Meet Dr Kurinji Kannan

Obstetrics & Gynaecology has been Dr Kannan's passion since her medical school days.

Dr Kurinji Kannan is a fellow of the Royal Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG). Dr Kannan is also a sub-specialist in Urogynaecology, a distinction achieved by very small group of women in Australia and New Zealand, currently.

Dr Kannan completed her fellowship training in large tertiary and teaching hospitals such as King Edward Memorial Hospital, Perth, Western Australia, Middlemore Hospital (8000 births year) and National Women’s Hospital (6000 births a year) in New Zealand. Dr Kannan's core obstetrics and gynaecology skills come from the experience she gained from these reputed institutions. 

As an Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, Dr Kannan learned that one in three Australian women are affected by urinary incontinence (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2006) and less than half of them actually seek help from qualified professionals (Byles & Chiarelli, 2003). Women often waited for many years before seeking medical help and during such wait, are confronted with scenarios that involve relationships, intimacy and sex, social life, work and travel causing emotional and physical concerns. A feeling of shame, embarrassment, anxiety and a loss of desire for intimacy can happen to women. Dr Kannan found the motivation she needed to further extend her long years of training and education to complete a sub-specialty program in Urogynaecology in 2011.

Dr Kannan worked & trained at the urogynaecology, urology and colorectal units at Townsville Hospital and with Dr Malcolm Frazer in Gold Coast, Queensland. Dr Kannan's supervisors were well known Urogynaecologists Prof Ajay Rane and A/Prof Malcolm Frazer. Dr Kannan completed elective, cross functional training under Prof Yik Hong Ho, a well respected colorectal surgeon and Dr Rajan Narula, Urologist, both from Townsville. 

Dr Kannan completed several professional development programs in minimally invasive surgery and completed a master class in pelvic reconstructive surgery by training under A/Prof Alan Lam, one of Australia's best known laparoscopic surgeons from Sydney, New South Wales. Dr Kannan travelled to Kazan, Russia to complete a 2-week intensive laparoscopic program under Prof  Fedorov in 2006.

In 2010, Dr Kannan won the prestigious Dr Kohlenberg medal for original research by young O & G fellows in Queensland and New South Wales. During the same year, Dr Kannan completed a 3-week residential program at Harvard Macy Institute in Boston to pursue her interests as a health educator. Dr Kannan is also a  certified as Urodynamicist by Bristol Urological Institute in UK.

In 2011, Dr Kannan was awarded the UGSA/AMS travelling fellowship from the Urogynaecological Society of Australasia (UGSA) and American Medical Systems to visit leading pelvic surgeons in the United States. Dr Kannan participated in cadaveric workshops conducted by Professor Mickey Karram, MD and Professor Mark Walters at the international academy of pelvic surgery (IAPS) in Cincinati, Ohio. She also visited Atlanta, Georgia to observe Dr John Miklos and Dr Robert Moore, well acknowledged master surgeons at Atlanta Center for Laparoscopic Urogynaecology

Dr Kannan provides private consulting services from Park Haven Medical Center at Hyde Park, Townsville. Dr Kannan specialises in treating women with a range of urogynaecology and gynaecological conditions and routinely performs pelvic reconstructive and laparoscopic surgeries at The Townsville Hospital and Mater Women's and Children's Hospital. Dr Kannan provides maternity related care at Mater Women's and Children's Hospital, Hyde Park.