The Department of Dermatology, Leprosy and Venereology is one of the pioneer department which exels in patient care and academic activities. The Department provides a comprehensive Out Patient services in Dermatology, Venereology, Leprosy and Paediatric Dermatology.Besides it also takes pride in having a seperate Paediatric Dermatology outpatient department. .It also which has inpatient facilities. The Department also provides wholesome care to patients with Psoriasis, Pigmentary disorders, Contact dermatitis, Leprosy, Autoimmune disorders. The Department also runs a cosmetology unit with chemical peels, dermabarasion and LASERS.

Name Designation
Dr. K. Karthikeyan Professor & Head
Dr. Ramchander Darak Professor
Dr. Hima Gopinath Assistant Professor
Dr. M.S.Gowtham Senior Resident
Dr. Lavanya Baby Mathew Junior Resident
Dr. R.Karthiga Junior Resident
Dr. Valeti Meghana Junior Resident
Dr. A.Sakthi Megalai Junior Resident
Dr. U.Sri Ramya Devi Junior Resident
Dr. P.Vijayasankar Junior Resident
Dr. Bodicharla Manjula Junior Resident
Dr. A.Haripraba Junior Resident
Dr. V.Kaleeswaran Junior Resident
Dr. R.Suganya Junior Resident

The Department offers Comprehensive out-patient and in-patient care for all diseases affecting the skin and mucosae, and systemic diseases with skin manifestations. The Outpatient department runs from 8.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. and provides care in various dermatological diseases.

A comprehensive care is given to various dermatological disorders ranging from common dermatological ailments to cosmetological problems with the various diagnostic facilities and instruments available.

Instruments Available Diseases Treated
PUVA chamber, Narrowband UVB, Spot NBUVB Comb Psoriasis , vitiligo etc
Electro Cautery Chemical Cautery Liquid Nitrogen Cryotherapy Warts, molluscum
Punch grafting and suction blister equipments Vitiligo
Dermabrasion Unit Acne scars
Iontophoresis Unit Palmoplantar hyperhidrosis
Dermojet Keloids
PRP – Centrifuge Acne scars, Chronic nonhealing ulcers, Androgenetic alopecia
LASERS – Fractional Co2 Laser, Diode Laser and NdYAG Laser Acne scars, hair removal, tattoo removal
Facility for staining for AFB ( Mycobacterium Leprae) Facility for various staining techniques – Tissue / fluid smears
Woods Lamp
Facility for Patch Testing
Derma scope
Dark ground microscopy
Special clinics function on certain specific days to give special care to certain common diseases such as vitiligo, psoriasis, leprosy, contact dermatitis. The schedule is as follows.
Pigmentary disorder clinic Monday
Leprosy clinic Tuesday
Auto Immune clinic Tuesday
Contact dermatitis Wednesday
Psoriasis clinic Thursday
Psychodermatology Clinic Thursday
STD clinic Daily

Departmental Activities

Undergraduate training

Includes both clinical classes and didactic lectures based on the syllabus prescribed by the MCI. The didactic lectures are scheduled weekly on 6th& 7thSemester.

6th Semester Wednesday
7th Semester

Clinical postings

The clinical postings are as scheduled as follows

4th Semester 2 Wks
6th Semester 2 Wks
8th Semester 2 Wks

The didactic lectures cover varied topics as prescribed by the Medical Council of India. Besides lectures other methodology of teaching such as role play, clinical quiz and group discussion are adopted to inpatient students’ better knowledge of subject. Further modular teaching on Venereology, HIV, Leprosy, connective tissue disorders is conducted to impart comprehensive knowledge to students. Image based teaching is another novel idea which has received wide acclaim.

Internship training

The interns are trained in proper clinical examination; elicit and interpret physical findings, and diagnose common dermatological disorders. They are also trained to perform simple, routine investigative procedures for making bedside diagnosis, specially the examination of scraping for fungus, preparation of slit smears and staining for AFB for leprosy patient and for STD cases. They are also trained to take a skin biopsy for diagnostic purpose. Manage common diseases recognizing the need for referral for specialized care in case of inappropriateness of therapeutic response.

