Dr. Ramachandra Kolachalam, MD

General SurgeryMaleAge 64

Dr. Kolachalam
Accepting new patients

R B Kolachalam MD PC

26850 Providence Pkwy Ste 460 Novi, MI 48374

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(248) 662-4272

Dr. Ramachandra Kolachalam, MD is a General Surgery Specialist in Novi, MI. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as Ascension Providence Hospital, Southfield Campus and Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak. He is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Kolachalam to book an appointment.

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Dr. Kolachalam is affiliated with St. Mary Mercy Livonia Hospital Livonia, a highly rated hospital.

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  • Explains Conditions Well
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Dr. Kolachalam's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Ventral Hernia
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Kolachalam treats Ventral Hernia more than 94% of his peers

Dr. Kolachalam treats this condition more than 94% of his peers

Gallstones
normal
normal

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Kolachalam treats Gallstones more than 81% of his peers

Dr. Kolachalam treats this condition more than 81% of his peers

Hernia Repair
normal
normal

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Kolachalam performs Hernia Repair more than 80% of his peers

Dr. Kolachalam performs this procedure more than 80% of his peers

Dr. Kolachalam's conditions and procedures:

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Abdominoplasty
  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Acid Reflux Surgery
  • Acute Bowel Infarction
  • Anal Fissure
  • Anal or Rectal Pain
  • Appendectomy, Laparoscopic
  • Appendectomy, Open
  • Appendicitis
  • Axillary Lymph Node Dissection
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Benign Neoplasm of the Digestive System
  • Bile Duct Procedure
  • Biliary Atresia
  • Biliary Drainage
  • Biopsy of Breast
  • Breast Cancer
  • Cholecystitis and Gallstones
  • Colectomy
  • Colectomy and Sigmoidectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Constipation
  • Diaphragmatic and-or Hiatal Hernia
  • Duodenal Polypectomy
  • Enterostomy (Laparoscopic or Open)
  • Excision of Breast Tumor
  • Excision of Rectal Tumor
  • Excision of Stomach Tumor
  • Excision, Shaving, or Destruction of Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue (incl. Mohs Micrographic Surgery), Tissue Transfer
  • Femoral Hernia Repair, Open
  • Gallbladder and Biliary Tract Cancer
  • Gallbladder Cancer
  • Gallbladder Removal
  • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Laparoscopic
  • Gallstones
  • Gastrectomy
  • Gastric Ulcer
  • Gastrotomy
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hernia Repair
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Ileus
  • Incisional Hernia
  • Incisional Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Open
  • Intestinal Abscess
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Intestinal Transplant (incl. Enterectomy)
  • Ischemic Colitis
  • Laparotomy
  • Lipomas
  • Lumpectomy
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Mastectomy
  • Non-Coronary Angioplasty, Atherectomy, and Stenting
  • Open Diaphragmatic and-or Paraesophageal Hiatal Hernia Repair
  • Open Incisional and-or Ventral Hernia Repair
  • Paraesophageal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Parathyroid (Gland) Disease
  • Parathyroid (Gland) Tumor: Other than Malignant
  • Parathyroidectomy
  • Peptic Ulcer
  • Peripheral Arterial Embolism and Thrombosis
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Proctectomy, Open or Laparoscopic (incl. Swenson and Duhamel Procedures)
  • Robotic Heller Myotomy for the Treatment of Achalasia
  • Ruptured Aortic Aneurysm
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Soft Tissue Tumor Removal
  • Sphincterotomy
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Thyroid Lobectomy
  • Thyroid Nodule
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Thyroidectomy or Thyroid Lobectomy
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Umbilical Hernia
  • Umbilical or Ventral Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Vascular Insufficiency of Intestines
  • Ventral Hernia
  • Wound Repair

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Dr. Kolachalam accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Choice Plus POS II
Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
Medicaid
Anthem
National (BlueCard) PPO
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
Assurant Health
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Blue Care Network PCP Focus Network
Group Employees PPO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
CareSource
Medicaid
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
Open Access Plus
Cofinity
Cofinity PPO
Commercial Insurance Company
Community Health Choice
Medicaid
CoreSource
HAP Insurance
Health Alliance
Preferred PPO
Health Net
Medicaid
Tricare
HealthPlus
Medicaid
Humana
Choice Care PPO
Tricare
inHealth
Medicaid
INTotal Health
Medicaid
Medicaid
Midwest Health Plan
Medicaid
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO
Planned Administration Inc
Priority Health
Priority PPO
UnitedHealthCare
Choice Plus POS
Medicaid
Navigate HMO
Navigate POS
Options PPO
United Healthcare
Worker's Compensation
Worker's Compensation WC

