Dr. K R Balakrishnan is an acknowledged expert in the management of end- stage heart failure and credited with India’s First LVAD and HVAD pump implant as destination therapy. Dr K R Balakrishnan has recently got attached to Jaslok Hospital Mumbai to head their heart transplant centre. Dr. K R Balakrishnan heads the largest heart transplant programme in India and is one of the largest in Asia doing close to 40 Heart Transplants annually. Dr. K R Balakrishnan is instrumental in starting India’s First Comprehensive Centre for Heart Failure Management at Fortis Malar Hospital, Chennai. Dr. K R Balakrishnan is also actively engaged with various institutions to develop Pulsatile and continuous flow LVADs (Left Ventricular Assist Device) and molecular biology of ventricular hypertrophy. Apart from this, he has an extensive expertise in treating complex Congenital Heart Disease like switches in infancy, repair of TAPVR, common AV Canal and in use of Homograft conduits arterial. Dr. Balakrishnan also performs other routine cardiac surgeries such as Valvular Heart procedures including repair & replacement, aortic root replacement and Ross procedure.
Jaslok Hospital Mumbai
Senior Registrar to Sir Brian Baratt-Boyes, Cardio Thoracic Unit, Green Lane Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand(1987-1988) - Fellow in Cardiac surgery, Oregon Health Sciences University and St. Vincent Hospital, Portland, OREGON with Dr.Albert Starr - (1989-90) Specialist Cardiac Surgeon, Railway Hospital, Perambur, Madras - June 1990 – August 1994, Independently performed over 16,000 heart operations
First Prize in surgery(1976), awarded by the Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research, Pondicherry, India, First in the University, Obstretics and Gynaecology(1976), Awarded by the University of Madras. First in the University, Medicine, awarded by the University of Madras. Hiralal gold medal in surgery awarded by All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India First rank and distinction,cardiothoracic board finals, University of Bombay. First distinction ever to be awarded by the Bombay University in the speciality
MBBS - Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Puducherry, 1976, MS - General Surgery - All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, 1980 , MCh - Cardio Thoracic Surgery - KEM Hospital, University of Bombay, 1982
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