K. M. Cherian (doctor)

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Kotturathu Mammen "K.M." Cherian[1][2] (born 8 March 1942[3]) is an Indian heart surgeon. He performed India's first coronary artery bypass surgery and is considered a pioneer of pediatric cardiac surgery in the country. He is also a former honorary surgeon to the President of India and a Padma Shri awardee.

Career as surgeon[edit]

He attended Kasturba Medical College, Manipal.[4] He performed India's first coronary artery bypass surgery in 1975.[5] He is the founder of Frontier Lifeline Hospital, where he performed India's second heart transplant surgery in 1995.[4] He also performed the country's first heart-lung transplant and the country's first pediatric cardiac surgery.[5]

Awards and honours[edit]

He was awarded Padma Shri by the Government of India in 1991,[1][2] and was honorary surgeon to the President of India from 1990 to 1993.[5]

In June 2000, Cherian received a lifetime achievement award from Kasturba Medical College [6][7] for contributions made to the field of cardiothoracic surgery in India.[8]

He received a Harvard Medical Excellence Award in 2005, through a panel organised by Harvard Medical School.[9]

His name is engraved in one of the stones at Kos Island, Greece along with three other Indian surgeons, on the occasion of the 18th World Congress held by the World Society of Cardio Thoracic Surgeons held between 30 April – 3 May 2008.[10]

In 2010, Cherian became the first Indian to be designated president of the World Society of Cardio Thoracic Surgeons.[11]

In December 2013, Cherian was named by the online portal Top Master's In Healthcare Administration as being one of the "20 Most Innovative Pediatric Surgeons Alive Today".[12]

In May 2016, Cherian was selected to be a member of the "Founder Circle" of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery.[13]


A biography about Cherian titled Hand of God was released in 2015.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Padama Awards: Previous Awardees". Padma Awards Ministry of Home Affairs. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Ministry of Home Affairs (Public Section) Padma Awards Directory (1954-2017) Year-wise List: 1991" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs (India). Archived from the original (pdf) on 9 February 2018. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  3. ^ "A doc whose heart is in the right place". The News Today. 9 March 2006. Archived from the original on 14 November 2006. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  4. ^ a b c "Dr Cherian releases his biography". The Times of India. 30 September 2015. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  5. ^ a b c Warrier, Shobha (8 March 2004). "Healing hearts". Rediff.com. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  6. ^ "Alumni meet to witness reunion of 500 students". Times of India.
  7. ^ Annual report of Manipal university has references to the Alumni get together with references to Dr Cherian https://apply.manipal.edu/content/dam/manipal/mu/documents/MU%20Annual%20Report/Annual%20Report%202016.pdf
  8. ^ "Dr Cherian gets award for surgery". The Tribune. United News of India. 14 June 2000. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  9. ^ "7 doctors get Wockhardt awards". Business Line. 9 February 2005. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  10. ^ Reddy, Amrutha. "World Society of Cardio Thoracic Surgeons 18th World Congress" (PDF). Indian Medical Parliamentarians' Forum. p. 8. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 October 2011. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  11. ^ "New Honor for Eminent Cardiac Surgeon Cherian" (PDF). People Watch. Asia Pacific Biotech News. Vol. 14 no. 11. World Scientific Publishing Co. November 2011. p. 47. ISSN 0219-0303. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  12. ^ Helen (10 December 2013). "20 Most Innovative Pediatric Surgeons Alive Today". Top Master's In Healthcare Administration. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  13. ^ "The American Association For Thoracic Surgery (Aats) Admits Dr K M Cherianas Its Founder Circle Member". The Hans India. 5 May 2016. Retrieved 16 March 2018.

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