Heart, Kidney, Lung


Dr K R Balakrishnan, Chairman - Institute of Cardiac Sciences | Director - Institute of Heart and Lung Transplant & Mechanical Circulatory Support, MGM Healthcare, is one of India s leading cardiothoracic surgeons and heart-lung transplant specialists with over 30 years of experience in his expert hands. 

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 anaesthetists and critical care physicians, he has performed over 16,000 cardiac surgeries for various types of heart diseases and disorders.


  • MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) in 1976 From Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Puducherry.
  • MS (Master of Surgery) in General Surgery in 1980 From All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi
  • MCh in Cardiothoracic Surgery in 1982 from King Edward Memorial (KEM) Hospital, Mumbai


A 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.