Thursday, April 1, 2021

Meitra Hospital Collaborates With MGM Healthcare For Their Multi-Organ Transplant Programme

Meitra Hospital has collaborated with Chennai-based MGM Healthcare to set up comprehensive Heart and Lung as well as Liver Transplant Programs. Mr. Faizal E Kottikollon, Chairman, Meitra Hospital and Dr. KR Balakrishnan, Director at Institute of Heart & Lung Transplant& Mechanical Circulatory Support at MGM Healthcare and Dr. Thiagarajan  Srinivasan, Director, Institute of Liver Diseases, Transplant & HPB Surgery, MGM Healthcare signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). Dr. Ali Faizal (Director, Meitra Hospital), and Mr. Harish Manian (CEO, MGM Healthcare) were present at the MoU Signing ceremonies.

Through the Heart and Lung Transplant Program, Meitra Hospital aims to advance its reputed Centre of Excellence for Heart and Vascular Care by offering heart and lung transplants, mechanical circulatory support devices for failing hearts and single lung retrieval and transplant. The transplant programme will be led by an expert team that does the highest number of heart and lung transplants in Asia. 

Dr. K R Balakrishnan has performed more than 375 heart and lung transplants and is credited with performing many first-of-its-kind heart surgeries in India. Dr. Thiagarajan Srinivasan has a personal experience of more than 1,700 liver transplants and a cumulative experience of more than 3,500 liver transplants.

The Liver Transplant Programme, under its Centre of Excellence for Gastro Sciences, will deliver advanced liver transplant services through a multi-disciplinary transplantation team that comprises of dedicated transplant surgeons, gastroenterologists, anaesthetists, intensivists, perfusionists, technicians and nurses.

“This is the next big step in Meitra’sjourney as a quaternary care provider. We are glad to have entered into this partnership with MGM Healthcare for heart, lung & liver transplant surgeries. Dr. K.R Balakrishnan and Dr. Thiagarajan are world renowned transplant surgeons, and it is our privilege to be associated with them for this multi-organ transplantation programme. We are certain that this initiative will help in transforming the healthcare scenario of the region,” said Mr. Faizal E. Kottikollon, Chairman, Meitra Hospital.  

“Our clinical team at MGM Healthcare will be working closely with the clinical team at Meitra Hospital to establish the heart and lung transplant and heart failure management programmes. Medical technology and treatment protocols have greatly evolved over the past few years. Ensuring that patients get the best that medical science has to offer is our primary goal.”, said Dr KR Balakrishnan, Director at Institute of Heart & Lung Transplant & Mechanical Circulatory Support at MGM Healthcare.

Meitra Hospital, a 220-bed quaternary care provider, based in Kozhikode, is already a preferred centre for live and deceased donour renal transplants as well as bone marrow transplants in the region. Through this initiative, it seeks to strengthen its position as a preferred international destination for multi-organ transplants. 

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