Hollywood Private Hospital
Part of Ramsay Health Care

Hollywood Private Hospital specialist Kallyani Ponniah

Dr Kallyani Ponniah

MBBS (India), MS (Malaysia), FRACS

Special Interests •Surgical management of breast cancer including sentinel node biopsy, oncoplastic and prosthesis based reconstructive breast surgery • Surgery for benign breast conditions, risk reducing breast surgery for high risk patients (gene carriers) • Cosmetic breast procedures including contralateral symmetrising surgery, breast reduction, mastopexy/lift, nipple reconstruction and breast augmentation • Fat graft/lipo- filling of breast excision defects.

Key Facts

  • No gap provider for surgery
  • Cancer and reconstruction surgery performed by one surgeon, generally in one operation; reducing cost, time and anxiety
  • Waiting list – Cancer/urgent cases can be consulted and operated in the same week; non-urgent cases within 2 weeks
  • Happy to provide advice to GPs via email and mobile (contact rooms)
  • Letters and reports sent to GPs within 24 hours
  • Languages: English, Malay, Tamil, Hindi
  • Education provided to GPs upon request (Zoom, Skype).

Clinical Practice

Dr Ponniah specialises in breast disease and cancer. She also takes care of those at high risk of developing breast cancer, either because of personal or family history. Dr Ponniah says she admires the courage of the brave women when they receive their cancer diagnosis and feels privileged in being able to have an ongoing dialogue about their tailored care. She has been operating in this field for over 15 years.

Managing breast diseases is a team effort and her practice is supported by an outstanding multidisciplinary team and access to all diagnostic and treatment modalities. This includes:

  • Comprehensive breast imaging with digital mammography and USS
  • Stereotactic and USS guided wire insertion
  • Nuclear medicine for sentinel node localisation
  • Medical and Radiation oncology
  • Breast cancer research

Background and Training

Dr Ponniah received her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery in 1995 from Barkatullah University, in India. She completed her Advanced Surgical Training in Malaysia, attaining her Master of Surgery degree in 2004 practising as a general surgeon with breast interest in district and tertiary hospitals. This led to her three year subspecialisation in the field of Breast and Endocrine Surgery at Putrajaya Hospital which is the endocrine referral centre for the country. She moved to Perth in 2011 with her young family to pursue a further two years of breast oncoplastic training and went on to complete the necessary examinations to be awarded with the Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

Throughout her career, Dr Ponniah maintained her commitment to the public system and prided in being a role model for other female surgeons. She held honorary lecturer positions at training hospitals in Malaysia and currently is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at The University of Notre Dame. Dr Ponniah has on her personal time always made available optimal medical care to vulnerable and minor communities in rural towns in Malaysia in collaboration with local hospitals. One specific example was ‘Breast Awareness Campaigns’ with breast imaging facilities where breast screening programmes were unavailable.

Dr Ponniah is currently the Head of Department of the Breast Centre at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth practising as a General and Breast Oncoplastic Surgeon.

Special Interests
•Surgical management of breast cancer including sentinel node biopsy, oncoplastic and prosthesis based reconstructive breast surgery.
• Surgery for benign breast conditions, risk reducing breast surgery for high risk patients (gene carriers)
• Cosmetic breast procedures including contralateral symmetrising surgery, breast reduction, mastopexy/lift, nipple reconstruction and breast augmentation.
• Fat graft/lipo- filling of breast excision defects.
Hindi, Malay, Tamil

Consults at :

Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital