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Welcome to GEM Hospitals


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.

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.

Gem Hospital with its pioneering work has evolved to be the first and the only centre in India with subspecialties in Bariatric, Hepatobiliary, Colorectal, Upper GI, Gastrointestinal cancer surgery, Endogynaecology, Scarless Surgery, Liver Transplantation, etc. GEM Hospital is also the very first centre in India to get an ISO 9001:2008 Certificate in the field of gastroenterology & Laparoscopic Surgery at Coimbatore. It also got NABH recognition for excellence in medical services.


Dr. C. Palanivelu MS, MCh, DNB, FACS, FRCS(Hon) Ed.,

Chairman – GEM Hospital and Research Centre

Professor & Director – Institute of Gastroenterology & Minimal Access Surgery

Managing Trustee – GEM Digestive Diseases Foundation – Charitable Trust


Dr. S. ASOKAN M S ( General surgery)
Dr. Senthilnathan MBBS.,MS.,DNB(Gen.Surg.).,MRCS(Ed).,DNB(SGE)

GEM Foundation

Free Medical ward at GEM Hospital

GEM Mobile Clinic

Establishment of first Preventive gastroenterology Clinic

Health Education


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