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Dr. K. R. Balakrishnan
Heart Transplant · Thoracic aortic aneurysm
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MGM Healthcare Multispecialty Hospital
Tamil Nadu, India
Nelson Manickam Road Railway Colony Aminjikarai Chennai Chennai Tamil Nadu India
Dr. K. R. Balakrishnan is a Chairman of the Institute of Cardiac Sciences and he is a Director of the Institute of Heart and Lung Transplant & Mechanical Circulatory Support, MGM Healthcare. He is one of India s leading cardiothoracic surgeons and heart-lung transplant specialists with over 30 years of experience in his expert hands. Having a record of completing over 503 heart transplants, he is one of the most renowned surgeons in the industry. Dr. K. R. Balakrishnan earned an MBBS degree from JIPMER, Pondicherry in 1976. He completed his MS in General Surgery from AIIMS, New Delhi in 1980. He also qualified M.Ch. in Cardio-Thoracic Surgery from KEM Hospital, Mumbai, in 1982. His areas of expertise include end-stage heart failure management (heart transplant & VAD implant), pediatric cardiac surgery, lung transplant, and heart and lung transplant. A pioneer in his field, Dr. Balakrishnan performed the first permanent artificial heart transplant in India with HeartMate II LVAD and has performed the largest number of heart transplants in India. Alongside his team of specialists, comprising cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, and cardiac anesthetists, and critical care physicians, he has performed over 16,000 cardiac surgeries for various types of heart diseases and disorders. He has received numerous awards for his work and his work has been published in some of the highest-ranking medical journals. Dr. Balakrishnan has been bestowed the honor of the prestigious Hiralal Gold Medal to acknowledge his excellence in the field of surgery. Throughout his career, he has contributed to the medical community through the publication of multiple articles, book chapters, and presentations at numerous national and international conferences. He has also gained international recognition for overseeing the first pediatric heart transplant surgery in India which was performed on a two-year nine-month-old patient from Russia.