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Welcome to the Department of
Paediatric Cardiology at MGM Healthcare

The Department of Paediatric Cardiac and Thoracic Sciences at MGM Healthcare offers comprehensive care to those who have been diagnosed with congenital cardiac diseases from neonates to adults. The department works closely with the Heart and Lung failure program and the Department of Paediatric and Neonatology , offering an unique blend of expertise to provide comprehensive and complete care and follow up, setting us apart as a leading healthcare provider in this specialized field.

Welcome to the Department of Paediatric Cardiology at MGM Healthcare, where we provide specialized care for children with heart conditions.

Our dedicated team of experts is committed to delivering exceptional medical services and compassionate support.

We cater to children of all ages, from preterm babies to fully grown adults, who have had multiple surgeries and need specialized cardiology care.

Expert Team: Our highly skilled team includes interventional cardiologists, surgeons, pediatricians, anaesthetists, intensivists, physician assistants, perfusionists, and compassionate nursing personnel.

Patient-Centered Care: We are dedicated to providing exceptional care and support to every patient, ensuring their well-being throughout their journey.

Comprehensive Expertise: Our team manages a wide range of conditions, employing a thorough clinical assessment to develop personalized treatment plans.

Commitment to Excellence: We prioritize understanding each patient’s unique circumstances and medical history, delivering tailored care to achieve the best possible outcomes.


Chairman – Cardiac Sciences

Director – Institute of Heart and Lung Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support


Dr. K R Balakrishnan, a visionary in the field of cardiothoracic surgery and a distinguished specialist in heart-lung transplants. With an unparalleled experience of over three decades, Dr.KR Balakrishnan stands at the forefront of India’s medical community, renowned for his groundbreaking contributions and transformative surgical interventions

Dr.K.R.Balakrishnan and his dedicated team have completed an astounding record of 600 heart and lung transplants.

With over 30 years of interest, experience and continued research in end-stage heart failure management (heart transplant & mechanical circulatory support devices), paediatric cardiac surgery, congestive heart failure and lung transplant, India’s heart and lung transplant programme has been pioneered by Dr.K.R.Balakrishnan. The advanced technology, infrastructure and equipment available at MGM Healthcare, combined with skilled physicians and surgeons, provides accurate diagnosis, care, treatment and outcomes.

From the successful use of ECMO, a machine that provides cardiac and pulmonary support to a person in end-stage heart and lung failure, as a bridge to heart transplant in 2012 to India’s first successful HVAD implant surgery performed on a 42-year-old with end-stage heart failure to the first paediatric heart transplant on a 2-year-old, Dr K R Balakrishnan and his team of highly skilled physicians and surgeons have performed many ‘firsts’ for India.

MGM Healthcare’s expert team of cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, cardiac anaesthesiologists, critical care physicians and rehab specialists care are well equipped to provide tailored care for patients with advanced heart failure, congenital heart disease, cardiomyopathy and other conditions


 Recognitions :

  • Our renowned team has performed more than 100 paediatric heart transplants, spearheaded by India’s renowned heart and lung transplant surgeon Dr K R Balakrishnan
  • Dr.Balakrishnan and his dedicated team has accomplished extraordinary milestones of performing the first permanent artificial heart transplant in India using the HeartMate II LVAD stands as a testament to his unwavering commitment to pushing the boundaries of medical innovation.
  • Dr. Balakrishnan’s impact extends far beyond the boundaries of his nation. His pioneering work in paediatric heart transplant surgery has garnered international recognition, illuminating the path of hope for young hearts in need. Leading a team of exceptional professionals, he orchestrated the first-ever paediatric heart transplant in India, rescuing a two-year nine-month-old patient from Russia
  • Three-year-old Russian boy with Restrictive Cardiomyopathy was successfully treated with a Berlin Heart Implantation at MGM Healthcare in Chennai. The procedure, led by Dr. K.R. Balakrishnan and his talented team, was completed with precision over a seven-hour long surgery giving new lease of life.
  • A one-year-old Bulgarian child with Dilated Cardiomyopathy, critically ill and suffering from multiple heart attacks, was airlifted to MGM Healthcare. Under the expert guidance of Dr. K.R. Balakrishnan and his renowned team, a life-saving heart transplant was performed within a week.


An MCh (Cardiothoracic Surgery) graduate from KEM Hospital, University of Bombay, Dr K R Balakrishnan has mastered an evidence-based approach to healthcare practices and refined clinical expertise in surgery. His areas of expertise include end-stage heart failure management (heart transplant & VAD implant), paediatric cardiac surgery, lung transplant, and heart and lung transplant. He has received numerous awards for his work and his work has been published in some of the highest-ranking medical journals.

Armed with nearly 30 years of experience, Dr Suresh Rao KG is the Co-Director of the Institute of Heart and Lung Transplant & Mechanical Circulatory Support, serving alongside renowned transplant surgeon Dr KR Balakrishnan. In his many years of medical service, Dr Rao has nurtured an expertise in cardiac critical care, heart and lung transplantations, LVAD (Left Ventricular Assist Device) implantation, ECMO initiation, management of congenital heart disease and post-operative patients and trans-oesophageal echocardiography.

Dr Noveen Davisdon is an accomplished senior consultant with over a decade experience in paediatric cardiac surgeries. His expertise encompasses a wide range of areas, including Paediatric and Adult Congenital Heart Surgery, Complex Congenital Heart Surgery, Redo Surgery, Minimally Invasive
Surgery, Paediatric Tracheal Surgery, Neonatal and Paediatric ECMO, Congenital Heart Transplants and Heart Failure Management, Intensive Care Management, Emergency Trauma Surgery and Management, and Vascular Surgery.

Dr Anto Sahayaraj is a senior consultant with over 25 years of experience in Cardiac Surgery. His areas of expertise include adult and Paediatric Cardiac Surgeries, re-do surgeries, Heart and Lung Transplantation, Neonatal surgeries, Mini posterior Thoracotomy, Mini Anterior Thoracotomy, complex heart valve surgery and aortic valve replacement.

With over 10 years of experience, Dr Ramya Shri C has extensive knowledge and expertise in the field of Paediatric Cardiology and has experience in the Paediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. She is experienced in paediatric cardiac surgeries like atrial septal defect/ventricular septal defect correction, Tetralogy of Fallot repair.

Having trained in Pediatric Cardiology wards, Dr Rajesh Kumar R has exposure in various clinical skills in cardiology and various paediatric cardiac surgeries like atrial septal defect/ventricular septal defect correction, Tetralogy of Fallot repair, arterial switch, Ross procedure, Bentall surgery, valve repair and replacement surgeries.

An alumnus of the University of Mumbai, India, Dr Ajay Aravind comes with 10 years of experience in the field of cardiac anaesthesia and cardiac critical care. He has extensive experience in providing pre-operative work-up and optimisation of heart failure patients, monitoring of peri and post-operative patients undergoing varied types of elective and emergency paediatric and adult cardiac surgeries and using ECMO for heart failure and acute cardiogenic shock.

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