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Dr K M Cherian

Chairman & CEO, Frontier Lifeline Hospital; Founder & President, Frontier Mediville

Pioneering pediatric cardiac surgery in India, Dr. K.M.Cherian has held prestigious positions in India and abroad and now runs the prestigious cardiac hospital in Chennai, Dr.K.M.Cherian’s Frontier Lifeline Hospital. He is also the Founder Chairman of Frontier Mediville, the first Medical SEZ and Medical Science Park in India.

He started his career in Christian Medical College Hospital, in Vellore as lecturer in Surgery. He did his FRACS in Cardiothoracic Surgery in 1973, while being a migrant in Australia. He worked in New Zealand and was also a migrant to The United States. He worked as a Special Fellow in Paediatric Cardiac Surgery in Birmingham, Alabama under Dr. John W. Kirklin and in the University of Oregon under Dr. Albert Starr. He is an honourable Prof at the Yangzhou University, China.

Dr. Cherian has been the Honorary Surgeon to the President of India from 1990 to 1993 and has performed more than 38,000 operations. With innate talent and a passion to save lives, he has also pioneered the first heart transplant in India after the legislation of Brain Death, the first bilateral lung transplant, the first Pediatric Heart transplant, the first Auto transplant, and the first Heart and Lung transplant. With phenomenal experience and far-sightedness, he is the first and only Indian member of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery.

He received a Wockhardt Medical Excellence Award in 2005, through a panel organized by Harvard Medical School. Dr Cherian is the only one from India selected for the unique honor of having his name inscribed in stone during the recent World Congress conducted by the World Society of Cardio Thoracic Surgeons (WSCTS) on the Island of KOS, Greece.

He was awarded Padma Shri by the Government of India in 1991. He received a Wockhardt Medical Excellence Award in 2005, through a panel organized by Harvard Medical School. He has received honorary professorships from universities in China and has been an honorary Visiting Professor at several Universities worldwide. Dr. K. M. Cherian was the recipient of the prestigious Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) degree, awarded by King George’s Medical University, Lucknow during its 3rd Convocation. This honor was bestowed on him by His Excellency, the Governor of Uttar Pradesh and Honorable Chancellor of the University, Shri T.V. Rajeswar on the 22nd of January, 2007, in recognition of his unsurpassed contributions to cardiac care. King George’s Medical University is India’s fifth biggest medical university with the unique distinction of being the first residential Medical University in the country.

As a humanitarian gesture, Dr. Cherian operated on 20 Iraqi children with complex heart defects. He is the first and only member from India of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine in London, England.

Cherian is also an advocate for organ donation and is the leading authority in heart transplant procedures in the country. His philosophy is summed up as “Health care is an industry.”

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