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Dr. Ravi Sankaran

Clinical Professor and Head

Department: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Qualification: MD (PMR)
Email: ravisankaran@aims.amrita.edu

Areas of Specialization

  • Disorders of Consciousness and Cognition
  • Adult and Pediatric Spasticity
  • Peripheral Nerve Injury Rehabilitation
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation


  • MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Science) 1998- 2005, Manipal University, Manipal, Karnataka
  • MD Internal Medicine 2006- 2008, McLaren Regional Medical Center, Flint, Michigan
  • MD Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2008- 2010, Michigan State University, Lansing, Michigan
  • MD Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2010- 2013, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Cochin, Kerala, India
  • Primary Certification Hyperbaric and Underwater Medicine 2013, National Baromedical Services, Columbia, South Carolina, USA
  • Preceptorship in Cerebral Palsy, BIMRA, Bangalore 2013
  • Spasticity Surgery and Rehabilitation, Tokyo Women’s University, Shinjiku, Tokyo, Japan 2014
  • Transcranial Direct Stimulation and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, Kuala Lumpur ISPRM 2016 Workshop
  • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, Kuala Lumpur ISPRM 2016 Workshop
  • Neurological Music therapy, Mumbai, WCNR 2018 Workshop
  • Non-invasive brain stimulation Mumbai WCNR 2018 Workshop
  • Neural therapy certification, Barcelone 2021, New York 2022

Academic Appointments

  • July 2022 - Head of the Department
  • December 2021- Professor
  • December 2018 - 2021 - Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Cochin, Kerala, India.
  • 2013 - 2018 - Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Cochin, Kerala, India.
  • 2014 - Senior Specialist Neurorehabilitation

Other Non-Academic Positions

  • Editor in Chief Kerala Journal of PMR 2019-2021, Editorial Board Member Indian Journal of PMR 2021- onward’
  • Director of Amrita Hyperbaric Medical Services, January 2015- present
  • Director, Amrita Extended Care Facility, 2015- 2018

Other Information

  • AMBA indigenous haptic balance board- Patented
  • EOG powered hand orthosis- Patented
  • Lead physiatrist for India’s first two cadaveric hand transplants, first two below elbow transplants, and first above elbow transplant
  • Mentor in Hyperbaric Medicine

Scientific Participation

Professional Societies

  • Indian Academy of Cerebral Palsy (2015- present)
  • Indian Society of Organ Transplantation- Founding member Reconstructive Transplant chapter (2015- present)
  • Indian Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Life member (2018- present)



  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy in patients with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy. Sankaran R, Radhakrishnan K, Sundaram K R. Neurol India 2019;67:728-31.
  • A prospective study to determine the efficacy of CIMT in infants with Erb’s Palsy, Amrita Journal of Medicine, vol 11, no.2,July-Dec 2015, pg 12-17, Sankaran R, Surendran K, Sundaram, KR, Radhakrishnan P
  • Congenital subaxial cervical subluxation presenting as a bilateral Erb’s palsy: surgical management, rehabilitation, and outcome, Childs Nerv Syst ,25 October 2015 DOI 10.1007/s00381-015-2946-5, Sankaran R, Shah R, Menon S, Pillai A
  • First two bilateral hand transplantations in India (Part 3): Rehabilitation and immediate outcome Mohit Sharma, Subramania Iyer, P. Kishore, Jimmy Mathew, Sundeep Vijayaraghavan,,Ravi Sankaran, Arun N. Nair,, R. Janarthanan, Abhijeet Wakure, Raghuveer Reddy, S. M. Chetan Mali, Visakh Varma, Ashish Chaudhari, Swapnil Dhake, Akshay Omkumar, Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery Dec 2017
  • Outcomes of Ayurvedic Massage in Stroke, Journal of Ayurveda and Integrated Medicine, Feb 2018 Sankaran R, Nambiar V, Kamath CR, Kumar A
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Acute Ischemic Stroke: Indian Journal of Applied Research Feb 2019, Sankaran R, NR Sreehari

Book Chapter

  • Rehabilitation in Rheumatological conditions, A General Practicioner’s Guide to Rheumatology, 2016, Author- Dr Gireesh Kumar, Paras bookhouse, Cochin, Kerala, India
  • Starting A Peripheral Nerve Surgery Unit in an Area of Limited Resources - Our Experience, Chiazor U. Onyia, Ravi Sankaran and Ashok Pillai, Brachial plexus injury treatment

Other Works

  • Design and Development of Balance Training Platform and Games for People with Balance Impairments , N. Amritha, Menon M. Mahima, K. Namitha, R. Unnikrishnan, Mohan T.Harish, Sankaran Ravi M.D, Rao R. Bhavani, 2016 Intl. Conference on Advances in Computing, Communications and Informatics (ICACCI), Sept. 21-24, 2016, Jaipur, India,

Lectures given outside

  • Faculty speaker : Rehabilitation in India- an overview, Michigan State University, Sparrow hospital Lansing. Michigan, July 29th 2013
  • Faculty speaker : Rehabilitation of Brachial Plexus Injuries, Brachicon May 10th 2013, Kozhikode Medical College, Kerala, India
  • Faculty speaker : Hyperbaric Medicine, Diabetic foot CME, Pushpagiri Institute of Medical Sciences, Tiruvalla, India May 25th 2015
  • Faculty speaker : Post- cadaveric hand transplantation rehabilitation, 26th Indian Society of Organ Transplantation National conference, Oct 4th 2015
  • Faculty speaker : Extended Medical Care Facility, ISHMI CEO meet December 3rd 2015, Cochin, India
  • Faculty speaker : Hyperbaric Oxygen in Wound care, Abbot Foot Course, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Cochin, Kerala, India (recurrent monthly 2016)
  • Faculty speaker : Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Acquired Brain Injury, Michigan State University, Sparrow hospital Lansing. Michigan, November 21st 2016
  • Faculty speaker : Rehabilitation Post Cadaveric Hand transplantation, Michigan State University, Sparrow hospital Lansing. Michigan, November 21st 2016
  • Faculty speaker / Committee member –Integrating engineering and clinical practice in a tertiary hospital setting, RAHA- International conference on Robotics and Automation for Humanitarian applications, Amrita University, Amritapuri, Kerala, December 18th 2016
  • Faculty speaker : Cerebral palsy preceptorship for Physical Therapists, Management of tone issues in CP patients of all ages, Bhasuri Inn, Guruvayur, Kerala, Feb 12th 2017
  • Invited speaker : Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Acquired Brain Injury, Cochin Neurological Society, IMA house, Kaloor, February 28th 2017
  • Faculty speaker : Rehabilitation of India’s first two hand transplant recipients, Rehabcon 2017, Residency tower Trivandrum, April 9th 2017
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy in Acute Ischemic Stroke, World Congress of Neurorehabilitation, Mumbai February 2018
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy in Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy, World Congress of Neurorehabilitation, Mumbai February 2018
  • Young researcher presentation: HBOT in Acute Ischemic stroke, IAPMRcon, Delhi January 2018
  • Free paper session: India’s first 2 hand transplants, IAPMRcon, Delhi January 2018
  • Young Physiatrist Forum: Hyperbaric Oxygen in Acquired brain Injury, Rehabcon, Calicut, April 8th 2018
  • Young researcher presentation: Comparison of outcomes of 4 interventions in post-stroke spasticity, IAPMRcon, Mumbai, January 2019

Research Interests

  • Neural therapy
  • 3D printed Orthotics and Prosthetics
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
  • Disorders of Consciousness
  • Spasticity