Child & Adolescent Health

The Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Child & Adolescent Health at Aster Medcity is a one-of-its-kind dedicated facility for comprehensive care and management of health problems in children and adolescents. On par with the best Paediatric Hospitals in the world in terms of clinical support and medical care, the Neonatal and Paediatric treatment areas here are child friendly in design and offer a warm, comfortable and soothing ambience for babies and children to recuperate faster. Committed to the cause of providing safe and high quality medical care with compassion, the team of internationally and nationally trained Paediatricians, Neonatologists, Paediatric Intensive Care Doctors and Paediatric/ Neonatal Nurses here work 24/7, adhering to evidence-based treatment guidelines with a multi-disciplinary approach.

The CoE has state-of-the-art diagnostic, investigation and treatment facilities, including unique features like Inhaled Nitric Oxide and total body cooling for HIE*. It also offers advanced Critical Care with a dedicated Level 3 PICU and NICU where children and neonates who require intensive care monitoring including medically unstable patients who require mechanical ventilation and single or multi-organ support are treated. The PICU also offers post-operative care for surgical procedures, emergencies and planned admissions. Manned by PALS certified Paediatric/ Neonatal Critical Care experts and support staff round the clock and supervised closely by the Infection Control Department to prevent any possibilities of cross-infection, the PICU and NICU follow internationally approved treatment protocols. Aster Medcity will also be the first in the region to introduce an independent transport and retrieval team capable of stabilising and transferring critically ill children to the hospital with the help Intensive Care Ambulance, and in the future, by way of aeromedical transfer.

The CoE functions 24/7

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Dr. P.C.Alexander
Senior Consultant
Dr. P.C.Alexander

A veteran Paediatrician with more than 25 years of experience in providing comprehensive healthcare to children and adolescents, Dr. P.C Alexander, Senior Consultant, CoE Child and Adolescent Care has worked with the best hospitals in India and Oman. An expert with unparalleled knowledge and experience in General Paediatrics, Ambulatory Paediatrics, Childhood Asthma, Growth and Nutrition, Developmental Paediatrics, Child Protection, Community Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, he is rated among the top Paediatricians in the region and has received several prestigious international awards.

With 22 years of experience in training Post Graduate and Undergraduate at the Department of Child Health, Sultan Qaboos University Hospital, Muscat Sultanate of Oman, he has worked closely with Paediatric Colleges in various countries and is Examiner to the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health, UK and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

Qualifications

FRCPCH | FRCPI | FRCPSG |FCCP | MD in Pediatrics (Christian Medical College, Ludhiana Punjab)| DCH in Child Health (Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, Punjab) | MBBS, Armed Forces Medical College, University of Pune

Achievements

Senior Registrar/Consultant/Senior Consultant/Associate Professor-Sultan Qaboos University Hospital &College of Medicine, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman Registrar/Senior Registrar/Lecturer/Assistant Professor-Christian Medical College, Ludhiana SHO/Registrar- St Stephen’s Hospital, Delhi

Was part of the initial core team that set up the multispecialty Department, which has more than 125 beds now with all the Paediatric Subspecialties

Was responsible for all the Clinical Teaching Units that took care of all the Pediatric admissions (General, Acute and Ambulatory)

This unit was the first model outside of Canada and subsequently was recognized as part of training program by the Royal College of Physicians of Canada

Served as Examiner to Royal College of Physicians,

Ireland Examiner to the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health,

UK and Royal College of physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow since 2008

Several awards including best doctor (2008, 2014),

Best Undergraduate Teacher (2010) and Best Post Graduate Teacher (2011)

from Sultan Qaboos University

Pravasi Award for contribution to migrant health care

Founder member of the Oman Medical Association, Oman Pediatric Society

and Oman Respiratory Society

Has held many responsible positions in various organizations,

under the Ministry of Health including National Communicable Disease

Center, set up by EMRO, WHO and the National Toxicology Centre

More than 50 publications to his credit, in peer reviewed international

journals Responsible for organizing several international conferences in Muscat

including SIOP Asia -2008 under Ministries of Higher Education and Health

Contributed in various capacities to World Migrant Forum,

Migrant Forum of Asia, World Aid, World vision and World Social Forum

Proficient in English, Malayalam, Hindi, Arabic

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Dr. Jeeson C Unni
Senior Asso. Consultant
Dr. Jeeson C Unni

A veteran Paediatrician with more than 31 years of experience, Dr. Jeeson C Unni is an expert in paediatric and adolescent medicine. One of the most respected personalities in the paediatric healthcare fraternity, his areas of special interest include management of infectious diseases, respiratory allergy, paediatric therapeutics, learning disabilities, developmental paediatrics, vaccinology, adolescent counselling and family life education & life skills training for children and adolescents.

