Liver Transplant | Aster Medcity, India & Dubai


What does your liver do?

Produces blood proteins that help your immune system function well, carry oxygen and enable clotting

Stores and releases nutrients to your bloodstream

Produces bile – the enzyme that helps help digest food

Breaks down saturated fat and produces cholesterol out of it

Stores glucose in the form of glycogen

Keeps your body free from toxins.

What is liver failure?

When the liver is irreversibly damaged and loses its ability to carry out its normal functions, it is called liver failure.

Acute Liver failure, wherein the liver fails to work all of a sudden, is usually caused as an after-effect of certain medication or infection.

Chronic liver failure or complete damage of the liver is a life threatening condition that sets in gradually, over many years. The causes can be cirrhosis or cancer of the liver.

What causes chronic liver failure?

Liver cirrhosis is a slowly progressing disease in which scar tissue replaces healthy liver tissue, causing permanent and irreparable damage to the liver.

The reasons for liver cirrhosis can be:

Hepatitis B or C infection

Alcoholic liver diseases

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (fat build-up in the liver cells)

Genetic and auto immune disorders

Congenital birth defects

According to the National Institute of Health, liver cirrhosis is the 12th leading cause of death by disease in India .

What are alcoholic liver diseases?

Alcohol is a toxin that can cause irreversible damage to your liver. Every time you drink, your liver does its best to break down the alcohol and expel the toxins from your body. However, if the alcohol content is beyond what the liver can handle, it will gradually start losing its ability to function, which in turn leads to several complications.​

What are the different types of alcohol-related liver diseases?

The three major liver diseases induced by alcohol are alcoholic fatty liver disease, alcoholic hepatitis and alcoholic cirrhosis.

Alcoholic Fatty Liver

Excess alcohol consumption leads to accumulation of extra fat in your liver.
The first stage of alcohol-related liver disease, this condition usually goes unnoticed as there might be no symptoms at all. However, some patients do present symptoms like unexplained fatigue and weakness. The fat accumulation in the liver will mostly go away by itself if you stop drinking alcohol at this stage. Those who are overweight and have diabetes will need to be extremely careful, for the risk of permanent liver damage is way higher in them.

Alcoholic Hepatitis

This is a condition that causes the liver to swell, in turn damaging it. The symptoms of alcoholic hepatitis include loss of appetite, vomiting, abdominal pain, fever and jaundice. It is estimated that one out of every three heavy drinkers develops alcoholic hepatitis.Alcoholic hepatitis can either be mild or severe. Mild liver damage can be reversed; all you need is to quit drinking. However, if one continues to consume alcohol despite having mild alcoholic hepatitis, the liver will slowly start becoming dysfunctional. According to reports, more than 50% of patients with severe alcoholic hepatitis do not survive.

Alcoholic Cirrhosis

Alcoholic cirrhosis is permanent scarring of liver caused due to excess alcohol consumption. A life-threatening condition and the most serious alcohol-related disease, the liver fails to function normally as healthy liver tissue gets replaced with scar tissue. The damage caused to the liver is usually irreversible.

Though stopping alcohol consumption may help prevent further damage, related complications are not curable.

In addition to the symptoms of alcoholic hepatitis the patient may develop severe bouts of jaundice, vomit blood, suffer from fluid accumulation in the abdomen and feet, get mentally disoriented or worse, slip into coma.

Estimates say that almost 20% of heavy drinkersdevelop liver cirrhosis.

How do alcohol-related liver diseases progress?

Heavy drinkers usually progress from fatty liver to alcoholic hepatitis to alcoholic cirrhosis over time. However, one may develop alcoholic cirrhosis without getting alcoholic hepatitis first. Besides, obesity, diabetes and chronic Hepatitis C infection increase the chance of liver diseases substantially.​

What are the complications that arise from alcohol-related
liver diseases?

​The complications of liver diseases start showing very slowly, over many years. Symptoms usually aggravate with time and become life threating.
The patient may suffer from

Build-up of fluid in the abdomen (ascites) and legs (edema)

Vomiting blood due to rupture of veins in the food pipe or stomach

Deliriousness or confusion (Hepatic Encephalopathy)


Kidney failure

Liver cancer

How is alcohol-related liver disease diagnosed?

