S. Raja Sabapathy, MS(Gen), MCh, DNB(Plastic), DSc(Hon), FAMS, FRCSEd(Hon), FRCSGlas(Hon), Coimbatore, India, is chair of the department of plastic surgery, hand and microsurgery and burns, Ganja Hospital in Coimbatore, India. He was trained in general and plastic surgery in India and completed a hand and microsurgery fellowship at the Christine M. Kleinert Institute in Louisville, Kentucky. He is an honorary member of two Royal Colleges of Surgeons, Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Professor Sabapathy has been a world leader in hand and reconstructive microsurgery education. Professor Sabapathy and his brother, an orthopaedic spine surgeon, serve as directors of Ganga Hospital, a regional and national referral center for patients who have sustained severe upper and lower limb injuries and for replantation of amputations and brachial plexus injuries. They established the Ganga Microsurgery Training Institute and have trained more than 1,500 surgeons from 63 countries.
Professor Sabapathy is honorary consultant and advisor to the Armed Forces Medical Services of India, president-elect of the Asia Pacific Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand, and a member of the Executive Committee of the International Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand. He has served as president of the Association of Plastic Surgeons of India, the Indian Society for Surgery of the Hand, the Indian Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, the Indian section of the International Trauma Care Committee, and the Brachial Plexus Surgery Group of India. He serves on the editorial boards of five major journals. In 2016, he was the Sushruta-Guha Professor in Plastic Surgery and Wound Healing of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He is the first and only member of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons to be invited from India.