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Dr. Vijayakumar D K

Clinical Professor and Head

Department: Surgical Oncology, Breast Diseases Division
Qualification: MS (Gen Surgery), MCh (Surgical Oncology)
Email: dkvijaykumar@aims.amrita.edu

About Me

Dr. D. K. Vijaykumar brings his skills and leadership toour Gynecological Oncology Department.
Dr. Vijaykumar did his basic medical training in the B.J. Medical College Pune. He did his MS (Gen Surgery) from the KEM Hospital Pune, under the guidance of famous oncologist, Dr. M. J. Mehta. It is to his credit that he stood first in the university for his final MS examinations. He later went on to work in Gynecologic Oncology at Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology under Dr. Elizabeth Vallikad. Moved to RCC Trivandrum in 1991 and worked there for 2 years before going on to do further studies and training in surgical oncology at the prestigious Cancer Institute Adyar, Chennai. After his M.Ch Surgical Oncology, he has worked for about 6 years in Kasturba Medical College Manipal and later as a consultant oncosurgeon at Apollo Hospital Vijayawada. He moved to Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences in 2003 to start the division of surgical oncology and later decided to concentrate his efforts on developing the breast and gynaecologic oncology services. The breast and gynaecologic oncology services at Amrita are now fully developed and capable of dealing with complex breast and gynaecologic cancers.
Dr. Vijaykumar has introduced the sentinel node program in breast cancer and also in some of the gynecologic cancers. He offers breast conservation surgeries and breast reconstruction wherever indicated. There is a good co-ordination of services with the medical and radiation oncology through the various tumor boards.
Dr. Vijaykumar is involved in training young surgeons and gynaecologists in the field of breast and gynaecologic oncology. He conducts a fellowship programme in gynaecologic oncology for those interested in a career in gynaecologic oncology.
Dr. Vijaykumar is actively involved in research and has over 30 publications to his credit.
Area of Interest (s) :Breast and Gynaecologic Cancers.


  • Examiner for MCh Surgical Oncology at the Dr. M.G.R. Medical University, Chennai.
  • DNB Appraiser for Surgical Oncology, RCC Trivandrum.
  • External subject expert for selection of candidates for MCh Surgical Oncology and for interview for promotion of faculty in surgical oncology at RCC Trivandrum.
  • Reviewer for Indian Journal of Surgical Oncology, European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, Indian Journal of Medical and Paediatric Oncology.
  • Editorial Board Member of "Research & Reviews: Journal of Oncology and Hematology."
  • Executive committee member of AOGIN India.
  • Life member in ISO, IACR, AOGIN India, AGOICON.


