Paediatric Cardiac Surgery

Dr. Krishna Subramony Iyer

Executive Director, Paediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery,
Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, Okhla Road, New Delhi, India

Expertise: Pediatric and Infant Cardiac Surgery

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Dr. Krishna Iyer, recognised for his clinical expertise and wide-ranging involvement with cardiac care for children in India and other developing nations, is one of the India's top paediatric cardiac surgeons.

Dr. Iyer studied at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi. He completed his M.B.B.S, M.S. and M.Ch. (Postgraduate examination in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery) from there. He was trained under the guidance of the renowned paediatric cardiac surgeon, Dr. Roger Mee, in paediatric and infant cardiac surgery as a Senior Fellow at the Department of Paediatric Cardiac Surgery at Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne in Australia.

Till date, Dr. Iyer has operated on more than 14,000 babies, children and adults with congenital heart diseases, specialising in various procedures such as TAPVC repairs, arterial switch procedure, double switch operation, Fontan procedure and its modifications, Senning operation corrections for tetralogy of Fallot, DORV, Truncus, conduit repairs and a wide range of one stage and multi-stage corrections for complex congenital heart diseases.

In 1995, he began the first dedicated paediatric cardiac care program in North India at Escorts Heart Institute Research Centre (now Fortis-Escorts Heart Institute). He has performed original work on rapid two-stage arterial switch procedures and performed the first successful rapid two stage arterial switch and double-switch operations in India.

He is the Founder/President of Asia-Pacific Paediatric Cardiac Society and President of Paediatric Cardiac Society of India. He has also been instrumental in supporting paediatric cardiac programs in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Nepal and Malaysia.

  • M.B.B.S. from All India Institute of Medical Sciences
  • M.S. (Gen. Surgery ) from All India Institute of Medical Sciences
  • M.Ch. (CTVS) from All India Institute of Medical Sciences
  • Fellowship( Neonatal cardiac surgery) from Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne
  • Over 32 years of work experience as a Paediatric and Congenital Heart Surgeon
  • Currently working as the Executive Director, Paediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, Okhla Road, New Delhi, India
  • Awarded Sadasivan Oration at the 58th Annual Conference of the Indian Association of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeons held in Kolkata, in 2012
  • Awarded and delivered the Dr. Armida Fernandez Oration on 14th August, 2005 at Mumbai
  • Awarded the Doppler award for best paper at the Sixth International Symposium on Echocardiography in Cardiac Surgery, held in Washington D.C. in November, 1994
  • Recommended for honours at the M.Ch. examination in Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery held in December, 1984
  • Selected on merit amongst worldwide applicants to attend a workshop on Basic Aspects of Cardiac Surgery organised by the International School of Medical Sciences, Ettore Majorana, Erice, Italy, March, 1983
  • Hira Lal Gold Medal for best postgraduate student in General Surgery, December, 1981
  • Pfizer Postgraduate Medical award, Gold Medal and Scroll of Honour, 1979
  • Sorel Catherine Frieman Prize for Proficiency in Paediatrics, December, 1977
  • Sardari Lal Kalra Gold Medal for Proficiency in Microbiology, May, 1976
  • Institute Merit Awards for securing highest grades in the following subjects in Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Forensic Medicine, General Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Secured following awards in All India Institute of Medical Sciences between 1973 and 1977
  • Awarded Institute Gold Medal for Best Graduate of the year at the MBBS examination in December, 1977
  • Awarded Ganpatrao Chittre Scholarship for securing second rank in the Inter-Science examination of the Bombay University, April, 1972
  • Secured National Merit Scholarship for meritorious performance in the Indian School Certificate Examination between 1971 – 1972