Top Ten Cardiologists in Kerala

Coronary heart disease is one of the major and the most common lifestyle diseases among Keralites. They say we have a special ‘high-risk Asian gene’ that makes us more susceptible to heart disease along with our unhealthy eating habits, sedentary lifestyle, excessive alcohol consumption, and lack of exercise and sleep deprivation. According to WHO reports, a cardiac-related health issue is the leading cause of premature death and disability in India and Kerala tops the list among all the states in India.

With the rising number of heart patients, a cardiologist is one of the most sought after doctors in Kerala. Cardiology deals with diseases and conditions that affect our precious heart and blood vessels. Health issues like heart failures, congenital heart diseases and various other disorders can be medically managed under the guidance of an experienced cardiologist. Here are the top 10 cardiologists in Kerala for cardiac-related treatment and surgery.

  1. Dr T K Jayakumar

T K Jayakumar is an incredibly accomplished cardiologist and Superintend of Kottayam Medical College. He is a respected cardiovascular disease specialist. Each year Doctor Jayakumar performs over 2000 successful heart surgeries. He has also completed about six successful heart re-transplant surgeries. Recipient of many accolades such as the best doctor of the Kerala state in 2017, T K Jayakumar has won a special place in the heart of thousands of his patients and their family members. 

His dedication and expertise are well recognized throughout the state. Along with complying with the responsibilities of a Superintend of Medical College, he also performs more than fifteen major surgeries a day. He holds a Master’s degree in Heart Transplant Surgery and has passed the National Cardiothoracic Board Examination. His greatest claim to fame is the number of successful heart transplantation surgeries and his mission to make the medical treatments for heart issues more accessible and affordable to the general public. Even during the crisis of Covid 19 pandemic, Dr Jayakumar, the head of the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery and his team successfully managed to perform a heart transplantation surgery. 

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  1. Dr George Thayil MD, FACC, FRCP

Dr George Thayil is one of the most popular cardiologists in Kerala. As the founder head of the department of cardiology at the Lourdes hospital, Cochin he has over 26 years of experience in the field. Dr Thayil has an incredible bio along with his experience. He took his medical degree, postgraduate and doctorate from the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, Germany. Dr Thayil later trained as a Cardiologist in Austria at the National Specialty Board. He also has a fellowship in the Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh, American College of Cardiology and European Society of Cardiology. Dr Thayil has chaired as the State President of Indian College of Cardiology and Indian Academy of Echocardiography.

Dr Thayil has won many awards and accolades for ‘best doctor’ including Chief Minister’s Arogyaratna Award, Global Excellency Medical Award, and KCBC award and Lifetime achievement award. He is also an author of several acclaimed and bestselling books on heart-care and has published over 1000 articles on preventive cardiology in various magazines and newspapers. As an outspoken cardiologist and philanthropist, he is a familiar face in popular media. He also runs a charitable fund called “SHALOM Charitable Fund” for helping the underprivileged heart patients. Dr Thayil is the attending Senior Consultant Cardiologist of Lourdes Hospital, Cochin. 


  1. Dr M K Moosa Kunhi MBBS, MS, Mch, FIACS

Dr M.K Moosa Kunhi is the Senior Consultant cardiologist and HOD of cardiac surgery and heart transplantation at the City Hospital Ernakulam. He is specialized in cardiac surgery and heart transplantation. Considered as a pioneer in the field, he is the first heart surgeon in India to introduce advanced technology of bypass operation (Beating Heart surgery). His revolutionary contributions have altered the entire face of cardiac surgery, making it more safe and affordable to the common people.

Dr Kunhi is the first and only heart surgeon to be invited to the German Heart Institute. He worked at the Institute, which is known as Europe’s biggest heart surgery hospital with the world-renowned heart surgeons like Dr Volkmar Falk. As a guest surgeon at the institute, he gained highly advanced training in heart transplant and artificial heart surgery. His world-class expertise lies in the bypass heart surgery, conventional as well as beating heart surgery, heart valve replacement and repair, High risk, complex surgeries and vascular and lung surgery. He is also a recognized specialist in Children’s Heart surgery.


  1. Dr Ashokan Nambiar C MBBS, MD, DM, FACC

Dr Ashokan Namibar is an attending senior consultant cardiologist and Chief of Cardiology at the Baby Memorial Hospital Calicut. He has also served as the Senior Consultant Cardiologist at the Ministry of Health in Bahrain and as the former professor and HOD of the Cardiology department at the Kozhikode Medical College. 

As an experienced cardiologist, Dr Nambiar’s special areas of interest are Trans-esophageal Echocardiography, acute coronary care, pharmacological interventions, and medical teaching. To honour to his contributions to the department of cardiology he has bestowed with a lifetime achievement award from the Cardiology Society of India, Kerala chapter (CSIK). Dr Nambiar has presented over 50 abstracts and published over 30 articles in National and International Conferences. He has also contributed a chapter in the ICMR Textbook on Endomyocardial Fibrosis. He is a globally recognized cardiologist and has been a guest speaker and moderator in over 100 cardiology conferences.



