Dr Kannan Kaliyaperumal

Orthopaedic Surgeon in Singapore

Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr Kannan Kaliyaperumal is an orthopaedic doctor, knee and ankle specialist, as well as a subspecialist for lower limb disorders and surgical treatment in Singapore & the ASEAN region. He graduated from the National University of Singapore (MBBS) and underwent Advanced Specialty Training in orthopaedic surgery. He then went on to obtain his postgraduate qualification from the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh.

The Singapore Ministry of Health awarded him the HMDP scholarship to continue his specialised fellowship study in Foot and Ankle Surgery in Switzerland and the Netherlands, where he trained in lower limb reconstructive surgery with a focus on Foot and Ankle Reconstruction. During his fellowship training in Europe, Dr. Kannan treated several patients for foot and ankle deformity repair, sports surgery, and minimally invasive surgery (MIS) of the foot and ankle. This furthered his knowledge as an orthopaedic doctor and ankle specialist, which he brought back to Singapore to serve his patients.

Prior to joining the private sector as a knee specialist, Dr Kannan was a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Tan Tock Seng Hospital’s (TTSH) Department of Orthopaedic Surgery where he founded the Orthopaedic Department’s Foot and Ankle Division. He also led the Foot and Ankle Division in spearheading the ASEAN surgeons’ First Regional Foot and Ankle Arthroscopy Course. Dr. Kannan left Tan Tock Seng in 2014 to enter the private sector, where he founded the Centre for Foot and Ankle under the Centre for Orthopaedic (CFO) from 2014 to 2020.

Dr. Kannan Kaliyaperumal has published articles in international peer-reviewed publications, sharing his expertise as an orthopaedic surgeon and knee & ankle specialist in Singapore with people all over the world. His special interest in cartilage regeneration and the therapy of cartilage defects led him to perform the first successful artificial scaffold repair for a talus osteochondral defect in the ASEAN region in 2013.

Dr Kannan at Specialist Orthopaedic Centre

Playing an active role as a clinical educator as well as an orthopaedic doctor in Singapore, he is also a clinical Senior Lecturer of the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore involved in undergraduate medical education in Singapore. He is also a faculty member of the National Healthcare Group Residency program, involved in the teaching of Residents.   He is also an International Faculty member of the AO trauma group where he had taught in China, India, Thailand and Singapore. As a foot and ankle specialist in Singapore, he is also passionate in developing the Foot & Ankle specialty in the region and has conducted numerous courses and has been invited as chairperson and faculty to various F&A courses and symposiums in Malaysia, Indonesia and Hong Kong.

Dr Kannan is also the principal supervisor of the Singapore Medical Council accredited Foot & Ankle Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship program in Tan Tock Seng Hospital. He is also an appointed panel member of the Ministry of Health Singapore Diabetic Foot Workgroup Committee.


Active member of the following international societies


Clinical expertise is in the following areas of Foot & Ankle surgery

  • Sports injuries, ligament injuries & tendinopathies
  • Arthroscopic (keyhole) surgery for management of cartilage defects and impingement
  • Forefoot deformity correction (Bunions and lesser toe deformities)
  • Management of foot pain (metatarsalgia)
  • Management of Diabetic foot ulcers, Charcot’s joints & wounds
  • Management of fractures around the foot & ankle
  • Correction of flatfeet & high arched feet
  • Management of arthritis including Total Ankle Replacement and osteotomies


Common Knee Issues We Address

  • Patella Fractures
  • ACL Tear
  • Total Knee Replacement
  • Runner’s Knee


When Should You Consult an Orthopaedic Doctor?

  1. Persistent Symptoms

If knee pain, swelling, stiffness, or loss of function persists despite rehabilitation and medication, it’s advisable to consult an orthopaedic doctor. The sooner you seek help, you reduce the risk of your condition worsening.

  1. No Improvement with Non-Surgical Methods

When anti-inflammatory medications and non-surgical methods fail to provide relief to your knee pain. This indicates the need for further evaluation and potential intervention of a knee specialist.

  1. Limitations in Daily Activities

When discomfort or injury interferes with your daily activities, such as walking up stairs or carrying groceries. Do arrange  for a consultation with an orthopaedic doctor to address the issue.

  1. Pain After Activity (Payback Pain)

Experiencing pain after engaging in activities, known as “payback pain,” suggests potential issues with knee performance that should be assessed by a knee specialist.


Why Should You Consider Dr. Kannan as Your Ankle and Knee Specialist?

  1. Specialist in Foot and Ankle Surgery

Dr. Kannan is an orthopaedic surgeon with a specialisation in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery. His expertise in this field distinguishes him as one of the few subspecialists in the ASEAN region.

  1. Clinical Expertise

Dr. Kannan’s clinical expertise spans a wide range of areas in foot and ankle surgery, including sports injuries, arthroscopic surgery for cartilage defects, deformity correction, diabetic foot management, fracture management, and arthritis treatment.

  1. Active Involvement in International Societies

Dr. Kannan is an active member of various international societies, including the American Foot & Ankle Society, European Foot & Ankle Society, and AO Trauma. His international affiliations reflect his commitment to providing comprehensive care in foot and ankle surgery.


Embark on Your Treatment Journey with Specialist Orthopaedic Centre

Registration Process
Our courteous clinical staff will guide you through the registration process, ensuring a smooth and efficient experience for your convenience.

Specialist Consultation
During your consultation, our specialists will carefully review your medical history and discuss the pain or discomfort you are experiencing. Feel free to ask any questions regarding your condition.

Accurate Diagnosis
To ascertain your condition, our specialists may conduct diagnostic imaging, such as X-rays or MRI scans.

Tailored Treatment Plan
Following the imaging, our specialists will thoroughly discuss the scan results with you and recommend an individualised treatment plan.

Follow-Up Sessions
Throughout your treatment journey, our specialists will conduct follow-up visits, ensuring comprehensive care at every stage of the process.