Heart transplant

Chennai Hospital Hires World’s First ‘Dead Heart Transplant’ Surgeon to Lead Transplant Unit

A pioneer of ‘donation after circulatory death of heart transplantation’, Dr. Kumud Kumar Dhital has been hired to expand the Heart and Lung Transplant Unit at Kauvery Hospital.

Kauvery Hospital, Chennai has announced the expansion of its Heart and Lung Transplant Unit by appointing Dr Kumud Kumar Dhital and Dr Srinivas Rajagopala to the unit. The team will be led by Dr. Kumud, who has been appointed Program Director of the Heart and Lung Transplantation Unit.

Dr Kumud is a Cardiothoracic Surgeon specializing in Heart and Lung Transplantation and has over 25 years of experience in Cardiothoracic Surgery and 20 years of experience in Heart and Lung Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Assist Therapy in the UK , Italy and Australia. Dr. Kumud is also world famous for being the surgical pioneer of DCD (Donation after Circulatory Death) heart transplantation, which was first performed in 2014 while at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney, Australia, which has been widely reported as the world. first dead heart transplant. This procedure has been described as the most significant advance in heart transplantation in the last 3 decades and has been adopted by all thoracic transplant centers in the UK and several European centres, and has recently been widely adopted in the USA.

The team also includes Dr. Srinivas Rajagopala, Director of the Pulmonary Transplantation and Pulmonary Failure Unit and Senior Consultant in Interventional Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine.

Dr. Srinivas Rajagopala has over 19 years of experience in Pulmonology and Critical Care. He is well known nationally for his interest in evidence-based management of lung disease and participated in numerous donor lung assessments and extravascular lung perfusion assessments during his internship in Toronto, Canada. He has acquired a rich and varied experience in Respirology, Critical Care and Transplant Respirology at several national and international institutes such as PGIMER, Chandigarh, JIPMER, Puducherry, Royal Adelaide Hospital, McMaster University, Hamilton and Toronto General Hospital.

The primary role of the heart and lung transplant team will be the management of advanced heart and lung failure, heart and lung transplantation, and the establishment of mechanical circulatory support devices.

“We are delighted to have Dr Kumud Kumar Dhital and Dr Srinivas Rajagopala by our side at Kauvery Hospital. They are seasoned professionals and medical experts with a combined experience of over 40 years. Their worldwide track record in complicated heart and lung surgeries has inspired many medical professionals and hospitals. We at Kauvery Hospital believe that patients with complex and advanced heart and lung failure will benefit immensely from their in-depth knowledge and expertise. Our heart and lung transplant program will significantly improve the quality of life of patients and save many lives,” said Dr. Aravindan Selvaraj, co-founder and executive director of Kauvery Hospital.

This article was published in association with Kauvery Hospital.