Venkataraman Santosh was born in India and has had extensive training in India, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Dr. Santosh was in private practice in New Mexico where he was Chief of Surgery before he decided to relocate to the Richmond area in 2003. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, and of the International College of Surgeons. He is also an active member of SAGES (Society of Gastro-Endoscopic Surgeons), the Society of Laparo-Endoscopic Surgeons and the Society of Robotic Surgery. He has been Chief of Surgery of Chippenham Campus for the last five years.

Venkat Santosh brings with him a vast experience in general, laparoscopic and robotic surgery to this practice based out of our offices located at Johnston-Willis Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center.

Medical Training

Dr. Santosh obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Medicine with honors from Madras University, finishing in the top one percent of his class. He then finished a Master’s Degree in Surgery, once again with honors. He moved to the United Kingdom in 1983 and obtained further training in general and vascular surgery. Dr. Santosh was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh while working at the Royal Post-Graduate Medical School at Hammersmith, London. He transferred to New York in 1992 and completed surgical residency at Bronx Lebanon Hospital Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. During this period the Society of American Gastro-Endoscopic Surgeons awarded him the Best Resident Teaching Award and also the Resident Achievement Award for advanced laparoscopic work. He became a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons in 2000.

Recently, Dr Santosh has committed himself to robotic surgery, and has an extensive experience in robotic procedures for hernias, colectomies and gall bladder surgery.

Personal Notes

His main interests outside of his surgical practice include photography and world  travel. His wife, Padmini Santosh specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a partner with Virginia Physicians for Women at their St Francis Campus. He has two daughters who are both living and working in Richmond.



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