Dr. Sukumaran Kanniapan


Dr. K. Sukumaran is currently practicing as a Specialist Paediatrician and the Head of Department for Paediatrics at Aster Hospital Mankhool, a role that he has served in since 2006. Prior to joining Aster DM Healthcare, Dr. Sukumaran served in the Tamil Nadu Government Medical Service for over 26 years and voluntarily retired in June 2005. As a Professor and Head of Department for Paediatrics there, he worked at the Government PHC, Government District Headquarters Hospital, and Government Medical College Hospitals. He underwent several professional trainings, published research papers, and presented several studies at the State and National Level conferences. Dr. Sukumaran received the accolade of “Best Doctor” on behalf of the state of Tamil Nadu. He is also the founder and designer of the Low Cost Incubator for newborn infants and Low Cost Neonatal Units at Government Hospitals in Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu.

Dr. Sukumaran is part of the following boards and committees: National Faculty- Essential Newborn Care; Indian Medical Association; Indian Academy of Paediatrics, National Board Member in Paediatrics, Chairman-Prenatal Diagnosis and Prevention Act; District Advisory Committee of Kanchipuram; Hon. Medical Consultant-Integrated Child Development Services Scheme.

Dr. Sukumaran has over 20 years of teaching experience within Government Institutions. He was designated as a Senior Academic Counselor with the Indira Gandhi National Open University, and was an Examiner in Paediatric Medicine for over 8 years. He was also a Trainer of Fru Medical Officers of District Hospitals in essential newborn care for over 5 years.


  • MBBS
  • DCH
  • MD (Paediatrics)

Professional Experience 

  • 2015 – Present: Head of Department (Paediatrics), Aster Hospital Mankhool, UAE
  • 2006 – 2014: Specialist Paediatrician and Head of the Department (Paediatrics), Aster Al Raffa Hospital for Maternity and Surgery, UAE
  • 26 years (Ret. June 2005): Professor and Head of the Department (Paediatrics), Senior Civil Surgeon, Government Medical Service Tamil Nadu, India
  • 5 years: Trainer of FRU Medical Officers in essential newborn care, District Hospitals Tamil Nadu, India
  • 8 years: Examiner in Paediatric Medicine
  • 1999 – 2003: Senior Academic Counsellor, Indira Gandhi National Open University, India
  • 16 years: Honorary Medical Consultant, Integrated Child Development Scheme, National Project, India