Dr. Jeeson C Unni is the brain behind the IAP Drug Formulary - an Indian Academy of Paediatrics publication that’s considered the Bible of paediatric drug information (the second of its kind in the world) and used by more than 20,000 Paediatricians worldwide.

Qualifications

Fellowship of the Indian Academy of Pediatrics | Honorary Fellowship of the IAP Childhood Disability Group for meritorious service to child health and childhood disability in India | MD in Paediatrics (Christian Medical College, Vellore) | DCH (Christian Medical College, Vellore) |MBBS (Govt. Medical College, Calicut)

Achievements

Consultant at Holy Cross Hospital, Kottiyam; IVGM Hospital, Chalakudy and Kunhalu’s Nursing Home, Ernakulam

Editor-in-Chief of the IAP Drug Formulary since its inception in 2005;edited 4 editions of the IAP Drug Formulary textbook, 4 editions of the Pocket Dose Book for Children and Adolescents, 2 editions of IAP Drug Formulary Infectious Disease Update

Editor of 42 Web editions with 40 quarterly Web Updates; conceived the Online Desktop and PDA versions/ introduced the IAP Drug Formulary mobile apps in 4 platforms.

Editor/ Reviewer to various paediatric journals and textbooks

Authored chapters in textbooksPublished 50 articles in national and international peer reviewed journals

National Convener – Indian Academy of Paediatrics Poor Scholastic Performance Program (2007 & 2011)

Convenor of the module for Poor Scholastic Performance of IAP through which hundreds of workshops for paediatricians, psychologists, teachers, parents, school officials and general public are conducted across India.

Actively involved in IAP advocacy for children with learning disorders: to get Learning Disorders included as a ‘disability’ in the to-be-amended Person’s With Disability Act of Govt. of India.

Co Chairperson of the Inspection Committee to assess institutes / child development centers for accreditation to conduct IAP Fellowship in Developmental and Behavioral Paediatrics

Actively involved in Baby Friendly Hospitals initiative Faculty BFHI Task Force: assessed hospitals in Ernakulam, Alappuzha and Thrissur for certification

Nodal person of program of UNICEF and NNF Kerala (2001-2002) Trained Kudumbasree Program workers in 9 districts in Kerala on Essential Newborn Care

Formulated a community-based program for children with Specific Learning Disability in association with Indian Psychiatry Society and ALDI (2004-2005)

Associated with Sishu Bhavan of Missionaries of Charity in adoption programmes: conducted yearly sessions for parents of adopted children.

Served in various posts of the Indian Academy of Paediatrics and National Neonatology Forum

Member National Executive Board IAP 2015, Member IAP Advisory Committee on vaccines and immunisation practices (IAP ACVIP) – 2016

President of IAP Kerala State Branch and National Neonatology Forum

National Convener of Appropriate Paediatric Therapeutics (APT IAP)

Resource person and Master Trainer for various IAP Action plansConducted/ Faculty of various State/ National paediatric conferences

Recipient of several State/ National awards instituted by the Indian Academy of Paediatrics

Proficient in English, Malayalam, Hindi, Tamil & Bengali.

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Dr. Benjamin Joseph
Associate Consultant
Dr. Benjamin Joseph

One of the most respected Paediatric Orthopaedicians in the country ,Dr. Benjamin Joseph has more than 36 years of experience to his credit. Trained in some of the finest hospitals in India and the UK, he is an expert in management of congenital anomalies including deformities of the upper and lower limbs, hip, knee, ankle and foot problems, cerebral palsy and paralytic problems in children.

Qualifications

Training in Paediatric Orthopaedics (Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, UK)

Training in Paediatric Orthopaedics (Children’s Hospital, UK)

M.Ch in Orthopaedics (Liverpool, UK)

MS in Orthopaedic Surgery (Kasturba Medical College, Manipal) | MBBS (CMC, Vellore)

Achievements

Professor of Orthopaedics, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, India

Head of Paediatric Orthopaedic Service (Unit II), Department of Orthopaedics, Kasturba Hospital, India

Author

Paediatric Orthopaedics: A System Of Decision-Making

Written 5 chapters in Orthopaedic text books

Published 76 articles in peer-reviewed journals

Editor

Orthopaedic Clinics Of North America: Perthes’ Disease (July 2011)

Proficient in English,Malayalam

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Dr. Jose Paul
Senior Consultant
Dr. Jose Paul

A highly trained Neonatologist with more than 16 years of experience, Dr. Jose Paul has worked in some of the best hospitals in the United Kingdom, Oman and India. An expert in management of low-weight neonates, he has more than 10 years of experience in advanced neonatal intensive care in various Level 3 NICUs. His field of special interest is infant feeding, especially pre-term babies.