Your doctor can diagnose whether you have any alcohol-related disease based on your medical history, physical examination, blood tests and radiological investigations such as Ultrasound or CT scan.

If required, you may need to undergo a liver biopsy. This will help your doctor to understand the extent of damage caused to your liver. During the biopsy, a small portion of the liver tissue will be removed with the help of a needle and tested in the laboratory.

Remember, it is possible that a patient can suffer from multiple liver problems like Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C infection at the same time.

When does one need a liver transplant?

If the liver gets irreparably damaged and cannot be managed medically anymore, your doctor might recommend a liver transplant, depending on your health condition.

How is a patient chosen and enlisted for liver transplant?

The first thing we do is to assess the patient as a team to determine whether transplant is the best way forward.

Secondly his or her medical fitness for the transplant is assessed. Our team comprises hepato pancreato biliary/ multi organ transplant surgeons, hepatologists, transplant anaesthesiologists, liver anaesthesiologists, Intensivits, critical care experts, diagnostic radiologists, interventional radiologists, infectious diseases/ infection control physicians, psychiatrists and clinical psychologists supported by transplant coordinators, substance dependency experts to help those with a history of alcohol/drug use and social workers.

All medical records are reviewed carefully, and a comprehensive pre-transplant diagnostic and pathological investigations are done to understand the extent of liver damage, ascertain blood, heart and lung health and check for any other major infections or diseases.

If everything is acceptable, then we register the patient for liver transplant, according to blood type, body size, medical condition and a priority score based on three simple blood tests known as MELD (model of end-stage liver disease) in adults and PELD (paediatric end-stage liver disease) in children.

Patients with the highest scores are transplanted first.

What is liver transplant?

Liver transplant, put simply, is the process of replacing the diseased liver with a donated, healthy liver An extremely advanced procedure, it banks heavily on the expertise and experience of the transplant team and of course, high-end medical technology.

transplant team and of course, high-end medical technology.
There are two types of liver transplant: living donor transplant and cadaveric donor (deceased donor) transplant.

When a healthy person donates part of his or her liver for transplantation, it is called living donor transplant. Living donor liver transplant has its advantages. If someone, preferably a family member is willing to donate part of their liver and the blood type matches, there is no need to wait.

The liver regenerates itself and will grow to its normal size in both the donor and the recipient in 6-8 weeks.

In case there is no live donor available, then one has to wait for cadaveric organ transplant (the liver of a donor who is brain-dead)..In some cases, one donor liver can be transplanted in two people. This is called Split Liver Transplantation.

Worldwide, the success rate of liver transplant- both live and cadaveric - is quite high.

Patients undergoing liver transplantation can expect a success rate of over 90%. We also perform pancreas transplant , which in most cases, is carried out simultaneously with a kidney transplant.

What are the possible post-surgery complications?

Like every advanced surgery, liver transplant too can have possible complications in some cases. ​

Your body’s immune system is programmed to destroy foreign substances that invade your body. This means your immune system may attempt to attack your new liver. This is called rejection and is see in more 30% liver-transplant patients within the first year of transplant.

The doctors will give you anti-rejection medications to counter the immune attack.

How is it going to be after the surgery?

Post-surgery, you will need to stay in the hospital for 2 to 3 weeks, so that we ensure you recover well. However, it is different for different people, as some might need more time to recover from post-surgery complications.

Our doctors will always take time out to listen to you and to take good care of you, supported by our award winning team of CLS/BLS/ATLS/PALS certified nurses.

In order to ensure your smooth recovery even after you get back home, our nurses and transplant coordinator will prepare well in advance prior to discharge.

What you should do and what not will be explained to you in detail, along with your new medications that will help you overcome possible post-surgery complications. You will need to take these medications all your life.

Our medical team will also tell you how to keep a watch on signs of rejection and infection and when you should seek immediate medical help.


It is very important to follow-up as advised after the surgery. You should do every single health check-up as prescribed without fail. You will become a participant in your own healthcare, and we will do everything possible to ensure you remain safe and healthy.


