2023: Dr K S Sivananthan

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, ALTY Hospital

Dr K S Sivananthan

Dr K S Sivananthan

Dato’ (Dr) K.S. Sivananthan, DPMP, is a distinguished orthopaedic spine surgeon with a career spanning over four decades. He embarked on his medical journey with pre-professional education at Methodist Boys’ School, Kuala Lumpur, and earned his M.B.B.S. degree from National Medical College, Calcutta, India, in 1968.

His educational achievements include Primary and Final F.R.C.S. from Edinburgh, and a Master of Orthopaedic Surgery (M.Ch.) from the University of Liverpool in 1975. Notably, he was awarded the Norman Roberts Medal for the Best M. Ch. Orthopaedic Thesis in 1975.

Dato’ (Dr) Sivananthan's illustrious career began as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Hospital Fatimah, Ipoh, in April 1978, a position he held until January 2022. Over this period, he specialized in spine surgery and contributed significantly to the field. His influence extended as a Visiting Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon to several reputable hospitals, including Hospital Fatimah, KPJ Ipoh Specialist Hospital, and Perak Community Specialist Hospital, Ipoh.

In the realm of professional appointments, Dato’ (Dr) Sivananthan has held numerous esteemed positions. He served as the President of The Malaysian Orthopaedic Association (1991-1992) and played a pivotal role in the ASEAN Orthopaedic Association as its President (1991-1992). His leadership extended to the Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association, where he served as President (2001-2004).

His contributions continued through roles such as President-Elect of the Asia Pacific Spine Society (2015-2017), President of the Malaysian Spine Society (2015-2017), and President of the World Society for Endoscopic, Navigated and Minimal Invasive Spine Surgery (WENMISS) (2008-2009).

Throughout his career, Dato’ (Dr) Sivananthan has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Dato’ Paduka Mahkota Perak (D.P.M.P.) and the title of Emeritus Fellow from the Malaysian Orthopaedic Association. He has delivered invited lectures at prestigious institutions and conferences worldwide, leaving an enduring impact on the field of orthopaedic spine surgery.

Dato’ (Dr) Sivananthan's legacy is defined not only by his extensive knowledge and surgical expertise but also by his leadership, commitment to education, and dedication to advancing the field. His contributions have left an indelible mark on the orthopaedic community, inspiring and shaping the future of spine surgery in Malaysia and beyond.