K. M. Cherian is a leading Indian heart surgeon who has pioneered new treatments, founded new hospitals and earned an international reputation. He is the founding chairman of Frontier Lifeline in Chennai, and the Dr K M Cherian Heart Foundation.
He performed India’s first successful Coronary Artery bypass surgery in 1975. He also performed the country’s first heart transplant after legalization of brain death. The first Heart- Lung Transplant, the first Paediatric Transplant and the first TMR (Laser Heart Surgery) were also performed by him. He has an honorary Doctor of Science from King George’s Medical University, Lucknow. He was awarded Padma Shri by the Government of India in 1991. Cherian was honorary surgeon to the President of India from 1990 to 1993.
Pioneering pediatric cardiac surgery in India, Cherian has performed more than 27,000 operations. Cherian has pioneered the first coronary artery bypass surgery in India as well as the first heart transplant after the legislation of Brain Death in India; the first bilateral lung transplant; the first Pediatric Heart transplant; the first Auto transplant; and the first Heart and Lung transplant.(1999).
He is the first Indian member of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, as well as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, London, and an honorary member of the Malaysian Association for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, just to mention a few of his affiliations.