Cardiac Sciences

A dedicated facility for Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery that is among the most advanced of its kind in the country, the Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Cardiac Sciences at Aster Medcity offers comprehensive cardiac care for management

of heart ailments in both adults and children, with a preventive approach. State-of-the-art in terms of clinical support and facilities offered, the CoE has an Outpatient division, an Inpatient division, a fully equipped 24-bed Cardiac ICU to handle all cardiac emergencies, an advanced cardiac imaging section, cardiac surgical suites and an Invasive Diagnostic and Interventional division – for both adult and paediatric. It is also the first cardiac care centre in Kerala to offer Hybrid Cath Lab facility and Robotic Cardiac Surgery.The CoE has an exceptional team of Doctors who are experts in their field of specialisation, with several years of experience and international training. The Core cardiology team here includes Clinical Cardiologists, Adult Interventional Cardiologists, Cardiac Electrophysiologists and Paediatric Cardiologist, complemented by a team of Cardiac and Vascular Surgeons, Cardiac Anaesthesiologists, Interventional Radiologists, Cardiac Intensivists and Rehabilitation Therapists.

The Doctors here follow a “Heart Team approach” wherein all cases are discussed in-depth as a team and the course of treatment for each patient is decided collectively, after taking into consideration all aspects of the problem.

In line with its commitment to provide quality cardiac care, all the Doctors and Nurses in the ICUs are ACLS certified and Paramedics - BLS certified. Besides, the CoE adheres to strict protocols to ensure optimal, evidence-based management of all cardiac conditions.

The CoE also has a 24 hour Rapid Access Chest Pain Clinic in the Emergency department to provide immediate medical care to patients who are brought in with pain or discomfort in the chest.

The Out Patient Department functions from 9am to 5pm, based on prior appointment.

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Dr. Anil Kumar R
Senior Consultant
Dr. Anil Kumar R

Dr. Anil Kumar R, Senior Consultant, CoE Cardiac Sciences, is a veteran Cardiologist with more than 22 years of experience. Former Professor of Cardiology at JIPMER, he has worked in UK, UAE and India and is rated among the top Cardiologists in Kerala. An expert in Interventional Cardiology and Cardiac Electrophysiology, his areas of special interest are advanced management of heart failure and preventive Cardiology.


Fellow of the American College of Cardiology | Fellow of the Cardiological Society of India | Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh)| |MRCP (UK) | DM in Cardiology (GB Pant Hospital, New Delhi)| MD (JIPMER) | MBBS (JIPMER)


Head of Department of Cardiology at the Belhoul Speciality Hospital, Dubai

Trained in Cardiac Electrophysiology at the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.

Former Professor of Cardiology at JIPMER, Pondicherry, one of India’s premier medical institutes

Initiated the program of Coronary Angiography and Angioplasty, including Primary Angioplasty in JIPMER

Awarded Commonwealth Scholarship

Mentor to many Post Doctoral Fellows in invasive cardiology.

Published 18 articles in International and Indian medical journals

Authored Chapters in Cardiology Update & Textbook of Cardiology

Proficient in English, Malayalam, Tamil and Hindi

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Dr. Manoj P Nair
Senior Consultant
Dr. Manoj P Nair

Dr. Manoj P Nair is Senior Consultant, Cardio Vascular Thoracic Surgery, CoE Cardiac Sciences. A veteran Cardiac Surgeon with 20 years of experience and over 5700 surgeries to his credit, he is trained to perform all Cardiovascular and Thoracic surgery procedures – a talent, unmatched. He is former Professor of CVTS and pioneered Hybrid Aortic Aneurysm Surgery in Kerala.


