Child & Adolescent Health

The Centre of Excellence in Child & Adolescent Health at Aster Medcity is a one-of-its-kind, dedicated facility for comprehensive management of diseases, disorders and other medical conditions in neonates, children and adolescents. Design like an independent hospital, this centre has an outpatient wing, an inpatient wing, level 3 paediatric & neonatal intensive care units, dedicated paediatric surgery suites, state-of-the-art imaging facilities, a rehabilitation wing and a 24-hour emergency wing to handle all paediatric emergencies. A child-friendly facility, the warm and comforting ambience hastens the healing process.

The world-class team of doctors here comprises highly experienced Paediatricians, Neonatologists, Paediatric Intensivists and experts from various paediatric specialties. Multidisciplinary in approach, they provide high-quality, evidence-based treatment to patients, with the support of trained paediatric and neonatal Nurses, Therapists and Technicians.

The paediatric critical care wing at Aster Medcity is one of the most advanced facilities of its kind in the region. The Level 3 PICU and NICUs here are equipped with state-of-the-art life-support systems including Inhaled Nitric Oxide, total body cooling for HIE and ECMO, to ensure the best possible treatment for critically ill/ injured children. The expert team of paediatric and neonatal critical care ensures highly specialised care for newborns and children who are medically unstable and require mechanical ventilation or single or multi-organ support. The PICU also offers post-operative care for children who have undergone surgeries, including organ/ cell transplant. Manned 24/7 by Paediatric Intensivists and PALS certified Nurses, these units are closely supervised by the Infection Control Department to check and prevent any possibilities of cross-infection.

Aster Medcity is also the first in the region to introduce paediatric intensive care transport and retrieval, with the help of fully equipped ICU ambulances and aeromedical transfer.

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The centre also has a dedicated unit for holistic management of neurological neurodevelopmental disorders in children and adolescents. Named Kids Integrated Neurology & Development Centre (Aster KIND), this facility provides expert child neurology, neurodevelopmental, neuro rehabilitation, neurometabolic, neurogenetic, child behavioural health and allied services.

The Aster Centre of Excellence in Child & Adolescent Health offers a wide range of services including:

General Paediatrics | Neonatology & NICU | Paediatric Surgery | Paediatric Critical Care | Paediatric Cardiology | Paediatric Cardiac Surgery | Paediatric Neurology | Pediatric Neurosurgery (Brain/ Cranial) | Paediatric Spine Surgery | Paediatric Orthopaedics | Sports Medicine | Paediatric Nephrology | Paediatric Urology | Paediatric Oncology | Paediatric Bone Marrow Transplant | Paediatric Gastroenterology | Paediatric GI Surgery | Paediatric Solid Organ Transplant Programme (Kidney, Liver, Pancreas, Heart, Lung) | Paediatric Pulmonology & Allergy Management | Paediatric ENT | Paedodontics | Paediatric Dermatology | Craniomaxillofacial Surgery | Paediatric Ophthalmology | Paediatric Endocrinology | Child & Adolescent Psychiatry | Paediatric Imaging (including Nuclear Medicine) | Paediatric Pain & Palliative Care | 24/7 Paediatric Emergency Care

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

One of the most respected professionals in medical fraternity, Dr. P C Alexander is a Paediatrician with more than 26 years of experience in managing health problems in both children and adolescents. An expert in general paediatrics, his experience and knowledge in aspects like ambulatory paediatrics, childhood asthma, growth and nutrition, developmental paediatrics, child protection, community paediatrics and adolescent medicine are unparalleled. Dr. P C Alexander is also the Chief of Medical Services at Aster Medcity.

Trained at some of the finest universities in the United Kingdom, Canada and India , Dr. P C Alexander has more than 23 years of post graduate/ undergraduate teaching experience to his credit. He has worked with several leading Paediatric Colleges across the world including the Department of Child Health, Sultan Qaboos University Hospital, Oman; Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, United Kingdom (as Examiner) and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (as Examiner).

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. Ashok Rijhwani
Senior Asso. Consultant
Dr. Ashok Rijhwani

A Paediatric Surgeon and Paediatric Urologist with more than 27 years of experience, Dr. Ashok Rijhwani is an expert in surgical management of complex medical conditions in children. Trained at some of the finest institutions in the United Kingdom, United States and India, he is an expert in laparoscopic and thoracoscopic surgery in newborns.

