Mohamed Rela

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Mohamed Rela
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CitizenshipIndia, British
Alma materUniversity of Madras
Known forLiver transplantation
Split Liver Transplantation
Auxiliary Liver Transplantation
Resection for HCC, Cholangio carcinoma, Hepatoblastoma
AwardsGuinness Book of Records in 2000
Scientific career
FieldsLiver transplantation, Pancreatic disease
InstitutionsKing's College Hospital, London
Dr Rela Institute and Medical Centre Chennai
Institute of Liver Disease and Transplantation Chennai

Mohamed Rela, is an Indian surgeon. He known for the his expertise in liver transplantation and hepatopancreatobiliary (HPB) surgery. He is considered one of the world's best liver transplant surgeons. He made his name in the Guinness Book of Records for performing a Liver Transplantation on a 5 day old baby. Prof. Mohamed Rela is the Chairman and Director of Dr Rela Institute and Medical Centre, India and the Professor of Liver Surgery and Transplantation, at the King's College Hospital, London.[1]


Prof. Mohamed Rela was born in Kiliyanur village near Mayiladuthurai in Tamil Nadu, India. His parents are Haji S A Shamsudin and Hasma Beevi. He was a student of the Besant Theosophical High School School, Adyar Chennai and received his MBBS (in 1980) and MS degree from the Stanley Medical College, Chennai. He later went to the United Kingdom in 1986, to receive another MS from Edinburgh and become a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1988.


Prof. Mohamed Rela worked in various hospitals in UK before joining London’s King’s College Hospital in 1991, where he continues to be the Professor of liver surgery. Niche areas of liver transplantation like auxiliary transplantation, split liver transplantation techniques and live donor liver transplantation were pioneered by him at the King’s College for the world to emulate, and scores of patients to benefit. In a glittering career over 3 decades, Prof. Rela has performed over 4500 liver transplants, including one on a five-day-old baby, earning him an entry into the Guinness Book of Records in 2000. [2] [3][4] Two decades later, the baby in now a budding lawyer, and the reunion of the recipient and her surgeon stands testimony to the durability and success of paediatric liver transplantation.[5]

Prof.Rela currently works in India, where he set up a successful Living Donor Liver Transplant program performing over 250 liver transplants a year, having performed over a 1500 liver transplants in a short span of 8 years. He was also the catalyst in starting liver transplants in tier 2 cities in Tamilnadu, providing access to such high end medical facilities even to people from far flung places.[1]

Rela is also a busy hepatobiliary surgeon, performing Whipple’s surgery for pancreatic cancer, liver resections for Cholangiocarcinoma and HCC resection in Cirrhotic patients. His research interest is in the field of clinical liver transplantation, translational studies into liver regeneration and liver preservation . He has over 600 publications in peer-reviewed journals.[6]

Further he has been honoured with Doctorate of Science degrees from three universities, recognising his service to healthcare. He has also been voted as one of the 20 Most Innovative Paediatric Surgeons Alive Today.[7]

With a focus on a strong, dedicated yet ethical concept of healthcare, Prof. Rela has now ventured into an enterprise, setting up a new healthcare facility, Dr. Rela Institute and Medical Centre.[8] The new centre, an International Medical facility is a quaternary care hospital dedicated to fostering and responding to the needs of a diverse set of patients. The hospital is committed to being an internationally significant health care system with the state-of- the- art infrastructure facilities, functioning in a sprawling area of 36 acres of land located in Chromepet, Chennai, India. With the facility of 450 beds inclusive of 130 critical care beds, 14 operating rooms, contemporary reference laboratories and radiology services.[9] [10] The Institute is designed to provide highly expertised care in all specialties with special focus on care of critical illness and multi-organ transplantation. This hospital houses one of the world’s largest dedicated liver intensive care units.[11] In addition to the quality quaternary care in all specialties, the hospital is committed to provide day to day ‘primary and secondary care’ to the local population with international standards.[12]

The 'Master Class in Liver Disease' (MCLD) series was envisaged by Prof. Rela as a means to deliver high quality teaching in liver disease and transplantation. Since its first edition in 2011, it has quickly established itself as one of the most popular scientific meetings in the field in the Indian sub-continent. Each edition is planned as a single theme conference with participation of national & international experts. Previous editions have dealt with topics such as the pathological basis of liver disease, hepatobiliary tumours, paediatric liver diseases, peri-operative care of the liver recipient, living donor liver transplantation, and acute liver failure.[1]

