Gastroenterology

A world-class, dedicated facility for comprehensive management of diseases and disorders of the digestive system, the Gastroenterology department at the Aster Centre of Excellence in Gastroenterology & Integrated Liver Care offers highly advanced medical and surgical gastroenterology services to patients of all ages.

The exceptional team of doctors here comprises highly experienced, internationally renowned Medical Gastroenterologists, Surgical Gastroenterologists, Gastrointestinal Oncologists, Gastrointestinal Radiologists and Gastrointestinal Pathologists. Multidisciplinary in approach, they provide optimal, evidence-based treatment to patients with the support of speciality-trained nurses, rehabilitation therapists and technicians.

Designed to function like an independent hospital, the Aster Centre of Excellence in Gastroenterology & Integrated Liver Care has an outpatient division, an inpatient division, a day care unit, a state-of-the-art diagnostic and interventional radiology wing, dedicated surgical/ transplant suites, dedicated ICUs and a 24-hour emergency care facility. The separate entrance to the facility ensures quick, efficient and personalised care to patients.

One of the most advanced facilities of its kind in India, this centre offers world-class medical technology and clinical support including South Asia’s first Green OT certified OR1 Karlstroz fusion integrated surgical suites with autopilot anaesthesia, South India’s first ICCA (IntelliSpace Critical Care & Anaesthesia), Kerala’s first da Vinci surgery robot and True Beam Linear Accelerator.

Medical Gastroenterology

Aster Centre of Excellence in Gastroenterology & Integrated Liver Care is a state-of-the-art facility for diagnosis and medical management of diseases and disorders of the oesophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, liver, gallbladder, pancreas and rectum. The highly experienced team of doctors comprising medical gastroenterologists, gastrointestinal radiologists, gastrointestinal oncologists and gastrointestinal pathologists ensures expert care for patients, with the support of cutting-edge diagnostic and therapeutic technology.

Surgical Gastroenterology

One of the most advanced facilities in the region for surgical management of gastrointestinal disorders/ diseases, the Aster Centre of Excellence in Gastroenterology & Integrated Liver Care has an exceptional team of highly experienced Surgical Gastroenterologists with international expertise. The first in Kerala to offer robotic surgery for gastrointestinal diseases including cancers, the centre offers state-of-the-art facilities clinical support/ facilities including South Asia’s first OR1 Karlstroz fusion integrated surgical suites, a highly advanced endoscopy suite, ERCPs, GI motility studies and endosonography, high-definition laparoscopy, harmonic scalpel, ligature, CUSA excel, image intensifiers and intraoperative ultrasound for high-precision procedures.

GASTROENTEROLOGY TEAM SPEAKS
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Dr. G.N Ramesh
Senior Asso. Consultant
Dr. G.N Ramesh

A veteran Medical Gastroenterologist with more than 25 years of experience to his credit, Dr. G.N Ramesh is one of the most respected medical professionals in India. An expert in managing gastro intestinal disorders and endoscopy, his fields of special interest are Hepatology and inflammatory bowel diseases.

Qualifications

DM in Gastroenterology (GB Pant Hospital, New Delhi) | MD in General Medicine (PGI, Chandigarh) | MBBS (JIPMER, Pondicherry)

Achievements

Associate Director of the PVS Institute of Digestive Diseases, Kochi

Senior Consultant - Gastroenterology, Lakeshore Hospital and Research Centre, Kochi

Consultant - Gastroenterology, Medical Trust Hospital, Kochi

Involved in academic programmes for DNB and postgraduate students

Fellow of the Society of GI Endoscopy

Vice President of the SGEI Active member of the API (Kerala) IMA (Cochin)

Life member of ISG Faculty member of ISG, INASL and SGEI

Founder convener of the Cochin Gut Club Published more than 15 research articles in national and international journals

Proficient in English, Malayalam, Hindi, Tamil

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Dr. Ismail Siyad K H
Senior Consultant
Dr. Ismail Siyad K H

A Medical Gastroenterologist with more than 15 years of experience in managing complex gastrointestinal disorders and diseases, Dr. Ismail Siyad K H is an expert in upper and lower endoscopies - both diagnostic and therapeutic. He has performed 1000+ complex therapeutic ERCP procedures including biliary and pancreatic endotherapies like stone extraction, biliary and pancreatic stenting. His areas of special interest include therapeutic endoscopy – especially in post-transplant biliary complications, endoscopic mucosal dissections (ESD) and endosonography.

