Professor Kapil S Satyapal

Professor Kapil S Satyapal


Professor Kapil S Satyapal


031 260 7110


Campus /Hospital

Westville and Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine

Research Interest

1) Renal vasculature and application in transplantation

(2) Coronary vasculature particularly cardiac collaterals & significance in coronary artery

bypass surgery

(3) Sympathetic chain: Application in Thoracic sympathectomy

(4) Human Anatomical Variations and their clinical significance

(5) Medico-Legal & Ethical application

(6) Anatomical imaging techniques and clinical correlation/application

(7) Minimal Invasive surgery and anatomical bases

(8) Regional Anesthesia and anatomical landmarks

(9) Segmental nature of the liver and its vascular basis in liver resection

(10) Chronic pain relief and pain pathways

(11) Forensic osteology and significance in forensic medicine


Senior Professor and Fellow

Biosketch Kapil Satyapal is a Senior Professor and Fellow of the University of Kwazulu Natal. He is a Clinical Anatomist

and Surgeon: he has a Senior Doctorate in General Surgery and Fellowships from the Royal College of

Physicians in Ireland and the US International College of Angiology. He also has a Masters in Medical Law

and is appointed to the Medical and Dental Board of the HPCSA and the South African Medico-Legal Society

Board. He has enjoyed an international reputation in Clinical Anatomy and Related Fields and has been a

visiting Professor to several leading international universities including Mayo Clinic (Rochester, USA). He

enjoys an extensive publication record and has attended several international and national scientific

conferences and a member of various learned societies and editorial boards


List of Publications


  1. Variations of the external and internal jugular veins: A fetal study

P Pillay, S Ishwarkumar, KS Satyapal

International Journal of Morphology. 36(1):145-148, 2018


  1. Factors associated with failed spinal anaesthesia for Caesarean sections in Mthatha general hospital, Eastern Cape, South Africa

AA Alabi, OV Adenyibi, OA Adeleke, P Pillay, MR Haffajee

South African Family Practice 2017; 59(4):128–132


  1. A study on the role and functions of inspectors of anatomy in South Africa.

Pillay P, McQuoid-Mason D, Satyapal KS.

South African Journal of Bioethics and the Law 2017; 10(2): 86-92



  1. Morphometric analysis of the mandible in the Durban Metropolitan population of South Africa
  2. Ishwarkumar, P. Pillay, MR Haffajee, KS Satyapal

Folia Morphologica Vol. 76, No. 1, pp. 82–86. 2017


  1. The morphometry of the gonial angle and its correlation with age and sex in the eThekwini Metropolitan region: A panoramic study

S Pillay, S. Ishwarkumar, BZ De Gama, P. Pillay

International Journal of Morphology. 35(2):661-666,2017


  1. The Plantar Aponeurosis in Fetuses and Adults: An Aponeurosis or Fascia?

A Kalicharan, P Pillay, BZ De Gama, C Rennie, KS Satyapal

Int. J. Morphol., 35: 2017.


  1. An osteometric evaluation of the mandibular condyle in Black KwaZulu-Natal population
  2. Ishwarkumar, P. Pillay, BZ DeGama, KS Satyapal

International Journal of Morphology. 34(3):848-853, 2016.


  1. Sex determination using morphometric and morphological dimensions of the clavicle within the KwaZulu-Natal population

S Ishwarkumar, P Pillay, C Rennie, MR Haffajee

International Journal of Morphology 34(1) 2016

  1. The anatomy of the plantar arterial arch

A Kalicharan, P Pillay, C Rennie, MR Haffajee

Int. J. Morphol., 33(1):36-42, 2015.

  1. An Osteometric Evaluation of the Jugular Foramen
  2. Ishwarkumar; N. Naidoo; L. Lazarus; P. Pillay, K. S. Satyapal

Int. J. Morphol., 33(1):251-254, 2015


  1. Osteometry and Morphology of the Human Fibula: A South African Study

N Naidoo; S Ishwarkumar; P Pillay; L Lazarus; KS Satyapal

International Journal of Morphology 33 (3) 2015 – IJM 127.15

  1. The common peroneal nerve in fetuses

D Chetty, P Pillay, L Lazarus, KS Satyapal

Int. J. Morphol., 32(2):455-460, 2014.

  1. Ansa Cervicalis: A fetal anatomical study

Pillay P, Partab P, Lazarus L, Satyapal KS

Int. J. Morphol., 30(4):1321-1326, 2012.

  1. The Great auricular nerve in fetuses

Pillay P, Partab P, Lazarus L, Satyapal KS

Int. J. Morphol., 30(1):40-44, 2012

  1. The Lesser occipital nerve in fetuses

Pillay P, Partab P, Lazarus L, Satyapal KS

Int. J. Morphol., 30(1):140-144, 2012

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