Bhubaneswar: CARE Hospitals, Bhubaneswar launched Odisha’s first comprehensive ‘Heart and Lung Transplant Program’ yesterday at Bhubaneswar. This program was supported by world-renowned Heart and Lung Transplant Surgeon Dr. KR Balakrishnan. Shree Naba Kishore Das Hon’ble Minister – Health & Family Welfare, Government of Odisha graced the occasion in the presence of Dr. M P Tripaty Medical Director, Mrs. Gurrit Kaur Sethi, Hospital Chief Operating Officer (HCOO), Care Hospitals Bhubaneswar and Dr. Raajiv Singhal, CEO CARE Hospitals, Managing Director Evercare group.
Dr. KR Balakrishnan is credited for having performed India’s first LVAD & HVAD pump implants. He has performed more than 306 heart transplants over a period of 9 years and 102 heart transplants including 29 pediatric heart transplants last year.
This was the 3 rd highest in the world. He has also performed over 52 LVAD & more than 30 Lung Transplants. Under the supervision of Dr. K. R. Balakrishnan and Ms. Chitra, ‘Aishwarya Trust’ has performed over 1000 free congenital heart surgeries for underprivileged children of which 100 are heart transplants.