Best Liver Transplant Surgeon in India

Prof. Dr Mohamed Rela

Prof. Dr Mohamed Rela

Speciality: Hepatobiliary and Liver Transplant Surgeon

Qualification: MBBS, MS, FRCS, D.Sc

Experience: 31+ Years

Location: Chennai

Hospital: Dr Rela's Institute & Medical Center

Dr. Prof. Mohamed Rela, is one of the most renowned and sought after names for Liver transplant in India. Dr. Rela has over 31 years of experience in liver transplantation, and is a pioneer in the field. He is recognized not only in India, but all across the world for his skills and expertise. He is a professor at King's College Hospital in London, where he teaches liver transplant surgery.

Prof. Mohamed Rela is regarded as one of the world's most accomplished surgeons. Over 400 scientific publications and papers on liver transplantation, difficult hepatobiliary pancreatic surgery, and other topics have been published by him. He has done over 4000 liver transplant procedures.

In December 1997, he led a team that successfully transplanted a five-day-old girl's liver, earning him a place in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2000. She is presently a law student in her early twenties.

Split liver transplantation, in which one cadaver liver is split into two and transplanted into two people, was invented by him. He is also one of the most Innovative Pediatric Surgeons alive, according to an article published by 'Top Masters in Healthcare Administration.'

He dons many hats even today. He is the Chairman & Managing Director, Dr. Rela Institute & Medical Centre, Chennai. He is also a Professor of Liver Surgery and Transplantation, Institute of Liver Disease, King's College Hospital, NHS Trust, London and Course Director, Post MCh Fellowship in Liver Transplantation, Dr MGR Medical University, Tamil Nadu. He was President-Elect 2021 for the International Liver Transplant Society and is an Executive Council Member, Living Donor Liver Transplantation – Study Group in India.

Dr Arvinder Singh Soin

Speciality: Hepatobiliary and Liver Transplant Surgeon

Qualification: MBBS, MS, Primary FRCS,FRCS (Edin), FRCS (Glas), FRCS (Gen Surg)

Experience: 30+ years

Location: Gurgaon

Hospital: Medanta-The Medicity

A surgeon and pioneer in the field of liver transplantation, Dr. Arvinder Singh Soin is credited with pioneering the Liver Transplant Surgery in India. Dr. Arvinder Singh Soin currently holds the position of Chairman of the Liver Transplantation and Regenerative Medicine department at the renowned Medanta, The Medicity, Gurgaon. Dr. Soin is also the director of the Sir H. N. Reliance Foundation Hospital's Liver Transplant Institute in Mumbai.

Dr. Soin has conducted more than 3500 living donor liver transplants in India, as well as over 12000 more complicated liver, gallbladder, and bile duct surgeries, making him the country's and world's leading surgeon.

Dr Soin studied medicine and surgery in India and the United Kingdom. He earned his MBBS and MS degrees at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, where he spent 11 years. Following that, he continued more education in order to get expert experience in Liver and Gastrointestinal Surgery, during which time he worked on his research thesis on Portal Hypertensive Gastropathy. He also earned FRCS (Fellowship of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons) degrees in Glasgow and Edinburgh, both in the United Kingdom.

Dr. Soin was among the first surgeons in the United Kingdom to achieve an Intercollegiate FRCS in Transplant Surgery. He studied liver and biliary surgery, as well as liver, kidney, small bowel, and pancreas transplantation, for five years at the University of Cambridge and a year at the University of Birmingham.

Liver cancer, Cirrhosis, Bile Duct cancer, Gallbladder cancer, Biliary stricture, Liver Cyst, Liver Metastases, and Biliary Atresia are just a few of the diseases in which he specializes.

Dr. A S Soin is known for his groundbreaking research in the field of liver transplantation, as well as for initiating Liver Transplantation in India in 1998, when he conducted the first successful transplant in the country. He did successful transplant research at Cambridge, with more than 110 original research papers and book contributions published in international and national journals and publications.

In 2010, the President of India awarded him the Padma Shri for his contribution to the field. He has also been conferred with many prestigious awards and accolades in India and across the world.

Dr. Soin has served as a Surgical Tutor at the University of Cambridge and a Faculty member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England on two occasions.He has been a visiting fellow at Kyoto University Hospital,and Asan Medical Center in Seoul. He was a visiting professor at Ege University in Izmir, Turkey, and in Istanbul.