Qualifications

MRCPCH (Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, London) | DCH (Temple Street Hospital, University of Dublin,Dublin) | DCH (College of Physicians and Surgeons, Mumbai, India) | MCPS (College of Physicians and Surgeons, Mumbai, India)| MBBS (Govt. Medical College, Nagpur)

Achievements

Clinical Fellow, Medway Maritime Hospital, Kent, United Kingdom

Worked with the Ministry of Health, Sultanate of Oman

Royal Hospital, Sultanate of Oman

Proficient in Malayalam, English, Hindi and Arabic

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Dr. Rajappan Pillai. P
Consultant
Dr. Rajappan Pillai. P

Dr. Rajappan Pillai .P, Consultant, Paediatric Intensive Care, CoE Child and Adolescent Care is a Paediatric Intensive Care Physician since 2006, and specialised training at the finest facilities in the United Kingdom, including the Great Ormond Street Hospital. An expert in providing highly advanced life support facilities like Inhaled Nitric Oxide, ECMO and Mechanical Ventilation to critically ill children and also stabilising and transporting them from peripheral hospitals to the main hospital, he specialises in Cardiac Intensive Care, Retrieval Services, Post Solid Organ Transplant Intensive Care and Aeromedical Transfer.

Qualifications

Fellowship - Paediatric (Kings College Hospital, London) |Fellowship- Retrieval& Aeromedical Transfer (Children’s Acute Transfer Services, London) | Fellowship - Paediatric & Cardiac Intensive care (Great Ormond Street hospital, London, United Kingdom) | MD in Pediatrics (JJM Medical College, Davangaree| MBBS (Government Medical College, Alappuzha, University of Kerala) |

Achievements

Previuos faculty in Neonatal and Paediatric Intensive Care at Christian Medical College, Vellore

Trained in triaging, stabilisation and retrieval of critically ill children at CATS, one of the largest specialist Paediatric retrieval services in Europe

Trained in Aeromedical transfer of critically ill children

Trained in highly complex Paediatric medical and surgical emergencies at Great Ormond street hospital for childre, London, one of World’s best Children’s Hospitals

Trained in managing post op cardiac patients and ECMO patients at the Cardiac intensive care unit at Great Ormond street hospital for childre- one of the busiest center of Children’s cardiac surgery in the World and among the biggest ECMO center for children in Europe.

Trained in Post-operative management of Pediatric Liver Transplant patients at King’s College Hospital, London- the biggest center for pediatric liver transplant in the World

work Experience

Clinical Fellow, Paediatric Liver transplant & Intensive care unit, Kings College Hospital, Denmark hill. London

Senior Clinical Fellow, Paediatric & Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, Great Ormond Street hospital. London

Retrieval Fellow, Children’s Acute Transport Service (CATS), Great Ormond Street Hospital, London

Clinical Fellow, Paediatric Intensive care unit, St Mary’s hospital, Imperial Healthcare trust. London

Assistant professor, Paediatric intensive care unit, Christian Medical college, Vellore

Assistant Professor, Neonatal intensive care unit, Christian Medical College, Vellore

Associate Professor, Neonatal intensive care unit, Pushpagiri Medical College, Thiruvalla

Proficient in English, Malayalam Hindi, Tamil & Kannada

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Dr. Geetha Mammayil
Senior Consultant
Dr. Geetha Mammayil

A Paediatric Medical Gastroenterologist with more than 10 years of experience, Dr. Geetha Mammayil is specialises in managing complex Gastrointestinal and liver disease in children. An expert in diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy procedures in children including neonates, she has extensive experience in managing post-liver transplant patients as well. Her areas of special interest are Paediatric Hepatology and IBD (Irritable Bowel Disease).

Qualifications

DM in Gastroenterology (Kilpauk Medical College) | DNB in Paediatrics | MD in Paediatrics (Madras Medical College) | MBBS (Coimbatore Medical College)

Achievements:

Expert in all diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic procedures including Esophageal balloon dilatation, savory dilatation, EVL, control of bleeding, colonoscopy, polypectomy, colonoscopic stricture dilatation, ERCP (diagnostic and therapeutic), PEG placement.

Proficient in English, Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi

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Dr. Aoyon Sengupta
Consultant
Dr. Aoyon Sengupta

A Paediatric Intensivist, Dr. Aoyon Sengupta has more than 7 years of experience in providing specialised care to critically ill children and neonates in Level 3 PICUs and NICUs. He is also trained in transport and retrieval of ill children.