Dr. Mathew Jacob



A highly experienced Hepato Pancreato Biliary surgeon, Dr. Mathew Jacob is an expert in abdominal multi organ transplant surgery (liver, kidneys and pancreas). Trained extensively at some of the best institutes in the UK, he performs both living donor and cadaveric transplant of the liver. An expert in advanced Hepato Pancreato Biliary procedures including complex surgeries for cancers of the liver, gall bladder, liver, bile duct and pancreas; he is also a highly-skilled laparoscopic surgeon.


HESPERIS Fellowship by the European Society for Organ Transplantation | Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons of England (FRCS) | Member of Royal College of Surgeons of England (MRCS)|Certificate of Completion of Training (C.C.T) (General Medical Council, U.K) |MBBS (Armed Forces Medical College, Pune)


Medical adviser to the Zonal Coordination Committee of Karnataka (ZCCK-The Organization empowered to coordinate the cadaveric transplantation activities and also educate the public on organ donation)

Senior Consultant, Hepato Pancreato Biliary & Abdominal Multi Organ Transplant Surgery, Global Hospitals Bangalore

Research in liver transplantation, Department of Health and the UK National Health Blood and Transplant Services

Post CCT Royal College Transplant Fellow, St James Hospital,Leeds, UK

Research Fellow, Clinical Effectiveness Unit, Royal College of Surgeons, UK

Research Fellow, Ireland liver Transplant Audit

Trained in Yorkshire school of surgery & Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne

Research interest: transplant epidemiology and prognostic modelling in liver transplantation

Published articles in peer reviewed journals

Proficient in English, Malayalam Hindi, Kannada


Dr. Rehan Saif



A Hepato Pancreato Biliary and abdominal multi organ transplant surgeon with more than 12 years of experience, Dr. Rehan Saif is an expert in highly advanced procedures including liver transplantation (live donor and cadaveric), pancreas transplant, kidney transplant, complex HPB surgery and minimally invasive robotic HPB surgery.

He attained extensive training in HPB & transplant surgery from some of the finest institutes in the UK, Europe, USA and Taiwan. His areas of special interest include management of hepatocellular carcinoma, complex gallbladder and biliary cancers, benign and malignant pancreatic disease and robotic HPB surgery.


European Society for Organ Transplantation Diploma | CCT (Joint Committee on Surgical Training, UK) | FEBS (HPB Surgery – European Board) | FRCS (The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, UK) | MRCS (The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, UK) | MS (JJM Medical College, Davangere, Karnataka) | MBBS (JJM Medical College, Davangere, Karnataka)


Fellowship in Living Donor Liver Transplantation (The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh Ethicon Travelling Fellowship - Kaohsiung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Kaohsiung, Taiwan)

Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Robotic HPB Surgery (UIC, Chicago, USA)

Senior Fellowship in Liver Transplantation (Institute of Transplantation, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK)

Higher Specialist Surgical Training - HPB & Transplantation (Northern Deanery, UK)

Research Registrar - Newcastle University, UK

Research interest: multi modal management of hepatocellular cancer

Published numerous articles in peer reviewed journals

Proficient in English, Hindi, Urdu, Kannada and Telugu


Dr. Naveen Ganjoo



A Hepatologist trained in some of the best hospitals in USA and India, Dr. Naveen Ganjoo is an expert in advanced liver diseases including pre and post transplant management and liver transplant (both live donor and cadaveric). His areas of special interest include management of autoimmune liver diseases, drug induced liver disease and post- transplant chronic rejection. He is also an expert in diagnostic and therapeutic upper and lower GI endoscopies.


Fellowship in Liver Diseases and Transplantation (Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, USA)

FMGE in Gastroenterology (Manipal Hospital, Bangalore)

MD in Internal Medicine (AIMS, Karnataka)

MBBS (AIMS, Karnataka)


Worked at Mount Sinai Hospital, USA

Consultant, Hepato Pancreato Biliary & Abdominal Multi Organ Transplant Surgery, Global Hospitals Bangalore Global Hospitals, Bangalore

Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Manipal Hospitals, Bangalore

Actively involved in an on-going international research in the field of liver disease

Co-investigator on a multi-centre drug trial for non-alcoholic steatohepatitis - tobira trial

Published research articles, authored a text book chapter

Member of American Association for the Study of Liver Disease (AASLD)

Proficient in Hindi, Kashmiri, English, Kannada


Dr. Charles Panackel



A highly experienced Gastroenterologist , Dr. Charles Panackel is an expert in Hepatology and Liver Transplantation. Trained in the United Kingdom,Singapore and India, his fields of special interest include management of Liver Cancer, Viral Hepatitis C and Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis (Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease).


