Dr Dhanupriya Sivapathasuntharam

Dr Dhanupriya Sivapathasuntharam


Consultant Physician and Geriatrician

Special Interests:

  • Orthogeriatrics
  • Perioperative medicine
  • Falls and bone health


Dr Sivapathasuntharam specialises in the peri-operative management of the older surgical and trauma patients.

She is a Consultant Geriatrician at the Royal London Hospital, Barts Health. She is currently Clinical Lead for Older People's Services there. She also set up and is Lead of the Trauma and Perioperative Older People's Service at the Royal London Hospital.

She has extensive experience of managing complex patients with multiple co-morbidities including dementia, falls and osteoporosis, in both and inpatient and outpatient setting, providing a holistic and patient centred approach. This includes leading on rehabilitation and working with the multidisciplinary team.

Dr Sivapathasuntharam is experienced in working jointly with surgeons in the perioperative period (both pre and post-operatively) providing medical input to these patients with demonstrable improvements in mortality rates (in hip fracture patients) and reductions in post-operative medical complications. She has experience of collaborating with surgeons in the following specialities: orthopaedics, neurosurgery, plastics, vascular, ear nose and throat, urology, general surgery and trauma.

She is the Lead of the Undergraduate Geriatric Medicine Module at Barts and the London Medical School. This involves organising the curriculum as well as lecturing and examining regularly.


Dr Sivapathasuntharam graduated from the University of Nottingham and undertook Higher Medical Training in Geriatric and General Internal Medicine in the South London region including at Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital, London and Kings College Hospital, London

She also worked as a substantive consultant at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust before returning to London in 2017.

International Presentations

‘Reason for Admission and Outcomes for Older Patients Admitted to a Major Trauma Centre’

J Whitaker, A West, K Brohi, D Sivapathasuntharam.

Presented at European Union Geriatric Medicine Society Conference, Sep 2014 & Presented at the International Surgical Congress of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland – April 2015

‘Pre-Operative Waterlow Score Predicts Risk of Post-Operative Morbidity in Patients with Neck of Femur Fractures’

I El-Daly, C Heuvlings, H Ibraheim, D Sivapathasuntharam, P Bates.

Presentation at 15th EFORT London Congress- June 2014

‘Low Energy Pelvic Fractures in the Elderly Population Low Energy Pelvic Fractures in the Elderly Population A Comparison of Operative Versus Non-operative Management’

E Massa, S Williams, J Stammers, D Sivapathasuntharam, N Heidari, P Bates, P Culpan.

Platform Presentation at Fragility Fracture Network Conference, September 2013 & at 15th EFORT London Congress – June 2014

‘Pelvic and Acetabular Fragility Fractures Management in a Central London Trauma Centre.’

B Quansah, J Stammers, D Williams, P Bates, P Culpan, D Sivapathasuntharam.

Presented at Fragility Fracture Network Conference, September 2012

‘Rapid Cycle Analysis of Critical Care Admissions from Level 1 Wards to Direct Development of Improvement Initiatives’

C Shaw, D Sivapathasuntharam, C Spencer, M Kinirons, A Hopper.

Presented at International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare. Nice, France – May 2010

National Presentations

‘What is the impact of having an implantable cardiac device upon emergency neck of femur surgery?’

B Yasar, N Hulme, A Ramasamy, D

Presentation at Age Anaesthesia Annual Conference – May 2016

‘Peri-operative cardiac medication: an audit of current practice’

Oliver E, N Wilson, R Dodd, M Wikner, A Hunningher, D Sivapathasuntharam

Platform Presentation at Age Anaesthesia Annual Conference – May 2016

‘Peri-operative Management of Chronic Medication in the Elderly’.

E Short, A Carter, A Hunningher, D Sivapathasuntharam

Presented at Age Anaesthesia Annual Conference – May 2012

‘A Survey of Outcomes In Elderly Emergency General Surgical Patients In a Central London Teaching Hospital.’

A Wickham, D Sivapathasuntharam, J Cross, J Dhesi

Presented at Age Anaesthesia Annual Conference – May 201

‘Improving the Use of the Early Warning Score: Adherence to the Escalation Pathway to Identify Acutely Ill Patients on Care of the Elderly Wards’

D Sivapathasuntharam, L Persaud, C Tickner, AThwaites, E Summersgill, C Carasco, R Rolph, A Hopper.

Age and Ageing 2010 Aug; 39 (Suppl 2)ii1-ii101 Presented at British Geriatric Spring Meeting, April 2010

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