e22297. DOI 10.7759/cureus.22297
  • Mathew A, Kaushal G, Ramachandra D, Rakesh NR, Dhar P. Staple Line Dehiscence in Gastric Conduit Following Esophagectomy: A Complication Conspicuously Missing a Mention It Deserves. Cureus 2022 14(1): e21581. DOI 10.7759/cureus.21581
  • Dhar P, Nundy S. The NExT Challenge – The National Exit Test (Editorial). J Med Evid 2021:2:201-3.
  • Dhar P, Balakrishnan D. People we admire : Philanthropist and Altruistic Organ Donor Kochouseph Chittilappilly. J Med Evid 2021:2:286-8.
  • Dhar M, Chaturvedi J, Panda PK, Patnaik I, Dhar P. Dynamics of health-care professional deployment in COVID-19 pandemic. J Med Evid 2021. 2: 101-4.
  • Ranjan SK, Ghorai RP, Narain TA, Dhar P, Mandal AK. Jack stone: When the urologist finds a SARS-CoV-2 virus look alike in the bladder! J Med Evid 2021. 2: 187-8.
  • Mbamalu O, Bonaconsa C , Nampoothiri V, Surendran S, Veepanattu P, Singh S, Dhar P, Carter V, Boutall A, Pennel T, Hampton M, Holmes A, Mendelson M, Charani E. Patient understanding of and participation in infection-related care across surgical pathways: a scoping review. International Journal of Infectious Diseases 2021. (online) doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijid.2021.07.039
  • Gupta A, Gupta S, Rajput D, Durgapal P, Chennatt JJ, Kishore S, Rao S, Dhar P, GuptaM, Ravi Kant. Expression and clinicopathological correlation of Ki-67 in gall bladder carcinoma. J Carcinog 2021; 20:11-16
  • Gupta A, Gupta S, Mani R, Durgapal P, Goyal B, Rajput D, Rao S, Dhar P, Gupta M, Kishore S, Kant R. Expression of Human epidermal growth factor receptor 2, Survivin, Enhancer of zeste homolog -2, Cyclooxygenase-2, p53 and p16 molecular markers in Gall bladder carcinoma. J Carcinog 2021;20:7.
  • Rao S , Rohilla KK, Kathrotia R, Naithani M, Varghese A, Bahadur A, Dhar P, Aggarwal P , Gupta M, Ravi Kant. (June 11, 2021) Rapid Workforce Development to Combat the COVID-19 Pandemic: Experience From a Tertiary Health Care Centre in North India. Cureus 13(6): e15585. DOI 10.7759/cureus.15585
  • Singh S, Mendelson M, Surendran S, Bonaconsa C, Mbamalu O, Nampoothiri V, Boutall A, Hampton M, Dhar P, Pennel T, Tarrant C, Leather A, Holmes A, Charani E, on behalf of the ASPIRES co-investigators. Investigating infection management and antimicrobial stewardship in surgery: a qualitative study from India and South Africa. Clin Microbiol Infect 2021 doi:10.1016/j.cmi.2020.12.013.
  • Dhar P. Brain stem death: Critics and ethics. Amrita J Med 2020;16:77-81.
  • Dhar P, Agrawal A, Sudhindran S, Unnikrishnan G, Nundy S. How to do it: Living donor Liver Transplant. J Med Evid 2020. 1: 54-60.
  • Tayal M, Gupta P, Sharma P, Sanyal S, Raj N, Dhar P, Chauhan U. Interventional Radiologist : Changing perspective and role in managing patients with gastrointestinal bleeding. Int J Sci Res. 2020. 9(8): 22-24.
  • Narain TA, Gautam G, Seth A, Panwar VK, Rawal S, Dhar P, Talwar HS, Singh A, Jaipuria J., Mittal A. Uro-oncology in times of COVID-19: The available evidence and recommendations in the Indian scenario. Indian J cancer 2020. 57(2) 129-138.
  • Mallick S, Nair K, Thillai M, Manikandan K, Sethi P, Madhusrinivasan D, Johns SM, Binoj ST, Zubair M, Ramachandran NM, Balakrishnan D, Unnikrishnan G, Dhar P, Sudheer OV, Sudhindran S. Liver Transplant in Acute Liver Failure – Looking Back Over 10 Years. J Clin Exp Hepatol. 2020. 10(4):322-328.
