Dr. K.S. Iyer

Qualification - MBBS, MS (Gen. Surgery), M.Ch (CTVS)

Specialization - Paediatric Cardiac Surgeon

Designation - Executive Director

Location - New Delhi, India

Hospital(s) - Fortis Escorts Heart Institute

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Career Profile

Dr. Krishna Iyer is one of India\'s front ranking paediatric cardiac surgeons, recognised for his clinical expertise and wide-ranging involvement with cardiac care for children in India and other developing nations, Dr. Iyer initiated the first dedicated paediatric cardiac care program in Northern India , a pioneering initiative, at Escorts Heart Institute Research Centre (now Fortis‐Escorts Heart Institute) in 1995. Under his guidance, this pediatric cardiac program has become the benchmark for cardiac care for children in India and its South East Asian neighbors. Dr. Iyer has operated on more than 10,000 babies, children and adults with congenital heart diseases comprising various   procedures like   arterial switch   procedure,   double switch operation  TAPVC  repairs,  Fontan and  Fontan-type  procedures,  corrections for tetralogy of Fallot, DORV, Truncus etc. 

Senning operation, conduit repairs and a wide range of one stage and multi‐stage corrections for complex congenital heart diseases. He has done original work on rapid two‐stage arterial switch procedure and performed the first successful rapid two-stage arterial switch and double‐switch operation in India. His current interests are perfecting complex neonatal cardiac surgery, cardiac surgery in malnourished infants and children, salvaging late presenters of congenital heart disease, and developing cost-effective cardiac care for children in developing countries. Dr. Iyer completed his M.B.B.S, M.S. (General  Surgery)  and  M.Ch.  (Cardiothoracic  and  Vascular  Surgery)  from  All  India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi. After basic training, he joined theDepartment of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery at AIIMS and was Additional Professor at the time he moved to Escorts Heart Institute to set up its pediatric cardiac care division.

He trained in pediatric and infant cardiac surgery under the guidance of the renowned pediatric cardiac surgeon Dr. R.B.B.Mee as Senior Fellow at the Department of Paediatric Cardiac Surgery at Royal Children\'s Hospital, Melbourne in Australia in 1989. Since his return, he has endeavored to promote the specialty of pediatric and congenital heart surgery in India, especially in the non‐governmental sector. He has contributed prolifically to furthering the cause of pediatric cardiac care through over a hundred research publications in national and international journals, authoring sections in medical books on pediatric and neonatal cardiac surgery and traveling to cities across India and abroad to deliver lectures. He has been the founder President of Asia‐Pacific Paediatric Cardiac Society and has been President of Paediatric Cardiac Society of India. He is currently Editor of the Indian Journal of Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery. He is a permanent member of the Steering Committee of the World Congress of Paediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery, and governing councilor of the World Society of Congenital Heart Surgery and the Asian Society of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeons.

He is an invited international member of the American Association of Thoracic Surgeons He is involved in many charities for underprivileged children, most notably the \'Gift of Life\' program of Rotary International. During his academic career, Dr. Iyer has won many awards. Some of these are the Institute Gold Medal for Best Graduate of the year at MBBS examination, Sorel Catherine Friemna Prize for proficiency in Paediatrics, Pfizer Postgraduate Medical Award, Gold Medal and Scroll of Honour, Hira Lal Gold Medal for being the best postgraduate in General Surgery. He was awarded the Doppler award for best paper at the Sixth International Symposium on Echocardiography in Cardiac Surgery held in Washington D.C. in 1994. He has been designated Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary International Foundation for humanitarian services for children.

Education & Training

  • M.B.B.S. All India Institute of Medical Sciences , 1978
  • M.S. (Gen. Surgery) All India Institute of Medical Sciences , 1981
  • M.Ch. (CTVS) All India Institute of Medical Sciences , 1984
  • Fellowship (Neonatal cardiac surgery) Royal Children\'s Hospital, Melbourne ,1989.

Clinical Focus

  • Complex transpositions
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Complex neonatal surgery

Awards & Achievements

  • Secured National Merit Scholarship for the year 1971 ‐ 1972 for meritorious performance in the Indian School Certificate examination.
  • Awarded Ganpatrao Chittre Scholarship for securing second rank in the Inter‐Science examination of the Bombay University in April, 1972.
  • Awarded Institute Gold Medal for Best Graduate of the year at the MBBS examination in Dec.1977.
  • Awarded and delivered Sadasivan Oration at the Annual Conference of the Association of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgeons of India held in Kolkata in Feb, 2011
  • Pfizer Postgraduate Medical award, Gold Medal and Scroll of Honour in 1979
  • Hira Lal Gold Medal for being the best postgraduate in General Surgery in Dec.1981.
  • Recommended for honours at the M.Ch. examination in Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery held in Dec. 1984.
  • Started the first dedicated pediatric cardiac program in Northern India at FEHI in 1995
  • Awarded Dynamic Indian of the Millenium award by the KG Foundation, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu in August,2009


  • Fellow and Life member of the Indian Association of Cardiovascular Thoracic Surgeons
  • Council member, Asian Society of Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery
  • Founder President, Asia Pacific Paediatric Cardiac Society (2005‐2006)
  • President of Paediatric Cardiac Society of India (2005‐2007)
  • Vice President of Paediatric Cardiac Society of India (2003‐2005)
  • Founder member of Paediatric Cardiac Society of India
  • Member, Speciality Board of National Board of Examinations capture
  • Member, Editorial Board Annals of Paediatric Cardiology
  • Governing Council member of the World Society of Congenital Heart Surgery
  • International member, American Association of Thoracic Surgery



Provider Knowledge
Procedure skills
Waiting & Exam Rooms
After care follow-up

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