Born(1942-03-08)8 March 1942
EducationKasturba Medical College, Manglore.
OccupationCardiac Surgery
Years active50+ years in Cardiac Surgery career.
Known forPerformed India’s first successful Coronary Artery bypass surgery in 1975
SpouseSelien Cherian
ChildrenSanjay Cherian(son) Sandhya Cherian(daughter)
AwardsPadma Shri in 1991

Wockhardt Medical Excellence Award in 2005

Lifetime Achievement from KMC

K. M. Cherian[1][2] (born 8 March 1942[3]), in full Kotturathu Mammen Cherian, is an Indian heart surgeon. He performed India's first coronary artery bypass surgery and first heart Lung transplant. and is considered a pioneer of pediatric cardiac surgery in the country. He is also a former honorary surgeon to the President of India and a Padma Shri awardee.

Early life


He started his career in Christian Medical College, in Vellore as lecturer in Surgery. In 1970, he migrated to Australia. He did his FRACS in Cardiothoracic Surgery in 1973. He also worked in New Zealand and was a migrant to the United States.

After his studies, he got the splendid opportunity to work as a Special Fellow in Pediatric Cardiac Surgery in Birmingham, Alabama under Dr. John W. Kirklin and in the University of Oregon under Dr. Albert Starr. On his birthday, 50 years ago, he got the most special birthday gift from his mentors in Australia where he performed his first open heart surgery at the age of 26.

As a young migrant in Australia, he had the opportunity to work at St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney, Australia.

Career as surgeon


He attended Kasturba Medical College, Manipal.[4] He performed India's first coronary artery bypass surgery in 1975 at Southern Railway Headquarters hospital, Perambur, Chennai.[5] He is the founder of Frontier Lifeline Hospital, where he performed India's second heart transplant surgery in 1995.[4] He also performed the country's first heart-lung transplant and the country's first pediatric cardiac surgery.[5]

Awards and honours


Business ventures


He was the Founding Vice President and Director of Madras Medical Mission (MMM), Founding Chairman of Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences(PIMS). He is the Founder Chairman of Frontier Lifeline Hospital and Frontier Mediville, the first Medical SEZ and Medical Science Park in India. His Charitable Trust has built the St.Gregorios Cardio Vascular Centre, at Parumala, in Kerala and his Educational Trust runs the International CBSE School named “The Study – L’ecole Internationale” in Puducherry.

Dr. KM Cherian Institute of Medical Sciences

Dr. KM Cherian Institute of Medical Sciences.

He and several other investors set up a hospital in Chengannur, Kerala. It was inaugurated in March 2021. It sits on a 5-acre plot. The name of the hospital is Dr KM Cherian institute of medical sciences. [13]



A biography about Cherian titled Hand of God was released in 2015 was written by Priya M. Menon.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Padama Awards: Previous Awardees". Padma Awards Ministry of Home Affairs. Archived from the original on 2 June 2021. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Ministry of Home Affairs (Public Section) Padma Awards Directory (1954-2017) Year-wise List: 1991" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs (India). Archived from the original (pdf) on 9 February 2018. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  3. ^ "A doc whose heart is in the right place". News Today. 9 March 2006. Archived from the original on 14 November 2006. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  4. ^ a b c "Dr Cherian releases his biography". The Times of India. 30 September 2015. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  5. ^ a b c Warrier, Shobha (8 March 2004). "Healing hearts". Rediff.com. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  6. ^ "Alumni meet to witness reunion of 500 students". The Times of India. 7 December 2010.
  7. ^ Annual report of Manipal university has references to the Alumni get together with references to Dr Cherian https://apply.manipal.edu/content/dam/manipal/mu/documents/MU%20Annual%20Report/Annual%20Report%202016.pdf
  8. ^ "Dr Cherian gets award for surgery". The Tribune. United News of India. 14 June 2000. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  9. ^ "7 doctors get Wockhardt awards". Business Line. 9 February 2005. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  10. ^ Reddy, Amrutha. "World Society of Cardio Thoracic Surgeons 18th World Congress" (PDF). Indian Medical Parliamentarians' Forum. p. 8. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 October 2011. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  11. ^ "New Honor for Eminent Cardiac Surgeon Cherian" (PDF). People Watch. Asia Pacific Biotech News. Vol. 14, no. 11. World Scientific Publishing Co. November 2011. p. 47. ISSN 0219-0303. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 September 2015. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  12. ^ "The American Association For Thoracic Surgery (Aats) Admits Dr K M Cherianas Its Founder Circle Member". The Hans India. 5 May 2016. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  13. ^ "KM Cherian Institute of Medical Science (KMC)". KMC. 12 April 2021. Retrieved 12 April 2021.

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