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Dr. Deepak Balasubramanian

Clinical Associate Professor

Department: Centre for Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology, Surgical Oncology
Qualification: MS, MCh
Email: deepakb21151@aims.amrita.edu

About Me

Dr. Deepak Balasubramanian currently serves as Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Head & Neck Surgery and Oncology. He completed his MBBS from Madras Medical College and subsequently his Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery training in JIPMER Puducherry. Following his residency, he undertook a three-year subspecialty training in head and neck oncology which led to the award of the MCh degree. He then completed a one-year advanced fellowship in head – neck and reconstructive microsurgery at the Sydney Head & Neck Cancer Institute, Australia under Professor Jonathan Clark. After his fellowship he returned to India and joined as faculty at Amrita in 2014.
Dr. Balasubramanian participates in the entire length and breadth of head-neck & reconstructive surgery. He shares a passion for both cancer and reconstructive surgery alike. He is a faculty for several national and international meetings involving head neck ablative and reconstructive surgery. He is actively involved in the training of head-neck and plastic surgery residents in Amrita. He is a core faculty for all Amrita training programs. He has published several articles in national and international journals and serves as a reviewer for prestigious international journals. He has authored text book chapters pertaining to head and neck and plastic surgery.


  • MBBS (2004) – Madras Medical College and Govt. General Hospital, Chennai
  • M.S (2009) – Otolaryngology, JIPMER Puducherry
  • DNB (2010) – Otolaryngology, National Board of examinations, New Delhi
  • MCh (2013) – Head & Neck Surgical Oncology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi
  • Advanced fellowship Head- Neck and Reconstructive Microsurgery (2014) – Sydney Head & Neck cancer Institute, Sydney Australia

Special Interests

  • Head & Neck Cancer Surgery
  • Head & Neck Reconstructive microsurgery
  • Facial nerve surgery & Facial nerve reconstruction
  • Salivary & thyroid surgery
  • Secondary reconstruction of the head and neck
  • Trans oral laser microsurgery


  • Balasubramanian D, Ebrahimi A, Gupta R, Gao K, Elliott M, Palme CE, Clark JR. Tumour thickness as a predictor of nodal metastases in oral cancer: comparison between tongue and floor of mouth subsites. Oral Oncol. 2014 ;50(12):1165-8.
  • Megalamani SB, Ravi D, Balasubramanian D. Clinical features and bacteriology of advanced pediatric otogenic lateral sinus thrombosis. Indian J Otol2013;19:118-21.
  • Sharma M, Balasubramanian D, Thankappan K, Mathew J, Jayaprasad K, Iyer S. Practical Technique for Predictable Wedge Osteotomies during Microvascular Free Fibula Reconstruction after Mandibulectomy. Journal of reconstructive microsurgery. 2013 Oct;29(08):555-8.
  • Sharma M, Balasubramanian D, Thankappan K, Sampathirao CL, Mathew J, Chavre S, Iyer S. Propeller flaps in the closure of free fibula flap donor site skin defects. Annals of plastic surgery. 2013 Jul 1;71(1):76-9.
  • Battoo AJ, Thankappan K, Ahmad SZ, Hedne N, Balasubramanian D, Trivedi N, Iyer S, Kuriakose MA. Efficacy of Per Oral Access in the Surgical Management of T2/T3 Oral Cavity Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2012 Aug 7.[Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 22872364.
  • Balasubramanian D, Thankappan K, Kuriakose MA, Duraisamy S, Sharan R, Mathew J, Sharma M, Iyer S. Reconstructive indications of simultaneous double free flaps in the head and neck: A case series and literature review. Microsurgery. 2012;32(6):423-30. doi: 10.1002/micr.21963. Epub 2012 Mar 21. PubMed PMID: 22438175.
  • Balasubramanian D, Thankappan K, Battoo AJ, Rajapurkar M, Kuriakose MA, IyerS. Isolated skip nodal metastasis is rare in T1 and T2 oral tongue squamous cell carcinoma. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2012;147(2):275-7. doi: 10.1177/0194599812439664. Epub 2012 Feb 27. PubMed PMID: 22371346.
  • Balasubramanian D, Thankappan K, Shetty S, Jayaprasad K, Mathew J, Iyer S. Cricotracheal reconstruction with free radial forearm flap and titanium mesh. Head Neck. 2012 Jan 31. doi: 10.1002/hed.22931. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 22290872.
  • Balasubramanian D, Iyer S, Thankappan K. Tracheoesophageal puncture site closure with single perforator-based deltopectoral flap. Head Neck. 2011 Oct 22. doi: 10.1002/hed.21872. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 22021029.
  • Venkatraman V, Balasubramanian D, Gopalakrishnan S, Saxena SK, Shanmugasundaram N. Topical Mitomycin C in functional endoscopic sinus surgery. Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol. 2012;269(7):1791-4. Epub 2011 Dec 13. PubMed PMID: 22159966.
  • Das PT, Balasubramanian D. External frontal sinusotomy and endoscopic repair of cerebrospinal fluid fistula in the posterior wall: preliminary report of a new technique. J Laryngol Otol. 2011 Aug;125(8):802-6. Epub 2011 Jun 10. PubMed PMID: 21729436.
  • Das PT, Balasubramanian D. Extradural cartilage inlay graft in cerebrospinal fluid fistula repair. J Laryngol Otol. 2010;124(12):1294-7. Epub 2010 Jun 8. PubMed PMID: 20529391.
  • Megalamani SB, Suria G, Manickam U, Balasubramanian D, Jothimahalingam S. Changing trends in bacteriology of peritonsillar abscess. J Laryngol Otol. 2008;122(9):928-30. Epub 2007 Nov 27. PubMed PMID: 18039418.
  • Kumaran S, Deepak B, Naveen B, Panneerselvam C. Effects of levocarnitine on mitochondrial antioxidant systems and oxidative stress in aged rats. Drugs R D. 2003;4(3):141-7. PubMed PMID: 12757399.
  • Juliet PA, Balasubramaniam D, Balasubramaniam N, Panneerselvam C. Carnitine: a neuromodulator in aged rats. J GerontolABiolSci Med Sci. 2003;58(11):970-4. PubMed PMID: 14630876.
  • Thomas SB, Balasubramaniam D, Hiran KR, Dinesh M, Pavithran K. Esthesioneuroblastoma with intracranial extension: A non-surgical approach. Asian Journal of Neurosurgery. 2016 Jul 1;11(3):313.
  • Sharma M, Dudipala RR, Mathew J, Wakure A, Thankappan K, Balasubramaniam D, Iyer S. Objective analysis of microtia reconstruction in Indian patients and modifications in management protocol. Indian journal of plastic surgery: official publication of the Association of Plastic Surgeons of India. 2015 May;48(2):144.
  • Iyer S, Jayaprasad K, Thankappan K, Balasubramanian D, Shetty S. PP153: Safety and efficacy of Low Molecular Weight Dextran (Dextran 40) in head and neck free flap reconstruction. Oral Oncology. 2013 May 1;49:S146.
  • Murthy SP, Thankappan K, Jayasankaran SC, Milind K, Prasad C, Balasubramanian D, Iyer S. “Deep extrinsic Muscle Involvement” is a Fallacy in the American Joint Committee on Cancer 7 th Edition Tumor staging of the oral cavity cancers. Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. 2017 Jun 10.

