Dr. Rakesh Handa


Designation: Sr.Consultant

Speciality: Paediatric Surgery

Areas of Expertise: Paediatric Laparoscopic Surgery

Qualification: MS, MCh, DNB, MNAMS, FAIS


Jan 2006 onwards Senior Consultant Neonatal, Pediatric and Laparoscopic Surgeon. Involved in the daily care and operative treatment of newborn, pediatric and adolescent surgical cases of all types. Also involved in academics

  • Max Super Specialty Hospital, Patparganj, IP Extension, New Delhi – a 400 bedded super specialty hospital
  • Max Super Specialty Hospital, Vaishali, Ghaziabad, UP – a 300 bedded super specialty hospital
  • Kailash Hospital & Research Centre Ltd, Sec 27, Noida – a 340 bedded multi specialty hospital
  • Holy Family Hospital, Okhla Road, New Delhi – a 326 bedded hospital run as a Charitable Non-Profit Organisation
  • Asian Institute of Medical Sciences, Faridabad – a 350 bedded super specialty tertiary care hospital having all specialitites
  • Fortis Hospital, Sector 62, Noida, UP – a 200 bedded super specialty hospital
  • Rainbow Children’s Hospital, Malviya Nagar, New Delhi – a 150 bedded niche dedicated children hospital

2004 – Dec 2005 Head, Department of Pediatric Surgery, Command Hospital (Eastern Command) Kolkata – 700027

  • Working as Pediatric Surgeon and as a General Surgeon
  • Providing specialist cover to Armed Forces personnel in the entire North-East and also the civilian population in emergency terrorism related situations

1998 to 2004 - Head, Department of Pediatric Surgery, Army Hospital (Research and Referral), New Delhi

  • Worked in Army Hospital (Research and Referral), a 720 bedded superspeciality hospital, the premier institute of the Armed Forces. The hospital has a state of the art Special Care Neonatal Surgical Unit.
  • Was the pioneer of Pediatric Laparoscopic Surgery in India. Started Laparoscopy in children in 1998 and had the first paper presented in a National Conference in India at the Annual Conference of the Indian Association of Pediatric Surgeons in 1999 on Laparoscopy for Impalpable Testis.
  • Established the Pediatric Minimally Invasive Surgery Programme in 2001 which became the only hospital in New Delhi where Pediatric Laparoscopy was being done routinely in large volumes.
  • Have trained numerous Pediatric Surgeons, both civilian and of the Armed Forces, in the art of Pediatric Laparoscopy.
  • Recognised teacher for General Surgery in Delhi University since 1999 and actively involved in teaching of postgraduates, nursing and paramedical staff.

1996 to 1998 - Head, Surgical Division, Military Hospital, Ambala Cantt

  • A 600 bedded hospital, the only Military Hospital in Haryana which has a large concentration of troops as well as ex-servicemen Worked as a Pediatric Surgeon as well as doing General Surgery.
  • Was the only surgeon involved in casualty management of the Bomb blast services victims on Jhelum Express at Ambala Cantt Rly Station in Dec 1996.

1991 to 1992 - Surgeon Military Hospital, Jamnagar, Gujarat.

  • Only surgeon providing surgical cover to a large population of Army, Navy and Air Force personnel over a large area of Gujarat.

1989 to 1990 - Clinical Tutor (Assistant Professor) Department of Surgery, Armed Forces Medical College, Pune.

  • Appointed Clinical Tutor for standing first in the MS examination in AFMC Pune.
  • Involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.

