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Department of Cardio Thoracic and Vascular Surgery

The department of Cardio-Thoracic and Vascular Surgery (CTVS) has been rendering effective service at Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences (SSSIHMS), Prasanthigram, since its inception 20 years ago.

The Department has been delivering, a high standard of medical care with the support of fully trained and dedicated staff supported by state-of-the-art equipment.

Facilities and Services

Over the past 20 years, an entire gamut of cardiac surgeries, except heart transplants have been routinely performed on an average of over 1,000 procedures every year. The case mix has been exceptional. One-third being congenital heart diseases, one-third valve replacements/repair and the remaining, coronary revascularizations with 90% of them being off-pump procedures.

The department has two fully equipped state-of-the-art operation theatres, with three Sarns Heart-Lung machines and modern anaesthesia and monitoring modalities. Vital intra-operative ancillary support is in the form of an Intra Aortic Balloon Pump, centrifugal pumps, cell saver and other blood saving procedures. In complex cases, centrifugal pumps are used and when required total circulatory arrest is practiced, particularly for complex aortic surgeries and paediatric cases. Post-operative patient care is delivered by a 20-bed intensive care unit, equipped with the best patient monitoring and life support systems and a component of 24/7 critical nursing care.

To support these activities, there are 30 pre and post-operative ward beds. The department is approved and certified for the Diplomate of National Board (DNB) programme in CTVS. Academically, the department has been active, in presenting papers at regional and national meetings. Three original articles have been published, one each year in international cardio-thoracic journals. The CTVS department has a productive working relationship with an accomplished Cardiology department.

The uniqueness of these two departments has been in practicing time honoured eastern philosophy of medical care, supplemented by western trained cardiac surgeons and cardiologists.

Renewal of DNB CTVS accreditation is under process, the inspection in that regard was conducted on December 12th, 2011.


Dr. Voleti Choudhary : Chairman, Cardiac Sciences, SSSIHMS.
Dr. Neelam. B. Desai : Head of Department
Dr. Trushar Gajjar : Consultant
Dr. J. Nageshwar Rao: Junior Consultant
Dr. Zubair Ashraf Hakeem: Senior Resident
Dr. Saibal Neogee : Senior Medical Officer
Dr. Navjeet Hatibarauh : Medical Officer
Mr. R. Mohan Kumar: Senior Manager

The visiting faculty are all internationally recognised in their fields and actively use advanced technology in their daily practice. They periodically visit SSSIHMS, Prasanthigram, to teach and perform procedures, which enable the department to deliver cutting edge advances in surgical techniques.

Visiting faculty includes:

Dr. V. Jeevanandam :Professor and Chief of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, University of Chicago.
Dr. Srikanth Karvande :Prof. Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Utah School of Medicine.
Dr. Stephen Gundry :Director of International Heart Institute, Palm Springs, the U.S.
Dr. Sudhir Srivastava :Faculty at University of Chicago. An authority on robotic surgery.
Dr. Mohan Sarabu :Cardio-Thoracic surgeon at Vassar Brothers Medical Centre, New York, the U.S.

Patients seeking an appointment to visit the SSSIHMS, Prasanthigram, may mail to enquirypg@sssihms.org.in enclosing the latest scanned copies of the patient’s medical reports.

Patients can also post the request for appointment along with the photocopies of the latest medical reports to the following address:

Patient Correspondence Cell,
Room No. 140 ,
Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences,
Anantapur District, Andhra Pradesh. – 515134.
or call 08555-287388 ext 508

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