  • Shaji JM, Kumar KYS, Nair K, Thankamony Amma BSP, Lakshmi KK, Balakrishnan D, Gopalakrishnan U, Menon RN, Sunny A, Dhar P, Othiyil VS, Surendran S. Antegrade hepatic artery and portal vein perfusion versus portal vein perfusion alone in live donor liver transplantation: a randomized trial. Liver Transpl. 2019. 25: 1353-62
  • Chaudhari V, Pradeep R, Ramesh H, Bhandare M, Dhar P, Pal S, Senthilnathan, S Jeswanth, Menon, RN, Singh AN, Sabnis S, Rao GV, S Shrikhande. Surgery for cystic tumors of pancreas: report of high volume multi institutional indian experience over a decade. Surgery. 2019. 166(6):1011-1016.
  • Mathew SJ, Manikandan K, Santosh KY, Binoj ST, Balakrishnan D, Gopalakrishnan U, Menon RN, Dhar P, Sudheer OV, Aneesh S, Sudhindran S. Biliary complications among live donors following live donor liver transplantation. The Surgeon. 2018. 16(4):214-219.
  • Sethi P, Thillai M, Binoj ST, Mallick S, Unnikrishnan G, Balakrishnan D, Menon RN, Sudhindran S, Dhar, Sudheer Othiyil Vayoth. Living Donor Liver Transplantation Using Small-for-Size Grafts: Does Size Really Matter? J Clin Exp Hepatol. 2018. 8(2):125-131.
  • Palepu J, Shrikhande SV, Bhaduri D, Shah RC, Sirohi B, Chhabra V, Dhar P, Sastry R, Sikora S. Trends in diagnosis of gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (GEP-NETs) in India: A report of multicenter data from a web-based registry. Indian J Gastroenterol. 2017, 36 (6): 445-451.
  • Kanetkar AV, Balakrishnan D, Sudhindran S, Dhar P, Gopalakrishnan U, Menon R, Sudheer OV. Is Portal Venous Pressure or Porto-systemic Gradient Really A Harbinger of Poor Outcomes After Living Donor Liver Transplantation? J Clin Exp Hepatol. 2017 7(3):235-246
  • Santosh Kumar KY, Mathew JS, Balakrishnan D, Bharathan VK, Binoj SPTA, Unnikrishnan G, Menon RN, Dhar P, Sudheer OV, Sudhindran S. Intraductal Transanastomotic Stenting in Duct To Duct Biliary Reconstruction Following Living Donor Liver Transplantation: A Randomized Trial. Journal of the American College of Surgeons. 2017. 225 (6), 747-754
  • Babu R, Sethi P, Surendran S, Dhar P, Gopalakrishnan U, Balakrishnan D, Menon RN, Sivasankarapillai T B, Othiyil Vayoth S, Thillai M. A New Score to Predict Recipient Mortality from Preoperative Donor and Recipient Characteristics in Living Donor Liver Transplantation (DORMAT Score). Ann Transplant. 2017 22:499-506.
  • Chandran B, Bharathan VK, Shaji Mathew J, Amma BSPT, Gopalakrishnan U1 Balakrishnan D, Menon RN, Dhar P, Vayoth SO, Surendran S. Quality of life of liver donors following donor hepatectomy. Indian J Gastroenterol. 2017;36(2):92-98.
  • Bavikatte AP, Sudhindran S, Dhar P, Sudheer OV, Unnikrishnan G, Balakrishnan D, Menon RN. Live donor liver transplantation for antitubercular drug-induced acute liver failure. Indian J Gastroenterol. 2017, 36 (1):56-61.
  • Bharathan VK, Chandran B, Unnikrishnan G, Christi TV, RCN Menon, Balakrishnan D, Sudheer OV, Dhar P, Sudhindran S Perioperative Prostaglandin E1 Infusion In Live Donor Liver Transplantation: A Double Blind Placebo Controlled Randomized Trial. Liver Transplantation. 2016, 22(8):1067-74.
  • Sreedharanunni S, Paulose R, Jojo A, Dhar P, Gangadharan P. Colonic polyposis syndromes--an experience from a tertiary centre in South India. Indian J Gastroenterol. 2015, 34(3):233-9.
  • Dhar P, Kalghatgi S, Saraf V. Pancreatic cancer in chronic pancreatitis. Indian J Surg Oncol. 2015, 6(1):57-62.