M.Ch in Cardio Thoracic Surgery (Govt. Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram) | M.S. in General Surgery (Govt. Medical College, Kottayam) | M.B.B.S (Govt Medical College, Allepey)


Professor in Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Cochin,

Associate Professor in Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences, Tirupati, AndraPradesh,

Pioneered Hybrid Aortic Aneurysm Surgery in Kerala

Performed over 5700 procedures including 2200 CABG, 2000 Valve Replacements and 1500 Lung Resections (all types)

Plans to perform Single Lung Transplant and Heart Transplant

Proficient in English, Malayalam, Hindi and Telugu

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Dr. Sajan Koshy
Senior Consultant
Dr. Sajan Koshy

Dr. Sajan Koshy is Senior Consultant, Paediatric Cardiac Surgery, CoE Cardiac Sciences. He has more than 15 years of experience in Cardiology and is an expert in Paediatric Cardiac Surgery - especially Cardiac Surgery in newborns with congenital heart diseases. He has been instrumental in creating public awareness on Pediatric Cardiac Surgery in North Kerala, in association with NGOs.


MCh (Kerala University) |MS (Kerala University) | MBBS (Kerala University)


Involved in the care of more than 10000 children with congenital heart surgeries, particularly in newborns.

Senior Specialist at MIMS, Calicut

Established pediatric cardiac surgery in MIMS Calicut, the only unit in North Kerala catering to children with congenital heart diseases.

Incorporated public participation in treatment of congenital heart surgery by associating with NGOs

Instrumental in popularizing pediatric cardiac surgery in North Kerala

Specialist in Pediatric Cardiac Surgery in Amritha Institute of Medical Sciences Kochi.

Published articles in prominent Indian & International medical journals

Proficient in English and Malayalam

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Dr. Anil S.R
Senior Consultant
Dr. Anil S.R

Dr. Anil S.R is Consultant, Paediatric Cardiology, CoE Cardiac Sciences. He has more than 14 years of experience in comprehensive management of cardiac diseases in children and is an expert at Paediatric Cardiac Interventions, 2D and 3D Echocardiography and Fetal Echocardiography. He is a national board certified trainer for FNB program for Paediatric Cardiology.


DNB (Cardiology) | DNB (Pediatrics)| MD in Pediatrics (Medical College, University of Calicut)| DCH (Medical College, University of Calicut) | MBBS (T D Medical College, Alleppey) |


Senior consultant Pediatric Cardiologist, Apollo Hospital, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad

Instrumental in establishing and headed Pediatric Cardiology Unit at MIMS Calicut, handled approximately 10 open heart surgeries every month

Performed hundreds of Pediatric Cath procedures and Invasive procedures including open heart surgeries

Active involvement with several charitable bodies that facilitate cardiac care, including surgery, for underprivileged children

Consultant Pediatric Cardiologist, MIMS

Fellowship In Cardiology, Sri Sathya Sai Institute Of Higher Medical Sciences, Puttaparthy

Specialist, Department of Pediatric Cardiology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi

Published articles in prominent international and Indian medical journals

SEARLE Award, 53rd annual CSI conference, Hyderabad

Award for innovative technique at Asia Pacific pediatric cardiology cardiac surgery conference, New Delhi

Proficient in English, Malayalam and Hindi

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Dr. Sunil Shivdas
Dr. Sunil Shivdas

Dr. Sunil Shivdas is Consultant, Interventional Cardiology, CoE Cardiac Sciences. With more than 3 years of experience, he is an expert in complex Coronary Interventional procedures like Primary Angioplasties, Bifurcations, Chronic Total Occlusions and his areas of special interest include Interventional Structural Heart Disease, Peripheral Arterial Disease and Heart Failure Management.


DM in Cardiology (AIIMS-Delhi) |MD in General Medicine (JIPMER) Pondicherry | MBBS (Pariyaram Medical College)


Consultant Cardiologist, Moulana Hospital

Senior Resident, Department of Cardiology, JIPMER

First Rank in All India Post Graduate Medical Entrance

Young Investigator Award from CSI

Published Research Articles online

Proficient in English, Malayalam, Hindi

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Dr. Raja Sekhar Varma
Dr. Raja Sekhar Varma

Dr. Raja Sekhar Varma is Consultant, Interventional Cardiology, CoE Cardiac Sciences. He has more than 9 years of experience in complex Cardiac and Endovascular procedures, and is an expert in diagnostic non-invasive procedures. His areas of special interest include Complex Coronary Angioplasty, Arrhythmia Management, Interventions for Acute MI, Interventions for Structural Heart Disease and heart failure and complex Endovascular Interventions.


