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Padmashri Dr. K. M. Cherian To Receive Harvard Award


CHENNAI: Renowned cardio thoracic and vascular surgeon and the Chair-man of Frontier Life Line, Chennai Dr K M Cherian is selected to receive VOCK HEART award instituted by Harward Medical International. This ward is instituted to recognize excellence in the field of Medical , research and education. The Award will be given in a function at Mumbai on Feb 6, 2005.

Dr. Cherian began his medical career in 1975 and has held many remarkable positions during his tenure and authored more than 250 national and international publications. He performed the first successful coronary artery graft in India during the mid-’70s. Some of his other pioneering works include, 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.

After his MBBS, Dr K. M. Cherian headed for Australia to become a FRACS (Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons). He has the rare distinction of having performed the first successful heart transplant in India in 1975. He has many more firsts to his name, including the first pediatric heart transplant and more recently, the first heart and lung transplant.

He is the recipient of several honours including the Padmashri in 1991. He has authored several National and International publications. He was the founder Director of Madras Medical Mission Hospital, Chennai. He has performed more than 17,000 operations. He has also held numerous positions abroad, including Visiting Professor at University of Oregon, USA; Senior Registrar of Greenlane Hospital, Royal Alexandria Hospital and St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, Australia. He is a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians, Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, Past President of the Indian Association of Thoracic and Cardio vascular Surgeons and a member of the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation and the International Society of Cardio Thoracic Surgeons (ISCTS). He is also a member of the New York Academy of Sciences and a member of the Australian Society of Cardio Thoracic Surgeons.

Dr Cherian is the first and only Indian member of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery. He has also had the privilege of being the honorary surgeon to the president of India between 1990 and 1993.