  • Saraf V, Pande S, Gopalakrishnan U, Balakrishnan D, Menon RN, Sudheer OV, Dhar P, Sudhindran S. Acute liver failure due to zinc phosphide containing rodenticide poisoning: Clinical features and prognostic indicators of need for liver transplantation. Indian J Gastroenterol. 2015, 34(4):325-9.
  • Subhash R, Unnikrishnan G, Balakrishnan D, Sudheer OV, Dhar P, Sudhindran S. Gastrointestinal mural hematoma – Analysis of clinical and radiological features for early differentiation from mesenteric ischemia. Indian J Gastroenterol. 2014, 33(4):364-8.
  • Sudhindran S, Aboobacker S, Menon RN, Unnikrishnan G, Sudheer OV, Dhar P. Cost and efficacy of immunosuppression using generic products following living donor liver transplantation in India. Indian J Gastroenterol. 2012, 31(1):20-3
  • Sukumar S, Sivanandan E, Bhat HS, Mathew G, Sudheer OV, Dhar P. Revisiting the double barreled colostomy for simultaneous urinary and fecal diversion – an Indian experience. Indian J Gastroenterol. 2010, 29(6):240-3.
  • Jayaraman M, Dhar P, Sudhindran S, Sudheer OV, Jojo A. GIST – A Paradigm Shift from Surgeon to Physician. Amrita Journal of Medicine. 2009, 5(1) 37-9.
  • Krishnan P, Vayoth SO, Dhar P, Surendran S, Ponnambathayil S. Laparoscopy in suspected abdominal tuberculosis is useful as an early diagnostic method. ANZ J Surg. 2008, 78(11):987-9.
  • Balakrishnan V, Unnikrishnan AG, Thomas V, Choudhuri G, Veeraraju P, Singh SP, Garg P, Pai CG, Devi RN, Bhasin D, Jayanthi V, Premalatha N, Chacko A, Kar P, Rai RR, Rajan R, Subhalal N, Mehta R, Mishra SP, Dwivedi M, Vinayakumar KR, Jain AK, Biswas K, Mathai S, Varghese J, Ramesh H, Alexander T, Philip J, Raj VV, Vinodkumar A, Mukevar S, Sawant P, Nair P, Kumar H, Sudhindran S, Dhar P, Sudheer OV, Sundaram KR, Tantri BV, Singh D, Nath TR. Chronic pancreatitis. A prospective nationwide study of 1,086 subjects from India. JOP. 2008 2;9(5):593-600.
  • Chandra A, Dhar P, Dharap S, Goel A, Gupta R, Hardikar JV, Kapoor VK, Mathur AK, Modi P, Narwaria M, Ramesh MK, Ramesh H, Sastry RA, Shah S, Virk S, Sudheer OV, Sreevathsa MR, Varshney S, Kochhar P, Somasundaram S, Desai C, Schou M. Cefoperazone-sulbactam for treatment of intra-abdominal infections: results from a randomized, parallel group study in India. Surg Infect (Larchmt). 2008 Jun;9(3):367-76.
  • Praseedom RK, Dhar P, Jamieson NV, Wallwork J, Bergman I, Lomas DJ. Leiomyosarcoma of the retrohepatic vena cava treated by excision and reconstruction with an aortic homograft: a case report and review of literature. Surg Innov. 2007, 14(4):287-91.
  • Ramesh M.K., Sastry R.A., Rekha A., Ashok A.C., Dhar P., Ellis-Grosse E.J. Tigecycline as effective as imipenem/cilastatin in the treatment of complicated intra-abdominal infections: experience in India. Clinical Microbiology and Infection 2006; 12 (S4): 1787.
  • Unnikrishnan G, Gandhi V, Balakrishnan D, Sudheer OV, Dhar P, Sudhindran S. Klippel Trenaunay syndrome: A rare cause of lower gastrointestinal bleeding. Amrita Journal of Medicine. 2006, 2(2) 40-41.
  • Balakrishnan D, Dhar P, Praseedom RK, Kumar L, Sudhindran S. Giant polyp of the oesophagus. Amrita Journal of Medicine. 2006, 2(1) 36-7.