Dr Vivek Vij

Speciality: Liver Transplant Surgeon

Qualification: MBBS, MS, MRCS (Edn), DNB

Experience: 18+ Years

Location: Gurgaon, New Delhi

Hospital: Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Fortis Hospital, Noida

Dr. Vivek Vij is a pioneering liver transplant surgeon who is credited with creating living donor surgery and standardizing safety standards to reach a donor safety profile of 100 percent since the time of its inception in the country.

He is the first surgeon from India to report a series of laparoscopic Donor Hepatectomy procedures in the journal 'Liver Transplantation.' He founded the Fortis group of hospitals' Liver Transplantation and Hepatobiliary Sciences division, launching a highly successful liver transplant programme first in Noida and then in Mohali.

Dr. Vij and his team have done over 2500 liver transplants, the majority of which were performed at Fortis Hospital in Noida, with a patient and donor success rate of 95 percent and 100 percent, respectively.

Dr. Vij has the world record for the lowest biliary complication rate (5%), in Living Donor Liver Transplant (LDLT).

He is well-known for his abilities not just in India, but also throughout Asia (Mongolia, Pakistan, Iraq, CAS Countries, SAARC Countries and African Countries). He had written and presented his work in many national and international platforms as a result of his work and experience. He's also had his work and findings published in a number of reputable international magazines.

Dr. Sanjay Govil

Speciality: Liver Transplant Surgeon

Qualification: MBBS, MS, FRCS

Experience: 30+ Years

Location: Bangalore

Hospital: Apollo Hospital (Bannerghatta Road), Bangalore

Dr. Sanjay Govil is a well-known HBP and Liver transplant surgeon. He earned a Master's degree from a top medical school and a Fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons of England. Dr. Govil also received his training in liver surgery and transplantation at London's King's College Hospital, Hong Kong's Queen Mary's Hospital, and Tokyo's Graduate School of Medicine.

Dr. Govil is a very renowned name in the field of HPB surgery and has many firsts to his credits in South India. He performed the first laparoscopic liver resection in Karnataka in 2007, the first laparoscopic liver resection in a cirrhotic liver in Karnataka in 2008, the first laparoscopic pancreaticoduodenectomy in Karnataka in 2008, the first ALPPS treatment in India in 2012, and many other procedures.

He joined CMC Hospital Vellore as a Professor of Surgery in 2003 and has a strong mix of academic and clinical expertise.

Dr. Govil has many publications on general, GI, and HPB surgery in Indian and International journals. He is a Member of the Association of Surgeons of India and the Indian Association of Surgical Gastroenterology, among others (Executive committee member, 2008-2010)

Dr Rakesh Rai

Speciality: Qualification: MBBS, MS (Surg), MRCS

Experience: 27+ Years

Location: Mumbai

Hospital: Fortis Hospital, Mulund

Dr. Rakesh Rai is a Senior Consultant Surgeon who heads the Transplant program at Fortis Hospital, Mumbai. Dr. Rai has had comprehensive training in solid organ transplantation and hepato-biliary-pancreatic surgery (liver, kidney and pancreas).

He has spent nearly 15 years working in some of the most well-known transplant facilities in the UK and the USA. In hospitals including the Royal Free Hospital in London, the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, he received training in HPB surgery and abdominal organ transplantation. He subsequently relocated to the US where he completed his fellowship at the Methodist Transplant Institute in Memphis, which was accredited by the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS).

At the Asan Medical Center and Samsung Medical Center in Seoul, Korea, Dr. Rai gained additional experience in the living donor liver transplantation process. Prior to beginning work at Fortis Hospital Mumbai Dr. Rai has held senior consultant positions at King Fahad Specialist Hospital in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, and Apollo Hospital in Bangalore, India. He has written a book as well as other scholarly studies that have been published in international medical journals. He frequently receives invitations to speak at scientific conferences both domestically and internationally.

Dr Abhideep Chaudhary

Speciality: Liver Transplant And Hepatobiliary Surgeon

Qualification: MBBS, MS, Fellowship in Multi-organ transplant, USA, Fellowship in Paediatric Transplant (USA), Fellowship in Hepatobiliary and Transplant surgery (USA)

Experience: 16+ Years

Location: Delhi


Dr Abhideep Chaudhary is one of the very eminent and renowned Transplant surgeons functioning in this field since 2005 and having a rich experience of over 16 years.