Qualifications

IDPCCM (Choithram Hospital and Research Centre, Indore) |DNB in Paediatrics (Tata Main Hospital, Jamshedpur) | DCH (Patna Medical College and Hospital, Patna) | MBBS (M.G.M. Memorial Medical College, Jamshedpur)

Achievements

Associate Specialist Paediatrics, Tata Main Hospital

Fellow in Paediatric Critical Care, Choithram Hospital and Research Centre, Indore

Registrar in Paediatrics, Tata Main Hospital, Jamshedpur

Senior Resident in Paediatrics, Fortis Hospital, Noida

Registrar in Paediatrics, Lilawati Hospital, Mumbai

Published research articles

Proficient in English, Hindi, Bengali

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Dr. Gladys Cyril
Consultant
Dr. Gladys Cyril

A Paediatrician with more than 12 years of experience in providing comprehensive healthcare to infants, children and adolescents, Dr. Gladys Cyril has worked with several renowned hospitals across India. An expert in management of paediatric problems, she has extensive experience in handling patients from varied socio-cultural backgrounds. Her area of special interest is functional ultrasound in Paediatrics.

Qualifications

MD in Paediatrics (MP Shah Medical College, Jamnagar, Gujarat) | MBBS (Govt. Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram) |

Achievements

Consultant Paediatrician Visakha Children’s Hospital, Visakhapatnam

Consultant Paediatrician, GB Pant Hospital, Andaman &Nicobar Islands

Registrar in Dept. of Paediatrics & Neonatology, PVS Memorial Hospital

Proficient in Malayalam, English, Hindi, Telugu

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Dr. George Jose
Consultant
Dr. George Jose

Dr. George Jose is Senior Specialist, Child and Adolescent Care, with more than 8 years of experience in Paediatrics and Neonatology. He specialises in Neonatology and his areas of special interest are Neonatal transport, infection control, Neonatal Ventilation, Paediatric Development Neurology/ follow-up care and NALS training

Qualifications

Neonatology Fellowship (KIMS, Thiruvananthapuram) | MD in Paediatrics (Fr Muller Medical College, Mangalore)| MBBS (JJ Medical College, Davangare)

Achievements

Managed a 22 bedded Level 3 Neonatology unit in SH Medical Centre

Fellow at Paediatrics and Neonatology Unit, KIMS, Thiruvananthapuram

Delivered lectures in National and State level conferences

Wrote Research article on VLBW babies till 1 year, which was accepted by IAP

Proficient in English and Malayalam

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Dr. Anu Paul
Associate Consultant
Dr. Anu Paul

A Paediatric Surgeon with more than 9 years of experience, Dr. Anu Paul is an expert in general paediatric surgery and urology of childhood. Trained extensively in India and the United Kingdom, her areas of special interest include advanced procedures like neonatal surgery and paediatric vascular access. She has worked with some of the most renowned hospitals in the world including the King's College Hospital, London, which is the largest Paediatric Liver centre in the United Kingdom.

Qualifications

FRCS (UK) | MS (CMC, Vellore) | MBBS (Govt. Medical College, Thrissur)

Achievements

Worked at King’s College Hospital - the largest Paediatric Liver Centre in the UK and home to Harris Birthright Fetal Medicine Unit

Worked at Nottingham University Hospitals, London

Actively involved in the intestinal rehabilitation team and conceptualised and conducted an annual Paediatric Vascular Access course

Keen interest in global surgical initiatives

Tutor for Medicine Africa

Member of Health Partnership Nepal

Examiner for 4th year medical students of Guys and St Thomas’ medical school

Proficient in English, Malayalam & Hindi

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Dr. Reghu KS
Senior Specialist
Dr. Reghu KS

A Paediatric Oncologist trained in comprehensive management of childhood and adolescent cancers, Dr. Reghu KS has more than 7 years of experience as a Paediatrician (including 3 years in Paediatric Oncology). His fields of special interest include paediatric leukaemia, solid tumours, pediatric brain tumours, paediatric hematology and Bone Marrow Transplantation.

Qualifications

DM in Paediatric Oncology (Regional Cancer Centre, Thiruvananthapuram) | Fellow in Paediatric Hematology and Oncology (Tata Medical Centre, Kolkata) | MD in Paediatrics (Govt. Medical, Calicut) | MBBS (Govt. Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram)

Achievements

Consultant Paediatrician, Ananthapuri Hospital, ThiruvananthapuramAssistant Professor in Paediatrics SUTAMS, Trivandrum ThiruvananthapuramTrained in multimodality management of cancers in children, with thrust on their special needs, growth and development and long-term survivorship.

Published 4 research articles

Proficient in English, Malayalam & Hindi

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Dr. Sudhakar Karunakaran
Senior Specialist
Dr. Sudhakar Karunakaran

A Paediatric Neurologist with extensive training in management of neurological disorders in children, Dr. Sudhakar Karunakaran’s fields of special interest include developmental neurology, neurogenetics and neurodevelopmental disorders like ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), autism and behavioral problems in children.

