About us

The name GEM Hospital was derived from Gastroenterology and Medical Centre and true to its name.

About Us

Institute of Gastrointestinal Endo-Surgery

GEM Hospital was initially started as Coimbatore Institute of Gastrointestinal Endo-Surgery (CIGES) in the year 1991 by its founder Dr.C.Palanivelu. Over the next 10 years, the institute grew in stature to become the sought after destination for laparoscopic surgery and gastroenterology. Sensing the importance of providing comprehensive gastro care, Dr.Palanivelu established Asia’s first exclusive gastroenterology and advanced laparoscopic surgery centre named GEM Hospital in 2001. In fact, the name GEM Hospital was derived from Gastroenterology and Medical Centre and true to its name. The hospital provides world-class gastro care under one roof.
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About Prof C Palanivelu

Chairman - GEM Hospitals

Development of Laparoscopic Surgery in India

Dr Palanivelu was first to introduce Iaparoscopic surgery in south India. He was instrumental in popularizing this new branch of medicine in India. He applied Iaparoscopic technique to all types of surgery including cancer surgery.

Humble Background

Born in a poor family of agricultural workers, he completed primary education overcoming great difficulties. But this motivated him to do service to the poor through free medical camps and treating thousands of poor patients. He also trained hundreds of rural surgeons.

Laparoscopic Revolution – A must for India

Laparoscopic surgery is beneficial to all sections of society as they recover quickly from surgery without pain and go back to work early. Making it possible to provide Laparoscopic surgery at affordable cost through his innovations has been the essence of his contribution to Medicine.

Held in High esteem by peers

He has been a great teacher and guiding force to all Laparoscopic surgeons and was accorded the title of “Beeshmacharya

“Health does not always come from medicine, Most of the time it comes from peace of mind, peace in the heart, and peace of soul. It comes from laughter and love”

Our Value

Quality, safety, and security


To emerge as global health care facilitator providing world-class facilities in tune with evolving technology and promoting health endeavors with quality service.


To provide comprehensive health care by the dedicated efforts in bringing the wellness of the society to fore through the harmonious blend of technology expertise & compassion.

Quality Policy

GEM Hospital is committed to providing value-added, innovative, and continually improving quality health care services interfaced with futuristic technology.

Bed strength at Coimbatore

The initial bed strength at Coimbatore was 100 and in 2008, another block of 100 beds were added to cater to the ever-increasing demand. Various facilities were being added one after the other keeping pace with this rapidly expanding field. As a result of these concrete and concentrated efforts, GEM Hospital earned a worldwide reputation in no time and continued to march towards its quest for quality gastro care. Not a year passed off without a major milestone being added to this illustrious journey in the world of minimally invasive surgery.

Prof C Palanivelu

MS, MCh, DNB, FACS, FRCS(Hon) Ed.,
Chairman – GEM Hospital and Research Centre
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Dr P Praveen Raj

MS, DNB, Fellowship in Bariatric Surgery, Ph.D., FACS, FALS, FMAS, FICS, FIBC,
Chief Executive Officer– GEM Hospital and Research Centre
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Dr R Parthasarathi

MS., FAMS., Ph.D.,,
Chief Operative Officer– GEM Hospital and Research Centre
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Awards and Achievement

Dr BC Roy National Awardee 2006 and 2015

  • Award by House of Commons, UK Parliament 2018 for contribution to the development of Laparoscopic surgery.
  • First Indian to win Silver Medal in International Olympic Minimal Access Surgery competition.
  • Best Technique Award for Cancer Esophagus, 10th International Society of Disease of Esophagus, Japan, 2010
  • Innovated over 20 new operative techniques.
  • Authored many books in surgery which are of International repute.
  • Life Time Achievement Award of District Rotary Coimbatore, 2012
  • First Indian surgeon who was accorded the privilege to operate and teach in various countries including UK, USA, Hong Kong, Argentina etc.
  • Living Legend of Laproscopy Award” by New York City Council & New York Tamil Sangam 2012.
Chairman , GEM Hospitals

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