BiographyHe has started his career in physical medicine & rehabilitation at Madras Medical College in 1978 as project coordinator and research assistant in PL480 Paraplegia Project. Subsequently, after working as a tutor, assistant professor in Tirunelveli Medical College, and additional professor in 1997 and became professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation and head of the Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, Madras Medical College in 2000. Further, he has worked as consultant in physical medicine and rehabilitation from 2002-2011 and became the chairman of the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation in the Ministry of Health, the State of Kuwait from 2011-2012. Now he is serving as a consultant in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Courtallam, Tenkasi Taluk, Tirunelveli District, Tamilnadu, India 627802.
He is the member of Indian Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (IAPMR) from 1976, and served as secretary from 1994 to 1999, and Vice-President from 2000-2002 in IAPMR. He was a member of the Kuwait Society of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation in 2002-2012. He was also a member of the International Society of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (ISPRM).
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
He has 40 years of clinical experience with skills in electrodiagnostic medicine, pain management including intervention for peripheral joints, rehabilitation of persons with stroke, spinal cord injury, and amputation, and disability evaluation.
He has trained postgraduate students and served as a postgraduate examiner in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in Medical Universities and National Board of Examinations in India. He has organized Continuing Medical Education program on “Stroke, Spinal Cord Injury, Amputations” in 1985, Hands-on workshop on EMG in 1994, and National Conference of Indian Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2001. He has presented clinical papers in scientific conferences and served as faculty in continuing medical education programs in regional, national, and international conferences since 1976
He has served as resource person for seminar organized by the World Health Organization on "Insensitive foot & biomechanics with special emphasis on Leprosy", India, in 1989; “WHO Follow up seminar to review the guidelines advocated by expert group meeting of disability evaluation (1981)”, India in 1989; WHO seminar on “Evaluation of Physical Impairment of Disease of Spine”, July 1991, and participated in Delphi Process from India for WHO collaborative Project with Munich University, Germany on ICF- International Classification of functioning in Disability and Health. Further, he has served as the member and chairman of the committee on disability evaluation in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Hospital, Ministry of Health, State of Kuwait.
He has served as the coordinator for the Accreditation Committee for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department, Ministry of Health, Kuwait.
He has secured Academic Honors and Awards namely Gold Medal award for ‘H’ reflex and ‘F’ wave study in diabetic neuropathy in annual conference of Indian Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (IAPMR) in 1989, DHADHIJI Award for “BIONET”- an artificial neural network: A neurophysiological basis presented at IAPMR conference in 1997. He has presented a paper on “Disability Evaluation Kuwait Model” in 4th World Congress of the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, Seoul, South Korea in 2007. Government Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, Madras Medical College, Tamilnadu, India has presented an “A scroll of honor – Lifetime achievement award” to Dr Ramar on 3rd December 2018.
He has authored a book on "Objective Evaluation of Impairment and Ability in Locomotor Handicapped" published in 1993, authored a chapter of "Quantification in Neurological Rehabilitation" in a book entitled "Neurorehabilitation Principles and Practice" by A.B.Tally, K.P.Sivaraman Nair, T.Murali 2nd Edition, published in 2001.
The present book 'Integrated Evaluation of Disability' comprises of twenty-three chapters, which includes neurological, musculoskeletal, genitourinary, cardiovascular, hematological, immunological, respiratory, digestive, visual, otorhinolaryngology systems, burns, and intellectual disability. The unique features of 'Integrated Evaluation of Disability' (1) assesses impairment of function and/or structure, limitation of activities, participation restriction, environmental factors and behavior of the person towards his/her disability to assign whole person disability; (2) considers the evaluation of participation namely the skills fundamental to live, learn, and work successfully in the community (3) exhibits the special efforts of the author to evaluate environmental factors and earning capacity; (4) applies the principles of the motor and sensory homunculus, a weighted score based on the severity of impairment of function/structure, and opinion from physicians practicing disability evaluation including Modified Delphi process, and outcome of the pilot study on the clinical model formed the base for assigning a percentage of disability. (5) Integrates a user-friendly software along with the e-book. The e-book with companion software will make it even more comprehensive and less time-demanding. The software provides the flexibility to select their method of evaluation, i.e., impairment evaluation and/or limitation of activity & participation restriction or global evaluation of disability (function, activity, participation, and environmental and personal factors) depending on the Laws and Acts prevailing in their respective countries.