Qualifications

Post Graduate Diploma in Developmental Neurology (Child Developmental Centre, Thiruvananthapuram) | Post Doctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Neurology (Govt. Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram) | MD in Paediatrics (GSVM Medical College, Kanpur) | MBBS (Thanjavur Medical College, Tamil Nadu)

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Dr. Akbar Mohamed Chettali
Senior Specialist
Dr. Akbar Mohamed Chettali

A Paediatric Neurologist trained in management of neurological and neurodevelopmental disorders in children, Dr. Akbar Mohamed Chettali has 7 years of experience as a Paediatrician. His fields of special interest include intractable epilepsy, neuro critical care, hereditary neuro metabolic and neuro genetic disorders and leucodystrophy.

Qualifications

DM in Paediatric Neurology (AIIMS, New Delhi)

MD in Paediatrics (PGIMER, Chandigarh)

MBBS (Kilpauk Medical College, Chennai)

Achievements

Senior Resident, AIIMS, New Delhi

Actively involved in Graduate and Undergraduate training

Proficient in English, Tamil, Hindi, Malayalam, Urdu

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Dr. Parvathy L
Senior Specialist
Dr. Parvathy L

A Paediatrician with 7 years of experience, Dr. Parvathy is trained in medical management of diseases in children and neonates. Her area of special interest is paediatric endocrinology, a subspecialty that deals with diabetes, disorders of the endocrine glands, variations of physical growth and sexual development in childhood.

Qualifications

  • MD in Paediatrics (Govt. Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram)
  • DCH (Govt. Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram)
  • MBBS (Govt. Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram)

Achievements

Assistant Professor, Department of Paediatrics, SAT Hospital, Govt. Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram

Published a research article in an international journal

Proficient in Malayalam, English, Hindi

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Dr. Kiran VR
Senior Specialist
Dr. Kiran VR

A highly trained Paediatric Surgeon, Dr. Kiran VR has more than 4 years of experience to his credit. His areas of special interest are paediatric minimal invasive surgery and paediatric urology.

Qualifications

MCh in Paediatric Surgery (Govt. Medical College Thiruvananthapuram) | MS in General Surgery (Govt. Medical College, Calicut) | MBBS (Govt. Medical College Thrissur)

Achievements

Consultant Paediatric Surgeon, Sunrise Hospital, Kakkanad Proficient in English & Malayalam

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Dr. Ramaning Loni
Senior Specialist
Dr. Ramaning Loni

A Paediatrician and Paediatric Intensivist, Dr. Ramaning Loni is trained to provide specialised care to critically ill children and neonates, especially pre and post surgery including liver transplant, cardiac surgery and Bone Marrow Transplant. His areas of special interest include managing paediatric emergencies and paediatric cardiac care.

Qualifications Post Doctoral Fellowship in Paediatric ICU (CMC, Vellore) | DNB in Paediatrics (Tata Main Hospital, Jamshedpur) | DCH (Shripal Children’s Hospital, Baramati, Pune) | MBBS Shree B.M.Patil Medical College and Hospital, Vijayapura, Karnataka)

Achievements

Junior Consultant in PICU, KKCTH, Chennai

Worked at DMS WIMS Hospital, Wayanad

Resident Pediatrician in Sri Sai Hospital, Bokaro

Proficient in Kannada, English, Hindi, Marathi

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Dr. Abdul Majeed
Senior Specialist
Dr. Abdul Majeed

A neonatologist, Dr. Abdul Majeed is trained to provide specialised medical support for neonates. His fields of special interests include care for high risk new-borns like ELBW & PPHN babies, post-operative care of neonates, new-born resuscitation, different modes of ventilation of neonates –non-invasive, invasive and HFO, advanced life-support procedures including nitric oxide administration and transport of critically ill babies.

Qualifications

Fellowship in Neonatology (Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi) | DNB in Paediatrics (Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi) | DCH (Govt. Medical College, Calicut) | MBBS (Govt. Medical College, Calicut)

Achievements

Training in

Care for high risk new-borns including ELBW babies, PPHN and babies with surgical / cardiac problems, in association with various subspecialties like cardiology, neurology, genetics, endocrinology and gastroenterology.

Post-operative care for babies post CDH, CCAM and malrotation

Newborn resuscitation, provide different modes of ventilation – including non-invasive, invasive and HFO

Procedures like Endotracheal intubation, arterial canulation, UAC/UVC placement, PICC line insertion, nitric oxide administration and intercostal tube placement.