Clinical Fellow in Hepatology (NUH Singapore) | Certificate in Gastroenterology (Royal College of Physicians, UK) | DM in Gastroenterology (Govt. Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram) | DNB in General Medicine | MD in General Medicine (Govt. Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram) | MBBS (Govt. Medical College, Kottayam)


Consultant Gastroenterologist & Hepatologist, Medical Trust, Kochi .

Set up the Cadaveric Liver Transplant Unit at Medical Trust Hospital along with Dr. Deepak Varma in 2012

Visitor observer in Liver Transplantation at Addenbrookes, Cambridge

Proficient in English & Malayalam


Dr. Rajappan Pillai. P


Dr-rajpillai consultant

Dr. Rajappan Pillai .P, Consultant, Paediatric Intensive Care, CoE Child and Adolescent Care is a Paediatric Intensive Care Physician since 2006, and specialised training at the finest facilities in the United Kingdom, including the Great Ormond Street Hospital.

An expert in providing highly advanced life support facilities like Inhaled Nitric Oxide, ECMO and Mechanical Ventilation to critically ill children and also stabilising and transporting them from peripheral hospitals to the main hospital, he specialises in Cardiac Intensive Care, Retrieval Services, Post Solid Organ Transplant Intensive Care and Aeromedical Transfer.


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

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


Dr. Sangeeth P.S


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Dr.Sangeeth.P.S is Senior Specialist, Department of Anaesthesiology, Pain Medicine and Critical Care Services. An Anaesthetist with more than 5 years of experience, he specialises in Hepato Biliary & Solid Organ Transplant Anaesthesia. His areas of special interest are high risk Hepato Biliary & Pancreatic Surgery & GI Critical care. He is former Assistant Professor at Jubilee Medical Mission College.


International Fellowship in Liver Transplant (ASAN Medical Centre, Seoul) | Fellowship in Liver Transplant AIMS Kochi| MD (BJMC Ahmedabad) | DA (Govt. Medical College, Calicut)| MBBS (Govt. Medical College Thrissur)


Assistant Professor, Jubilee Mission Medical College

Department of Anaesthesia, AIMS, Kochi

Junior Intensivist Paediatric Cardiac Surgery – MIMS Calicut

Expertise in Solid Organ Transplant Anaesthesia including Liver & Renal Transplant Anaesthesia for high risk HepatoBiliary &Pancreatic Surgery Anaesthesia for Vascular Surgery

Trained in Livet Transplant Anesthesia at ASAN Medical Centre, Seoul

Proficient in English, Hindi and Malayalam


Dr. Anup R Warrier



Dr. Anup R Warrier is Consultant, Department of Infectious Diseases & Hospital Infection Control. A Physician with over 9 years of experience and specialised training in management of infectious diseases and infections in hospitals, his special interests are Tropical Infections, Fever of Unknown Etiology evaluation, infections in the ICU & HIV Medicine, Antimicrobial Stewardship and cost – effective, evidence based infection Control.


DNB in General Medicine | Fellowship in Infectious Diseases (P D Hinduja Hospital,Mumbai) | Board Certified in Infection Control, Certification in Travel Health, European Diploma in Surgical Infections (SIS-Europe)| MBBS (Govt. Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram)


Infectious Diseases Specialist, KIMS Hospital, Trivandrum

In-Charge of Infection Control Program at KIMS Hospital, Trivandrum

Specialized training in Infectious Diseases from premier Institutes in India & USA

Close association with the Intensivists helped gain experience in managing infections in the critically ill

Developed the Infection Control Program at KIMS to the effect that international benchmarking could be done in line with INICC

One of the few Physicians in Kerala formally trained and practicing HIV Medicine

Experienced in evaluation & management of prolonged & undiagnosed fevers and also complicated Tropical Infections.

Management of adult immunizations, fever & infections in travelers

Published Research articles

Proficient in English, Malayalam, Hindi and Telugu


Dr. Nisha A



An Anaesthetist with more than 16 years of experience, Dr. Nisha is trained in inducing anaesthesia for high-risk surgical procedures including transplant. Her areas of special interest include Hepatobiliary and transplant anaesthesia, GI critical care and paediatric anaesthesia.