The forthcoming MCLD is titled- ‘Current Practice in Metabolic Liver Disease & Metabolic Syndrome’ is being organized in Chennai from March 2 to March 3, 2019 at ITC Grand Chola, Chennai. Registrations are now open at the conference website.[13]


  • Prof. Rela has so far performed more than 4500 liver transplant surgeries.[14]
  • In December 1997, a team led by him performed a successful liver transplantation for a five-day-old girl,[15] which made him an entry into the Guinness Book of Records in 2000.[16][17] The 5 day old girl is now a fine, fit and healthy 20 year old law student at Trinity College, Ireland. [18]
  • In March 1999, he carried out the first living related liver transplant on a patient with acute liver failure in the UK. 18-month-old Luke Bettelley, was given just 48 hours to live before the operation.[19]
  • In June 2003, he successfully performed a liver transplant for a four-and-a-half-year-old girl from Ahmedabad, Pranali Bhat, suffering from a terminal stage liver disease, at the Global Hospital, Hyderabad.[20][21]
  • In August 2003, he was a part of a team from King's College Hospital, London which did liver transplant(s) six times for a patient to save her life by performing a bone marrow transplant.[22]
  • In August 2004, a team led by him has successfully conducted the liver transplantation for a five-year-old Pakistani girl, Batul Hasan, at the Global Hospital, Hyderabad.[23][24]
  • In September 2009, a team led by him successfully performed the split liver transplantation (first of its kind in India), at the Global Hospital, Chennai. The liver was split during the retrieval operation into a smaller left lobe for transplanting a young girl and a larger right lobe for transplanting an older woman with end stage liver disease.[25][26][27][28][29]
  • In May 2011, a team led by him has successfully done Swap liver transplantation on Adults (first of its kind in India), at Global Hospitals & Health city, Chennai.[25][26][27][28][29]
  • He is the only liver surgeon in India with over 600 Scientific Publications.[30]
  • Prof. Rela has been voted as one of the 20 Most Innovative Paediatric Surgeons Alive Today. [31]


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  1. ^ a b c "Institute of Liver Disease and Transplantation -Dr Rela Institute and Medical Centre, Liver Transplantation in India Chennai, Liver Transplant in chennai, Liver Transplant Hospital in Chennai, Liver Transplant Surgery in Chennai, Liver Transplant Cost, Cost of Liver Transplant, Liver Transplant India, Hospitals in chennai, Liver Transplantation". 2014-01-24. Retrieved 2016-12-01.
  2. ^ "UK | New life for Baebhen". BBC News. 1997-12-08. Retrieved 2016-12-01.
  3. ^ "Transplanting hope". The Hindu Business Line. 2004-05-28. Retrieved 2016-12-01.
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ Halle, Martyn (2017-11-25). "Woman who had transplant at five days old reunites with surgeon who saved her". mirror. Retrieved 2017-12-10.
  6. ^ "Mohamed Rela on ResearchGate| Expertise: Hepatology, Gastroenterology, Infectious Diseases". ResearchGate. Retrieved 2017-12-10.
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  15. ^ "UK | New life for Baebhen". BBC News. 1997-12-08. Retrieved 2016-12-01.
  16. ^ "Transplanting hope". The Hindu Business Line. 2004-05-28. Retrieved 2016-12-01.
  17. ^ [3]
  18. ^ Halle, Martyn (2017-11-25). "Woman who had transplant at five days old reunites with surgeon who saved her". mirror. Retrieved 2017-12-10.
  19. ^ "Health | UK first for liver transplant baby". BBC News. 1999-04-08. Retrieved 2016-12-01.
  20. ^ "The Hindu : Ahmedabad girl undergoes liver transplant". 2003-06-15. Retrieved 2016-12-01.
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  23. ^ "The Hindu Business Line : Pakistani child to undergo liver transplant at Global Hospital". 2004-08-07. Retrieved 2016-12-01.
  24. ^ "The Hindu Business Line : Liver transplant for Pakistani girl child". 2004-08-09. Retrieved 2016-12-01.
  25. ^ a b "Archive News". The Hindu. Retrieved 2016-12-01.
  26. ^ a b "First split transplant performed, one liver for two patients". 2009-09-20. Retrieved 2016-12-01.
  27. ^ a b "First split liver transplant in India". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 2016-12-01.
  28. ^ a b "News". Samay Live. Retrieved 2016-12-01.
  29. ^ a b [6]
  30. ^ "Mohamed Rela on ResearchGate | Expertise: Hepatology, Gastroenterology, Infectious Diseases". ResearchGate. Retrieved 2017-12-10.
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