About Doctor

  • Dr. K.R. Balakrishnan is a well-known and reputed Cardio-thoracic surgeon in Chennai.
  • He has an experience of more than 30 + Years and has been credited with India’s First LVAD and HVAD pump implant as destination .
  • Dr. Balakrishnan has completed his MBBS from JIPMER, MS (General Surgery) from the eminent AIIMS, Delhi. Following which he did his MCh (Cardio thoracic Surgery) from KEM Hospital, University.
  • He started India’s First Comprehensive Centrefor Heart Failure Management at Fortis Malar Hospital, Chennai.
  • Dr. Balakrishnan closely worked with Sir Brian Barratt –Boyes, Greenlane Hospital, New Zealand and Dr Albert Starr at Oregon Health Science University and St. Vincent Hospital,
  • Dr. Balakrishnan is also actively engaged with various institutions to develop Pulsatileand continuous flow LVADs (Left Ventricular Assist Device) and molecular biology of ventricular hypertrophy.
  • Dr Balakrishnan is first cardiologist in Indiato successfully perform HVAD implant surgery, and LVAD implant surgery as destination .


  • End-stage heart failure management (Heart Transplant & VAD implant)
  • Pediatric Cardiac Surgery
  • Lung Transplant

List Of Treatments

  • Neonatal and Infant cardiac surgeries
  • Closure of defects like ASD VSD
  • Complex congenital heart surgeriesg
  • TAPVC – Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Connection Repair Arterial Switch
  • Single Ventricle Defects Surgery
  • ECMO Support
  • Device Closure- ASD VSD
  • Balloon Valvuloplasty – Aortic
  • PDA Device Closure
  • Coronary Angiogram
  • Renal Angiogram
  • Cerebral Angiogram
  • Peripheral Angiogram
  • PTCA-Percutaneous Transluminal
  • Coronary Angioplasty
  • Peripheral Angioplasty
  • Aortic Stent Grafting
  • EPS-Electrophysiological
  • Radiofrequency Ablation
  • PPI-Permanent Pacemaker Implant – Single Chamber
  • IVC Filter Insertion
  • Biventricular Pacing
  • AICD
  • Trigger Point Injection (TPI)
  • PTMC – Percutaneous Transvenous Mitral Commissurotomy
  • Cardiac Catherisation for congenital
  • heart disease
  • Balloon Septostomy
  • Pulmonary and Mitral
  • Closure of Fistulas
  • Fetal Echocardiogram
  • Pediatric interventional cardiology
  • Off Pump beating CABG LV restoration
  • surgery
  • Valve Repair Replacement
  • Atrial Fibrillation Surgery
  • Ross Procedure
  • Cardiac Tumour Treatment
  • Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm Treatment
  • Aortic Dissection Repair Surgery
  • Minimal access surgeries for valves
  • ASD (Atrial Septal Defect) Closure
  • Aortofemoral Bypass Surgery
  • PTE – Pulmonary Thromboendarterectomy
  • Heart Bypass Surgery (CABG)
  • Aortic Valve Replacement
  • Mitral Valve Replacement
  • VSD Closure (Adult) Surgery
  • Heart Double Valve Replacement
  • PPI-Permanent Pacemaker Implant – Double Chamber
  • CRT- D Implant (Cardiac Resynchronization )
  • Single Bypass and Valve Replacement
  • Valve Replacement
  • Congenital Heart Disorder CHD
  • Heart Bypass – Minimally Invasive CABG
  • Heart Implants
  • Cardiac OPD Procedures
  • ECG-Treadmill Test TMT
  • 24 Hour Holter Monitoring
  • Ambulatory BP Monitoring (ABPM)
  • Echocardiography with Color Doppler
  • Transesophageal Echocardiography – TEE
  • Stress Echocardiographyn
  • Myocardial Perfusion Imaging (MPI) Test
  • Thallium Test – Nuclear Stress Test
  • 64 Slice CT Angiography
  • PET Scan
  • Angiography
  • Heart transplant

Work Experience

• Director, Fortis Malar Hospital ,Chennai
• Senior Registrar ,Sir Brian Baratt-Boyes, Cardio Thoracic Unit, Green Lane Hospital in Auckland, New Zealand
• Specialist ,Railway Hospital, Perambur, Madras


  • MBBS, JIPMER, Pondicherry
  • MCh, KEM Hospital ,University of Bombay


  • 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

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