Qualifications

DM in Gastroenterology (PGIMER, Chandigarh) | MD in General Medicine (Govt. Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram) | DNB in General Medicine (Govt. Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram) | MBBS (Govt. Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram)

Achievements

Clinical Professor in Gastroenterology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Kochi

Associate Professor in Gastroenterology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Kochi

Assistant Professor in Gastroenterology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Kochi

DM Senior Resident in Gastroenterology, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh

Senior Resident in Gastroenterology, Amrita institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi

Senior House Officer in Medicine, Coventry General Hospital, Coventry, UK

Senior Resident, Lourdes Hospital, Kochi

Senior Resident In Medicine, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Pondicherry

Expert in all diagnostic and therapeutic, upper and lower gastrointestinal endoscopies which include hemostatic measures like banding, clip application, heater probe application, Argon plasma coagulation, glue injection for gastric varices, polypectomies, Endoscopic Mucosal Resection (EMR) and dissection, Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG), metallic stent placement (esophageal, enteral and biliary) etc.

Experience in reporting capsule Endoscopy and high-resolution GI manometry.

Experience in managing post liver transplant biliary complications and therapeutic EUS like EUS guided FNAC/Biopsy, Cystogastrostomy, celiac ganglion block for chronic pancreatitis, choledochoduodenostomy.

Published research articles in peer reviewed journals

Proficient in English, Malayalam, Hindi

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Dr. Prakash K
Senior Consultant
Dr. Prakash K

A Surgical Gastroenterologist with more than 16 years of experience to his credit, Dr. Prakash K is one of the most respected doctors in Kerala. Trained at some of the best institutions in Europe and India, he is an expert in complex hepatobiliary, pancreatic surgeries and advanced laparoscopic surgeries. The first surgeon to perform single incision laparoscopic cholecystectomy and single incision laparoscopic colorectal resection in Kerala, he is also trained in liver transplantation.

Qualifications

FMAS: Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery | AFSA (Attestation de Formation Specialisee Approfondie) at University of Pierre et Curie, Paris | MCh in Surgical Gastroenterology (Govt. Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram) | MS in General Surgery (Medical College, Baroda) | MBBS (Govt. Medical College, Thrissur)​

Achievements

Has performed more than 6000 GI surgeries​

​Performed the maximum number of laparoscopic colorectal resection in Kerala

The second to perform a laparoscopic pancreatoduodenectomy in Kerala​

Chief of Gastrointestinal surgery, PVS Memorial Hospital, Kochi​

Certificate course in training of Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery at Kyungpook National University, Taegu, S. Korea​

Resident, division of Hepatobiliary and Liver transplantation unit, Hospital Beaujon, Clichy, University of Paris​

Workshop on hands-on training and animal lab in Micro Vascular surgery, Ethicon Training centre, Chennai

Published 22 research articles

Proficient in English, Hindi, Malayalam

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Dr. Deepak Varma
Senior Consultant
Dr. Deepak Varma

One of the most renowned Surgical Gastroenterologists in Kerala, Dr. Deepak Varma has more than 16 years of experience in managing complex gastrointestinal surgical diseases. Trained at some of the finest medical institutes in Europe, Hong Kong, South Korea and India, he is an expert in laparoscopic colorectal surgery, minimally invasive GI surgery, upper GI and pancreatic cancers, Hepato Pancreato Biliary surgery, liver transplant and coloproctology.

Qualifications

AFSA (Post doctoral Fellowship in HPB Surgery and Liver Transplantation (Hopiteaux Beaujon, Clichy, Paris) | MCh in Surgical Gastroenterology (Govt. Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram) | MS in General Surgery (JIPMER, Pondicherry) | MBBS (Government Medical College, Thrissur)

Achievements

Senior Consultant and Head of Department GI Surgery and Liver

Transplantation, Medical Trust Hospital Kochi

Senior Consultant GI Surgery, PVS Memorial Hospital, Kochi

Junior Consultant, GI Surgery, Lakeshore Hospital, Kochi

Senior Registrar, GI Surgery, PVS Memorial Hospital, Kochi

Published research articles

Proficient in English, Malayalam

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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. Joby Augustine
Consultant
Dr. Joby Augustine

A Gastroenterologist with more than 5 years of experience, Dr. Joby Augustine is trained in management of gastrointestinal and liver disorders. His fields of special interest include luminal gastroenterology, drug-induced liver diseases, chronic pancreatitis, advanced endoscopy and manometry.

Qualifications

MBBS (Govt. Medical College, Kottayam)| MD in General Medicine (SCB Medical College, Cuttack, Orissa) | DM in Gastroenterology (CMC, Vellore)

Achievements

Assistant Professor, CMC (Christian Medical College), Vellore, 2011-2013

Involved in training of MBBS, MD, DM- Gastroenterlogy & DM Hepatology Residents

Consultant Gastroenterologist at Caritas Hospital, Kottayam, 2013-2104

Expertise in Endoscopy

Diagnostic and Therapeutic upper & lower GI Endoscopy, single balloon & double balloon Endoscopy, Capsule Endoscopy

Therapeutic ERCP, Spy glass, Biliary Stenting

Diagnostic Endoscopic Ultrasound

High-resolution Manometry and Biofeedback Training

Life member of Indian Society of Gastroenterology

Life Member of Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy of India

Published multiple articles in medical journals

Presented at the Indian Association of Pancreas Association

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

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Dr Prasad Krishnan
Consultant
Dr Prasad Krishnan

A Surgical Gastroenterologist with more than 6 years experience, Dr. Prasad Krishnan is trained complex GI Surgery, Obesity Surgery, Pancreatic Surgery and GI Oncology. His fields of special interest include advanced GI, minimally invasive GI and Robotic GI surgeries.