Fellowship in Hepatobiliary, Pancreatic and Solid Organ Transplant (Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences) | MD in Anaesthesia (Govt. Medical College Calicut) | Diploma in Anaesthesia (Govt. Medical College Calicut) | MBBS (Govt. Medical College Kottayam)


Consultant Transplant Anaesthesiologist PVS Memorial Hospital, Kochi

Consultant Anaesthesiologist PVS Memorial Hospital, Kochi

Associate Professor in Anaesthesiology Padmashree Dr. DV Patil Medical College and Hospitals, Mumbai

Lecturer in Anaesthesiology Padmashree Dr. DV Patil Medical College and Hospitals, Mumbai

Senior Registrar in Anaesthesiology Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai

Lecturer in Anaesthesia MGM Medical College & Hospitals, Mumbai

Assistant Professor in Anaesthesia and Critical Care, Amrita Institute of Medical Science, Kochi

Junior Anaesthesiologist, Lakshmi Hospital, Kochi

Lecturer in Anaesthesia, Government Medical College, Thrissur

In-charge of the perioperative Anaesthetic management of the liver

transplant patients at PVS Memorial Hospital, Kochi

Published research articles

Proficient in Malayalam Hindi and English


Dr. Kaiser Raja

Associate Consultant

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A Hepatologist with more than 13 years of experience to his credit, Dr. Kaiser Raja is an expert in the medical management of patients with complex liver disease, liver failure, liver cancer and patients requiring liver transplantation. Trained at some of finest institutes in the United States as well as India, his fields of special interest include chronic viral hepatitis, autoimmune hepatitis and metabolic liver disease.


American College of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited Clinical Fellowship in Advanced Liver Diseases and Transplant Hepatology (The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, USA) | DM in Gastroenterology (Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh) | MD in Internal Medicine (Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh) | MBBS (Gandhi Medical College, Bhopal)​


Chief Hepatologist, Aster Integrated Liver Care Team, Aster CMI Hospital, Bangalore

Chief Transplant Hepatologist, BGS Global Hospitals, Bangalore

Head of the Department and Consultant in Gastroenterology and Hepatology, NMC Specialty Hospital, Abu Dhabi

Clinical Fellow, Division of Liver diseases, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, USA

Specialist Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist, New Medical Centre, Abu Dhabi

Senior Resident in Gastroenterology, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh

Published research articles & chapters in textbooks

Proficient in English & Hindi


Dr. Mallikarjun Sakpal

Associate Consultant

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A highly trained Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist, Dr. Mallikarjun Sakpal is specialises in management of diseases of the liver, pancreas, gall bladder and bile duct and pre/post-operative management of patients who have undergone liver transplantation. He is also an expert in diagnostic and therapeutic Upper GI Endoscopy, Colonoscopy, EUS and ERCP.


DM in Hepatology (Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India) | MD in Internal Medicine (Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India) | MBBS (Mahadevappa Rampure Medical College, Gulbarga, Karnataka)


Consultant Hepatologist, Aster Integrated Liver Care, Aster CMI, Bangalore

Assistant Professor, Internal medicine, ASRAM Medical College, Andhra Pradesh

Senior resident in Gian Sagar Medical College, Chandigarh

Senior Resident in Internal Medicine (Haematology and Emergency Medicine), PGIMER, Chandigarh

Member, Life of Lamp, an organ donation awareness initiative of PGIMER, Chandigarh (promoting organ donation)

Published research articles, textbook chapters

Proficient in English, Hindi, Kannada


Dr. Prakash Doraiswamy

Associate Consultant

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An expert in Anaesthesia and Critical Care, Dr. Prakash Doraiswamy specialises in liver transplantation anaesthesia. Trained at some of the most renowned institutes in the United Kingdom and India, he has been an integral part of more than 100 liver transplant procedures, including dual organ transplantations. Also a trained cardiac Anaesthetist, his fields of special interest include risk assessment & management and enhanced recovery programmes.