Transport of high-risk new-borns

Basic practical knowledge of Neurosonogram and cardiac ECHO

Proficiency in Malayalam, English, Arabic

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Dr. Rajasree S
Senior Specialist
Dr. Rajasree S

A Neonatologist with 7 years of experience, Dr. Rajasree is trained in neonatal intensive care, retrieval and transport. She has experience in advanced noenatal procedures including central line insertion and intercostal drainage tube insertion, neurosonogram and echocardiogram. Her areas of special interest include care of low and extremely low birth weight babies, neonatal intensive care procedures, pulmonary physiology and ventilation of neonates.

Qualifications

Fellowship in Neonatology (Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi) | DNB in Paediatrics (Govt. Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram) | DCH (Govt. Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram) | MBBS (Govt. Medical College, Alappuzha)

Achievements

Instrumental in setting up a level 3 NICU at Sooriya Hospital, Chennai

NICU, Kanchi Kamakoti Childs Trust Hospital, Chennai

Trainer to paediatricians for neonatal intensive care procedures

Experience in transporting ill neonates to level 3 NICUs

Proficient in Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi, English

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Dr. Thomas Mathen Maveli
Senior Specialist
Dr. Thomas Mathen Maveli

A Neonatologist, Dr. Thomas Mathen’s fields of special interest include new-born resuscitation, high risk neonates like VLBW & ELBW babies, post-operative care of neonates, different modes of ventilation of neonates –non-invasive, invasive and HFO, advanced life-support procedures including central line insertion, intercostal drainage insertion, nitric oxide administration and transport of critically ill babies.

Qualifications

Fellowship in Neonatology (MOSC Medical College, Kolencherry) | MD in Pediatrics (KS Hegde Medical Academy, Mangalore) | MBBS (AJ Institute of Medical Sciences, Mangalore)

Achievements

Trained in:

Paediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)

Basic Life support course (BLS)

Neonatal resuscitation programme (NRP)

Neonatal Emergency Simulation Training (NHS)

Neonatology Advanced Life Support course (NALS)

Published research articles

Proficient in Malayalam, English, Hindi, Tamil, Kannada

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Dr. Indrani Alajangi
Specialist
Dr. Indrani Alajangi

A Paediatrician and Paediatric Intensivist, Dr. Indrani Alajangi is trained in both paediatric and neonatal intensive care. She has experience in providing advanced paediatric life support like non-invasive and invasive mechanical ventilation including HFO and long distance transportation of critically ill children and neonates.

Qualifications

DNB in Pediatrics (Rainbow Children’s Hospital and Tertiary care center Hyderabad Andhra Pradesh) | MBBS (Government Medical College, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh NTR University of Health Sciences)

Achievements

Certified Pediatric Advanced Life support provider

Certified Neonatal Advanced Life Support provider

Experience in paediatric sub specialties like neurology, nephrology, haematology and pulmonology.

Believes that rehabilitation and social stimulation play crucial role in overall development of the child post any sickness

Management of post PICU depression

Part of camps/ disaster management teams

Proficient in English, Malayalam, Hindi, Telugu and Kannada

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Dr. Sreerekha K B
Specialist
Dr. Sreerekha K B

A Paediatrician with more than 2 years of experience in general paediatrics and neonatal care, Dr. Sreerekha has training in management of emergencies. Her special areas of interest are Paediatric Cardiology, Pediatric Gastroneterology and Endocrinology.

Qualification

MD (Govt. Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram)| DCH (Govt. Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram)| MBBS (PSG IMSR, Coimbatore)

Achievements

Assistant Professor, PSG Hospitals, Coimbatore

Registrar, Vishaka Children’s Hospital, Vishakapatanam

Senior Resident, Govt. Medical College, Thrissur

Proficient in English, Malayalam, Hindi, Tamil

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Dr. Jacob Thomas
Specialist
Dr. Jacob Thomas

Dr. Jacob Thomas is Specialist, Neonatology & Paediatrics, CoE Child & Adolescent Health. Trained in management of paediatric emergencies and routine as well as emergency paediatric procedures, he has more than 6 years of experience in neonatology and paediatrics to his credit.

His fields of special interest include neonatal transport, neonatal ventilation, paediatric development neurology and follow up care and management of infectious disease in children. He is former Assistant Professor, child health department, CMC Vellore.

Qualifications

Fellowship In Neonatology (MS Ramaiah Medical College) | MD in Paediatrics (Dr DY Patil Medical College, Pune) | MBBS (Dr DY Patil Medical College, Pune)

Achievements

Assistant Professor, Azeezia Medical College, Kollam

Consultant, SIMS Hospital, Kollam

Assistant Professor, CMC Vellore

Tutor, M S Ramaiah Medical College

Training in

Continuing Medical Education Programme on Pandemic Flu

Provider Course in Paediatric Advanced Life Support

Basic Trauma and Life support provider course, University of Minnesota Medical School

Advanced Basic Trauma and Life support course

Neonatal resuscitation programme (NALS)

Certificate Course in Medical Genetics.

