Despite having a tight schedule of being an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) surgeon and also an academician, Prof Datuk Dr Prepageran Narayanan has been gaining international recognition by penning down his experience of performing the entire range of skull base surgery in a book form.
Bearing the title Atlas of 360 Degree Skull Base Surgery, the book was co-authored by Prof Prepageran and Dr Narayan Jayashankar from India, with contributions from UM’s otorhinolaryngology and neurosurgery departments, as well as experts from Oxford University, Harvard University and the Ohio State University.
He has been receiving multiple requests from young surgeons and FINALLY it happened!
From treating his patients like his own peers, his passion towards his career as well as teaching medical students and ENT fellows made him complete his long-live dream. Besides that, having mastered the knowledge of surgical education, his virtual teaching videos garnered more than 214,000 views on UM otorhinolaryngology department’s specialised YouTube channel.
This prompted him to pen a book on this topic, which was recently published by Thieme, an award-winning international medical and science publisher. Prof Prepageran stated that the book took four years to complete and that during his international travels to deliver speeches about these surgeries. He received feedback from surgeons who wanted numerous volumes on skull base surgery consolidated into one comprehensive surgical manual.
“The fact that this book is being utilised as a surgical atlas across the world is a strong indication that Malaysia and UM are currently at the forefront of innovation of surgery and surgical training. We’ve progressed to the point where our specialists can conduct international conferences and develop international surgical procedures,” he stated to The Star.
Having said that, Prof Prepageran acknowledged that the book was the outcome of a multidisciplinary collaboration between various UM departments. With ENT surgeries in the atlas from Malaysia being supervised by him at UM medical centre and those requiring neurosurgery being performed in collaboration with UM consultant neurosurgeon Prof Dr Vickneswaran Mathaneswaran.
“All of the specialists in my department were involved in authoring the chapters, including three individuals from Switzerland and the United Kingdom who were training with us at the time,” he stated.
Prof Prepageran has shared his surgical expertise across continents through workshops, surgeries, live dissections, and talks, as well as serving on international committees and editorial boards.
It came to our surprise after knowing that Atlas of 360 Degree Skull Base Surgery isn’t his first book as he has authored multiple books, and written over 200 peer-reviewed publications.
To date he has mentored over 50 surgeons in 360-degree skull base surgery since 2006 at UM. As the first fellow trained by Prof Prepageran, Assoc Prof Dr Tengku Ahmad Shahrizal Tengku Datuk Omar, who is the current UM Medicine Faculty deputy dean of student affairs and was the head of department when the book was being written, applauded Prof Prepageran’s effort, while describing his passion for treating and teaching as legendary among fellows and students.
Prof Prepageran’s philosophy as a surgeon views that medicine is not just about healing, but also about teaching young surgeons how to heal.
“I hope that the publication of this atlas will serve as a testament that there is no reason why while working in Malaysia, one cannot produce work that is internationally recognised,” he said.
We are just amazed with your contributions to the medical field, Prof Prepageran. Keep inspiring young surgeons continuously, Prof!