Director of Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, New Delhi/NCR
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
Experience: 30 Years
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 paediatric cardiac program has become the benchmark for cardiac care for children for India and its South East Asian neighbours. 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 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 the Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery at AIIMS and was Additional Professor at the time he moved to Escorts Heart Institute to set up its paediatric cardiac care division.
He trained in paediatric and infant cardiac surgery under the guidance of the renowned paediatric 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 endeavoured to promote the specialty of paediatric and congenital heart surgery in India, especially in the non-governmental sector. He has contributed prolifically to furthering the cause of paediatric cardiac care through over a hundred research publications in national and international journals, authoring sections in medical books on paediatric and neonatal cardiac surgery and travelling 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 councillor 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.
- Fellow and Life member of the Indian Association of Cardiovascular Thoracic Surgeons
- Founder member of Paediatric Cardiac Society of India
- Vice President of Paediatric Cardiac Society of India (2003-2005)
- President of Paediatric Cardiac Society of India (2005-2007)
- Founder President, Asia –Pacific Paediatric Cardiac Society (2005-2006)
- Permanent Member, Steering Committee for World Congress of Paediatric Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery (2009 onwards)
- Council member, ‘Asian Society of Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery’
- Governing Council member of the ‘World Society of Congenital Heart Surgery’.
- International member, “American Association of Thoracic Surgery”.
- Editor-in-Chief, Indian Journal of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery
- Member, Editorial Board - “Annals of Paediatric Cardiology”
- Member, Speciality Board of National Board of Examinations capture
Surgical treatment of all forms of congenital heart disease in newborns to adults, simple or complex. Expertise in surgery for complex transpositions, late presenting CHD, pulmonary hypertension and complex neonatal surgery.
Awards & Expertise
- 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.
- Secured following awards in All India Institute of Medical Sciences between 1973 and1977:
- Institute Merit Awards for securing highest grades in the following subjects:
- Forensic Medicine
- General Surgery
- Obstetrics &Gynaecology
- Sardari Lal Kalra Gold Medal for proficiency in Microbiology in May 1976.
- Institute Merit Scholarship.
- Sorel Catherine Frieman Prize for proficiency in Paediatrics in Dec.1977.
- 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.
- Selected on merit amongst worldwide applicants to attend a workshop on Basic aspects of Cardiac Surgery organized by the International School of Medical Sciences, Ettore Majorana, in Erice, Italy in March, 1983.
- Recommended for honours at the M.Ch. examination in Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery held in Dec. 1984.
- Awarded the Doppler award for best paper at the Sixth International Symposium on Echocardiography in Cardiac Surgery, held in Washington D.C. in Nov.1994.
- Awarded a Citation and Certificate of Appreciation for distinguished service and outstanding contribution to EHIRC “ Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, Honourable President of India” on December 13th, 2002, New Delhi, INDIA.
- Awarded and delivered the Dr. Armida Fernandez oration on 14th August 2005 at Mumbai
- Awarded the Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution in the field of Clinical
- & Preventive Cardiology in the world by “ World Congress on Clinical & Preventive Cardiology (WCCPC 2006) in September 22nd –24th, 2006, Mount Abu, Rajasthan, INDIA .
- Awarded Certificate of “Appreciation for the selfless services rendered” by the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee at Rajiv Bhavan, on December 9th 2006, New Delhi, INDIA.
- Awarded Certificate of Appreciation for the significant contribution at “The 16th Asian Pacific Congress of Cardiology” in December 13-16, 2007, Taipei, TAIWAN.
- Awarded the Paul Harris Fellow “in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world” by “The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International” on 23rd Feb 2008, New Delhi (INDIA).
- Awarded “Dynamic Indian of the Millennium” award by the KG Foundation, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu in August, 2009
- Awarded Sadasivan Oration at the 58th Annual Conference of the Indian Association of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeons held in Kolkata, Feb 2012.
- Started the first dedicated pediatric cardiac program in Northern India at FEHI in 1995
- Completed 10,000 surgeries for congenital heart disease at FEHI since 1995.
- Career experience of over 13,000 surgeries for congenital heart disease.
- Performed the first successful rapid two stage arterial switch operation (1991) and the first successful double switch operation (1993) in the country.
- First to generate internationally comparable outcomes in neonatal and infant cardiac surgery and surgery for complex congenital heart disease.
- Have helped set up many pediatric cardiac programs within the country and in other countries like Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia and Nepal.
- Recognized internationally for creating a model for delivery of high class pediatric care in an environment of limited resources.