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Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty

Chairman and Executive Director- Narayana Healthcare, Bangalore
Department- Cardio Thoracic and Vascular Surgery
Procedures Expertised : Congenital Heart Surgery, Heart Valve surgery, Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting, Neonatal open heart surgery, Cardiomyoplasty, LVAD, Pulmonary Thromboembolectomy, Pediatric Cardiac Surgery

Introduction of Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty

The founder and Chairman of Narayana Healthcare Limited, Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty is one of the best cardiac surgeons in the country. He started the institution in the year 2000 with an idea to make healthcare affordable so that the backward sections of the society can avail the best facilities at low costs. He has performed more than 15,000 cardiac procedures where 5000 were related to pediatric cardiac patients. With a series of firsts to his name, he is one of the best surgeons of the world for bypass grafting surgery on a beating heart. He performed the first dynamic cardiomyoplasty surgery in Asia which is done to strengthen the weak muscle of
the heart with the help of the chest wall muscle. He performed the first ever neonatal open heart surgery in India on a 9 day old baby. He also used a Left Ventricular Assist Device for temporary support of a failing heart for the first time in India.

Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty has an experience of more than three decades in the field of Cardio thoracic surgery. He received most of his trainings in cardiac surgery from the Guy’s Hospital in United Kingdom. He is among the very few surgeons in the world to be highly skilled in performing keyhole heart surgery with the help of microchip camera. With his expertise lying in pediatric cardiac surgery, he has performed a large number of infant and neonatal cardiac surgeries in India. His other areas of specialization includes ASD and VSD device closure, complex congenital heart surgeries, coronary and peripheral angiogram, aortic stent grafting, radiofrequency ablation, Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG), Pulmonary Thromboembolectomy, biventricular pacing, mitral and aortic repair and replacement and various other cardiac procedures.

With a view to make healthcare cheaper for the general public, Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty also established the Rabindranath Tagore International Institute of Cardiac Sciences in Kolkata and started the Manipal Heart Foundation at Manipal Hospitals in Bangalore. His contributions and dedications earned him the prestigious civilian awards Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan from the Government of India. He has earned various other awards as well for his years of experience and knowledge of medical science and contribution towards public welfare. He is a member of several renowned medical institutions. His name has been recognized worldwide in the field of cardiac surgery and was even listed in the Wall Street Journal where the newspaper conferred him the title of “Henry Ford of Heart Surgery.” Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty works with the sole motive of providing the best services to the needy and has been associated with several hospitals in India and other countries to make such facilities cheaper. He has pioneered the low cost diagnostic and surgical services in India and hopes to further bring the cost down and at the same time bring in more advanced and better techniques to the country.

Work Experience of Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty

  • Chairman and Executive Director, Cardiac Surgery, Narayana Healthcare, Bangalore, 2001-Present
  • Professor, Cardiac Surgery, Rajiv Gandhi University of Medical Sciences, Bangalore
  • Professor, Cardiac Surgery, University of Minnesota Medical School, USA
  • Consultant, Cardiac Surgery, B M Birla Hospital, Kolkata
  • Founder, Rabindranath Tagore International Institute of Cardiac Sciences, Kolkata

Education of Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty

  • MBBS, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, Karnataka, 1978
  • MS, Kastrurba Medical College, Mangalore, Karnataka, 1982
  • FRCS, Royal College of Surgeons, England


  • Cardio Thoracic Surgery, Guy’s Hospital, London
  • West Midlands Cardio Thoracic Rotation Program, Walsgrave Hospital, Coventry and
  • Birmingham Heartlands Hospital

Memberships of Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty

  • Indian Medical Association
  • Indian Association of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeons
  • Indian Medical Council, Governing body 2010- 2011

Awards and Recognition

  • Padma Bhushan, 2012
  • Padma Shri, 2003
  • Indian of the Year, CNN-IBN, 2012
  • Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Economic Times, 2012
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, 2012
  • President’s Award, American College of Cardiology, 2011
  • Dr. B C Roy National Award, 2003
  • Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, 2003
  • Sir M Visveswaraya Memorial Award, Government of Karnataka, 2003
  • Rajoytsava Award, Government of Karnataka, 2002
  • Started a low cost health insurance scheme “Yeshasvini” in collaboration with the Government of Karnataka

  • Heart Bypass Surgery (CABG)
  • Heart Valve Repair/Replacement
  • Paediatric Cardiac Surgery
  • LVAD
  • Congenital Heart Surgeries
  • Neonatal Heart Surgeries

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