Department of CTVS

General Medicine

Department of CTVS

Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery was started in KSHEMA in December 2007 by Dr. M Gopalakrishnan, a Cardiac Surgeon with an experience of more than 20 years in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery. Dr. Amith Kiran, having experience of more than 10 years in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery joined the department in October, 2012. The Department performs all types of complex Cardiothoracic and vascular procedures and is actively involved in training MS general surgery post graduates.

The Department has a team of highly dedicated cardiac operation theatre and intensive care unit nurses and technicians who are involved in the cardiac surgical and post operative care

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Research activities

Dr. Gopalakrishnan was part of a Phd thesis as a co-guide studying the effect of cardiac rehabilitation in the post-operative recovery of post cardiac surgery patients. He is also involved in two research studies on cardiac surgery post operative pain relief, done by the college of physiotherapy. Dr. Gopalakrishnan is involved as a co guide in a Phd research seeking the relation of periodontitis and cardiac atherosclerosis in collaboration with department of periodontitis.


The Department has performed all types of Cardiac, Vascular and Thoracic surgical procedures. Most commonly done operation is CABG, followed by valve replacements and repairs, congenital cardiac surgeries, vascular and Thoracic procedures. We have maintained a steady success rate of 97-98% in our surgical results.

Dr. Amith Kiran has been conducting regular weekly cardiac outpatient services in our rural center Nitte Gajria Hospital in Karkala.


Dr. M Gopalakrishnan is a fellow of the Indian Association of Cardiothoracic Surgeons with more than 30 published papers in various aspects of Cardiac Surgery. He is actively involved in the workshops and deliberations of the IACTS for the last 20 years with numerous papers and posters presented in almost all the annual IACTS conferences for the last 20 years.

He has been trained at the Methodist Debakey Hospital in Houston, Texas in advanced aspects of Cardiac and Aortic surgeries.

Dr. M Gopalakrishnan and Dr. Amith Kiran have attended and presented papers and participated in CTVS workshops in CTCON, Lucknow 2016, and CTCON Bengaluru 2017, CTCON 2018 Vizag, CTCON 2019 Chennai, CTCON Ahemadabad 2020.

The Department has conducted the 2nd Live video conference in association with Methodist Debakey Hospital, Houston, Texas, USA in January 2016 which was named as KSHEMA Vision 2016. It was a major success with the participation of many Cardiac Surgeons and Cardiologists from different parts of the country.

Dr. Amith Kiran was awarded the Karnataka Bhooshana in 2018 in honour of his services.