Dr Naveen Polavarapu

Apollo Health City, Hyderabad
17 Years of experience

Dr Naveen Polavarapu - Consultant in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

Dr. Naveen Polavarapu is a Consultant Gastroenterologist and Transplant Hepatologist, with the titles of MBBS, MRCP (Edin), MRCP (London), FRCP (Gastro) and CCST (Gastro) to his name. Specialising in transplant hepatology and hepatobiliary medicine, he is currently attached to the Apollo Hospital in Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad. He has a keen interest in advanced endoscopy, pancreaticobiliary and advanced hepatology.

After his MBBS, Dr. Polavarapu worked in hospitals in India viz. Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, Jain Medical Centre, New Delhi, and the Government General Hospital, Vijayawada, before moving to the United Kingdom. There, he initially took up postings as House Officer and SHO in various departments at Tameside General Hospital, Furness General Hospital (Barrow), James Cook University Hospital (Middlesborough) and Friarage Hospital (Northallerton). He moved to the Trafford General Hospital (Manchester) in October 2006 where he spent 11 months in the department of gastroenterology.

His next postings were as Specialist Registrar from September 2007 to February 2013 at Leighton Hospital (Crew), University Hospital of Aintree (Liverpool) and Wirral University Teaching Hospital (Wirral). He also undertook the OOPE (advanced endoscopy fellowship) during the fourth year of this tenure. Whilst at University Hospital of Aintree, he gained valuable insight into per oral cholangioscopy (spy glass), diagnostic and therapy (EHL) for large CBD stones. Subsequently, on concluding the CCT Liver Transplant Fellowship, he worked at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, where he spent five months in the hospital’s liver transplant unit.

Dr. Naveen Polavarapu regularly performs ERCPs, EUS (endoscopic ultrasound) independently, including diagnostic, staging, FNA, EUS guided cyst drainages, vascular plexus blocks, etc., alongwith other upper and lower GI therapeutic procedures. During his fellowship and subsequent postings, he learnt to deal with complex liver diseases, and also actively participated in various specialised clinics including viral hepatitis, post transplant Hep C, HCC (liver cancers), NAFLD (metabolic), etc. He has performed around 84 colonic stents and more than a thousand ERCP operations. Dr. Polavarapu is also up-to-date with various newer advances in liver medicine including MARS techniques, Fibroscan etc. He has regularly attended interventional radiology and oncology sessions to gain experience in PTC, TIPSS, Tansjugular liver biopsy, TACE, RFA for hepatocellular cancers.

Dr. Naveen Polavarapu has also been involved in training, having delivered lectures and clinical sessions internationally, nationally and locally to doctors, nurses and undergraduates. He has attended various courses on effective teaching and presentations, and played a major role in organising five weeks of PACES teaching in 2006. He has also been a frequent assessor for case-based discussions, and is a certified trainer in endoscopy, besides being familiar with management and administrative procedures. He has several publications to his name in renowned journals, which have also been presented by him at conferences.

Dr. Polavarapu’s career objective is to consolidate his experience in gastroenterology with sub-specialist interest in advanced endoscopy, ERCP, EUS, transplant hepatology and also in various advanced therapeutic procedures. In his spare time, Dr. Polavarapu enjoys cricket and badminton.


Awards and Achievements

  • Gold medal for the best outgoing student of the college for the year 2001.
  • Gold Medals in Final M.B.B.S and First M.B.B.S in the years 2001 and 1997 from University of health sciences, India.
  • Gold Medals in Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
  • Gold medal in Physiology, 1997.
  • 2 nd prize in All India National Paediatric Quiz in the year 2000
  • First class in 12 of the 13 subjects in M.B.B.S.



Cost effectiveness of HALO vs PDT- BSG, UK, 2011.
“Post ERCP complications” at the NW Deanery Gastroenterology Conference, Windermere, 23rd June 07.
A pulse of acid or acidified bile salt induces down-regulation of the homeobox gene CDX2 in an intestinal cell line (British Society of Gastroenterology; March 2010)
Unusual cases of GI bleeding- “Aortioenteric fistula, Splenic artery aneurysm”, 5th North west annual conference 23rd June 07.

Conferences Attended

  • EASL conference, European association of study of Liver disease, London, 4-7th April 2014.
  • UEGW, European gastroenterology conference, Berlin, Oct 13th to16th.
  • “BSG (British society of Gastroenterology) conference”, Birmingham, March 15th-17th 2011, March 20th to 23rd2006, Liverpool March 22nd-25th 2010, Glasgow, March 26th to 29th 2007.
  • BSG SpR meet- 24th-25th June 2011, Leicester, 10th-11th Sep 2010 London, 14-15th Sep2012 (attending).
  • UCL live endoscopy, London 21st-22nd Oct 2011.
  • Sheffield endoscopy symposium, Sheffield, 30th Oct 2011.
  • 4th and 5th Trent liver research course- Nottingham, 4th Jan 2009 and 25th Jan 2011.
  • Frontiers in Hepatology- University college of London, 29th-30th Sep 2010.


MBBS, MRCP(UK),FRCP(Glasgow), MRCP (Gastro),CCT(Gastro),liver Tranplant Fellowship(Birmirgham,UK)
Consultant Gastroenterologist & Transplant Hepatologist Apollo Hospitals, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad 01/10/2014 till date Consultant Gastroenterologist & Hepatologist at Nirral University Teaching Hospital,UK Aug 2013 to Aug 2014 Sunderland royal hospital Aug 2003 –Aug 2004 (6 months posts) Neurology-04/02/04 to 04/08/04 Respiratory-05/08/03 to 03/02/04 James Cook University hospital, Middlesbrough.Aug 2004 –July 2006(6 month posts) Senior SHO Friarage hospital, Northallerton, UK Gastroenterology- 02/08/06 to 01/10/06, Dr John Hancock. Trafford general hospital, Manchester, UK LAT Gastroenterology- 02/10/06 to 03/09/07 (11 months) Leighton hospital Crewe, UK Specialist registrar (SpR) year 1.12/09/2007 to 04/03/2008 University Hospital of Aintree, Liverpool, UK SpR year 2 & 3.05/03/2008 to 04/04/2010 University Hospital of Aintree, Liverpool, UK OOPE (research) and SpR year 4.05/04/2010 to 04/04/2012 Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, UK Post CCT Transplant fellowship 05/03/2013 to 04/08/2013 Wirral University Teaching Hospital, Wirral, UK SpR year 05/04/12 to 12/02/2013

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