Govindan. Vijayaraghavan
Born (1942-09-18) 18 September 1942 (age 79)
Perumpuzha, Kollam, Kerala, India
EducationCardiologist, teacher, writer
Alma materCalicut Medical College
Delhi University
Years active1982–present
Board member ofKIMS (Vice-Chairman)
Aswini Specialty Hospital (Chairman)
AwardsPadma Shri

Govindan Vijayaraghavan is a cardiologist from India, credited with establishing the first 2D Echocardiography laboratory in India. He is the vice-chairman & Founder Director of the Kerala Institute of Medical Sciences and the President of the Society for Continuing Medical Education and Research, Trivandrum, Kerala. He was honoured by Government of India in 2009 for his services in the field of medical sciences by awarding him Padmashri.[1]

Life Sketch

Vijayaraghavan was born at Perumpuzha, Kollam, Kerala on 18 September 1942 as the son of Sahithya Siromany M. K. Govindan, a Sanskrit scholar. He did his early schooling in Trivandrum Model School and graduated in Medicine from Trivandrum Medical College in 1964 and passed MD in General Medicine in 1969. He continued his studies at Christian Medical College, Vellore, obtained his Doctorate in Cardiology (DM) in 1973 and started his career there as associate professor.[2] He moved back to Thiruvananthapuram Medical College in 1976 and continued his research on Endomyocardial Fibrosis, a variety of heart disease found common in Kerala, in association with Post-graduate Medical School and Brompton Hospital, London.

Vijayaraghavan is known to be proficient in many languages[3] and resides in Thiruvananthapuram with his family.


Vijayaraghavan's research findings on endomyocardial fibrosis are widely considered to be path breaking. His research on Cerebra Odollum poisoning (a suicidal plant poison used by poor people of South India) helped to introduce innovative treatment modalities, which is reported to be still in use. In 1983 he was invited to work at the University of California, Los Angeles, and became one of the pioneer research workers in Doppler echocardiography and co-authored the first book on this subject from USA (1985).

Vijayaraghavan is a well-known teacher in cardiology in India and abroad. His effort in the 1980s in conducting continuing medical education programme all over India resulted in establishment of 2-D echocardiography as the most popular cardiology investigation in this country. As Professor and Head of Cardiology, Vijayaraghavan established one of the most modern cardiology departments in this country at the Trivandrum Medical College. With help from the World Health Organization and Government of India he demonstrated that heart attacks and its risk factors are very highly prevalent among the poor people of Kerala. He is the current editor-in-chief of the Indian Journal of Clinical Cardiology (IJCC)[4]

He received honorary fellowships from the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, the Royal College of Physicians of London (FRCP London), from the American College of Cardiology, the Premier Golden Heart Fellowship the American Heart Association, the Indian College of Cardiology, Indian Academy of Echocardiography, International Medical Sciences Academy and the Cardiological Society of India. He was elected as the chief patron of Indian Association of Clinical Cardiologists during the annual scientific session IACCCON 2010 at Thiruvananthapuram.[5][6]

He is a member of the editorial board of the Indian Edition of the American Heart Association journals, Circulation & Hypertension and is the Chairman of the Echocardiology Council of the Cardiological Society of India. He is also a University Guide for PhD in Cardiology, Kerala University from 1984.[7]

In 2020 November he founded a political organisation called Thiruvananthapuram Vikasana Munnettam for 2020 Kerala local elections.[8]


Lifetime achievement awards were given to him by Indian Academy of Echocardiography, Indian College of cardiology and the Cardiological Society of India.


English publications

Title Publisher Year
Doppler Echocardiography; A Practical Manual John Wiley & Sons 1985
Doppler Echocardiography; A Practical Manual (Chinese) Suan J. P. 1987
Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Medical College, Trivandrum 1996
Intensive Coronary Care, the Trivandrum Protocol Medical College, Trivandrum 1997

Malayalam Publications

Title Publisher Year
Hridayam Hridrogam (The Heart and Heart Diseases) Language Institute of Kerala 1987
Hridrogam Keraleeyaril (Heart Diseases in Keralites) Sankeerthanam Paublications, Kerala 2003

Dr Vijayaraghavan has published several papers, articles and journals, both in India and abroad and has also several review articles and abstracts to his credit.[9] He has also participated in many conferences around the world.


  1. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2015. Retrieved July 21, 2015.
  2. ^ "Dr.G. Vijayaraghavan, Cardiologist in Thiruvananthapuram | Dr.G. Vijayaraghavan Kerala Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) | sehat". Retrieved 3 May 2014.
  3. ^ "Dr. G Vijayaraghavan – Trivandrum – Kerala – DOCTORS|Cardiologists". Archived from the original on 3 May 2014. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
  4. ^ "Indian Journal of Clinical Cardiology". Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  5. ^ "Distinguished teacher award - 2012". Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  6. ^ "Publications". Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  7. ^ "Dr. Govindan Vijayaraghavan". Retrieved 3 May 2014.
  8. ^ Staff Reporter (2 November 2020). "New party floated in capital". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 6 September 2021.
  9. ^ "Dr. Govindan Vijayaraghavan". Retrieved 3 May 2014.

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