Chief of Heart Transplant & CTVS Program

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With over 30 years of experience in the field of medical sciences, Dr. K R Balakrishnan is associated with Fortis Malar Hospital as the Director of Cardiac Science; Chief Cardiothoracic and Heart Transplant Surgeon. Having successfully performed over 250 transplant surgeries and 16,000 heart operations independently, Dr. K R Balakrishnan has been widely recognized in the medical fraternity as a pioneer in Indian Cardiac Care.

Dr. K R Balakrishnan has played a significant role in elevating the Indian medical practices on a global scale and is the first surgeon in India to have completed over 250 successful heart transplants and Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) implant surgeries on patients from across India as well as from Africa, Russia, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Oman, UAE, Pakistan, Bangladesh and the USA.

Considered India’s best surgeon in heart transplants, Dr. K R Balakrishnan has performed breakthrough surgeries in the field of Cardiac Transplant like India’s First LVAD in 2012 and HVAD pump implant in 2013, India’s first paediatric heart transplant surgery on a two-year nine-month-old international patient from Russia and many more. He has also a played an instrumental role in establishing India’s First Comprehensive Centre for Heart Failure Management at Fortis Malar Hospital, Chennai and is considered “the” expert in the management of end-stage heart failure.

Work Experience

Dr. K R Balakrishnan has with him with an experience of over 30 years.

  • Dr K R Balakrishnan has won two patents, one for a Low Cost Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) and the other for the development of a ‘Flexible Magnetic Membrane’. Performed India’s first paediatric heart transplant surgery on a two-year nine-month-old international patient from Russia.
  • Dr. K R Balakrishnan saved a patient with cardiac arrest using a new artificial Heart Pump.
  • Implanted a mechanical device (LVAD) as an alternative to heart transplant on a 58-year old.
  • Dr. K R Balakrishnan revived a man with a heart transplant, 45 minutes after his heart had stopped beating.
  • He used Artificial Heart Technology (ECMO) to aid heart transplant on a 38-year old woman from Delhi.
Honors & Awards
  • Congenital cardiac surgeries (neonatal and infantile)
  • Paediatric valve repairs
  • Cyanotic congenital heart disease
  • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) support
  • Assist devices and heart transplants.
Area Of Expertise
  • Heart Transplant