Dr K R Balakrisnan

Director & Chief
Fortis Malar Hospital ,Chennai
40 years of experience

Dr K R Balakrisnan - Director & Chief in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Dr. K R Balakrishnan is an acknowledged expert in the management of end-stage heart failure and credited with India’s First LVAD and HVAD pump implant as destination therapy. He is instrumental in starting India’s First Comprehensive Centre for Heart Failure Management at Fortis Malar Hospital, Chennai. He is also actively engaged with various institutions to develop Pulsatile and continuous flow LVADs (Left Ventricular Assist Device) and molecular biology of ventricular hypertrophy. Apart from this, he has an extensive expertise in treating complex Congenital Heart Disease like switches in infancy, repair of TAPVR, common AV Canal and in use of homograft conduits arterial. He also performs other routine cardiac surgeries such as Valvular Heart procedures including repair & replacement, aortic root replacement and Ross procedure.


Membership & Certificates

  • Indian Medical Association (IMA)


Awards and Honours

  • Awarded a distinction in M.Ch which was first ever awarded by Bombay University in Cardio Thoracic Speciality
  • Hiralal gold medal in surgery, AIIMS, New Delhi, 1980



  • MBBS - Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Puducherry, 1976
  • MS - General Surgery - All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, 1980
  • MCh - Cardio Thoracic Surgery - KEM Hospital, University of Bombay, 1982
  • Senior Registrar to Sir Brian Baratt-Boyes,, Cardio Thoracic Unit, Green Lane Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand
  • (1987-1988) - Fellow in Cardiac surgery, Oregon Health Sciences , University and St. Vincent Hospital
  • Portland, OREGON with Dr.Albert Starr - (1989-90)
  • Specialist Cardiac Surgeon, Railway Hospital, Perambur, Madras - June 1990 – August 1994

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