Established in 1999, K.S. Hegde Medical Academy (KSHEMA) became a constituent college of Nitte University in 2009. The Institution is named after its founder, the visionary, Late Justice K S Hegde, former Judge of the Supreme Court of India and Speaker of the Lok Sabha.

The Institution has made rapid progress towards being recognized as a medical school with high academic standards, delivering quality health care with an emphasis on promoting social responsibility in its students. In keeping with the vision and mission of Nitte University, K.S Hegde Medical Academy strives to generate competent and humane professionals empowered to face future challenges with ethical integrity.

Academic programs
The Institution offers MBBS and MD/MS programs recognized by the Medical Council of India. Besides this, it offers B.Sc courses in Medical Imaging Technology, Medical Laboratory Technology , Anaesthesia & Operation Theatre Technology and Master’s program in Public Health (MPH). Justice K.S. Hegde Charitable Hospital, the 1200 bed teaching hospital attached to the Institution provides all levels of holistic health care including major super-specialty services and provides excellent training opportunities to the students of the Academy.

Learning resources for students
KSHEMA has been proactive in developing and adopting teaching-learning activities that provide its students with the best opportunities for training. Initiatives like a Mentorship program, Skill Laboratory, integrated learning, e-learning resources and objective assessment practices are the highlights of the academic programs offered by the institution. The Institution takes pride in its dedicated faculty and support staff who strive to create a conducive environment for the students to grow into competent professionals.

Research opportunities
The Institution has demonstrated a commitment to develop an active research program with the development of state- of the art Central Research Laboratory and has successfully generated substantial support from external funding agencies. The Institution has collaborations and research linkages with international and national organizations like the Wake Forest University, USA, University of Toronto, Canada, BARC Research Center – Mangalore University, India and St. John’s Research Institute, India. Both undergraduate and post-graduate students are encouraged to participate in research activities.