Qualifications

DNB (CMC, Vellore) | MCh (CMC, Vellore) | FRCS (Royal College of Surgeons, United Kingdom) | MS (CMC, Vellore) | MBBS (CMC, Vellore)

Achievements

Consultant - Paediatric Urology at the Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Trust, United Kingdom

Professor & Head of Paediatrics Surgery at JIPMER

Visiting Professor at CMC, Vellore

Published articles in Paediatric Surgery and Perinatology

Proficient in English, Hindi, Tamil, Kannada

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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. George Paul
Senior Consultant
Dr. George Paul

A highly acclaimed Paediatrician with more than 35 years of experience to his credit, Dr. George Paul is an expert in management of infectious diseases in children. Trained at some of the finest institutes in India and the United Kingdom, he has extensive experience in treating complex conditions like HIV infections, Kawasaki Disease, TB and other infectious diseases in children. He is also an expert in management of growth and development disorders, Immunological disorders and ambulatory paediatrics.

Qualifications

FRCP (Fellow of Royal College of Physicians, United Kingdom) | FRCPCH (Fellow of Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, United Kingdom)| MD in Paediatrics (PGI, Chandigarh) | DCH (Christian Medical College, Vellore) | MBBS (Govt. Medical College, Alappuzha)

Achievements

Special training in Infectious disease from The Institute of Child Health, Great Ormond Street Hospital, London and Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham

Head of General Paediatrics & Senior Consultant in Paediatric Infectious Diseases at The Royal Hospital, Muscat Oman

Started the first Infectious Disease clinic in Royal Hospital, Oman, which is the only advanced clinic in the country for management of infectious disorders and HIV infections

Instrumental in organising infectious disease services for the entire country

Key contributions to the Infection Control Manual for Oman

Authored chapters on TB and HIV manuals for Ministry of Health, Oman

Affiliated Teacher & Student’s Coordinator at the Sultan Qaboos University

Trainer for postgraduate students programme, for Oman Medical Specialty Board & Arab Board Examinations

Examiner for the MD examination of Sultan Qaboos University, Oman

DCH examiner for Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow

Examiner for MRCPCH examinations

Main co coordinators for the DCH & MRCPCH Courses conducted by the Royal Hospital

Published multiple research articles, especially on paediatric infectious diseases.

Reviewer of Oman Medical Journal

Founder member of Oman Paediatric society

Member of the Expert Panel for the Higher Medical Committee

Was Assistant Professor at Govt. Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram

Awarded the best Postgraduate Teacher Award twice

Proficient in English, Malayalam, Hindi

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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 specialises in management of digestive disorders, gastrointestinal diseases and liver problems in children. An expert in performing diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy procedures in children (including neonates), she also has experience in managing post-liver transplant patients. Her areas of special interest are paediatric hepatology and treatment of 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. Rajappan Pillai. P
Consultant
Dr. Rajappan Pillai. P

A Paediatrician with more than 11 years of experience Paediatric Intensive Care, Dr. Rajappan Pillai is an expert in providing highly advanced life-support care to critically ill/ injured children, including Inhaled Nitric Oxide therapy, ECMO (Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation) and mechanical ventilation. Trained at some of the finest hospitals in the United Kingdom, he has specialised training in paediatric cardiac intensive care, post-transplant transplant surgery care and paediatric emergency retrieval, including 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. 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 Consultant, 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. Rajsree S
Consultant
Dr. Rajsree 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. Parvathy L
Consultant
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. Imthias VK
Consultant
Dr. Imthias VK

An Orthopaedician with more than 10 years of experience, Dr. Imthias specialises in surgical management of musculoskeletal disorders in children and neonates. He has extensive training in treating conditions like clubfoot, cerebral palsy, developmental dislocation of the hip, Perthes disease, osteogenesis imperfecta, neonatal infections and paediatric trauma.

Qualifications

Fellowship in Paediatric Orthopaedics (Kasturba Medical College, Manipal) | Fellowship in Joint Replacement (Apollo Hospital, Bangalore) MS in Orthopaedics (Govt. Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram) | MBBS (Academy of Medical Sciences, Pariyaram)

Achievements

Training in Arthroplasty

Experience in management of trauma and high-velocity injuries

Experience in paediatric orthopaedic surgical procedures like limb lengthening

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Orthopaedics, Academy of Medical Sciences, Pariyaram

Consultant Orthopaedician, Shanthi Hospital, Calicut

Published research articles

Proficient in English, Malayalam, Hindi, Kannada

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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. 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. Ajay Agade
Senior 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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Dr. Rahul B
Senior Specialist
Dr. Rahul B

A Paediatrician with more than 3 years of experience, Dr. Rahul has specialised training Neonatology. His area of special interest is intensive care management of medically unstable and critically ill new-borns.

