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Dr. K.M. Cherian

Dr. K.M. Cherian

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MBBS, MS - General Surgery

General Surgeon

54 Years Experience Overall  (50 years as specialist)

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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.

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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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Mon - Fri

09:00 - 02:00


Common questions & answers

Q: What does a Heart specialist do?

A: Heart specialists or cardiologists diagnose and treat diseses related to heart and blood vessels. They are trained to assess heart health and read electrocardiogram, etc.

Q: When do you need to see a cardiologist?

A: You can visit a heart specialist if your physician refers you for symptoms like shortness of breath, dizziness, chest pain, changes in heart beat or high blood pressure

Q: What to expect at your first visit to heart specialist?

A: A heart specialist will evaluate your medical history and risk factors for major blood vesel disease. Your heart rate, blood pressure and electrocardiogram will be obtained. You will also go through complete cardiovascular examination.

Q: How do heart-specialist check for blocked arteries?

A: Heart specialists check for blocked arteries with tests like chloesterol screening, electrocardiogram (ECG) chest X-Ray, coronary CT Scan, ultrasound, echocardiogram, and angiogram.

Q: Can you see a heart-specilist directly?

A: You can go to a heart specialist directly if you suspect there is a risk of genetically related heart disease in your family which means any of your blood relative had an early onset (below age of 55 for men and 65 for women). A heart specialist can help you to assess the risk factor of you getting that disease and give you treatment regarding the same.


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


MBBS - Kasturba Medical College, 1965
MS - General Surgery - University Of Mysore, India, 1970


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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)


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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


17203 Tamil Nadu Medical Council, 1966

Trainings and Certifications

FRACS - Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Sydney, 1973
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