He is a medical graduate from the prestigious AIIMS Hospital, Delhi and his fellowship in Multi organ transplant from American Society of Transplant surgeons. He further acquired proficiency in hepatobiliary and liver transplant surgery while working in the Division of Transplant Surgery at Thomas Starlz Transplantation Institute, Pittsburgh, USA.

He is currently a core member and expert in the Liver Transplantation Department at Jaypee hospital, Noida. Dr Abhideep has to his credit around 11 research papers and 24 abstracts which were published in the leading international journals. He also holds the affiliation of several professional organizations such as International Liver Transplant Society, American Society of Transplant Surgeons and Association of Surgeons of India.

He is an expert in performing Liver Transplant, Liver Cancer, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery, Treatment for Pancreatic and biliary diseases etc.

Dr Naimish Mehta

Speciality: Liver Transplant Surgeon

Qualification: MBBS, MS, FACRSI, FAIS, FEBS

Experience: 21+ Years

Location: Mumbai

Hospital: Lilavati Hospital

Dr Naimish Mehta is one of the most coveted and skilled Hepato-Biliary and Liver Transplant surgeons holding a rich professional experience of over two decades in this discipline.

He has to his credit thousands of successful Liver transplantation procedures including the one in the smallest weighing child of 4.5 kilograms. He also has in his the name few of the unique and successful surgeries which includes the the India's first living donor intestinal transplantation, Liver Transplant surgery in a pregnant women with acute liver failure and a Dual Lobe liver transplant surgery wherein two donors have donated a part of their liver to a single patient.

Dr Naimist Mehta has been recognized worldwide for his expertise in Hepato-Biliary Surgery and Liver Transplantation owing to his extensive training in liver transplant surgery from few of the leading centers of excellence in USA and UK.

His areas of expertise include Liver Transplant surgery (Adult and pediatric), Hepato-biliary Surgery, and GI Surgery

Dr Ramdip Ray

Speciality: GI & Liver Transplant Surgeon

Qualification: MBBS, MS (Surg), MRCS

Experience: 20+ Years

Location: Gurgaon

Hospital: Artemis Hospital

Dr Ramdip Ray is a highly renowned and expert GI and liver transplant surgeon in India. Dr Ray is a graduate of Medical College, Kolkata. Subsequently he underwent training in Surgery at the Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education& Research ( IPGMER ) and SSKM Hospital in Kolkata and then joined as Senior Residentat the University College of Medical Sciences ( UCMS ) in Delhi

In 2005 he underwent training in Upper GI & Laparoscopic Surgery with Mr Andrew Baker at the Wrexham Maelor Hospital in Wales, UK. He is a Member of the prestigious Royal College of Surgeons of England (MRCS).

Dr. Ray is known for his path breaking work in the field of GI surgery and liver transplant. He has successfully performed liver transplants on a few difficult cases with great success.

Dr Suresh Singhvi

Speciality: Liver Transplant And Hepatobiliary Surgeon

Qualification: MBBS, MS, DNB, FRCS (Ed.UK), FRCS (Glasgow, UK), CCST (UK), Fellowship in Liver Transplantation (Germany & South Korea)

Experience: 27+ Years

Location: New Delhi

Hospital: Sir Ganga Ram Hospital

Dr Suresh Singhvi is amongst the most reputed and renowned liver transplant surgeons holding a rich professional experience of around 27 years in the field of liver transplantation, Hepato pancreatico biliary surgery and surgical gastroenterology.

He has completed his medical graduation from few of the prestigious medical institutes in India and did the specialization in Liver transplantation from Hamburg, Germany and specialization in Hepatopancreaticobiliary and liver transplant surgery from the United Kingdom. He has pursued advance training in the Living donor liver transplantation, split liver transplantation and cadaver liver transplantation from Germany.

Dr Singhvi has been associated with the top notch medical institutes in India and is also affiliated to several renowned associations and medical organizations.

Dr Rahul Kakodkar

Speciality: Hepatobiliary And Liver Transplant Surgeon

Qualification: MBBS, MS (General Surgery), DNB MNAMS (General Surgery), DNB (Surgical Gastroenterology), FACS ( American College Of Surgeons)

Experience: 15+ Years

Location: Goa

Hospital: Manipal Hospital

Dr Rahul Kakodkar is one of the most experienced surgeons having his training done under the world renowned leaders in the field of hepatobiliary surgery and liver transplantation. He has thousands of liver transplant surgeries both living and deceased donor transplant under his belt.

