Dr. K.M. Cherian

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MBBS, Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons (FRACS), D.Sc, D.Sc, D.Sc

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K. M. Cherian is a leading Indian heart surgeon who has pioneered new treatments, founded new hospitals and earned an international reputation. He is the founding chairman of Frontier Lifeline in Chennai, and the Dr K M Cherian Heart Foundation.He performed India’s first successful Coronary Artery bypass surgery in 1975. He also performed the country’s first heart transplant after legalization of brain death. The first Heart- Lung Transplant, the first Paediatric Transplant and the first TMR (Laser Heart Surgery) were also performed by him.Dr. K.M. Cherian was the honorary surgeon to the President of India from 1990 to 1993. He received a Wockhardt Medical Excellence Award in 2005, through a panel organised by Harvard Medical School. He is the first Indian to become the President of the World Congress of Thoracic Cardiac Surgeon and the first member of the American Association of Thoracic Surgery from India.

Mogappair, Chennai

Frontier Lifeline Hospital

R 30 C, Ambattur Industrial Estate Road, Landmark: Oppoisite To Bharath Petrol Pump & Next To Chennai Public School, Chennai

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Cardiothoracic Surgeon


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MBBS - Kasturba Medical College, 1964
Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons (FRACS) - Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Sydney, 1973
D.Sc - The Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University (TNMGRMU), 2003


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2004 - Present Chairman and CEO at Frontier Lifeline Pvt Ltd
2004 - 2004 Visiting Professor at Yangzhou University and Southeast University
2003 - 2003 Emeritus Professor at The Tamil Nadu Dr.MGR Medical University
1987 - 2003 Founder Vice-President at Madras Medical Mission
1987 - 2003 Founder Chairman at Pondicherry Instt. of Medical Sciences

Awards and Recognitions

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Padma Shri - 1991
Wockhardt Medical Excellence Award - 2005
Outstanding Service - Ministry of Railways - 1984
Outstanding Service - Ministry of Railways - 1986
Melvin Jones Award - Lions Club of Madras - 1986


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Chairman of Indian Association of Laser Surgery & Medicine
President of the Pediatric Cardiac Society of India
Indian Association Of Cardiovascular And Thoracic Surgeons (IACTS)
European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS)
Cardiological Society of India (CSI)


17203 Tamil Nadu Medical Council, 1966
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