Post Graduate training

Training of Postgraduates is an important part of departmental activities. The post graduates undergo full time residency program. The objectives of the training course in MD Dermatology, Venereology & Leprosy are –

  • Diagnose and manage independently common skin diseases, sexually transmitted diseases and leprosy.
  • Manage independently and efficiently all medical emergencies related with skin, leprosy and venereal disease.
  • Adopt preventive measures at individual and community levels against communicable and non-communicable skin, Venereal diseases and leprosy.
  • Teach requisite knowledge to the under graduate medical students.
  • To teach laboratory skills to other medical / paramedical team members.
  • Adopt a compassionate attitude toward towards the patients (and their families) under his/her charge.
  • To inculcate the principles of research methodology, so as to enable the resident to write scientific paper for thesis, publication in reputed journals and presentation in national and international conferences.

Teaching program

Academics are of paramount importance in our postgraduate residency program. Acquisition of practical competencies being the keystone of postgraduate medical education, postgraduate training is skill-oriented. Learning in postgraduate program is essentially self-directed and primarily emanating from clinical and academic work. The formal sessions are merely meant to supplement this core effort.

Teaching methods

  • Bedside Teaching Round
  • Histopathology session
  • Seminar
  • Symposium
  • Journal Club
  • Case discussion
  • Short talks
  • Group discussion
  • Drug review
  • Central session (held in hospital auditorium regarding various topics like CPC, guest lectures, student seminars, grand round, sessions on basic sciences, biostatistics, research methodology, teaching methodology, health economics, medical ethics and legal issues)

Teaching schedule

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
I week Symposium Symposium Long case presentation Short talk
II week Seminar Journal club Dermatopathology Short case presentation
III week Symposium Symposium Spotter discussion Drug review
IV week Seminar Journal club Dermatopathology QUIZ
  • All sessions are supervised by faculty members. It is mandatory for all postgraduates to attend the sessions.
  • All the teaching sessions are assessed by the faculty members and the peers at the end of the session.