DM in Cardiology (JIPMER) | MD in General Medicine (JIPMER) | MBBS (JIPMER)


HOD & Consultant Interventional Cardiologist, Sagar Hospitals-DSI, Bangalore

Consultant Interventional Cardiologist, Moulana Hospital

Training at Seoul, S Korea in Left Main Angioplasty

Senior Resident, Dept of Cardiology, JIPMER

JIPMER Alumni Award for being the Best All-round Undergraduate Medical Student of the year

Won numerous awards and certificates in various disciplines including Nallam Satiyanarayanamma Gold Medal for securing the first position in the MD- General Medicine- Examination of Pondicherry University

MOH Hassan Kuthoos Marikkar Endowment Prize in Cardiology

N Abdoul Cader Ibrahime Memorial Prize in Neurology

Published articles in prominent medical journals

Proficient in English, Malayalam, Hindi, Tamil and Kannada

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Dr. Praveen Sreekumar
Dr. Praveen Sreekumar

An Adult Interventional Cardiologist with extensive training in advanced electrophysiology procedures; Dr. Praveen Sreekumar’s areas of special interest include complex angioplasties, adult electrophysiology studies including 3D Mapping and radiofrequency ablation of Atrial Fibrillation and Paediatric EPS.


MRCP (UK) | Fellowship in Cardiac Electrophysiology (Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiology, Bangalore) | DM Cardiology (Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiology, Bangalore) | MD (Govt. Medical College, Thrissur) | MBBS (Govt. Medical College, Thrissur)


Plans to set up Paediatric EP studies, the first-of-its-kind in the region

Cardiac Electrophysiologist, Heart Hospital, Thrissur

Fellow in Electrophysiology, Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiology, Bangalore

Associate Consultant, Cardiology, KIMS, Thiruvananthapuram

Senior Resident, Cardiology, Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiology, Bangalore

Tutor, Cardiology, St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore

Proficient in English, Malayalam, Hindi, Kannada

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Dr. Viju Joseph Abraham
Senior Specialist
Dr. Viju Joseph Abraham

A Cardiac Surgeon, Dr. Viju Joseph Abraham is trained to perform cardiac, thoracic and vascular surgeries in adults and children.


MCh in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery (Sawai Man Singh Medical College and Hospital, Jaipur) | MS in General Surgery (Christian Medical College, Ludhiana) | MBBS (Christian Medical College, Ludhiana)


Assistant Professor, Christian Medical College, Ludhiana

Medical Officer, Chrita Mitra Ashram Hospital, Karnataka

Proficient in English, Hindi, Punjabi, Malayalam and Kannada

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Dr. George Varghese K
Senior Specialist
Dr. George Varghese K

A Cardiovascular Thoracic Surgeon who has 4 years of experience as a General Surgeon, Dr. George Varghese K is trained in surgical management of heart diseases in adults.


MCh in CTVS (PGIMER, Chandigarh)

MS in General Surgery (PGIMER, Chandigarh)

MBBS (Govt. Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram)


Senior Resident, GB Pant Hospital

Proficient in Malayalam, English and Hindi

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Dr. Shiju K Sleeba
Dr. Shiju K Sleeba

A General Physician trained in Cardiology and Neurology, Dr. Shiju has experience in management of sepsis and toxicological emergencies including snake bite envenomation, and organophosphorus poisoning.