Dr. Kolachalam's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Kolachalam

4.4

Based on 56 ratings

5 Stars
83.92857142857143%
(47)
4 Stars
1.7857142857142858%
(1)
3 Stars
0%
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2 Stars
1.7857142857142858%
(1)
1 Star
12.5%
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Dr.Kolachalam performed my surgery about 7 months ago. During my post surgery follow up, there was no exam. I told him there seemed to be hardening in my incision area. He said that it should go away in a few weeks. He just thanked me for coming into the office and asked me to leave a review. At that time, I thought my experience was good. A few months later, I had a visit with my gyno and she immediately noticed the mass and told me that was concerning and to follow up with Dr. Kolachalam and have another Ultrasound. I did just that. During my appointment with Dr. Kolachalam, he stated that the mass was definitely not normal and indicated that there could have been internal bleeding. I took another ultrasound and was told that he'd follow up in two weeks. Well, after three weeks of not hearing anything, I called his office. He told me that he now needed to order a Thyroid Scan and that his office would contact me the next day with the appointment time. I never received a call.
2 people found this helpful
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Oct 05, 2019
Horrible surgeon and bad with follow up. Double billed for procedures. No bedside manner or professionalism. He caused extensive bruising for simple gallbladder removal due to using rib cage as leverage per follow up with another doctor due to pain and possible abscess concern. Never been right since due to scarring and nerve pain. I complained of back pain in recovery kept dosing me up with pain meds and didn’t watch breathing. It was a metal surgical tool left under me. Bad experience.
2 people found this helpful
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Mar 30, 2019
Dr Kolachalam removed a Lipoma from my back. I am very happy with the result. He explained surgery and recovery options well. His office staff is excellent as well.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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Stephanie in Novi, MI – Nov 12, 2018
I have had Dr. Kolachalam for 2 surgeries. He is an excellent surgeon. He and his staff were very professional,kind,caring and informative. They made me feel at ease about my surgeries. I highly recommend Dr. Kolachalam when you are choosing your general surgeon!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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Oct 31, 2018
When I had to have an emergency appendectomy because my appendix ruptured, Dr. Kolachalam was right there and made me feel confident from the start. I was told he always meets his patients before surgery and sure enough when they were wheeling down the hall he came next to my bed and introduced himself and held my hand. Thank you Dr. Kolachalam for everything and you have a fantastic office staff as well who patiently filled out the paperwork I needed for work. I highly recommend your office!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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Mary Case in Northville , MI – Oct 27, 2018
Very professional with great interpersonal skills. The office staff is fantastic too.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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Ron Coucke in Bellaire – Oct 25, 2018
Dr will not follow with essential care and won't return phone calls
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
What could be improved
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
1 person found this helpful
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Huntington Woods – Oct 24, 2018
Very professional but also very personable. Breaks information down in easily understood terms. Very good bedside manner.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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Sep 22, 2018
I had to have emergency gall bladder removal surgery. It turned out to be quite a nasty gall bladder. Despite that, Dr. Kolachalam was able to continue with the lapriscopy and did not resort to cutting me to get it out. I believe it is a true testament to his skill as a surgeon.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
Helpful
Karen G. in Livonia, MI – Aug 30, 2018
Dr Kolachalam squeeze me in to have to had a emergency gallbladder surgery which am truly greatfuly cause l was in so much pain Thank you so much Dr Kolachalam God Bless you for being a wonderful person and helping me
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Janis Norton in New Hudson, MI – Jun 03, 2018
Awesome doctor and staff
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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MI – May 19, 2018
He discussed my condition w/me, asked about my symptoms. Provided a diagram & explained the surgery procedure. Assured me that I'd feel better after the surgery. The day of surgery, he was on time & greeted me. I felt better within the 24 hour recovery period & I continue to improve. So happy that I was referred to him. He definitely made me feel at ease about surgery & thoroughly explained everything. He & Kena, his Office Consultant/Assistant shows concern. High recommendations from me.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Harriett Reid in Detroit, Michigan – Mar 16, 2018
I have seen Dr. Kolachalam for two separate procedures. I had a sebaceous cyst removed & surgery to repair a hernia. I had excellent care from my initial office visit while being greeted by his friendly office staff all the way thru the pre-op care and post-op follow-up. I highly recommend him and would see him again in the future if I needed to.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Kellie Highhouse in Fowlerville – Feb 18, 2018
Dr. Kolachalam removed my gall bladder 2nd week of November - Not only was he informative before hand, he was right on target with the actual removal and recovery process. Dr. Kolachalam was referred to me from my Family practitioner and it was 1 of the best referrals I have ever had! He is an excellent Doctor, and an excellent surgeon! I strongly recommend him!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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Thom MacDonald in Livonia, MI – Dec 05, 2017
Dr. Kolachalam repaired my inguinal hernia 6 days ago. There were no complications and I have already resumed light activity and continue to improve rapidly. Pain and discomfort from the hernia is totally gone. If you need this surgery, don't hesitate. I highly recommend Dr Kolachalam.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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Livonia – Nov 17, 2017
Very pleased with the skill and outcome by Dr. Kolachalam.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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Canton, MI – Nov 12, 2017
Dr. Kolachalam repaired my umbilical hernia. He made the whole process, from meeting him the first time, having the surgery at Providence Southfield, and then going for the followup visit, a great experience for someone who had not had surgery before. He is easy to talk to and understand, as well as he has a pleasant attitude. I would highly recommend him.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
1 person found this helpful
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steve minniear in northville – Oct 27, 2017
Dr. Kolachalam was highly recommended by my primary care physician to repair an inguinal hernia. My initial appointment was scheduled quickly, Although I was dismayed at the wait time at the Southfield office location, a surgical date was promptly scheduled. Dr. Kolachalam was very informative and reassuring prior to and after surgery. My post-surgical visit at the Livonia office was surprisingly quick: With no complications from surgery, I was seen by the doctor and on my way home in 15 min.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
1 person found this helpful
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Oct 12, 2017
Dr. Kolachalam came highly recommended from my primary care doctor and he lived up to the reputation. He quickly assesed my situation, discussed the options and completed my surgery flawlessly. I had very little discomfort due to the pre-surgery precautions he took and I am very satisfied with my healing progress.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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Shirley Myrick in Detroit, MI – Sep 29, 2017
Dr Kolachalam did a good job of explaining the procedure to me and what to expect afterwards. In addition, my procedure was able to be scheduled in a time frame that fit within my schedule.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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San Jose, CA – Jun 01, 2017