Articles published from the department

  • Karthikeyan K. Treatment of scabies: newer perspective Postgraduate medical journal 81 (951),2005. 7-11.
  • Karthikeyan K. Tonsuring: Myths and facts. Int J Trichol 2009;1:33-4
  • Karthikeyan K. Crusted scabies. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol 2009;75:340-7.
  • Karthikeyan K, Latchoumibady K, Sowmya S. Double trouble: a case of von Recklinghausen’s disease with coexistent lepromatous leprosy. The Journal of Infection in Developing Countries. 2011 Nov 30;6(03):287-9.
  • Kumar A, Karthikeyan K. Madarosis: A marker of many Maladies. Int J Trichol 2012;4:3-18
  • Nitya S, Deepa K, Mangaiarkkarasi A, Karthikeyan K. Doxycycline induced generalized bullous fixed drug eruption–A case report. Journal of Young Pharmacists. 2013 Dec 31;5(4):195-6.
  • Karthikeyan K, Kumar A. Integrated modular teaching in dermatology for undergraduate students: A novel approach. Indian Dermatol Online J 2014;5:266-70
  • Karthikeyan KA, Kumar A, Bupathy A, Rajagovindan D. Integrated modular teaching in undergraduate medicine. National medical journal of India. 2014 Mar 1;27(2):90-4.
  • Kumar GR, Karthikeyan K, Sengottian KL, Tejaswi C. A typical Becker’s nevus at an atypical site in a female child. Indian J Paediatr Dermatol 2014;15:125-6
  • Keerthi S, Madhavi S, Karthikeyan K. Talon noir: A mirage of melanoma. Pigment Int 2015;2:54-6
  • Karthikeyan K. Penile cutaneous horn: An enigma-newer insights and perspectives. Indian journal of sexually transmitted diseases. 2015 Jan;36(1):26.
  • Saritha M, Karthikeyan K. Dermatitis neglecta-to be remembered, not neglected! Indian dermatology online journal. 2015 Mar;6(2):138.
  • Keerthi S, Madhavi S, Karthikeyan K. Talon noir: A mirage of melanoma. Pigment Int 2015;2:54-6
  • Kumar A, Karthikeyan K, Vyas MT. Osler’s sign revisited. Indian Dermatol Online J 2015;6:308-9.
  • Aboobacker S, Saritha M, Karthikeyan K. A retrospective analysis of dermatoses in the perimenopausal population attending a tertiary care centre in South India. J Mid-life Health 2015;6:115-21.
  • Tejaswi C, Rangaraj M, Karthikeyan K. Giant café au lait macule in an infant. Indian J Paediatr Dermatol 2015;16:268-70.
  • Sankar M, Kaliaperumal K. Pregnancy-Associated Sweet’s Syndrome: A Rare Clinical Entity. The Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology of India. 2015:1-3.
  • Karthikeyan K. Histoid Leprosy. The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 2015 Jun 3;92(6):1085-6
  • Aboobacker S, Saritha M, Karthikeyan K. A retrospective analysis of dermatoses in the perimenopausal population attending a tertiary care centre in South India. Journal of mid-life health. 2015 Jul;6(3):115.
  • Kumar A, Karthikeyan K, Vyas MT. Osler’s sign revisited. Indian dermatology online journal. 2015 Jul;6(4):308.
  • Keerthi S, Rangaraj M, Karthikeyan K. Telmisartan aggravates pustular psoriasis. J Pharmacol Pharmacother 2015;6:107-9
  • Saranya M, Saritha M, Karthikeyan K. Ram’ s horn nail – Giant onychomatricoma treated by complete surgical excision- A rare case report. Indian J Dermatol 2015;60:523
  • Tejaswi C, Mohanan S, Murugaiyan R, Karthikeyan K. Double trouble: Cyclosporine-induced thrombocytosis in a patient with methotrexate toxicity: Are they related?. J Pharmacol Pharmacother 2015;6:160-2
  • Karthikeyan K, Tejaswi h, Rangaraj M. Giant café au lait macule in an infant. Indian Journal of Paediatric Dermatology. 2015;0(0):0.
  • Murugaiyan R, Sengottian K, Karthikeyan K. Crusted scabies presenting as palmoplantar psoriasis in Down’s syndrome. Indian Dermatol Online J 2015;6:140-1
  • Kumar GR, Madhavi S, Karthikeyan K, Thirunavakarasu M R. Role of clinical images based teaching as a supplement to conventional clinical teaching in dermatology. Indian J Dermatol 2015;60:556-61
  • Aboobacker S, Saritha M, Karthikeyan.Dowling degos disease with mutations in POFUT1 in clinicopathologically distinct from reticulate acropigmentation of Kitamura. British Journal of Dermatology. 2015:173;584-586.
  • Murugaiyan R, Kaliaperumal K. Paracetamol suppository induced allergic contact dermatitis. Indian J Paediatr Dermatol 2016;17:42-4
  • Rangaraj M, Karthikeyan K. Propylthiouracil in treating psoriasis, a promise that failed: A hospital-based prospective study of propylthiouracil in the treatment of psoriasis. J Pharm Negative Results 2016;7:1-3.
  • Sengotuven KL, Murugaiyan R, Kaliaperumal K. Cutaneous manifestations of chronic alcoholism: a cross sectional study in a tertiary care centre in South India. Int J ResDermatol 2016;2:55-63.
  • Murugaiyan R. Epidemiological study, clinical spectrum and associations of childhood vitiligo in a tertiary care centre. Int J Res Dermatol 2016;2:86-90.
  • Murugaiyan R, Kaliaperumal K. Paracetamol suppository induced allergic contact dermatitis. Indian J Paediatr Dermatol 2016;17:42-4
  • Rajesh G, Keerthi S, Karthikeyan K, Venkatesan M. Weekly injection of histaglobulin produces long-term remission in chronic urticaria: A prospective clinical study. Indian J Pharmacol 2016;48:292-7.
  • Rangaraj M, Karthikeyan K. Propylthiouracil in treating psoriasis, a promise that failed: A hospital-based prospective study of propylthiouracil in the treatment of psoriasis. J Pharm Negative Results 2016;7:1-3
  • Nagakeerthana S, Rangaraj M, Karthikeyan K. One Drug-Two Similar Reactions. Report of cases of Ciprofloxacin induced Stevens-Johnson syndrome and Bullous fixed drug eruption. Journal of Young Pharmacists. 2016;8(2):161-63.
  • Kumara L, Rangaraj M, Karthikeyan K. Drawstring lichen planus: A unique case of Koebnerization. Indian Dermatol Online J 2016;7:201-2.
  • Prakash D, Karthikeyan K. A case control study of vitamin D levels in patients with vitiligo. International Journal of Research in Dermatology. 2017 Feb 23;3(1):103-6.
  • Karthikeyan K, Kumar A. Paederus dermatitis. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol 2017;83:424-31.
  • Murugaiyan R, Saravanan G and Karthikeyan K Changing Trends of Leprosy in Post Elimination Era – A Study from an Endemic Area. Indian J Lepr. 2017; 89: 23-27.
  • Nagakeerthana S, Rangaraj M, Karthikeyan K, Ichthyosis Follicularis, Alopecia, and Photophobia Syndrome. Int J Trichology.2017 Apr-Jun; 9(2):67-69.
  • Aboobacker S, Karthikeyan K ,Melasma and Hypothyroidism: Conflicting Coexistence?. J Clin Exp Dermatol Res 2017; 8: 429.
  • Mohamed Rafeek M,Karthikeyan K. A clinical study of cutaneous and mucosal manifestations in patients with chronic renal failure on hemodialysis. Int J Res Dermatol 2017;3:120-3.
  • Prakash D, Karthikeyan K. A case control study of vitamin D levels in patients with vitiligo. Int J Res Dermatol 2017;3:103-6.
  • Nagakeerthana S, Rajesh G, Madhavi S, Karthikeyan K. Bowen’s disease: Two case reports of a giant and dwarf lesions. J Can Res Ther 2017;13:371-3
  • Aboobacker S, Karthikeyan K, Naha S, Nair LV, Bava A, et al. Laugier-Hunziker syndrome: A diagnostic dilemma? J Surg Dermatol 2017; 2(3): 170–173
  • Gopinath H, Karthikeyan K, Valeti M. A lagging lock: Hair cycle abnormalities in follicular vitiligo?. Int J Trichol 2017;9:142-3.
  • Nagakeerthana S, Rangaraj M, Karthikeyan K. Ichthyosis follicularis, alopecia, and photophobia syndrome. Int J Trichol 2017;9:67-9
  • Rajesh G, Devan P, Keerthi S, Karthikeyan K, Acral porokeratosis associated with anonychia. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol.2018 Jan-Feb;84(1):81-82.
  • Polly D, Gopinath H, Karthikeyan K. Hypotrichosis in a child with olmsted syndrome. Indian Dermatol Online J 2018;9:65-8
  • Gopinath H, Valeti M, Karthikeyan K. Occult dysraphism presenting with acro-osteolysis.Pediatr Dermatol.2018 Jul;35(4):e215-e217.
  • Gopinath H, Aishwarya M, Karthikeyan K. Tackling scabies: novel agents for a neglected disease. Int J Dermatol.2018 Nov;57(11):1293-1298.
  • Gopinath H, Karthiga R, Karthikeyan K, A cross-sectional study of sweat-induced dermatitis during a South Indian summer: a glimpse of sweat gland-mediated cutaneous inflammation. Int J Dermatol.2018 Jun 12.
  • Nagakeerthana S, Madhavi S, Karthikeyan K. LEOPARD syndrome with late onset lentigines: A rarity. Indian J Paediatr Dermatol 2018;19:287-90