ECFMG Certified | MD in Internal Medicine (Sri Devraj Urs Medical College, Karnataka) | MBBS (Amrita Institute of Medical Science)


Training both in NIMHANS and Narayana Hrudyalaya for neurology and cardiology

ECFMG certified and provider for ACLS and PALS

Published 5 articles

Proficient in Malayalam, English, Hindi

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Aster Facilities
Outpatient Division
Outpatient Division
  • Out patient consultation
  • Electrocardiography
  • Treadmill testing
  • 3D Echocardiography
  • 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure and 24 hour electrocardiographic monitoring
Inpatient Division
Inpatient Division

Fully equipped Cardiac Intensive Care Unit

  • 24-bed ICU
  • Central monitoring & complete electronic charting
  • Facilities for iabp, ventillator care and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation
  • Manned 24 x 7 by Cardiologists, Intensivits and Nurses

Advanced Cardiac Imaging & Clinical Support
Advanced Cardiac Imaging & Clinical Support
  • Philips EPIQ echocardiography machines for 2d and 3d imaging, acquired as per the guidelines of American society of Echocardiography
  • Pulse wave Doppler, continuous wave Doppler, Color flow Doppler to derive various hemodynamic parameters
  • Trans esophageal echocardiography with doppler, color Doppler modalities of investigation for Paediatric Cardiology
  • Dobutamine Stress Test for physically disabled patients for whom physical exercise is not possible
  • Intra operative transesophageal echo/ doppler/color flow Doppler
  • 256 slice CT Angiography for assessing coronary artery disease
  • 3D Tesla Cardiac MRI
  • Cardiac PET scans
  • Nuclear Cardiology
  • Full fledged lab offering all cardiac blood tests
Invasive Diagnostic & Interventional Division
Invasive Diagnostic & Interventional Division

The first facility in Kerala with 3 cath labs including low radiation clarity cath lab and flat panel hybrid biplane cath lab, with state-of-the-art electrophysiology lab and intravascular and fractional flow reserve estimate

Procedures in adults

  • Primary Angiography 24x 7 with a door to balloon time of 90 minutes
  • Elective Coronary Angiography and Angioplasty
  • Diagnostic Cardiac Catheterisation
  • Percutaneous Valvuloplasty
  • Implantation Of Pacemakers
  • Implantation Of Automatic Cardiac Defibrillators
  • Resynchronization Therapy by Biventricular Pacing
  • Electrophysiology Studies & Radiofrequency Ablation For Cardiac Arrhythmias
  • Implantation Of IVC Filters
Other Clinical Support
Other Clinical Support
  • 3 Cath labs including low radiation clarity lab and hybrid biplane cath lab
  • Advanced 3D and 4D Echo machines
  • Holter Monitoring (24 hours to 7 days) for arrhythmia management
  • Tread Mill Test (TMT)
Non-Invasive procedures
  • ECG interpretation
  • Holter interpretation
  • TMT
  • Echocardiography
  • Trans-esophageal Echocardiography
  • Tilt-table testing
Emergency Procedures
  • Cardioversion
  • Pericardiocentesis
  • Arterial line placement
  • CVP and Pulmonary artery catheter placement
  • Temporary pacing
Specialised Surgeries
  • Entire spectrum of thoracic and vascular surgery
  • Major aneurysms and peripheral vascular surgery
  • Hybrid procedures for cardiac and vascular surgery
  • Thorascopic surgery – minimally invasive thoracic surgery
  • Minimally invasive cardiac surgery
  • Bronchoscopies – rigid and fibre optics
Invasive Elective/ Emergency Procedures
  • Diagnostic cardiac catheterization
  • ASD/VSD/PDA/Collateral device closures
  • Coil closure of PDA/MAPCAs
  • Balloon pulmonary/ aortic valvoplasties
  • LPA/PDA/Coarctation of aorta stenting<.li>
  • Balloon dilatation of coarctation of aorta and branch PAs
  • Permanent pacemaker implantation
Paediatric Cardiac Surgery
  • Newborn cardiac surgery
  • Patent ductus arteriosus
  • Atrial septal defect
  • Ventricular septal defect
  • Tetralogy of Fallot
  • Coarctation of aorta
  • AV canal defect
  • Arterial switch operation
  • Repair of double outlet right ventricle
  • Total anomalous drainage of pulmonary veins
  • Single ventricle repair
  • Valve repairs thoracotomy ASD closure
  • Minimally invasive heart surgery
  • Hybrid procedures
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