Dr. K. R. Balakrishnan
Dr. K. R. BalakrishnanChairman and Director, Institute of Cardiac Sciences | Director of the Institute of Heart & Lung Transplant, MGM Healthcare
Dr. K R Balakrishnan is an acknowledged expert in the management of end-stage heart failure and is credited with India’s First LVAD and HVAD pump implant as destination therapy. He is instrumental in starting India’s First Comprehensive Centre for Heart Failure Management and has performed more than 400 heart and lung transplants. He is also actively engaged with various institutions to develop Pulsatile and continuous flow LVADs (Left Ventricular Assist Device) and molecular biology of ventricular hypertrophy.
Dr. K. G. Suresh Rao
Dr. K. G. Suresh RaoCo-Director, Institute of Heart and Lung Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support, MGM Healthcare
A doctor with nearly 30 years of experience, he has been a part of major cardiac surgeries and interventional cardiology at numerous well-known hospitals around the globe, with expertise in cardiac critical care, heart and lung transplantations, LVAD implantation, ECMO initiation, management of congenital heart disease and trans-oesophageal echocardiography. He is a key member of the team of doctors led by Dr K. R. Balakrishnan at MGM Healthcare Chennai, the partner hospital of Aishwarya Trust, in its mission to save children with Congenital Heart Defects.
Dr. Anto Shahayaraj
Dr. Anto ShahayarajSenior Consultant, Institute of Heart and Lung Transplant & Mechanical Circulatory Support, MGM Healthcare
Dr.Anto is a senior cardiothoracic surgeon with a keen interest in paediatric cardiac surgery. He underwent training in paediatric cardiac surgery, working in leading units both in India and abroad. Presently, he plays an active role in the team led by Dr.K.R.Balakrishnan at MGM Healthcare in paediatric cardiac surgery and heart transplantation. He has many peer reviewed publications in international journals to his credit. He takes great pride in his association with Aishwarya Trust in its mission to detect and treat heart defects in children from the underprivileged sections of our society.
Dr Ramya Shri C
Dr Ramya Shri CSenior Consultant - Institute of Heart and Lung Transplant & Mechanical Circulatory Support, MGM Healthcare
With over 12 years of experience, Dr Ramya Shri C has extensive knowledge and expertise in the field of Paediatric Cardiology with experience in adult and paediatric structural interventions & paediatric cardiac surgeries like atrial septal defect/ventricular septal defect correction and tetralogy of Fallot repair. Her clinical interests and expertise span advanced echocardiography and the full range of diagnostic and transcatheter therapeutic procedures in neonates children and adults with congenital cardiac malformations, with special interest in management of cardiac failure and heart transplants.
Dr. R. Rajesh Kumar
Dr. R. Rajesh KumarConsultant - Institute of Heart and Lung Transplant & Mechanical Circulatory Support, MGM Healthcare
With specialisation in Paediatric Cardiology and Paediatrics, with a fellowship in advanced Cardiac Imaging / Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory support, Dr. Rajesh Kumar now works as Consultant Paediatric Intervention Cardiologist at MGM Healthcare. He has experience in various paediatric cardiac surgeries like atrial septal defect/ventricular septal defect correction, Tetralogy of Fallot repair, arterial switch, Ross procedure, Bentall surgery, valve repair and replacement surgeries; he also has experience in assessment of patients for heart transplant and postoperative management of heart transplant patients.
Dr. Noveen Davidson
Dr. Noveen DavidsonSenior Consultant & Paediatric Cardiac Surgeon & Heart Transplant, MGM Healthcare
Dr. Noveen Davidson is an accomplished cardiac surgeon with over a decade of experience in paediatric cardiac surgeries. His expertise includes paediatric and adult Congenital Heart Surgery, complex Congenital Heart Surgery, Redo Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, paediatric Tracheal Surgery, Neonatal and Paediatric ECMO, Congenital Heart Transplants, Heart Failure Management, Intensive Care Management, emergency Trauma Surgery and Management, and Vascular Surgery. He has worked as a consultant at prestigious hospitals like the Green Lane Starship Children’s Hospital (Auckland, New-Zealand).

Highly regarded for exceptional clinical skills and active contributions to medical education, Dr. Davidson successfully performed a remarkable case of Preterm Ductus Ligation on a 600-gram infant. He has presented numerous papers at various national and international forums.

Dr. Vijayakumar Raju
Dr. Vijayakumar RajuDirector, Paediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery, GKNM Hospital, Coimbatore
Dr. Vijayakumar is an alumnus of Christian Medical College, Vellore, where he pursued his Master’s degree in General Surgery. He also has the distinction of doing a clinical fellowship in cardiovascular surgery at the prestigious Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston & Mayo Clinic, Rochester, USA. His primary areas of interest include congenital cardiac surgeries, neonatal cardiac surgery, valve repairs, aortic surgeries, and Heart and Lung transplantation. He has many publications and papers to his credit. In 2019, Dr. Vijayakumar received the Performance Excellence Award at the GKNM hospital.

Warmest congratulations Aishwarya… Please keep up the wonderful, ‘straight-from-the-heart’ work that you have been doing for the past eight years… It’s been an honour to be associated with you… May you do better and better with each passing year… giving many more children a chance to live…

YASMEEN PREMJI, Philanthropist


The success of the programme would not be possible without the tireless efforts of our volunteers:

  • Ms. Nitya Viswanathan – Nitya works as a senior consultant and helps with grant appeals, donor interaction, events and overall management of Aishwarya Trust
  • Mr. Vinod Chandrashekar
  • Ms. Lalitha Sokkan – Lalitha works as a Manager at Bosch Ltd . She has been volunteering for Aishwarya Trust from the very beginning of our journey
  • Mr. Sokkan – Mr. Sokkan takes care of all our publishing work and also volunteers his time for all events by Aishwarya Trust
  • Mr. Varun Bakshi
  • Ms. Shruthi -Shruthi manages and maintains all the patient details and files
  • Mr. Kesavan Selvaraj


There is so much more to be done to bring a smile and give a hope of life to children affected by CHD. Your support can help us ensure that every child with treatable heart ailment gets the best possible care.