Postgraduates Achievements

Name of the Postgraduate Programe Topic Awarded
Dr. Keerthi Subramaniam SIMSCON 2013 Case Presentation 1st Prize
Dermatopathology 2015 Quiz 1st Prize
Dr. Kumara Lakshmanan Dermatopathology 2015 Quiz 1st Prize
Dr. Tejaswi Cherukuri SIMSCON 2014 Case Presentation 1st Prize
Dr. Sandra Premkumar CUTICON 2015 IADVL Quiz 2nd Prize
Dr. Saranya CUTICON 2015 IADVL Quiz 2nd Prize
Dr. Nagakeerthana DERMKID 2016 QUIZ 3rd prize
CUTICON Puducherry – 2017 Original article 1st Prize
Scientific society 2017 Original article 2nd Prize
Dr. Devan Prakash Scientific society Original article 1st Prize
Dr. M.S.Gowtham SIMSCON 2015 Case Presentation 1st Prize
CUTICON 2016 Case Presentation 1st Prize
QUIZ 2nd Prize
CUTICON Puducherry – 2017 Case Study 2nd Prize
IADVL Quiz 1st Prize
Paediatric Dermatology 2017 QUIZ 2nd prize
Dr. Manju Aishwarya PULSE CONFERENCE 2015 QUIZ 3rd prize
CUTICON 2016 QUIZ 2nd Prize
DERMKID 2016 QUIZ 3rd prize
CUTICON Puducherry – 2017 IADVL Quiz 1st Prize
Paediatric Dermatology 2017 QUIZ 2nd prize
Dr. Thekkinadeth David Polly SIMSCON 2016 Case presentation 3rd prize
Dr. R. Karthiga DERMASOUTH ZONE 2016 Poster 3rd Prize
CUTICON Puducherry – 2016 Case presentation 2nd prize
CUTICON Puducherry – 2017 Case presentation 2nd prize

University Medals:

Name of the Post graduate Batch University exam medal
Dr. Keerthi Subramanian 2012-2015 Gold
Dr. Tejaswi Cherukuri 2013-2016 Gold
Dr. Nagakeerthana 2014-2017 Gold
Dr. M.S.Gowtham 2015-2018 Gold

Community visited Thiruvennainallur Rural Health Training Centre every Friday between 8am to 1pm.