Qualifications

Fellowship in Minimal Access Surgery | DNB Surgical Gastroenterology (AIMS, Kochi)| MS General Surgery (Coimbatore Medical College)| MBBS (Coimbatore Medical College )

Achievements

Professor in GI Surgery, Sree Narayana Institute of Medical Sciences

Assistant Professor, GI Surgery, AIMS, Kochi

Published 11 research papers

Proficient in English, Malayalam and Tamil

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Dr. Jiffy Rasak VA
Senior Specialist
Dr. Jiffy Rasak VA

A Gastroenterologist with training in medical management of gastro intestinal and hepato biliary diseases, Dr. Jiffy Rasak’s fields of special interest include luminal gastroenterology, complications of cirrhosis portal hypertension, therapeutic and interventional endoscopy and diseases of the pancreas and biliary system.

Qualifications

DM (CMC, Vellore)

MD (JIPMER, Pondicherry)

MBBS (JIPMER, Pondicherry)

Achievements

Former Assistant Professor, Department of Gastroenterology, CMC Vellore

Proficient in Malayalam, English, Hindi and Tamil

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Dr. Vipin IS
Senior Specialist
Dr. Vipin IS

A Surgical Gastroenterologist, Dr. Vipin’s areas of special interest include Hepato Pancreato Biliary Surgery and Portal Hypertension.

​Qualifications

MCh in GI Surgery (AIIMS, New Delhi) | MS (Govt. Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram) | MBBS (Govt. Medical College, Calicut)

Achievements

Published 3 research articles

Proficient in English, Malayalam, Hindi

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Dr. Sidarth Chacko
Senior Specialist
Dr. Sidarth Chacko

A Surgical Gastroenterologist trained in liver transplant and vascular surgery, Dr. Sidarth Chacko’s areas of special interest include Hepato Pancreato Biliary Surgery and Laparoscopy.MCh in Surgical Gastroenterology (Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi) | MS (Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi) | MBBS (Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi)

Achievements

Junior Consultant, Medical Trust Hospital Written a chapter in Practical Gastroenterology, 2nd edition Proficient in English, Malayalam, Hindi ​

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Dr. Soumya John
Specialist
Dr. Soumya John

A General Surgeon with 2 years of experience, Dr. Soumya John’s areas of special interests include gastrointestinal, transplant surgeries, laparoscopic surgery, breast surgery and surgical oncology.

Qualifications

MS General Surgery (Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute) | MBBS (Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute)

Achievements

Department of Plastic Surgery, PSG Medical College and Research Institute, Coimbatore,/p>

Department of Emergency Medicine, Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute, Chennai

Department of Surgical Oncology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, KochiPublished articles

Proficient in English, Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil

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Dr. Jeffey George
Consultant
Dr. Jeffey George

A highly experienced Gastroenterologist, Dr. Jeffey George is an expert in medical management of complex gastrointestinal diseases. An expert in advanced endoscopic procedures like endoscopic ultrasound; his area of special interest is research & management of pancreatic cancer.

Qualifications

DM in Gastroenterology (Govt. Medical College, Calicut) | MD in General Medicine (Govt. Medical College, Madurai) | MBBS (Govt. Medical College, Kottayam)

Achievements

Consultant Gastroenterologist, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences

Published research articles

Presented papers at various international conferences in countries including USA, South Korea, Indonesia and Hong Kong

Proficient in English, Malayalam, Hindi, Tamil

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Dr. Jaseem Ansari
Specialist
Dr. Jaseem Ansari

A General Physician, Dr. Jaseem Ansari has training in medical management of gastrointestinal diseases in adults and children.

Qualifications

MD in General Medicine (Father Muller Medical College, Mangalore) | MBBS (Father Muller Medical College, Mangalore)

Proficient in English, Malayalam, Kannada , Hindi

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Dr. Srijith Prasad
Specialist
Dr. Srijith Prasad

A General Surgeon trained in surgical management of chronic disorders and emergencies,), Dr. Srijith’s area of special interest is surgical gastroenterology.

Qualifications

MS in General Surgery (Sree Gokulam Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram) | MBBS (MOSC Medical College, Kolenchery)

Achievements

Published research articles

Proficient in English, Malayalam and Hindi

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