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Dr. Nithiya Palaniappan

Dr. Nithiya Palaniappan

Consultant, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
MBBS, MRCOG (U.K), CCT in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in U.K


  • Fellowship in Ultrasound (Chennai, Mediscan Systems)
  • Advanced Training in Fetal Medicine, RCOG, London
  • Advanced Training in Labour Ward Practice, RCOG London
  • Fetal Medicine Foundation certification for NT


Fetal Medicine, High Risk maternal medicine and Gynaecology

Services Offered

Fetal medicine, Regular Obstetric care, High Risk maternal medicine, Gynaecology

Languages spoken

English, Hindi and Tamil

Dr. Nithiya Palaniappan joined KDAH in October 2017.  Prior to joining KDAH, Dr. Nithiya worked as Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist (with special interest in Fetal Medicine) and Head of the labour ward services at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh (RIE), the maternity unit in Scotland, UK with over 7000 deliveries a year and also the largest referral unit for advanced obstetrics and fetal medicine.

In this role, besides carrying out a number of simple procedures on a daily basis,  Dr. Nithiya has had wide experience in successfully managing some of the most complex obstetric and fetal issues in pregnancy including

  • Acute aortic dissection in pregnancy (rare case, only a few reported in the world)
  • Major obstetric post partum haemorrhage following abruption in pregnancy requiring  >20 units of blood transfusion
  • Acute inversion of the uterus following a straight forward vaginal delivery
  • Maternal cardiac arrest during caesarean section successfully resuscitated
  • Pregnancy in patients with multiple prior abdominal surgeries
  • Pregnancy in patients with diabetic issues
  • Placenta accreta sections (conserving uterus as well as Caesarean hysterectomy)
  • Post-partum haemorrhage (Bakri and B-Lynch procedures)
  • Twin pregnancy with twin-twin transfusion syndrome and extreme pre-term delivery
  • Severe early and late onset Intra Uterine Growth Restriction
  • Skeletal dysplasias
  • Cardiac anomalies, co-ordinated the multi-disciplinary Fetal-Echo clinic
  • Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia
  • Fetal Renal tumours

At RIE, Dr. Nithiya conducted the Diabetes in Pregnancy clinic and led the risk management role at the hospital. She also lead the stillbirth group at RIE and was a national reporter to the nationwide stillbirth committee in the U.K. Dr. Nithiya has worked with some of the world renowned gynaecologists as a part of her training and she is adept in benign gynaecology.

Prior to RIE, Dr. Nithiya worked in seven different hospitals across UK in rotation as part of her CCT training where she had the opportunity to learn the best practices across hospitals and develop her simple philosophy of focusing on three Cs – Clinical excellence, Care and Communication, to deliver best outcomes for the patient.

Dr. Nithiya is currently an examiner for MRCOG. She is also an ambassador to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Her expert opinion has been published in some U.K magazine websites. Her passion for obstetrics and Gynaecology was captured in an inspirational video published by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, London.


British Maternal & Fetal Medicine Society


A.Kulkarni, N.Palaniappan, M.Evans (2017)
Placental Pathology and Stillbirth: A Review of the Literature and Guidelines for the Less Experienced
Review article in Journal of Fetal Medicine, Open access, August 2017 1-9.

Nithiya Palaniappan, Queenie Menezes, Penny Wilson
Management of Group A Streptococcal Puerperal Sepsis, Review article in “The Obstetrician and Gynaecologist” January 2012;14:9–16.

Nithiya Muthuraman, S. Suresh, I. Suresh, Vijayalakshmi Raja (2000)
Ultrasound Nomograms: Abdomen Pelvis & Small Parts
Reference book for sonologists and sonographers with biometric measurements of various abdominal and pelvic organ sizes with variations in age, build of the individual and ethnic groups. The data was collected over several years, researched, statistically analysed and presented along with techniques of imaging.


N.Palaniappan, M.Evans, (2016), XVI Clinical Ultraosund in Practice Conference, Mediscan, Chennai.
The Placenta Speaks for Itself

S. Nagabushanam, N.Palaniappan(2016). Perinatal Surveillance Report, U.K.Antenetal Detection of Small for Dates in Stillbirth Population in the Royal Infirmary Edinburgh

N. Palaniappan, L. Simpson, O. Keag, N. Mary (2012), British Maternal and Fetal Medicine Society, 15th Annual Conference The Management of Moderate PPH: An Audit From the Royal Infirmary Edinburgh

N. Palaniappan, (2012), British Maternal and Fetal Medicine Society, 15th Annual Conference Learning Curve with MRI in Diagnosing Spinal Anomalies: A rare case of Caudal Tail diagnosed on Ultrasound but Inconclusive on MRI

N. Palaniappan, F. Rodger (2012) Annual Conference of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health Care National Survey on the Use of Clomifene

N. Palaniappan, L. Simpson, O. Keag, N. Mary (2011), Annual Reproductive Health Forum Edinburgh An Audit on Moderate PPH From the Royal Infirmary Edinburgh

N.Palaniappan (2011), Maternal Medicine Symposium, Edinburgh Type I Diabetes in Pregnancy complicated by HINI Pneumonia, Type II Respiratory Failure

Nithiya Palaniappan, Owen Cooper (2006) Emergency Caesareans: are the standards achievable and realistic? The 19th European Congress of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Turin, Italy

Vijayalakshmi Babbur, Nithiya Palaniappan, Mrs. S. F. Reynolds (2005) Is full blood count and Grouping and saving of serum necessary for elective Caesarean sections? The 7th World Congress
on Controversies in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Infertility, Athens, Greece

Oral Presentations

Multidisciplinary Team Approach to Fetal Care and Parental Support. XVI Clinical Ultrasound in Practice, Mediscan Systems, Chennai, 2016

Maternal Morbidity: A Case of Aortic Stenosis Complicated by Cardiac Failure Grand Round Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, UK, 2012

Fetal Anaemia, Still-birth Work Up Invited Guest Speaker for CME programme in Coimbatore Federation of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Tamilnadu, India, 2011

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