FFICM (UK) | FRCA (Royal College Of Anaesthetists, UK) | MBBS (Bangalore Medical College)​


​Consultant- Anaesthesia/Critical Care, Aster CMI Hospital, Bangalore

​Consultant- Critical Care BGS Global Hospitals, Bangalore

​Consultant-Anaesthesia and Critical Care, Lister Hospital, Stevenage

Clinical Fellow- Cardiac Anaesthesia Harefield Hospital, London​

Clinical Fellow- Liver transplant and Hepatobiliary, RFH​

Specialist registrar- Hospitals attached to RF/UCHL Hospitals, London​

Senior House Officer- The Ipswich Hospital, UK​

​Published research articles

​Proficient in English, Kannada, Telugu, Hindi, Tamil


Dr. Rajiv Lochan J

Associate Consultant

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A highly trained Hepato Pancreato Biliary and Multi-Organ Transplant Surgeon, Dr Rajiv Lochan is an expert in liver, kidney and pancreas transplant, complex liver, pancreatic and biliary (gall bladder and bile duct) surgeries and surgical resections of complex retroperitoneal sarcomas. Trained in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong and India, his fields of special interest include surgery for hilar tumours, HPB resection without the use of blood/blood products, improving the outcomes hepatocellular carcinoma treatment and making living donor hepatectomy safer.


CCT in Hepato Pancreato Biliary & Organ Transplantation (UK) | FRCS ((The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, UK) | MD in Influence of genetic risk on development of sporadic pancreatic cancer (Newcastle University, UK) | MS in General Surgery (Bangalore Medical College) | MBBS (JSS Medical College, Mysore)


Senior Consultant, Department of Hepatobiliary Surgery and Multi-organ Transplantation, Aster CMI Hospital, Bangalore

Research MD programme: Influence of genetic risk on development of sporadic pancreatic cancer at Newcastle University UK

Senior Fellowship at the Institute of Transplantation (liver transplantation), Newcastle upon Tyne UK

Fellowship in Living Donor Liver Transplantation at the Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong


European Pancreatic club, IHPBA, EHPBA, ELITA, British Transplantation Society & International Liver Transplantation Society

Research link

Proficient Kannada, Tamil, Hindi, English


Dr. Sonal Asthana

Associate Consultant

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A Hepato Pancreato Biliary and Multi-organ Transplant Surgeon with almost two decades of experience to his credit, Dr. Sonal Asthana is an expert in liver, kidney and pancreas transplant, small bowel transplant, clinical islet cell transplant and surgical management of disorders/ diseases of the liver, gall bladder, biliary and pancreas, including cancers.

Trained at some of the best institutes in the United Kingdom, Canada and India, his fields of special interest include management of Hepatitis C, Post-Transplant Immunosuppression, Transplant Epidemiology, Ischemia Reperfusion And Hepatocellular Carcinoma.


Msc (University of Alberta, Canada) | American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS) accredited Fellowship in Multi-organ transplantation (Edmonton, Canada) | MRCS (The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, United Kingdom) | MS (JIPMER, Pondicherry) | MBBS (JIPMER, Pondicherry)​


Senior Consultants, Department of Hepatobiliary Surgery and Multi-organ Transplantation, Aster CMI Hospital, Bangalore​

​Postgraduate Research Degree from the University of Alberta

American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS) accredited fellowship in Multi-organ transplantation in Edmonton, Canada​

Training in Hepatobiliary Surgery and Multi-organ transplantation Liver at the St James’s University Hospital in Leeds, UK​

​Selected for the European Health Leadership program at INSEAD, France

Subspecialty training in Surgical Oncology - All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi​


​British Transplant Society, The American Society of Transplantation, The Canadian Transplant Society, Alberta Heritage fellowship (AHFMR) & American Association of the Society of Liver disease (AASLD) HPB surgery and Liver Transplantation awards

Has published more than 40 research articles in international journals​

Proficient in English, Hindi, Kannada & Tamil​


Dr. Arun V

Associate Consultant

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An Anaesthetist and chronic pain management expert with two decades of experience to his credit, Dr. Arun V specialises in transplant anaesthesia. Trained in some of the finest institutes in United Kingdom and India, he is an expert in managing anaesthesia for high-risk surgical procedures and difficult airways.