He has to his credit many firsts in liver transplant surgeries some of which includes the first ABO incompatible transplant, Dual-lobe transplant and Transplant chain in India. He also has a record of performing the successful deceased donor transplant using liver from the oldest donor in West India.

His areas of expertise include Hepato biliary surgery, liver transplant surgeries using small size grafts, colorectal liver metastasis, and cholangiocarcinoma.

Dr A Olithselvan


Qualification: MBBS, MD, MRCP (UK), MRCPE, CCT (UK), CCT (Gast, UK), CCST (Hep, UK)

Experience: 20+ Years

Location: Chennai

Hospital: Gleneagles Global Hospital

Dr A Olithselvan is one of the most accomplished and eminent hepatobiliary and liver transplant surgeons in the country.

He is a medical graduate from the prestigious JIPMER, India and further pursued CCT in Gastroenterology and hepatology from Leeds University, UK. He also holds membership of Royal Colleges of Physicians, London.

He has an extensive and rich professional experience of over two decades in this discipline and has several awards/achievements to his credit. He has under his belt the first successful liver transplant surgery in western Tamil Nadu. He was also instrumental in establishing the most active deceased donor Liver Transplant program in Coimbatore, India. His areas of expertise are Liver Transplantation, Hepatocellular carcinoma, hepatitis B treatment, Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Dr Aabha Nagra

Speciality: Hepatololgist And Liver Transplant Specialist

Qualification: MBBS, MD, DNB

Experience: 32+ years

Location: Mumbai

Hospital: Apollo Hospital

Dr Aabha Nagra is one of the most coveted and finest hepatologists having received her training in Hepatology and Liver transplantation from some of the prestigious international institutes including the Mayo Clinic, USA, The Royal Free Hospital, London and King's College Hospital, London UK.

She has been awarded the P N Berry Scholarship for UK administered by the high Commission of India, London for the year 1995-1996. Dr Aabha is also the recipient of the Young investigator Travel Bursary for the European Association of the Study of Liver conference in London.

She has been effectively treating patients with all liver illnesses from India and abroad for almost 32 years. In her area of expertise, which encompasses adult and pediatric liver transplants and liver disorders, she is talented and renowned for finding solutions to complicated issues.

She was among the first in India to concentrate on pediatric and adult hepatology. She played a key role in establishing the initial liver transplant programmes at Jaslok Hospital and later at Apollo Hospital in Mumbai. She took part in Western India's first successful pediatric liver transplant.

Dr Anand Khakhar

Speciality: Hepatobiliary And Liver Transplant Surgeon

Qualification: MBBS, MS, DNB

Experience: 24+ Years

Location: Chennai

Hospital: Apollo Hospital

Dr Anand Khakhar is one of the very senior and reputed hepatobiliary and liver transplant surgeons currently empanelled with Apollo Hospital, Chennai. He has expertise in living donor and cadaveric donor liver transplantations and has been the pioneer in establishing the state of the art infrastructure intended for performing successful complex liver surgeries, liver transplant, hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery.

He holds a rich professional experience of over two decades and is also affiliated to some of the premier medical societies and associations including the American Society of Transplantation Surgeons, American College of Surgeons and Canadian Society of Transplantation.

Dr. Anand Khakhar is one of the distinct surgeons who has worked with Prof Dr. Thomas E. Starzl, who is regarded as the father of liver transplantation worldwide and conducted the first liver transplant. He has also worked in Pittsburgh with Dr. Amadeo Marcos, a pioneer in the field of living donor liver transplantation who has completed the majority of living donor liver transplants in the USA.

Dr Ashutosh Chauhan


Qualification: MBBS, MS, ACS, FASTS

Experience: 19+ Years

Location: New Delhi

Hospital: BLK Max hospital

Dr Ashutosh Chauhan is amongst the skilled and internationally trained Liver transplant surgeons having pursued his medical training in the United States of America.

He completed the general surgery residency training from the University of Illinois, Chicago and further enrolled for the Fellowship program in Multivisceral Transplant and Hepato-Biliary Surgery at the very renowned Mayo Clinic, Rochester. After the completion of his training he received certification to perform Liver transplant surgeries from the American Society of Transplant Surgeons.

He is an expert in performing Cholangiocarcinoma, Hepatocellular carcinoma, Pancreas oncology procedures, Management of Chronic disease of Liver, Liver, Pancreas and Small bowel Transplant surgery, Bile duct injury and its management, Hepato-Biliary surgery, Carcinoma Gallbladder

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