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
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.
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
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
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.
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)
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.
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)
Professor of Orthopaedics, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, India
Head of Paediatric Orthopaedic Service (Unit II), Department of Orthopaedics, Kasturba Hospital, India
Paediatric Orthopaedics: A System Of Decision-Making
Written 5 chapters in Orthopaedic text books
Published 76 articles in peer-reviewed journals
Orthopaedic Clinics Of North America: Perthes’ Disease (July 2011)
Proficient in English,Malayalam
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)
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
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) |
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
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
DM in Gastroenterology (Kilpauk Medical College) | DNB in Paediatrics | MD in Paediatrics (Madras Medical College) | MBBS (Coimbatore Medical College)
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
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.
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)
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
MD in Paediatrics (MP Shah Medical College, Jamnagar, Gujarat) | MBBS (Govt. Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram) |
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
Neonatology Fellowship (KIMS, Thiruvananthapuram) | MD in Paediatrics (Fr Muller Medical College, Mangalore)| MBBS (JJ Medical College, Davangare)
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
FRCS (UK) | MS (CMC, Vellore) | MBBS (Govt. Medical College, Thrissur)
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
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)
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
DM in Paediatric Neurology (AIIMS, New Delhi)
MD in Paediatrics (PGIMER, Chandigarh)
MBBS (Kilpauk Medical College, Chennai)
Senior Resident, AIIMS, New Delhi
Actively involved in Graduate and Undergraduate training
Proficient in English, Tamil, Hindi, Malayalam, Urdu
Assistant Professor, Department of Paediatrics, SAT Hospital, Govt. Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram
Published a research article in an international journal
Proficient in Malayalam, English, Hindi
MCh in Paediatric Surgery (Govt. Medical College Thiruvananthapuram) | MS in General Surgery (Govt. Medical College, Calicut) | MBBS (Govt. Medical College Thrissur)
Consultant Paediatric Surgeon, Sunrise Hospital, Kakkanad Proficient in English & Malayalam
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)
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
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)
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
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.
Fellowship in Neonatology (MOSC Medical College, Kolencherry) | MD in Pediatrics (KS Hegde Medical Academy, Mangalore) | MBBS (AJ Institute of Medical Sciences, Mangalore)
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
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)
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
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.
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)
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.
MD (Govt. Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram)| DCH (Govt. Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram)| MBBS (PSG IMSR, Coimbatore)
Assistant Professor, PSG Hospitals, Coimbatore
Registrar, Vishaka Children’s Hospital, Vishakapatanam
Senior Resident, Govt. Medical College, Thrissur
Proficient in English, Malayalam, Hindi, Tamil
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.
Fellowship In Neonatology (MS Ramaiah Medical College) | MD in Paediatrics (Dr DY Patil Medical College, Pune) | MBBS (Dr DY Patil Medical College, Pune)
Assistant Professor, Azeezia Medical College, Kollam
Consultant, SIMS Hospital, Kollam
Assistant Professor, CMC Vellore
Tutor, M S Ramaiah Medical College
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
MD Paediatrics (AIMS, Mandya) | MBBS (Govt. Medical College, Kottayam)
Experience in training Under Graduate students
Member of Indian Academy of Paediatrics
Published research articles
Proficient in English, Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada
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
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
DNB in Paediatrics (Masonic Medical Centre For Children, Coimbatore) | MBBS (Govt. Medical College, Coimbatore)
Worked for Kerala Health Service (Taluk Hospital, Njarakkal)
Proficient in English, Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil
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)
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
MD in Paediatrics (Vinayaka Missions Kirupananda Variyar Medical College, Salem) | MBBS
Medical Officer, Paediatric Department, KIMS Hospital
Proficient in English, Malayala, Tamil, Hindi
Child friendly ambience | Separate Consultation Rooms for privacy and patient confidentiality| Lab facility| Breast Feeding Room| Comfortable patient lounge with TV| Play area
The Paediatric ward provides 24-hour care for stable Medical and Surgical Paediatric patients, with separate rooms for each patient.
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:
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.
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 offers specialised care for management of neurological and neurodevelopmental disorders in children and adolescents