  • Richard Sullivan, Rajendra A. Badwe et al. Cancer burden and health systems in India 2: Cancer research in India: national priorities, global results. Lancet Oncology April 2014.
  • C. S. Pramesh, Rajendra A. Badwe et al. Cancer burden and health systems in India 3: Delivery of affordable and equitable cancer care in India. Lancet Oncology April 2014.
  • Anupama Rajanbabu, Santhosh Kuriakose, Sheikh Zahoor Ahmad, Tejal Khadakban, Dhiraj Khadakban, R. Venkatesan and D. K.Vijaykumar. Evolution of surgery in advanced epithelial ovarian ca in a dedicated gynecologic oncology unit- seven year audit from a care centre in a developing country. Ecancer 2014, 8:422.
  • Gandhi S.J., Satish C., Sundaram P.S., Subramanyam P., Vijaykumar D.K. Axillary reverse mapping using 99mTc Sulfur colloid - A case illustration. Clin Nuclear Med, CNM-D-13-00486R1.
  • Xiaou Niu, Anupama R., Mean Delisle, Feng Peng, Vijaykumar D. K., Pavithran K., Yukuan Feng, Susie Lau, Walter Gotlieb, Joshua Press. Brain Metastases in Women with Epithelial ovarian cancer:multimodal treatment including surgery or gamma-knife radiation is associated with prolonged survival. J Obstet Gynecol Can 2013;35(9):816-822.
  • Anupama Rajanbabu, Sheik Zahoor Ahmad, D.K. Vijaykumar, K. Pavithran and Santhosh Kuriakose.The significance of the site of origin in primary peritoneal carcinosarcoma: case report and literature review. Ecancer.2013.7:7: 295.
  • Vijaykumar Dehannathparambil Kottarathil, Michelle Aline Antony, Indu R. Nair, Keechilat Pavithran. Recent advances in Granulosa Cell Tumor Ovary: A Review. Indian Journal of Surgical Oncology, Vol 4, Issue 1, 2013; pg 37-47.
  • Dhiraj Khadakban, Tejal Gorasia Khadakban, D. K. Vijaykumar, K. Pavithran, R. Anupama. Factors associated with better survival after surgery in metastatic breast cancer patients: Indian Journal of Surgical Oncology, Vol 4; No. 1: 2013.
  • D.K.Vijaykumar, Michelle Aline Antony. Adult Granulosa Cell Tumor (GCT) – A Practical Approach: Research & Reviews: A Journal of Oncology and Hematology; Vol 2; No.1, 2013.
  • Anupama R., Santosh Kuriakose, D. K. Vijaykumar, Pavithran K., Annie Jojo, Indu R. N., Sheejamol V. S. Carcinosarcoma of the uterus: A single institution retrospective analysis of the management and outcome and a brief review of literature. Indian Journal of Surgical Oncology Dec 2012.
  • Vijaykumar D.K. Management of axilla in Breast Cancer: Reducing morbidity of axillary dissection. Research & Reviews: A Journal of Oncology and Hematology; Vol 1; Issue I, April 2012, Pages 1-5.
  • Robin George, Shekhar Sharma, Altaf Gauhar Haji, Vijaykumar: Prevention of axillary seroma by closure of axillary dead space after modified radical mastectomy - a prospective randomized trial. JK-Practitioner 2011; 16(1-2):55-57.
  • Anupama R., Sarah Thomas B., Wesley M. Jose, Pavithran K., Vijaykumar D.K. Malignancies in pregnancy: A case series and a brief review of literature: Research & Reviews: A Journal of Oncology and Hematology; Vol 1; Issue 2, September 2012, Pages 13-20.
  • Santhosh Kuriakose & Anupama Rajan & Vijaykumar Dehannathparambil Kottarathil & Sheikh Zahoor Ahmad & Sreekala Sreehari. Simultaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma of Cervix and Fallopian Tube; A Case Report. Indian J Surg Oncol: July-September 2011; 2(3): 176-177.
  • Dr. Anupama R., Dr. Sheikh Zahoor Ahmad, Dr. Santhosh Kuriakose, Dr. D.K. Vijaykumar, Dr. Pavithran K., Dr. Seethalekshmy N.V. Disseminated peritoneal leiomyosarcoma after laparoscopic myomectomy and morcellation. The Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology, 2011.
  • Pramod R.Pillai, Shekhar Sharma, Sheikh Zahoor Ahmed, D.K.Vijaykumar. Study of Incidence of lymphedema in Indian patients undergoing axillary dissection for breast cancer. Indian Journal of Surgical Oncology, Vol 1, Issue 3, March 2011, page 263.
  • K.Chitrathara, Sheikh Z.A., Vijaykumar D.K., Kuriakose S., Anupama R., Nandeesh M. Is hysterectomy needed in ovarian cancer? Indian J Cancer 2011; 48: 471-6.
  • Zahoor A. Sheikh, Indu Nair, D.K. Vijaykumar, Annie Jojo, M.Nandeesh. Neuroendocrine tumor of the vulva; a case report and review of literature. Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics- July – September 2010, Volume 6, Issue 3.
  • Shekhar Sharma, K.R. Hiran, K. Pavithran, D.K. Vijaykumar. A pilot study to assess the feasibility of evaluation of markers of response to chemotherapy at one day & 21 days after first cycle of chemotherapy in carcinoma of breast. WJSO 2009, 7:35.