Neonatology Advanced Life Support course

Proficient in Malayalam, English, Hindi and Kannada

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Dr. Ranjit Baby Joseph
Specialist
Dr. Ranjit Baby Joseph

A Paediatrician trained in paediatric and neonatal intensive care, Dr. Ranjit Baby Joseph has special interest in paediatric cardiology and neonatology.

Qualifications

MD Paediatrics (AIMS, Mandya) | MBBS (Govt. Medical College, Kottayam)

Achievements

Experience in training Under Graduate students

Member of Indian Academy of Paediatrics

Published research articles

Proficient in English, Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada

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Dr. Bijal Jitendrabhai Rughani
Specialist
Dr. Bijal Jitendrabhai Rughani

A Paediatrician with more than 2 years of experience, Dr. Bijal is trained in management of paediatric emergencies and critically ill children. Her areas of special interest include Paediatric Neurology And Paediatric Nephrology.

Qualifications

DNB (K.G Patel Children’s Hospital, Gujarat) | DCH (Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences, Bangalore) | MBBS (C.U Shah Medical College, Gujarat)

Proficient in Gujarati, English, Hindi, Kannada

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Dr. Jeat John Abraham
Specialist
Dr. Jeat John Abraham

A Paediatrician/ Neonatologist with more than 3 years of experience, Dr. Jeat John Abraham is trained in general pediatrics and high-risk newborn care. His areas of special interest include neonatal resuscitation, transport and ventilation; paediatric infections and follow-up care.

Qualifications:

MD in Pediatrics (MGM Medical College, Mumbai) | IAP Neonatology Fellowship (PVS Memorial Hospital, Kochi) | MBBS

Published research articles

Proficient in English, Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil & French

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Dr. Kiran Nair
Specialist
Dr. Kiran Nair

A Paediatrician with more than 2 years of experience, Dr. Kiran Nair is trained in routine general/emergency paediatric procedures and management of critically ill children. His areas of special interest include paediatric intensive care and paediatric hematology.

Qualifications

DNB in Paediatrics (Masonic Medical Centre For Children, Coimbatore) | MBBS (Govt. Medical College, Coimbatore)

Achievements:

Worked for Kerala Health Service (Taluk Hospital, Njarakkal)

Proficient in English, Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil

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Dr. Ajay Agade
Specialist
Dr. Ajay Agade

A Paediatric Intensivist/ Critical Care Physician with more than 4 years of experience, Dr. Ajay Agade is trained in retrieval and transport of critically ill children and management of paediatric emergencies. His areas of special interest include airway management, patient safety, medical simulation and emergency ultrasound.

Qualifications

FNB in Paediatric Critical Care (Kanchi Kamakoti Childs Trust Hospital, Chennai) | Fellow In Pediatric Intensive Care (Indraprastha Apollo, New Delhi) |DNB in Pediatrics (JLNH & RC, Bhilai) | MBBS (JNMC, Wardha)

Achievements

Trained in management of all paediatric emergencies including neuro critical care, cardiac critical care and postoperative care.

Exposure to advanced critical care procedures including Airway management, ventilations including high frequency and iNO , invasive lines, and point of care ultrasound.

Formal training in critical care transport and retrieval.

Proficient in English, Hindi, Marathi

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Aster Facilities
Outpatient Services
Outpatient Services
  • Outpatient Consultation
  • Well baby and immunisation services
  • Follow up of the inpatients with chronic illness
  • Services of Paediatric Phlebotomist/ Play therapist

Child friendly ambience | Separate Consultation Rooms for privacy and patient confidentiality| Lab facility| Breast Feeding Room| Comfortable patient lounge with TV| Play area

Inpatient Services
Inpatient Services

The Paediatric ward provides 24-hour care for stable Medical and Surgical Paediatric patients, with separate rooms for each patient.

