Currently associated as the Chairman of the Liver Transplantation and Regenerative Medicine department of Medanta Hospital, Gurgaon.
Established liver transplantation in India and has experience of 21 years as a Liver Transplant Surgeon and Hepatobiliary surgeon.
Performed over 1500 liver transplants and over 12000 other complex liver, gall bladder and bile duct surgeries.
Expertise are Liver Cancer, Cirrhosis, Bile Duct cancer, Gall Bladder Cancer, Biliary stricture, Liver Cyst, Liver Metastases and Biliary Atresia, to name a few.
Previously worked as Senior Consultant of Transplant / Hepato- biliary Surgery at Sri Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, in various hospitals in UK and as a Senior Consultant of Transplant at AIIMS, New Delhi.
Awarded The Padma Shri by the President of India for developing a comprehensive Liver transplant programme in country in 2010.
Member of prestigious organisations likeassociation of Surgeons of India, British Transplantation Society, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, and many more.
Currently associated as consultant with department of Hepatology at Apollo Hospital, Chennai
One of the leading Hepatologist and Liver Transplant Physician based in Chennai
Holds 14 years of experience in endoscopic procedures
Specializes in Viral Hepatitis, Fatty Liver, Liver Failure, Liver ICU management and Liver Transplantation
Expert in Colonoscopy and polypectomy Insertion of Colonic stents Emergency colonoscopic intervention for lower GI bleeding ERCP
Experienced in the treatment of patients with Viral hepatitis, in managing patients with end stage liver disease, in the assessment and work up of patients prior to liver transplantation, pre and post-operative care, and long-term management of immune suppression
Till now, has recent experience of 15 successful liver transplants
Dr. Ruchira Misra is a Pediatric Hematologic-Oncologist with 11+ years of experience.
She has won CK Bhalla/KR Seth award for Distinction in Biochemistry; CK Bhalla/KR Seth award as best resident doctor in pediatrics and Best Poster Award at SIOP, Berlin.
Dr. Misra is a member of International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP), Paediatric Hematology, Indian Association of Paediatrics (IAP), American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), Indian Paediatric Oncology Group and American Society of Bone marrow Transplantation (ASBMT).
She completed her MBBS from GSVM Medical College and then followed DCH from LLRM Medical College and DNB from Meerut and Bombay Hospital.
She has published number of publications and has also presented at national and international conferences. Additionally, she is author for various book chapters on Paediatric and Radiation Oncology.
Dr. Ajitabh Srivastava is a hepatologist with 12+ years of experience.
He, along with his team, has performed more than 1500 liver transplant including deceased donor, living donor, pediatric transplant and combined kidney and liver transplant.
He has to his credit of being a member of transplant unit at Apollo Chennai, Apollo Delhi and MIOT Chennai.
He has been member of the team pioneering in liver transplants in India and involved in innovations in living donor liver transplant such as ABOI, minimally invasive donor hepatectomy and dual liver transplant.
Dr. Srivastava holds expertise for Kidney Transplant, complex hepatobiliary surgery, Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Surgery and vascular access surgery.
He is a lifetime member of ASI, IASG, HPBA and member of American Society of Transplant Surgeons.
He has done his fellowship from University of Rochester New York after completing his USMLE.
Dr. Srivastava has number of publications and presentations in Indian and international conferences.
Dr. Samir Shah is an experienced hepatobiliary surgeon who works as the Head of Department of Hepatology, Institute of Liver Disease, HPB Surgery and Transplant surgery.
His experience in Gastroenterology, HPB Surgery as well as transplantology is vast and amounts to 30+ years. He has lead the efforts to further the growth of liver transplantation in India.
For this purpose, Dr Samir Shah has been leading the way in coordinating efforts to start a cadaveric organ transplant programme in the country especially in the city of Mumbai.
He was directly involved with the first successful liver transplant in Mumbai.
He has been awarded the Hargobind Foundation Scholarship and trained in Hepatology and Liver transplant at the Institute of Hepatology, University College London.
He was the first elected Secretary of the Indian Association for Study of the Liver for the period 1995-1997 and has been a Council Member of International Liaison Committee, Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver (APASL).
He has been a member of the Editorial Board of Indian Journal of Gastroenterology and on the National Advisory Board of the Journal of the Association of Physician of India (JAPI) and currently on the Editorial Board of the J of Clinical and Expt Hep.
He has been involved with several international clinical trials on new drug development with presentations in international meetings and publications in peer reviewed journals.
He is the founder Trustee and the Hon. Secretary of the National Liver Foundation.
He is the Founding and Executive Committee Member of the recently formed Asia Pacific Organization, Coalition to Eradicate Viral Hepatitis in Asia Pacific (CEVHAP).
Currently associated as Senior Consultant with Department of Liver Transplant & Hepatology at Gloal Hospital, Chennai
Expertise in Hepato-Pancreatico-Biliary Surgery & Organ Transplantation
Attained Research Fellowship from Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Trainer for the Care of the Critically Ill Surgical Patient (cCRISP) course run by Royal College of Surgeons of England
Member of various societies & organizations such as National Academy of Medical Sciences, Member of British Transplantation Society, Member of International Liver Transplant Society and Member of Association of Surgeons of Great Britain
Why is India a preferred place for hepatology treatment?