With more than fifteen years of experience in clinical and interventional cardiology, Dr Cibi Issac is one the prominent figure in cardiology. He has performed over five thousand cardiac interventions with very high success rate. One of his difficult CTO angioplasty cases was selected for the award session at the CCT (Complex Cardiovascular Therapeutics) conference held at Kobe, Japan in October 2013.

An active figure in clinical trials of drugs and devices, Dr Issac has done workshops with renowned interventional cardiologists around the world like Dr Samin Sharma (USA), Dr Athula Gunasekara (Australia), Dr Ehud Grenadier (Israel) and Dr George Joseph (India). He has published multiple articles in various prestigious national journals like Indian Heart Journal.

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  1. Dr K R Santhosh MBBS, MD (Gen Med), DNB (Gen Med), DM (Cardio), FSCAI, FESC

Practising Since 1998 Dr K R Santhosh is a proficient cardiologist from Trivandrum. His speciality lies in Clinical Cardiology, Non-Invasive Cardiology and Invasive Cardiology. As the Head- Dept. of Interventional Cardiology in PRS Hospital Trivandrum, each year he performs over 2000 Angiograms, over 500 Angioplasties, 50 Pacemaker Implants, and 50 Balloon Mitral Valvotomies. Dr Santhosh has fellowships in SCAI, USA and ESC, Europe.

After accomplishing his MBBS and MD followed by DNB in General Medicine from National Board of Examinations and he took his Doctorate of Medicine in cardiology from the University of Mumbai. He is a frequent attendee of various conferences arranged at state, national and international level such as HDL Symposium– Kotakinabalu (Malaysia 2007), HDL Symposium– Shanghai (China 2008), and VIVA-11- Las Vegas (USA 2011). He has also presented papers at Annual National Conference of the Cardiologic Society of India held consecutively for 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003.


  1. Dr Anil Kumar R

With more than 5 years of experience in the management of complex heart conditions and diseases in adults, Dr Anil Kumar is one of the respected Interventional Cardiologists in South India. Dr Anil is an attending senior cardiologist at the Aster Medicity, Ernakulam. As an expert in the interventional management of heart diseases and heart failure in adults, his areas of special interest include advanced management of heart failure and preventive cardiology.

He has a fellowship at various prestigious societies and institutions such as American College of Cardiology, Gulf Heart Association, Cardiological Society of India, Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh, and Membership of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom. He has also worked as the Federation Lead Examiner for PACES (Royal College of Physicians, United Kingdom) in Kochi and as the HOD of Cardiology at the Belhoul Speciality Hospital, Dubai.


  1. DR A George Koshy MBBS, MD, DM, FACC, FSCAI, FRCP

Dr George Koshy is the current Professor of Cardiology in Government Medical College, Trivandrum. His areas of expertise include Angioplasty, Angiography, Cardiac Electrophysiology, and Echocardiography. He has authored over 70 articles in various reputed national and international medical journals.

Practising Since 1989, Dr Koshy is a veteran in Cardiology. He has worked as the cardiologist and physician to the Governor of Kerala. His quarter-century professional experience has been devoted to training aspiring medical candidates pursuing postgraduate and doctorate studies. Dr Koshy is a fellow of several reputed organisations including Cardiological Society of India (FCSI), American College of Cardiology (FACC) and the Indian Academy of Echocardiography (FIAE).


  1. DR. C G Bahuleyan MBBS, MD, DM, FRCP, FSCAI

With a career spanning over the last 30 plus years, Dr C G Bahuleyan is a reputed cardiologist in Kerala. Presently working as the Chairman of the Cardiovascular Centre at Ananthapuri Hospitals and Research Institute, Thiruvananthapuram, Dr Bahuleyan set up the Cardiovascular Centre at Ananthapuri Hospitals in 2005.

Having held senior posts in several hospitals in India and abroad, Dr Bahuleyan is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP), Royal Adelaide Hospital, and the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (FSCAI).  He has authored over 50 articles and scientific papers that have appeared in publications of national and international repute. He has also served as the consultant cardiologist and chief of cardiology at Al-Al-Amari Hospital, Kuwait.


  1. Dr Sajeev C G MBBS, MD, DNB, DM, PhD

Dr C.G. Sajeev received his MD in General Medicine from Government Medical College Kozhikode and subsequently took his DM in Cardiology (postgraduate Cardiology Medical course). He also has a DNB in General Medicine and PhD from the University of Calicut.

Presently he is a Professor of Cardiology at Government Medical College in Calicut from Kerala. Dr Sajeev has been the former Senior Resident at the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Pondicherry and the Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow. He is also the current President of the scientific committee of Cardiology Society of India, Kerala chapter (CSIK). His special interest lies in coronary artery disease and interventional cardiology.

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Please note: This list is just a compilation of 10 best cardiologists from Kerala based on our research. This list nowhere is complete. You are free to share with us the names of doctors whom you think we must include in this list

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