  • Paediatric Surgery, with a multi-disciplinary approach
  • Diagnostic services- ECG, EEG, CT, MRI, X-Ray
  • Care during illness:
  • Continuous assessments of patient’s physical and emotional needs and corresponding therapeutic interventions by the medical team
  • Pain Management
  • Vital signs monitoring
  • Daily weight checks
  • Infection control and safety management
  • Family education
  • Emergency resuscitation
  • Pharmacological interventions
  • Blood withdrawal
  • Intravenous therapy
  • Fluid and electrolyte replacement therapy
  • Blood and Blood product administration
  • Oxygen therapy and pulse oximetry
  • Nebulisation
  • Lumbar puncture
  • Bone Marrow
  • Wound care
Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

Aster Medcity offers a dedicated 10 bedded Level 3 Pediatric Intensive Unit equipped with state-of-the-art monitoring and diagnostic equipment. Manned 24/7 by a team internationally trained Pediatric Intensive Care Physicians and Nurses who stand for ethical and evidence based practices, the PICU provides advanced organ support for critically ill children and life-support services including mechanical ventilation like HFOV and Inhaled Nitric Oxide Therapy. The Unit, for the first time in Kerala, offers Pediatric Intensive Care Retrieval service, where the Retrieval Team, comprising Pediatric Intensive Care Physicians and Nurses triage, stabilise and transport critically ill children in an ambulance that is a Level 3 Paediatric Intensive Care Unit by itself, from peripheral hospitals to Aster Medcity.

The Unit also offers:

  • Invasive cardiovascular monitoring and support including extra corporeal life support Advanced renal support like CVVH and hemodialysis for children
  • Post-operative care for children who have had specialised surgery at Aster Medcity
  • Multi-disciplinary in approach and works closely with other Specialities for Pediatric surgery like Oncology, Neurology, Renal, Spinal Surgery, ENT, Respiratory and Endocrinology
  • Multi-disciplinary in approach for trauma care with support from specialist teams including Neurosurgery, Pediatric surgery, and Pediatric Orthopedics, ENT and Craniofacial surgery
  • Round the clock triaging and pre-transport stabilisation advice to assist Retrieval
  • Zero tolerance for error prescription policy
  • 100 % adherence to infection control practices
  • Dedicated team to address patient safety and risk management
  • Allied services including Respiratory Therapists, Dietician , Clinical Pharmacists and Physiotherapists
  • Counselling and Psychosocial services for bystanders and focus for creating a stress free environment during the most difficult period in their lives
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Procedures

  • Endo tracheal intubation
  • Umbilical line placement
  • Chest tube placement
  • Percutaneous (PICC) line placement
  • Ventilator support including high frequency ventilation + inhaled nitric-oxide treatment
  • Intravenous access and maintenance
  • Total Body Cooling
  • Exchange transfusion
  • Hemodynamic monitoring
  • Total parenteral nutrition
  • Oxygen saturation monitoring
  • Surfactant therapy
  • Thermoregulation
  • Per Oral/tube feeding
  • Promotion of breast feeding and lactation assistance/advice
  • Peritoneal dialysis
  • Developmental interventions - Environmental and Developmental Care of Infants
The Child Development Centre

The Child Development Centre at Aster Medcity is a dedicated clinic for differently abled children, providing customised treatment through early identification, intervention, school age and specialised services. Community based, accessible, inclusive and responsive to the needs of the child at all stages of development, these services are delivered in a culture of excellence, diversity and respect, with focus on quality, stability, innovation and positive out come for both the child and his or her family.

The treatment strategy is planned after a detailed assessment by way of “scores” based on the way the child plays with toys, interacts with friends and also information provided by parents on his or her behavioural pattern, food and sleep habits, with inputs from Developmental Paediatrics, Child Psychiatry, Child Psychology, Speech and Language, Hearing, Occupational therapy, Physiotherapy departments and also Special instructors and Play therapists. The behavioural and developmental interface addresses common conditions like Attention deficit disorder, Attention deficit hyperactive disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Autism spectrum disorder.

Adolescent Medicine unit

The Adolescent Medicine unit at the Centre of Excellence in Child and Adolescent Care provides comprehensive and personalised primary specialty care to children aged 12 to 18. The unit, which offers consultation, diagnosis and treatment for health problems that are common during this age, has a team of trained Doctors and professionals who have extensive experience in handling the physical, emotional and social needs of adolescents from puberty though young adulthood and also management of long-lasting conditions like eating disorders, obesity and chronic pain.

The unit has dedicated clinics for pediatric and adolescent gynecology, eating disorders, substance use and behavioral issues, where psychosocial and school problems that start during the teen years or have deepened due to the stress of growing up are effectively managed, through detailed diagnosis and treatment. The Biofeedback programme here teaches teens to handle chronic ailments with confidence and courage, making life more meaningful and enjoyable .The Unit would be soon staring Cyber and Digital detox therapies for young children and young adults, who are addicted to electronic and digital gadgets.
Aster Medcity, through Aster Foundation has initiated several programmes in the interest of children and their well being in the society.

Aster KIND (Kids Integrated Neurology & Development Centre)
Aster KIND (Kids Integrated Neurology & Development Centre)

Aster KIND offers specialised care for management of neurological and neurodevelopmental disorders in children and adolescents​
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