The survey showed that the future of Hepatology in this country is very promising. There have been many advances in the management of liver disease and outcomes are as good as best. Dr. Mohamed Rela is an Indian surgeon and considered as one of the world’s best liver transplant surgeons. His name is listed in the Guinness Book of Records for performing a Liver Transplantation on a 5 day old baby.
Moreover the cost of treatment is relatedly low as compared to other countries. For example, the cost of liver transplant is 10 times higher in US than in India i.e., it costs $38,000 in India and $500,000 in US. In fact, the advanced technology and equipment are used to perform any surgery which ensures that there is no comprising with the quality.
There are myriad number of options available for transports in India. Few to name:
Air transport in India: It is preferable way to commute long distances and sometimes short distances. There are several domestic airlines with various luggage allowances. Airlines like Air Asia allows free check-in luggage.
Rail transport in India (trains and metro): The metro rail is most affordable and convenient way to travel. It is connected to major railway stations and airports which makes travelling an enjoyable activity. Metro services are operational in 10 cities of India, namely, Kolkata, Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Gurgaon, Chennai, Jaipur, Kochi, Hyderabad and Lucknow.
Public transport in India (buses, taxis, cars, rickshaws, bikes):
Buses: There are government and private buses in India catering with the need of the hour. Tickets can be booked in advance from particular state roadways website (e.g., Haryana Roadways) or from other sites such as RedBus.in, Yatra and MakeMyTrip. Additionally, there are options available for AC as well non-AC buses.
Taxis and cabs: Ola and Uber are the mammoth player in the Indian market. These are app-based cabs and can be booked from phone.
Cars: Car rental option is available due to the convenience of its service. Revv and ZoomCar are the transport companies in India in the car rental domain.
Rickshaws and Autos: The cycle rickshaw is a 3-wheeler cycle with a driver pedaling in front. It is helpful when you need to get to another place within yards. Auto-rickshaws are normally green, yellow or black color with comfortable sitting capacity and are fast then cycle rickshaws.
Bike taxi: It is the best solution in high traffic and one can book bike taxi from Ola and Uber mobile app.
Airways in India plays an important role and has grown manifold in the last few decades. This country is served by various international airlines – with direct and indirect flights. Additionally, one can easily book non-stop and connecting flights from India to other countries. Metro cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai also welcome international flights.
Are Indians generally nice people?
India’s greatest strength is its diversity. People are generous and helps the needful at every possible turn. Visit any Gurudwara in India and one will leave stomach full of delicious food, knock any door for help and it is answered. The people here help by going out of their way and wants nothing in return.
Which are the best hospitals for hepatology treatment in India?
There are many NABL certified hospitals having world-class hepatology department. From liver transplant to liver diseases, these hospitals have covered it all. Below given is the list:
Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, New Delhi
Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi is the first hospital in India to perform a pediatric liver transplant in 1998 and has one of the busiest liver-kidney transplant programs in the country. Additionally, it successfully performed split liver transplant in two adults, which is second of its type in the country and first on the city.
Dr. Rela Institute and Medical Centre, Chennai
Rela Institute of Liver Disease & Transplantation is considered as one of the most comprehensive centers that offering comprehensive treatment for liver and pancreas related diseases. Its team has performed more than 1400 liver transplants in Tamil Nadu since 2010. The institute offers a coordinated multidisciplinary approach to liver transplants and liver care. Due to the most advanced liver care facilities, the hospital has performed many breakthrough surgeries including liver transplant surgery performed on 42 days old baby.
Saifee Hospital, Mumbai
At the hepatology department at Saifee Hospital, specialist doctors provide specialized care for the diagnosis and treatment of all liver diseases. It offers the full spectrum of care, including Diagnosis, Medical, Interventional and Surgical care and follow-up.
Global Hospitals, Hyderabad
The team specializes in diagnosing liver diseases and provides modern treatment approaches with innovative techniques. The department offers treatment for gall bladder stone, liver coma, biliary atresia, fatty liver, cirrhosis, Pancreatic stones and more.
Calcutta Medical Research Institute, Kolkata
The hospital performs major and minor liver resections for Primary Cancers of the liver (HCC), Colorectal metastasis, Biliary tree Cancer, Recurrent Pyogenic Cholangitis (RPC), Portal hypertension/cirrhosis and Lienorenal Shunt, Mesocaval shunt, Devascularization.
Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurgaon
The department of Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Surgery at FMRI specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of benign and malignant surgeries related to pancreas, liver, gallbladder, and bile ducts. Our professional team of surgeons is adept at performing complex operations of the liver, pancreas, bile-duct and gallbladder.
What are specialized provisions for international patients in India?
The various facilities provided to international patients are:
Airport Transfer Service: International Patients Services Team of hospital arranges a cab for pick up from the airport and drop you safely to the destination hospital.
Providing Language Translators: Staff of any hospital is familiar with English and the local Indian language. Plus, hospital can arrange for translators if necessary.
Special Dietary Needs/Religious Arrangements: Most of the hospitals are sensitive to specific requirements and will provide the following on request:
Africa/Middle East Cuisine for special dietary requirements
Prayer mats in the rooms
Isolation on Fridays for those of the Jewish faith
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