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Care Philosophy

Dr. Kolachalam has a genuine concern for all of his patients, and sees them through the whole process of what they are going through. 

Biography

Dr. Kolachalam is a general surgeon that performs a variety of surgeries for his patients such as: Hernia repair, thyroidectomy, parathyroidectomy, gallbladder...Read more

Specialties

  • General Surgery

Board Certifications

Education

University of Health Sciences / Sri Venkatesvara Medical College
Medical School
1995
St Vincent'S Hospital
Fellowship Hospital
1994
Providence Hospital
Residency Hospital
1992
New York Methodist Hospital
Internship Hospital
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Languages

  • English
  • Hindi

Awards

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Dr. Kolachalam frequently treats Ventral Hernia, Gallstones, and Hernia Repair. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Kolachalam treats.

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Dr. Kolachalam's office is located at 26850 Providence Pkwy Ste 460, Novi, MI 48374. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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R B Kolachalam MD PC

R B Kolachalam MD PC26850 Providence Pkwy Ste 460 Novi, MI 48374
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Affiliated Hospitals

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Ascension Providence Hospital, Southfield Campus

Southfield, MI

70% Patient Experience Rating, 1% higher than the national average

23 Awards Received

Award Highlight: General Surgery Excellence Award™ (2021)

Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak

Royal Oak, MI

70% Patient Experience Rating, 1% higher than the national average

23 Awards Received

Award Highlight: General Surgery Excellence Award™ (2021)

St. Mary Mercy Livonia Hospital

Livonia, MI

75% Patient Experience Rating, 6% higher than the national average

6 Awards Received

Award Highlight: America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2021)