  • Vijaykumar D.K., Chitrathara K.,.Shekhar Sharma, Pavithran K.,.Kishore Kumar. Epithelial ovarian carcinoma at Amrita Institute, Cochin, Kerala; A 4 year experience. IJMPO,Vol 30 Suppl.1,2009 pg24-25.
  • Altaf Gauhar Haji, Shekhar Sharma, K. Abdul Majeed, D.K.Vijaykumar, K. Pavithran, M.Dinesh. Primary Pancreatic lymphoma: Report of 3 cases with review of literature. IJMPO, Jan-Mar 2009, Vol 30, Isue 1; pg 20-23.
  • Manoj Babu R., Altaf Gauhar Haji, Chitrathara K., Vijaykumar D.K., Jayeta Samanta, Hiran K.R. Primary Transitional cell carcinoma of the fallopian tube in a premenopausal woman: A case report and review of literature. IJMPO; Jan-Mar 2009, Vol 30, Issue 1; pg 35-38.
  • Altaf Gauhar Haji, Shekhar Sharma, D.K.Vijaykumar, Poulome Mukherjee, R. Manoj Babu, K.Chitrathara. Primary Mammary Small Cell Carcinoma: A case report and review of the literature. IJMPO, Jan-Mar 2009, Vol 30, Isue 1; pg 31-34.
  • Vijaykumar D.K. Editorial: Chemotherapy for Cervical Cancers. IJMPO; Vol. 29 No 4, 2008 pg 6.
  • Shekhar Sharma, Vijaykumar D.K., Altaf Gauhar Haji, Jerry Paul.Transfusion-related Acute Lung Injury presenting with acute dyspnoea: a case report. J Med Case Reports. 2008; 2: 336.
  • Altaf Gauhar Haji, Chitrathara K., Shekhar Sharma, Vijaykumar D.K., Gangadharan V.P. Squamous cell carcinoma in bladder extrophy - A case report and review of literature. IJMPO; Vol. 29 No 4, 2008 pg 28-30.
  • Shekhar Sharma, Vijaykumar D.K., Altaf Gauhar Haji, Shaji A.K. Irrigation coupled bipolar cautery unit: A practical, economic and simple version. Ind J Plastic Surg; 2008; 41(2);162-66.
  • Manoj Babu, Chitrathara K., Vijaykumar D.K., Haji A.G. Sentinel Node biopsy in cervical cancer - A pilot study. IJMPO, 2007;28(4):8-13.
  • Vijaykumar D.K., Vijayaraghavan Sundeep. Reconstruction of chest, abdominal walls and perineum. Ind J Plast Surg; 2007;40(12) Suppl:90-98.
  • Shekhar Sharma, Vijaykumar D.K., Chithrathara K., Haji A.G., George R.C., Pavithran K. Role of neoadjuvant chemotherapy in advanced epithelial ovarian cancer: A retrospective comparison to primary surgery. Ind J Ped Med Onco; 2007;28(1):7-13.
  • Shekhar Sharma, Vijaykumar D.K., Altaf Gauhar Haji, Manoj Babu. Androgen secreting steroid cell tumor of the ovary in a young lactating women with acute onset severe hyperandrogenism. J Med Case Reports. 2007 Dec18; 1.
  • Robin George C., Shekhar Sharma, Vijaykumar D.K., Altaf Gauhar Haji. Coexisting Carcinoma Cervix and Hydatidiform mole-A case report. IJMPO, 2007;28(4):29-3.
  • D.K. Vijaykumar, R.Ravikannan, H.K.Chaturvedi. Plantar Acral Melanoma – An Experience from a Regional Cancer Centre India. Indian Journal of Cancer Vol 33, Sept 96, 122-129.
  • Vijaykumar D.K., Prahlad S., Chaturvedi H.K. Ultra-sound evaluation of pelvic nodes in cervical cancer. Eur J Gynaecol Oncol 1995;16:224. 9.
  • D.K.Vijaykumar, T. Cherian, Paul Sebastian, I. Ahmed, S.J.Abraham, G.Jeevi., R.C.C. Trivandrum India. Modified Neck Dissections in Salvage Surgery of Oral Cancers. “Medicine and Surgery 2000 AD,” Proceeding of the IInd International Meet of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow held on Nov 15-18, 1992.
  • T. Cherian, J. Kurian, D.K.Vijaykumar, R. Chittoria. Our Experience with Platysma Myocutaneous flap in Head & Neck Reconstruction. Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery IJPS 2000; 33: 7-1.
  • Karna R.K., Vijaykumar D.K., Kanade R.V., Cherian T. Mandibular Splint: Correction of Jaw Deviation following Hemimandibulectomy. Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery IJPS 2000; 33: 90-94.
  • Thomas Cherian, Paul Sebastian, Iqbal Ahmed, K.L.Jayakumar, P. Sivaramakrishnan, Santhosh J. Abraham, D.K.Vijaykumar. Salvage Surgery and Primary Reconstruction for Recurrent Oral Cancer Following Radical RT : An eight year experience. Oral Oncology Vol.II, Proceedings of the International Congress on Oral Cancer, New Delhi, India, 1991.
  • Rajani V. Kanade, D.K.Vijaykumar, Thomas Cherian, Bahitha Uthup. Effect of Ultraviolet radiation and low-intensity laser in the healing of wounds in irradiated skin. Hong Kong Physiotherapy Journal,Vol 20, 2002: 6-9.
  • Unnikrishnan G., Puneet Dhar, Sanjay Bhat, D.K.Vijaykumar. Abdominoperenial resection and pelvic exenteration for carcinoma rectum. GI Surgery Annual Vol 11, 2004; supplement 1: 19-25.