FRCS(Edin) FRCS(Glas) FRCS(Cardiothoracic)
Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon
Dr. Paul Ramesh Thangaraj (born 1967) had his education at the Doveton Corrie and Madras Christian College School, and then got his basic medical degree (MBBS) in 1991 from the Madras Medical College, Chennai, India.
He went to UK in 1993, and obtained the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and of Glasgow in 1995.
He subsequently worked as a Specialist Registrar in Cardiothoracic Surgery in Oxford, Cambridge and Newcastle and went on to get the FRCS (Cardiothoracic Surgery) (a joint intercollegiate degree bestowed by all the four royal colleges - England, Edinburgh Glasgow, and Ireland) in 2001.
He returned to India in 2002, and has been working as a consultant in Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Apollo Hospitals, Chennai.
His area of specialisation is surgical management of heart failure and heart transplantation.
He is married with 2 sons, and his interests include evolutionary biology and astronomy.
Dr. Gokhale CT Associates is a leading cardiothoracic group operating from Hyderabad, the capital of Telangana in India. Apart from their success rate of 98.4% in bypass surgeries and open heart surgeries, they are known as leaders in the areas of heart and lung transplantations and minimally invasive heart surgery (Key hole heart surgery) and high risk heart surgeries.
Dr.Gokhale, a noted name among the medical fraternity in general and cardiothoracic surgeons the world over in particular, has had the distinction of performing India's first heart-kidney combined transplant and performing heart transplant for a 69 year old person (oldest man to undergo heart transplant in India). This is the first team in India which did in the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh both heart and lung transplant surgeries successfully. Dr Gokhale did the 1st successful heart transplant, first successful lung transplant and 1st successful implantation of ventricular assist device in the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. He has one of the largest experiences in minimally invasive heart surgery in India. So far he did more than 10,000 open heart surgeries - adult as well as pediatric.
Renowned for offering value-added services and exceeding customer expectations, it has emerged as a beacon of hope for all those suffering from cardiac, lung or vascular problems especially for those with advanced diseases like extensive coronary artery disease, end-stage heart and lung disorders and for those looking for minimally invasive cardiothoracic surgery(small incision heart surgery).
This team has mastered the art and science of breathing new life into the terminally ill because of its unrelenting stress on excellence and innovation. It has few rivals in its blend of qualifications, skills, competencies and rich experience.
Dr.Gokhale CT Associates has distinguished itself in performing minimally invasive heart surgery and endoscopic vein harvesting (EVH) for bypass surgery. They have one of the largest experiences in this area in India and trained many heart surgeons in India and abroad. Minimally invasive mitral valve surgery is performed through a small 6-8cm incision on the right side of the chest below nipple. It is cosmetic and it doesn't require the regular 20-25cm long cut on the front of the chest and splitting of breast bone. Similarly for patients needing multiple bypasses, minimally invasive bypass surgery is done through a small incision on the left side of the chest. Patients recover fast with less pain and can go back to work in 3 weeks time. EVH requires one to three small incisions, each less than 1 inch in length, in the thigh, in contrast to the traditional method, which requires a lengthy incision in the leg. EVH helps patients recover faster and also avoids a long scar.
Dr. Kewal Krishan has done four years of advanced clinical fellowships at world’s top hospitals including Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN, USA and Mount Sinai Medical center New York, USA where he acquired expertise in advanced therapies in end stage heart failure. He was trained by internationally renowned surgeons for Heart Transplant and Ventricular Assist Devices. He is one of a handful of Indian surgeonswho is formally trained in all aspects of transplantation. He was trained intensively in the entire spectrum of ventricular assist devices including bridge to transplant, short term and long term devices and destination therapy. His other area of specialized training is Extra Coporeal Membrane Oxygenation(ECMO).
He became proficient to an advanced level in performing complex cardiac operations including Redo surgeries during fellowships. Dr.Kewal has published widely in the field of cardiac surgery authoring over fifty scientific articles and abstracts published in peer-reviewed journals or presented at international scientific meetingsincluding.
Dr. Z. S. Meharwal
Dr Z. S. Meharwal is Director and Coordinator of Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery. He is part of the founding team of Doctors at Fortis Escorts Heart Institute. He did his M.B.B.S, M.S (General Surgery) and M.Ch (Cardiothoracic Surgery) from King George Medical College, Lucknow. He has worked as Consultant Cardiac Surgeon at prestigious King's College Hospital in London.
He has more than 25 years of experience in cardiac surgery with over 20,000 surgeries to his credit, including complex cardiac procedures. Dr. Meharwal has been actively involved with teaching and training. He is also the Programme Director of DNB Cardiothoracic Surgery at Fortis Escorts Heart Institute.
Dr. Meharwal has also been invited in national and international meetings as faculty. He has more than 40 publications in peer reviewed journals to his credit. Dr. Meharwal has been actively involved in social services and has been organizing free cardiac camps all over the country and has been delivering health talks to public. Dr. Meharwal has received many awards including President award for his contribution in the field of Cardiac Surgery.
MS, MCh, MNAMS
Awards and Achievements
Citation Award by President of India Sri APJ Abdul Kalam on the occasion of International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery Meeting - 2002.
Listed in Marquis who is who in the world 2005
Saharanpur Aditya Samman-by Govt of UP for contribution in Medical Field - 2005
Entered into Limca Book of Records-2008 for performing Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery on 94 year old man who is the oldest patient to undergo CABG
21+ Years Of Experience
Dr. Sandeep Attawar M.S, Mch., is the Director and Head of Department- CTVS at Fortis Memorial Research Institute. He is one of India’s foremost cardiothoracic surgeons and is widely recognized for his expertise in performing complex heart surgeries in patients ranging from neonates to octogenarians. He was formerly leading Cardiac Surgery & Heart & Lung Transplantation Unit at Global Hospitals, Chennai and has been instrumental in setting up 3 major heart centres both in India & abroad. He firmly believes in providing quality cardiac surgical care to patients of all walks of life. Apart from successfully performing a number of heart & lung transplants, he also has keen interest in the field of Cardiac Failure & Mechanical Circulatory Support including, Total Artificial Heart (TAH) & Ventricular assist devices implantation.