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Dr. K R Balakrishnan

Director and Chief- Fortis Malar Hospital, Chennai
Department- Cardio Thoracic and Vascular Surgery
Procedures Expertised : LVAD and HVAD Pump implant, end stage heart failure management, treatment of congenital heart diseases, aortic root repair and replacement, heart transplants

Introduction of Dr. K R Balakrishnan

Dr. K R Balakrishnan is a leading and highly experienced Cardio Thoracic and Vascular surgeon in India. He holds the credit of performing over 16000 cardiac surgeries independently and is considered the best heart transplant surgeon in India. He has performed the highest number of heart transplants in India including over180 heart transplants, 9 heart and lung transplants, and 23 lung transplants since 2010 He holds many a firsts to his name that includes setting up the very first Comprehensive Centre for Heart Failure Management in Fortis Malar Hospital in Chennai. He is the first surgeon in India to perform a Pediatric heart transplant surgery on a 2 year old and is also the first to do the Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) implant in 2012 and the HVAD pump implant in 2013.

Carrying with him an extensive experience of more than three decades, Dr. K R Balakrishnan is an expert in various cardio thoracic and vascular procedures that includes treating congenital heart diseases, mitral valve replacement, aortic valve repair and replacement, coronary angioplasty, heart bypass surgery, beating heart surgery, etc. He is highly recognized for his efforts in reviving a patient with heart transplant whose heart had stopped beating for 45 minutes. He is an expert in management of end-stage heart failure and has helped a number of patients with complex and advanced heart diseases to lead a normal life.

Dr. K R Balakrishnan is one of a kind cardiac surgeon with expertise in the management and treatment of various types of heart diseases and disorders. He is trained to perform heart surgeries from infants to old age people and has done several such procedures with successful results. He has received several awards in his academic career and continuous to do so in his practice years as well. He has more than 30 publications to his credit in renowned national and international medical journals. He constantly works to make heart surgeries affordable for those who need it the most and is also making efforts to develop continuous flow LVADs and Pulsatile along with molecular biology of ventricular hypertrophy.

Work Experience of Dr. K R Balakrishnan

  • Director- Cardiac Sciences and Chief- Cardio Thoracic and Transplant Surgery, Fortis Malar Hospital, Chennai, 2008- Present
  • Professor and Head, Cardio Thoracic and Vascular Surgery, Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Centre, Chennai, 1994- 2008
  • Specialist, Cardiac Surgery, Railway Hospital, Perambur, Chennai, 1990- 1994
  • Senior Registrar, Cardio Thoracic Unit, Green Lane Hospital, Auckland, 1987- 1988

Education of Dr. K R Balakrishnan

  • MBBS, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Pondicherry
  • MS, General Surgery, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
  • MCh, Cardio Thoracic Surgery, King Edward Memorial Hospital and Seth Gordhandas Sunderdas Medical College, Mumbai
  • Fellowship, Cardiac Surgery, Oregon Health Sciences University and St. Vincent Hospital, Portland

Memberships of Dr. K R Balakrishnan

  • Indian Medical Association


  • Low Cost Ventricular Assist Device
  • Flexible Polyurethane Membrane

Awards and Recognitions of Dr. K R Balakrishnan

  • Double Helical National Health Award, 2017
  • Best Doctor Award, Tamil Nadu Government, 2017
  • Special Jury Award, FICCI, 2017

  • Gender
  • Hospital Affiliations Fortis Malar Hospital, Chennai
  • Experience / Tranining
  • Medical School
  • Internship
  • Residency
  • Fellowship
  • Certifications
  • Leadership Roles
  • Heart Failure Medical Management
  • Heart Transplant
  • Bentall/David/Aortic Aneurism Repair
  • LVAD
  • Congenital Heart Surgeries

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