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Venkat Ganapathy, MD, FRCSC, MHPE (Cand)

Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery


Dr. Venkat Ganapathy is an assistant professor of surgery in the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, IL. He specializes in complex spine surgery.  As an academic surgeon expertly trained by leaders in spine surgery, he provides the highest quality of evidence based spine care with state-of-the-art operative and non-operative treatment in Springfield IL. Prior to joining SIU, he completed two spinal surgery fellowships – Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada and London Health Sciences Center, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada.  He is pursuing a master in health professions education degree at Maastricht University, Netherlands.  He completed an orthopedic surgery residency at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.  Prior to that, he worked as an emergency medicine physician as well as a rural family physician in Windsor, Nova Scotia, Canada.    

Dr. Ganapathy is American board certified in orthopaedic surgery. He is also Canadian board certified both in orthopaedic surgery and in family medicine. He specializes in the management spinal deformity, degenerative, traumatic and oncological conditions of the spine and offers patient centered care. He has research interests in spinal deformity, spinal degeneration as well as in medical education.

Dr. Ganapathy is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He is a candidate member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, North American Spine Society and AOSpine.  
For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ganapathy, please call SIU Health Care at 217-545-8000.

“The division of Spine surgery at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine are expertly trained in the treatment of complex spine conditions with the latest state-of-the-art procedures for the relief of pain, with a focus on minimally invasive surgical options”

My Approach to Patient Care

Fellowship trained in complex spinal surgery, I believe in a holistic approach to patient care by involving patients and their family in their treatment. Success with any treatment modality goes beyond the treatment itself. I strongly believe in understanding a patient's problem in context with their lifestyle, circumstances and perspectives. It is only with such active engagement of patients in their care can we enhance their understanding of medical  problems to reach realistic treatment goals and to meets their expectations. My career background as a family physician and my training in Spinal surgery has afforded me the best of both worlds by striving to provide compassionate and loving "Patient-centered care". I have made an irrevocable commitment in my practice to treat every patient as my own kith and kin by making collaborative and informed decisions to achieve the best outcomes for my patients. Spinal surgery is more than technical excellence, and there is no better speciality than spine to apply the famous saying "good surgeons know how to operate, better ones when to operate, and the best when not to operate".  I have always lived with that motto to do what is best for my patients. That is my commitment and my promise. 


Medical School: 
Sri Ramachandra Medical College & Research Institute, Chennai, India
Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada - Orthopedic Surgery
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada - Complex Spine Surgery, London Health Sciences Center, University of Western Ontario, Ontario, Canada - Complex Spine Surgery