Dr. Arun also has experience in management of chronic pain, especially interventional pain management of headaches, spinal, musculoskeletal and cancer pain. His areas of special interest include solid organ transplant, hepatobiliary surgery, onco surgery, chronic pain in failed back surgeries, chronic deadache and facial pain.


CCT (London, UK) | FFMRCA (Royal College of Anaesthetists, UK) | FRCA (Royal College of Anaesthetists, UK) | MD in Anaesthesiology (JIPMER, Pondicherry) | MBBS (JIPMER, Pondicherry)


Senior Consultant, Anaesthesia and Chronic Pain, Aster Integrated Liver Care, Aster CMI, Bangalore

Senior Consultant, Anaesthesia and Chronic Pain, BGS Global Hospitals

Worked as Consultant in Anaesthesia & chronic pain management in NHS, UK

Specialist training in Anaesthesia including transplantation from Addenbrooke’s Hospitals, Cambridge, UK

Setup pain clinics in Delhi and Bangalore

Proficient in English, Tamil, Hindi


Dr. Ramamurthy Ganesan Baskaran

Associate Consultant


An Anaesthetist/ Intensivist with more than 12 years of experience, f Dr. Ramamurthy Ganesan Baskaran is an expert in in anaesthesia for liver transplant, high-risk bariatric, upper GI, colorectal, HPB, obstetrics, polytrauma, maxillofacial and complex urology and gynaecological surgeries. Trained in India and the UK, he specialises in management of critically ill medical/ surgical/ transplant patients.


FRCA & CCT (Royal College of Anaesthetists, London, UK) | MD in Anaesthesia (King George Medical University, Lucknow) | MBBS (Kilpauk Medical College, Chennai)


Expertise in Liver Transplant Anaesthesia, Critical Care, Regional Anaesthesia, Obstetric anaesthesia & Difficult Airway.

Special interests include clinical audit, patient safety and training of allied specialities.

Lead Consultant, Transplant Anaesthesia at BGS Global Hospitals, Bangalore

Senior Registrar, Anaesthesia, West Yorkshire

Proficient in English, Tamil, Kannada and Hindi


Dr. Geetha Mammayil

Senior Consultant


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)..


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


Dr. Suresh G Nair

Senior Consultant

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Dr. Suresh G Nair is Senior Consultant, Department of Anaesthesiology, Pain Medicine and Critical Care Services. A veteran in Anaesthesiology with more than 25 years of experience in pain and Critical Care, Medical Intensive Care, Transoesophageal Echocardiography and Mechanical ventilation, he is an expert capable of handling even the most complicated cases, across multiple Specialities.

He also has 15 years of experience in teaching as Professor and Head Of Department.


FIACTA (HON) | FTEE (HON)| MS (Baroda Medical College)| MBBS (Govt. Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram)


Associate Professor, Sree Chithira Thirunal Institute of Medical Sciences, Thiruvananthapuram

Professor and Head of Department, Anaesthesia and Critical Care, AIMS, Kochi

22 years of teaching experience

Examiner for MD anesthesia

Examiner for DNB anesthesia

Examiner for fellowship in cardiac anesthesia

Teacher in Transoesophageal Echocardiography

Published 46 Research articles in International and Indian Journals

Proficient in English, Malayalam, Hindi, Gujarati and Tamil


Dr. Noushif M



A Surgical Gastroenterologist with specialised training in liver transplant, hepato pancreato biliary and gastro intestinal surgery, Dr. Noushif has experience in advanced surgical techniques including laparoscopic and robotic surgery.


FICRS (Fellow of International College of Robotic Surgeons) | FMAS (Fellowship in Minimal Access Surgery) | Fellowship in Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery – HPB (Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi) | Fellowship in Liver Transplant and HPB Surgery (CLBS, Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, New Delhi) | MCh in Surgical Gastroenterology (King Georges Medical University, Lucknow) | MS in General Surgery (Govt. Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram) | MBBS (Govt. Medical College, Calicut)


Assistant Professor, Surgical Gastroenterology and HPB Surgery, Sree Gokulam Medical College and Research Foundation, Thiruvananthapuram.

Consultant, GI, HPB and Liver Transplant Surgery, GG Hospital, Thiruvananthapuram.

Published articles in peer reviewed journals.

Authored text book chapters.

Proficient in English, Malayalam, Hindi