1981 to 1986 - Medical Officer in the Army Medical Corps

  • Served as Medical Officer in Base Hospital, Delhi Cantt, Field Area (Ladakh) and Military Hospital, Jabalpur.
  • Pioneer of Pediatric Laparoscopic Surgery in India – started in 1998
  • Surgery for Spinal Dysraphism
  • Neonatal Surgery
  • Surgery for Hypospadias
  • Academics
  • Bal CS, Bajpai M, Handa R. 99mTc-MAG3 as a Single Modality Investigative Agent for Evaluation of Renal Diseases in Children – Indian Journal of Nuclear Medicine. 1998 13 45-50
  • Handa R, Upadhyay KK. Goldenhar Syndrome with H Type Tracheo Esophageal Fistula – Indian Pediatrics 2003 40 583-584
  • Spontaneous Perforation of Choledochal Cyst – Journal of Indian Association of Pediatric Surgeons 2003 8(2) 116-117
  • Anand SS, Handa R, Chauhan MS. Nuclear Imaging in Meckels Diverticulum – Medical Journal Armed Forces India 2004 60 198-199
  • DubeyAK,Sodhi K, Gupta A, Handa R, Bhatia S,Gupta R. Bochdalek Hernia in A Child. Medical Journal Armed Forces India 2004 60 305-306
  • Handa R, Kale R, Harjai MM. Isolated Mediastinal Lymphangioma herniating through Intercostal Space. Asian J Surg 2004 27 241-2.
  • Handa R, Harjai MM. Hydatid cyst of renal pelvis case report - Pediatr Surg Int. 2005 21 410-2. Epub 2005 Mar 22.
  • Upadhyay KK, Prabhakar T, Handa R, Haridas B. Study of the efficacy and safety of Clonidine as an adjunct to Bupivaccaine for caudal analgesia in children – Indian Journal of Anaesthesiology 2005 49(3) 199-201
  • Handa R, Harjai MM, Kale R. Laparoscopic management of CSF pseudocyst abdomen. Journal of Indian Association of Pediatric Surgeons 2005 10 95-96
  • Handa R, Kale R, Harjai MM. Immature Cervical Teratoma A case report. Journal of Neonatology 2005 19 250-251
  • Handa R, Kale R, Harjai MM. Laparoscopic Orchiopexy Is closure of the Internal ring necessary Journal of Post Graduate Medicine 2005 51 264-266
  • Handa R, Kale R, Harjai MM. Hemangioma of the Tunica Albuginea Testis in a newborn. Emedicine. National Neonatology Forum. On line publication 2005.
  • Kale R, Harjai MM, Arora M, Handa R, Puri B. Protocols surgical neonate (Chest). Manual of Nicu protocols. Defence Services Chapter, National Neonatology Forum. Uma Raju, SS Mathi (eds) Command Hospital (SC) Pune. 2005 pp 287 – 90
  • Kale R, Harjai MM, Arora M, Handa R, Puri B. Protocols surgical neonate (Abdomen). Manual of Nicu protocols. Defence Services Chapter, National Neonatology Forum. Uma Raju, SS Mathi (eds) Command Hospital (SC) Pune. 2005 pp 291 – 8
  • Handa R, Kale R, Harjai MM. Single Scrotal Incision Orchiopexy for Palpable Undescended Testis – Asian Journal of Surgery 2006 29 25-27
  • Handa R, Kale R, Harjai MM. Incidental Inguinal Hernias on Laparoscopy – Asian Journal of Surgery 2006 29 28-30
  • Anand SS, Handa R, Singh J, Sinha I. Hepatobiliary scanning in diagnosis of biliary atresia – Medical Journal Armed Forces India 2006 6220-21
  • Kale R, Handa R, Harjai MM. Perforated small bowel in omphalocele at birth a case report - Journal of Indian Association of Pediatric Surgeons 2006 11 39-40
  • Kale R, Rai K.M, Singh S, Handa R, Harjai MM. Bilateral Iliac Aneurysms in a child – African Journal of Pediatric Surgery, 2006 3 72-74
  • Handa R, Kale R, Harjai MM, Dutta V. Intraabdominal Lymphangiomas – Medical Journal Armed Forces India, 2007 63 80-81
  • Handa R, Kale R, Harjai MM. Unusual Complication of Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt Anal Extrusion - Medical Journal Armed Forces India, 2007 63 82-84
  • Arora M, Handa R. Cryporchidism Is Orchidopexy Being Done at the Correct Age Asian Journal of Pediatric Practice 2007 11 30-33
  • Handa R, Kale R, Harjai MM. Paraesophageal Bronchogenic cyst Case Report - Medical Journal Armed Forces India, 2007 63 197-198
  • Immature Cervical Teratoma A case report - Interesting case report section on website of National Neonatology Forum, India
  • Handa R, Kale R, Harjai MM. Synchronous Gut Duplication Cysts A Rare Presentation. Medical Journal Armed Forces India, 2007 63 376-377
  • Handa R, Harjai MM. Single Stage Transanal Endorectal Pull through for Management of Hirschsprung’s Disease. Journal of Pediatric Surgical Specialities, 2008; 2(3): 22-24
  • Handa R, Kale R, Harjai MM. Evolving Surgical Management of Cerebrospinal Fluid Pseudocyst of the Abdomen. Journal of Pediatric Surgical Specialities, 2009; 3(1): 15-17
  • Handa R, Where all can Ectopic Brain be found. Journal of Pediatrics and Neonatal Care, 2015; 3(1):00106
  • Life member Association of Surgeons of India
  • Life member Indian Association of Pediatric Surgeons
  • Life member International Society on Hypospadias and Intersex Disorder
  • Life Member Association of Minimal Access Surgeons of India
  • Life Member Pediatric Endo Surgeons of India



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