International - Fellowship in Spinal Deformity - Hokkaido University - Sapporo, Japan
National - Fellowship in spine surgery - Sakra World Hospital (AO spine centre), Bangalore, Karnataka
Worked in department of spine surgery in Sakra World Hospital as a fellow in spine surgery from June 2016 to June 2018
Worked as a fellow in spine surgery in Hokkaido medical centre, Sapporo, Japan. (March 2018 – May 2018)
Worked in Institute of Spine, Apollo BGS hospital, Mysore from June 2014 to May 2016.
Minimally invasive spine surgery
Spinal tumors & infections
Congenital & degenerative conditions
ACDF & posterior cervical procedures
Spinal deformity or Kyphoscoliosis corrections
Spinal stabilization procedures
Special Interest and Expertise
Minimally invasive spinal procedures and microsurgeries.
Navigation and electrophysiology assisted complex spine surgeries,
Deformity/ scoliosis correction
Cervical anterior and posterior procedures
Spinal infections & tumours
Research & Publications
Tukkapuram V, Abumi.K, Ito.M. Historical evolution, biomechanical advantage, clinical applications and safe insertion techniques of cervical pedicle screw fixation with review of literature. SSRR journal – Accepted for publication. Manuscript ID – SSRR – 2018 – 0055 – IRA.R1
Masapu D, Rudrapa S, Tukkapuram V, (2017)Intraoperative increased spinal cord pulsation – A good sign or disaster waiting to happen? Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology. 10.1097/0468
Rudrappa, S., Tukkapuram, V. R., Govindasamy, R., Gopal, S., & Masapu, D. (2018). Partial Sacrectomy for Sacral Chordomas: A Surgical Perspective. The Journal of Spinal Surgery,5(1), 29-35. doi:10.5005/jp-journals-10039-1165
Rudrappa, S., Govindasamy, R., Tukkapuram, V. R., & Gopal, S. (2018). Lumbar pseudomeningocele presenting as decerebrate rigidity—A rare case entity. International Journal of Surgery Case Reports,47, 41-44. doi:10.1016/j.ijscr.2018.04.014
Tukkapuram, V., Rudrappa, S., Shabadi, V., Masapu, D., & Kumar, S. (2018). Sacral Ewings tumor: Use of neoadjuvant chemotherapy for preoperative cytoreduction of the tumor. Neurology India,66(1), 249. doi:10.4103/0028-3886.222848.
Vijaykumar S., Tukkapuram V, (2016) Congenital scoliosis due to hemivertebra: A review of literature and management strategies International Journal of Current Research Vol. 8, Issue, 12, pp.44330-44340.
Alkaptonuric patient presenting with black disc and multiple schmorl’s nodes.Article ICJR. DOI: 10.21474/IJAR01/2609.
Posterior Hypoplastic C1 Arch with Neurological Deficits – A Case Report. IJSR. ISSN: 2319-7064.
Tukkapuram V, Rudrappa S, Nikunj G. (2016) reconciling life after spinal cord injury – “role of spinal disability support group”, in international journal of current research vol. international journal of current research 8, issue, 12, pp.43019-43020.
Awards and Achievements
Gold medal and University topper in M S Orthopedics
Acute and Chronic Back Pain Causes | Yashoda Hospitals
Dr. Venkata Ramakrishna, sr. spine surgeon Yashoda Hospitals speaking about back pain