Growing up surrounded by rambutan trees, farm animals and two water wells from where the family drew their daily water – Dr Ganesh Ramalingam of G&L Surgical Clinic has come a long way from his idyllic childhood kampung in Sembawang. Today, Dr Ganesh feels at home in the surgical theatre, wielding his precise scalpel that he uses with great ﬁnesse and care as he expertly performs keyhole surgeries. In his work at G&L Surgical these days, he specializes in Bariatric Surgery, which includes life-changing procedures such as Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding, Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy, Laparoscopic Roux en Y Gastric Bypass and Intragastric Balloon inserted-Endoscopically.
Ever since his schooling days, Dr Ganesh has always aspired to be a surgeon. After all, surgery was the perfect marriage of his desire to help people, and his deep interest in the practical aspect of medicine. After graduating from the National University of Singapore with a degree in Medicine, Dr Ganesh went on to complete his post-graduate training and Fellowship with the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh.
He was subsequently sent to Israel for a year to specialize in trauma and keyhole surgery. Upon his return to Singapore, Dr Ganesh gained vast experience in the trauma departments in the public hospitals around Singapore, and eventually led the teams to develop and set up the Weight Management Centre and Bariatric Surgery Departments in Alexandra Hospital and Khoo Teck Puat Hospital and trauma teams in both hospitals.
Since taking his leave from the public hospital, Dr Ganesh has been keeping extremely busy in his specialties of gastrointestinal surgery, bariatric surgery, laparoscopy and endoscopy. He now heads his clinic, G&L Surgical, at Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital. When he is not working to better the lives of his patients in his practice, he serves in the Football Association of Singapore Medical Committee, helping to put in place policies that take care of the health and wellbeing of the members of the Singapore football team.