About Dr Girinath M R

  • Dr. Girinath M R is currently associated as the Head of Cardiac Thoracic Surgery at Apollo Hospital, Greams Road, Chennai.
  • Dr. Girinath is the finest Cardiac Thoracic Surgeon with a thriving experience of 45 years.
  • He completed his MBBS from Madras University, Chennai. Further, he did MS in General Surgery and MCh in Cardio-Thoracic Surgery from AIIMS, Delhi.
  • He additionally did fellowships in Cardiac Surgery from Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Melbourne, Australia and Indian Association of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.
  • He has performed over 25,000 open-heart surgeries in the last 16 years.
  • He was instrumental in establishing surgeries like Coronary Bypass Surgery and Heart Valve Surgery in India, for which earlier patients had to go abroad to avail this facility.
  • He has trained around 30 Cardiac Surgeons in India, who, together, perform 20% of the Cardiac Surgeries done in the nation today.
  • He has been crucial in setting up Heart Surgery Units in Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and India at Ahmedabad, Nagpur, and Bhopal.
  • He is the first surgeon to perform a Complex Congenital Heart Defect Surgery on a child below one year.
  • He is the first Indian surgeon to carry out a heart and lung machine-supported Coronary Angioplasty.
  • He has presented more than 275 papers and has delivered around 20 orations at National and International Conferences.


  • Coronary Bypass Surgery
  • Multivalve Replacement
  • Cardiac Transplantation
  • Coronary Angioplasty
  • Thoracic Surgery

List Of Treatments

  • CABG Surgery
  • Invasive Cardiac Surgery
  • Balloon Mitral Valvuloplasty
  • Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD)
  • Mitral Valve Replacement

Work Experience

  • Head (Cardiac Thoracic Surgery)- Apollo Hospital, Greams Road, Chennai


  • MBBS- Madras University, Chennai
  • MS (General Surgery)- AIIMS, Delhi
  • MCh (Cardio-Thoracic Surgery)- AIIMS, Delhi
  • Fellowship- Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Melbourne, Australia
  • Fellowship- Indian Association of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery


  • In 2002, he was conferred with the Honorary Doctrine of Science Award (D.Sc.).
  • In 1998, he was awarded the prestigious Padma Bhushan, the third-highest Civilian Award in the Republic of India.
  • In 1997, he was honoured with Dr. B C Roy National Award.
  • He was offered the Life Time Achievement Award by Indian Association of Cardio-Vascular Thoracic Surgeons for successfully heading the Cardiac Surgery Unit of Apollo Hospitals, Chennai, since 1984.

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