Review articles

  • Iyer S, Thankappan K, Balasubramanian D. Early detection of oral cancers: current status and future prospects. Current opinion in otolaryngology & head and neck surgery. 2016 Apr 1;24(2):110-4.
  • Gupta R, Balasubramanian D, Clark JR. Salivary gland lesions: recent advances and evolving concepts. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol. 2015 Jun;119(6):661-74.
  • Iyer S, Balasubramanian D. Management of radiation wounds. Indian J PlastSurg2012;45:325-31.
  • Gopal M, Balasubramanian D, Kanagarajah P, Anirudhan A, Murugan P. MadrasMedical College: 175 years of medical heritage. Natl Med J India. 2010;23(2):117-20. PubMed PMID: 20925216.
  • Subramaniam N, Balasubramanian D, Murthy S, Limbachiya S, Thankappan K, Iyer S. Adverse pathological features in early oral squamous cell carcinoma and the role of post-operative radiotherapy-a review. Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology. 2017 Mar 10.
  • Murthy SP, Balasubramanian D, Anand A, Limbachiya SV, Subramaniam N, Nair V, Thankappan K, Iyer S. Extent of Thyroidectomy in Differentiated Thyroid Cancers—Review of Evidence. Indian Journal of Surgical Oncology. 2017:1-7.
  • Badlani J, Gupta R, Balasubramanian D, Smith, Luk P, Clark J. Primary salivary gland malignancies: a review of clinicopathologicalevolution,molecular mechanisms and management. ANZ J Surg. 2017 Oct 5.
  • Subramaniam NR, Reddy R, Balasubramanian D, Thankappan K, IyerS.Is pulmonary metastasectomy beneficial in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma? A review of literature.Indian J Cancer. 2017 Jan-Mar;54(1):2-5. doi: 10.4103/ijc.IJC_170_17.


  • Dr. M.A.Gopalakrishnan GOLD MEDAL for best paper –Outcomes following pharyngeal reconstruction in total laryngectomy. Association of Otolaryngologists – Head & Neck Surgeons of India, South zoneconference – October 14-16th 2011.
  • Padmashri Prof. Kameswaran GOLD MEDAL for the best post graduate paper - Management of Sellar-SuprasellarCraniopharyngiomas : An Endoscopic Trans Nasal Trans Sphenoidal approach. Association of Otolaryngologists – Head & Neck Surgeons of India, Tamil Nadu State Conference – September 2008.
  • Padmashri Prof. Kameswaran GOLD MEDAL for the best post graduate paper - Rhinosporidiosis – Our Experience and Current Concepts. Association of Otolaryngologists – Head & Neck Surgeons of India, Tamil Nadu State Conference – September 2009.

Text Book Chapters

  • Sharma M, Balasubramanian D. Dressings and topical agents in wound care. In: Sarabhai S, Tiwari VK, eds. Principles and Practice of Wound Care, 1stedn. New Delhi: Jaypee Brothers Medical Publsihers, 2012; 79-85. ISBN-978-93-5025-864-4.
  • Limbachiya SV, Balasubramanian D. Neck Nodal Levels and Classification of Neck Dissection. Basic Concepts in Head & Neck Surgery and Oncology. 2015 May 10:77.
  • Limbachiya SV, Balasubramanian D. Management of Neck Metastasis with Unknown Primary. Basic Concepts in Head & Neck Surgery and Oncology. 2015 May 10:94.