Academic Profile

Dr Vivek Perumal has recently moved from New Zealand and joined our school as a lecturer in anatomy. A physiotherapist by training, he has post graduate qualifications in medical anatomy and clinical education. Before moving to Singapore, Vivek worked at the University of Otago, NZ, from where he also obtained his PhD in clinical anatomy. During his PhD, Vivek looked at the clinical anatomy and biomechanics of the ligamentum teres of the hip joint, and continued to study the post-surgical outcomes following its injuries; the anatomical findings from his PhD are cited in the prestigious Gray’s Anatomy 42e.

To date, he has contributed to 14 publications in peer reviewed journals and a research book chapter; obtained 21 awards for his research and teaching excellence. Vivek has an outstanding record of obtaining the Otago medical students’ teaching excellence award consistently for the past ten years (2011-2020). In the past, he taught clinical & radiological anatomy and hands-on ultrasound imaging to undergraduate and specialist medical courses including the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. 

Professional memberships: 

o Anatomical Society 

o American Association of Clinical Anatomists 

o Australia New Zealand Association of Clinical Anatomists 


His research interests are to combine his backgrounds in clinical anatomy and technological innovation thereby maintain research led anatomy education. He is always open for a chat on research discussions and collaborations. Currently he is working on: 

o Surgical outcomes following ligamentum teres injuries in New Zealand 

o Microsurgical and radiological anatomy of the human nervous system 

o Application of art in anatomy education

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Dr Vivek Perumal
Lecturer, Anatomy, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine
Lecturer, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine

3D modelling and visualisation of human anatomical structures; 

Innovations in educational technology; 

Clinical anatomy research

  • Perumal, V., Scholze, M., Hammer, N., Woodley, S. J., & Nicholson, H. D. (2020). Load deformation properties of the ligament of the head of femur. Clinical Anatomy 33:705-713

  • Perumal, V., Woodley, S. J., & Nicholson, H. D. (2019). Neurovascular structures of the ligament of the head of femur. Journal of Anatomy 234:778-786

  • Perumal, V., Techataweewan N., Woodley, S. J., & Nicholson, H. D. (2018). Clinical anatomy of the ligament of the head of femur. Clinical Anatomy 32:90-98

  • Perumal, V. (2018). A sectional anatomy learning tool for medical students: Development and user-usage analytics. Surgical & Radiologic Anatomy 40:1293-1300

  • Perumal, V., Butson, R., Blyth, P., & Daniel, B. (2017). Clinical anatomy e-cases: A five-year follow-up of learning analytics. New Zealand Medical Journal 130:22-29

  • Perumal, V., Woodley, S. J., & Nicholson, H. D. (2017). The morphology and morphometry of the fovea capitis femoris. Surgical & Radiologic Anatomy 39:791-798

  • Subramanian, G. S., & Perumal, V. (2016). Moodle based e-learning resource for revising clinical anatomy: An inexpensive and interactive supplement for physiotherapy students. International Journal of Physiotherapy 3:409-414

  • Perumal, V., Woodley, S. J., & Nicholson, H. D. (2016). Ligament of the head of femur: A comprehensive review of its anatomy, embryology, and potential function. Clinical Anatomy 29:247-255

  • Thangarajan, R., Tantradi, R. R., Rai, K. S., Gopalakrishnan, S., & Perumal, V. (2015). Inflammation during gestation induced spatial memory and learning deficits: Attenuated by physical exercise in juvenile rats. Journal of Clinical & Diagnostic Research 9:CF01-CF-04

  • Dias, G. J., Perumal, V., Smith, C., & Cornwall, J. (2014). The relationship between jugular foramen asymmetry and superior sagittal venous sinus laterality. Anthropological Science 122:115-120

  • Perumal, V., & Stringer, M. D. (2014). The intrinsic arterial vascularity and morphology of the median nerve within the carpal tunnel: A microscopic study. Anatomical Science International 89: 28-33

  • Woon, J. T. K., Maigne, J.-Y., Perumal, V., & Stringer, M. D. (2013). Magnetic resonance imaging morphology and morphometry of the coccyx in coccydynia. Spine 38:E1437-E1445

  • Woon, J. T. K., Perumal, V., Maigne, J.Y., & Stringer, M. D. (2013). CT morphology and morphometry of the normal adult coccyx. European Spine Journal 22:863-870

  • Saxena, A., Ray, B., Mishra, S., & Perumal, V. (2013). A cadaveric report of unilateral fibularis tertius in absentia: A clinical perspective. International Journal of Anatomical Variations 6:20-21

  • Perumal, V., Daniel, B., & Butson, R. (2017). Learning analytics of clinical anatomy e-cases. In B. K. Daniel (Ed.), Big data and learning analytics in higher education: Current theory and practice. (pp. 253-263). Cham, Switzerland: Springer International.