Department of Anatomy

  • Department
  • Professor and Head
  • Activities
  • Photos
  • Dissection Hall

About The Department

  • The Department of Anatomy at Tagore Medical College & hospital, Chennai was established in the year 2010. The department has highly experienced and dedicated faculty, state of art infrastructure and facilities to impart high quality, clinically relevant education in an experiential learning environment.

Goals And Focus

  • MBBS students are given a sound grounding in gross and microanatomy along with developmental anatomy with its inherent anomalies for understanding the anatomical basis of various clinical problems and disease presentations. Several learning methodologies are adopted and initiated like small group teaching, vertical integration, interdisciplinary (professional) student interaction and improvement in the formative and summative evaluation.


At the end of the course the student should be able to apply the anatomical knowledge acquired during the course to:

  • Identify and locate all anatomical structures of the body.
  • Establish the configuration of the surface of the body, especially in its relation to deeper parts.
  • Distinguish various normal tissues under a microscope.
  • Understand the normal development and identify the major congenital anomalies.
  • Understand the principles of newer imaging techniques and interpretation of x-rays, computerized Tomography (CT) Scan, MRI, and sonograms.
  • Understand the anatomical basis of common clinical problems and procedures i.e., intramuscular & intravenous injection, lumbar puncture and kidney biopsy etc.


Dissection hall

  • A very spacious and well-ventilated dissection hall has the infrastructure to accommodate 150 students. The department provides 10 cadavers for dissection and demonstration every year, for 150 students.


  • Dissected human body parts, models of the human body and developmental details of prenatal life are exhibited. Students find these museum specimens helpful in consolidating what they learnt in the dissection hall.

Histology laboratory

  • The laboratory is equipped with more than a hundred microscopes and other infrastructures that help students understand the microscopic structure of human organs and the organization of tissues.

Departmental library

  • A hub of knowledge with old as well as latest editions of Anatomy books.

CME Organized by the Department

  • Stem cell research and its application

Research and Publications

  • Both the faculty and the students are encouraged to do research on advanced topics in anatomy and have the resources to do so. We enable them to plan investigative procedures for research, analyze data critically and derive logical conclusions. The research focus is on cadaveric studies of clinical relevance, experimental studies and medical education.

HOD Profile

Prof. Dr. D.H.Gopalan is an experienced and acclaimed teacher of anatomy. He is passionate about imparting clinically relevant knowledge through a judicious blend of traditional instructor led training and innovative and emerging technologies. He is a born teacher and a fervent proponent of using case studies, creative thinking and problem based learning in the class room. He has rendered an exemplary service towards the education of budding doctors.

-- Professor & HOD of Anatomy,
Co-Ordinator – Medical Education Unit,

Nodal Officer – Digital Mission Mode Project (MCI),
Tagore Medical College & Hospital.


  • MBBS – IRT Perundurai Medical College
  • MS- Madurai medical college
  • Advanced course in medical education (ACME) – Regional Nodal Centre (SRMC&RI).

Teaching experience

  • 12yrs of UG teaching experience

Awards and Achievement

  • Best teacher award -2016

Assigned Positions

  • Co-ordinator- Medical education unit
  • Nodal officer- Digital mission mode project MCI (DMMP- MCI)


  • Member of society for basic medical sciences
  • Member of anatomical association of India
  • Member of society of clinical anatomists

Research projects

  • Principal Investigator: Antidiabetic Effect of crude extract of Aegle Marmelos leaf and Aegeline compound by histological and biochemical parameters in Type 2 Diabetic Rats.
  • Co-Investigator: Various Student ICMR project.

Field of expertise

  • Expert in embalming procedures and Histology techniques.

Area of interest

  • Neuroanatomy, embryology & Human Genetics

Scientific papers

  • Presented many papers and chaired scientific sessions in state and national conferences.
  • Published eight scientific papers in renowned international and national journals.



  • Dr.N.Pratheepa sivasankari, Professor of Anatomy, SRMMCH & RC
  • Department of anatomy, organized a CME on “Awareness on body donation” with painting competition. Dr. Pratheepa sivasankari , Professor ,SRMMC & RC delivered her talk .


  • The Department of Anatomy, Tagore Medical College and hospital, organized a cadaveric Oath taking ceremony for the first year MBBS students on 10.02.2021.The occasion was graced by guest speaker Dr.N.Pratheepa sivasankari, Professor of Anatomy, SRMMCH & RC, Dean Dr. N.Gunasekaran, Dean Academics Dr. K.Ravindran, Medical director Dr. Kumudha lingaraj, Medical Superintendent Dr. K.Sivaprakasam , HOD’s and faculties of other departments. The ceremony began with a welcome address by Dr. D.H.Gopalan, Head of Anatomy Department and explained the importance of cadaveric oath to the MBBS students (Batch 2020-2021) and followed by pledge by the students


  • R. Rakshanaa – Gross Anatomy Of Uterus (Facilitator – Dr.Mary Antony Praba)
  • R.S. Vishali- Supports Of Uterus (Facilitator– Dr. P.Preethi)
  • T. Sriram – Development Of Uterus (Facilitator– Mrs.M.Vani)


  • M. Nithyavarshini- Gross Anatomy of Liver
  • R. Ajay Deepak – Histology of Liver
  • R. Karthikeyan – Development of Liver


Guest Speakers

  • Dr. D. Muthukumar, M.D, DM Former Professor of Cardiology, Madras Medical College, Cardiologist, ESIC Medical College, Chennai – 78.
  • Dr. S. Sundarapandian M.B.B.S., M.S., Professor & HOD of Anatomy SRM Medical College.


Dissection Hall