Varadarajan Kalidasan

Specialty: Paediatric Surgery/Paediatric Urology

Clinical Interests: Paediatric and neonatal surgery, paediatric urology, neurosurgery.

Mr Kalidasan is a consultant paediatric surgeon and urologist who has been the Principal Lead Clinician for Children's Services at the Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital for more than two years. He joined the Alex as a consultant in March 1997 after having been a locum consultant in Dublin for over a year.
Kali, as he is known, did his basic medical training at the Madras Medical College – one of the oldest and most highly acclaimed medical schools in India. He was awarded the Blalock Gold Medal for surgery (amongst other awards) as a medical student. He went on to complete a Masters in general surgery and an M.Ch. in paediatric surgery at the Institute of Child Health and Hospital for Children in Madras. The ICH in Madras is the largest children's hospital in India.
Mr Kalidasan was a Research Associate of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research and worked on neonatal necrotising enterocolitis. After a short tenure as Assistant Professor of Paediatric Surgery in Madras, he went on to become Registrar at the internationally acclaimed Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, from1992 to 1993. From there he took on the role of Senior Registrar in Paediatric Surgery at Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children in Dublin – the premier children's hospital in Ireland.
In 1996, Mr Kalidasan took the paediatric surgery fellowship exams of the Royal Colleges and was the first candidate ever to be awarded the British Association of Paediatric Surgeons Gold Medal as an outstanding candidate. He was asked to continue in Dublin as a locum consultant, covering the city's three children's hospitals.
Mr Kalidasan has published on various topics, ranging from neurosurgical problems to the modified button caecostomy. Another research interest has been Ethics Education in post-graduate medical training and he was recently awarded a Masters in Professional Research by the University of Brighton for the work he has carried out in this area. He has been invited to deliver lectures in international meetings including the Asian Association of Paediatric Surgeons. He is a peer reviewer for the leading journal in paediatric surgery – The Journal of Paediatric Surgery. Recently he has been appointed as a Co-Director of the Surrey and Sussex Comprehensive Local Research Network (CLRN).
Mr Kalidasan also chaired the New Alex Core Group, which was responsible for co-ordinating plans for the move of the Royal Alex to its new site.