Qualifications

Qualifications

Fellowship in Neonatology | DNB in Paediatrics (National Board of Examinations, New Delhi) | MBBS

Achievements

Basic Life Support (BLS) & Advanced Life Support course from MIMS Calicut

Worked as:

Resident Medical Officer, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit & Paediatric unit, SUT Hospitals, Thiruvananthapuram

Resident Medical Officer – ER, AKG memorial Cooperative Hospital

Resident Medical Officer, Tirur Cooperative Hospital

Resident Medical Officer, Tirur Nursing Home

Resident Medical Officer – ER, Tirur Mission Hospital

Published research article

Proficient in English, Malayalam, Hindi, Kannada

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Dr. Ranjit Baby Joseph
Senior Specialist
Dr. Ranjit Baby Joseph

A Paediatrician with more than 3 years of experience, Dr Ranjit Baby Joseph has specialised training in management of respiratory diseases, allergy and asthma in children. He also has experience in management of medically unstable children with acute/ chronic lung diseases, paediatric critical care, lung function test and skin tests for allergy.

Qualifications

Certificate course in Paediatric Pulmonology & Flexible Fibre Optic Bronchoscopy | MD in Paediatrics (AIMS, Mandya) | MBBS (Govt. Medical College, Kottayam)

Achievements

Trained in paediatric asthma management

Paediatric Advanced Life Support- Provider course (PALS)

IAP-NNF Neonatal Resuscitation Program - Advance Provider Course (NRP)

Published more than 10 research articles in peer reviewed journals

Life Member- Indian Academy of Paediatrics

Life Member- IAP Respiratory chapter

Proficient in English, Malayalam, Tamil and Kannada

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Dr. Sreerekha K B
Senior 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. Manekha Elizabeth Sunny
Senior Specialist
Dr. Manekha Elizabeth Sunny

A Pediatrician trained to provide specialised care to critically ill, injured and ventilated children, Dr. Manekha Elizabeth Sunny has experience post-surgery/post-transplant cases

Qualifications​

IDCCM | DNB in Paediatrics | MD in Paediatrics | MBBS

Achievements

Fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care at Child’s Trust Hospital, Chennai

Proficient in English, Malayalam

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Dr. Maria Grace Treasa
Pathologist
Dr. Maria Grace Treasa

A Speech & Language Pathologist with more than 10 years of experience, Dr. Maria Grace Treasa is an expert in assessment, diagnosis and treatment of communication disorders, especially in children.

Trained in management of speech and hearing (both congenital and acquired) disorders, she excels in providing comprehensive treatment solutions for speech, language, fluency, social, cognitive-communication and swallowing disorders. Her fields of special interest include management of paediatric speech-language disorders and autism spectrum disorders.

Dr. Maria Grace heads the paediatric speech-language pathology division at Aster KIND.

Educational Qualifications

PhD in Speech-Language Pathology (All India Institute of Speech & Hearing Mysore) | MSc in Speech-Language Pathology (All India Institute of Speech & Hearing Mysore) | BSc in Speech & Hearing (All India Institute of Speech & Hearing Mysore)

Achievements

Lecturer in Speech - Language Pathology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi

Lecturer in Speech - Language Pathology, ICCONS, Shoranur.

Invited Speaker at communication-related symposiums at several Pre-Schools/ Schools / Hospitals.

Examiner at Amrita University and KUHS.

External examiner for Manipal University.

Gold medalist for MSc.

Best Student Clinician Award 2007.

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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. 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. Sajana TM
Specialist
Dr. Sajana TM

A Paediatrician trained in management of illnesses in children and paediatric emergencies; Dr. Sajana’s area of special interest is general paeditarics.

Qualifications

MD in Paediatrics (Vinayaka Missions Kirupananda Variyar Medical College, Salem) | MBBS

Achievements

Medical Officer, Paediatric Department, KIMS Hospital

Proficient in English, Malayala, Tamil, Hindi

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Dr. Thomas Mathen Maveli
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. Prasanna Narayanan Raju
Specialist
Dr. Prasanna Narayanan Raju

A Paediatrician with specialised training in paediatric intensive care, Dr. Prasanna Raju’s areas of special interest include intensive care management of critically ill children, acute respiratory care and critical care transport.

Qualification

Paediatric Critical care fellow (Central Manchester University Hospitals, United Kingdom) | Post Doctoral Fellowship in Paediatric Critical Care (MGR University, Tamil Nadu) | MD in Paediatrics (Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Pune) | MBBS (PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Coimbatore)

Achievements

Worked as:

Fellow – PICU, Dr. Mehta’s Children Hospital, Chennai

Senior Resident, Paediatrics - JIPMER, Pondicherry

Proficient in English, Tamil, Hindi

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Dr. Arun Thomas
Specialist
Dr. Arun Thomas

A Paediatrician trained in management of diseases and disorders in children and adolescents, Dr. Arun’s areas of special interest include paediatric hemato-oncology and developmental medicine.

Qualifications

DNB in Paediatrics (Manipal Hospital, Bangalore) | MBBS (Govt. T D Medical College, Alleppey)

Achievements

Completed NRP provider course

Authored chapters in the book “Grand Rounds in Paediatric Infectious Diseases” By Dr Bhaskar Shenoy

Proficient in Malayalam, English, Hindi, Tamil, Kannada

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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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