  • Dhar P, Sudhindran S, Jayaraman M, Moorthy S. Inferior pancreaticoduodenal artery pseudoaneurysm – a rare presentation and novel therapy. Hepatogastroenterology. 2006, 53 (S1): 240
  • Sudhindran S, Dhar P, Menon RC, Sudheer OV. Spectrum of cystic tumours of the pancreas – A clinicopathological and surgical analysis. Hepatogastroenterology. 2006, 53 (S1): 91
  • Unnikrishnan G, Dhar P, Sudhindran S. Chemoradiotherapy for rectal cancer. N Engl J Med. 2005, 352(5):509-11
  • Mehta RM, Sudheer VO, John AK, Nandakumar RR, Dhar PS, Sudhindran S, Balakrishnan V. Spontaneous rupture of giant gastric stromal tumor into gastric lumen. World J Surg Oncol. 2005 Feb 15;3(1):11.
  • Krishnan P, Chandrika K, Sudheer OV, Dhar P, Sudhindran. Is sentinel node mapping useful in colorectal carcinoma? Indian J Gastroenterol. 2005, 24(3):129-30.
  • Mehta R, Unnikrishnan G, Sudheer OV, John A, Dhar P, Sudhindran S, Balakrishnan V. Incidental detection of tubular oesophageal duplication in gastric cardia malignancy. Indian Journal of Gastroenterology 2004, 23(5):192
  • Unnikrishnan G, Dhar P, Bhat S, Vijayakumar DK. Abdominoperineal resection and pelvic exenteration for carcinoma rectum (How I do it) in GI Surgery Annual vol 10. 2004. TK Chattopadhyay (ed.) Published by Indian Association of Surgical Gastroenterology.
  • Rajan R, Dhar P, Praseedom R, Moorthy S, Sudhindran S. Role of contrast CT in acute lower gastrointestinal bleeding. Digestive Surgery 2004;21:293-296.
  • Abraham I, Dhar P, Praseedom RK. Adjuvant chemoradiotherapy for gastric cancer. New England Journal of Medicine 2002, 346:210-1. (Letter).
  • Chaudhary A, Dhar P, Sachdev AK, Agarwal AK. Complicated choledochal cysts. Int Surg 2001, 86:97-102.
  • Chaudhary A, Dhar P, Agarwal A, Sarin SK. Long-term outcome of surgical treatment for gastric varices. Hepatology. 2000. 32(4)519
  • Chaudhary A, Dhar P, Sachdev A, Agarwal AK. Gastric outlet obstruction in carcinoma gall bladder. Indian Journal of Gastroenterology 1999, 18: 101-103.
  • Chaudhary A, Dhar P, Sarin SK, Sachdev A, Agarwal A. Bile duct obstruction due to portal biliopathy in extrahepatic portal hypertension – surgical management. British Journal of Surgery. 1998, 85: 326-329.
  • Chaudhary A, Dhar P, Tomey S, Sachdev A, Agarwal A. Segment III Cholangio-Jejunostomy in carcinoma of the gall bladder. World Journal of Surgery 1997, 21: 866-870.
  • Chaudhary A, Dhar P, Sachdev A, Agarwal AK. Surgical management of pancreatic necrosis presenting with locoregional complications. British Journal of Surgery 1997; 84: 965-968.
  • Chaudhary A, Dhar P, Sachdev A. Reoperative surgery for choledochal cysts. British Journal of Surgery 1997; 84: 781-784.
  • Dhar P, Chaudhary A, Desai R, Agarwal A, Sachdev A. Current trends in the diagnosis and management of cystic hydatid disease of the liver. Journal of Communicable diseases 1996; 28: 221-230.
  • Agarwal A, Dhar P, Chaudhary A. Surgery for portal hypertension. International Journal of Progress in Cardiovascular Sciences 1996; 3: 106-105.
  • Dhar P, Tomey S, Jain P, Azfar M, Sachdev A, Chaudhary A. Internal pancreatic fistulae with serous effusions in chronic pancreatitis. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery 1996; 66: 608-11.
  • Chaudhary A, Puri AS, Dhar P et al. Elective surgery of corrosive gastric injury. World Journal of Surgery 1996; 20: 703-706.
  • Chaudhary A, Dhar P, Sachdev A, Kumar N, Vij JC, Sarin SK, Broor SL, Sharma SS. Choledochal cyst– differences in children and adults. British Journal of Surgery 1996; 83; 186-188.
  • Dhar P, Tomey S, Sachdev A et al. Surgical management of choledochal cyst. Ind J Gastroenterol 1993: 12 (suppl 2) A32.
  • Choudhary A, Dhar P,Tomey S, Sachdev A, Aranya RC. Palliative surgery for carcinoma pancreas. Ind J Gastronterol 1993: 12 (suppl2) (A).