Organized & conducted:

S.No. Date Nature of the Program Programme
1 03.06.2016 Workshop Hair transplant workshop
2 23.03.2017 Chemical peels workshop
3 25.06.2016 Day Celebration Vitiligo awareness day
4 25.06.2017
5 25.06.2018
6 10.05.2017 World Lupus day
7 10.05.2018
8 27.10.2016 Psoriasis day Celebration
9 29.10.2017
10 01.12.2014 World HIV Day
11 01.12.2015
12 01.12.2016
13 01.12.2017
14 30.01.2014 World Leprosy Day
15 30.01.2015
16 30.01.2016
17 30.01.2017
18 30.01.2018
19 10.07.2016 CME DERMKID 2016
20 September 2014 Psoriasis and systemic Manifestation
21 September 2015 Eye and Systemic diseases
22 March 2016 Aesthetic Dermatosurgery
23 Dec 2013 Conference CUTICON 2013
24 July 10th 2016 DERMKID 2016
25 August 26th 2016 Realms in research dermatologist’s perspective
26 November 2016 CUTICON 2016
27 27.11.2016 Annual Conference of IADVL CUTICON 2016
28 July 2018 Cosmetics and Cosmeceuticals Conference
29 23.03.2017 & 24.03.2017 Awareness lecture Cosmetology awareness lecture & camp
30 February 2015 Workshop Dermpath Workshop
31 20.08.17 Cosmetology workshop
32 February 2018 PG Clinics 2018

Cosmetology workshop


Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy organized a one day Cosmetology workshop on 20th August 2017. Dr. K. Karthikeyan welcomed the gathering and the workshop was inaugurated by Dr. Kagne, Dean. Workshop provided hands on training for postgraduates & practitioners from various places of Puducherry & Tamilnadu. The sessions were planned in accordance with the recent advances in cosmetology field, which included short talk and live demonstration on, Botox, Thread lift, Platelet rich plasma.

Speakers for this workshop included.

Dr. A. Chandan

Dr. D. Dineshkumar

Dr. Aarthi Lakshmanan

Dr. M. Rangaraj proposed the vote of thanks


Hair transplantation hands-on workshop


We are very glad to inform everyone that our department has reached yet another milestone. Recently hands on workshop on hair transplantation was conducted by our department by the efforts taken by the head of our department Dr.Karthikeyan, for all the faculty members, postgraduates and few invited delegates. The workshop was a very successful one where an eminent hair transplant surgeon Dr.Sachin Yoele from Mumbai shared his experiences & knowledge on follicular unit extraction. Everyone had hands on and mastered the technique. With this initiative we are planning to enhance our department as a full-fledged cosmetology – dermatosurgery department.

Batch Name of the Post-graduates Working Institute Email ID
2012 – 2015 Dr. Keerthi Subramaniam Consultant Dermatologist Olivia Skin & Hair Clinics, Hyderabad. Associate Consultant,
Gleneagles Hospital,
Dr. Kumara Lakshmanan Consultant Dermatologist Royal Care Hospital, Coimbatore.
Private practice,
V.S Skin and Hair Clinic,
Dr. Shamma Aboobacker Calicut Medical College, Kerala.
2013 – 2016 Dr. Tejaswi Cherukuri Consultant Dermatologist & Aesthetic Physician
Apollo Speciality Hospital,
OMR Apollo Cradle.
Dr. Saranya Consultant Dermatologist SKS Multi – Speciality Hospital, Chennai.
Dr. Sandra Premkumar Consultant Dermatologist Dr.Yogiraj Centre for Dermatology & Cosmetology, Trivandrum, Kerala.
2014 – 2017 Dr. Nagakeerthana Private Practice,
Napolean Skin Hair and Cosmetology Centre, Kumbakonam.
Consultant Dermatologist,
Sacred Heart Hospital,
Dr. Mohamed Rafeek Muthu Meenakshi Hospital, Pudukottai.
Dr. Devan Prakash Gokulam Medical College, Trivandrum.
2015 – 2018 Dr. M.S.Gowtham Sri Manakula Vinayagar Medical College & Hospital, Puducherry.
Dr. N.G.Manju Aishwariya NG Hospital, Kallakurichi.
Dr. Thekkinadeth David Polly Trinity Radiance Skin & Cosmetology Centre, Palakkad.