Dr. Krishna Subramony Iyer

Designation: Executive Director
Departments: Pediatric Cardiology

  • Dr. Krishna Iyer is one of India’s front ranking pediatric cardiac surgeons, recognized for his clinical expertise and wide ranging involvement with cardiac care for children in India and other developing nations, Dr. Iyer initiated the first dedicated pediatric cardiac care program in Northern India , a pioneering initiative, at Escorts Heart Institute Research Center( now Fortis- Escorts Heart Institute ) in 1995. Under his guidance this pediatric cardiac program has become the benchmark for cardiac care for children for India and its South East Asian neighbours. Dr. Iyer has operated on more than 10,000 babies, children and adults with congenital heart diseases comprising various procedures like arterial switch procedure, double switch operation TAPVC repairs, Fontan and Fontan type procedures, corrections for tetralogy of Fallot, DORV ,Truncus etc. Senning operation, conduit repairs and wide range of one stage and multi-stage corrections for complex congenital heart diseases. He has done original work on rapid twostage arterial switch orocedure and performed the first successful rapid two stage arterial switch and double-switch operation in India. His current interests are perfecting complex neonatal cardiac surgery, cardiac surgery in malnourished infants and children, salvaging late presenters of congenital heart disease, and developing cost effective cardiac care for children in developing countries. Dr. Iyer completed his M.B.B.S, M.S.( General Surgery) and M.Ch. (Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery) from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi. After basic training, he joined the Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery at AIIMS and was Additional Professor at the time he moved to Escorts Heart Institute to set up its pediatric cardiac care division. He trained in pediatric and infant cardiac surgery under the guidance of the renowned pediatric cardiac surgeon – Dr. R.B.B.Mee – as Senior Fellow at the Department of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne in Australia in 1989. Since his return he has endeavored to promote the specialty of pediatric and congenital heart surgery in India, especially in the non-governmental sector. He has contributed prolifically to furthering the cause of pediatric cardiac care through over a hundred research publications in national and international journals, authoring sections in medical books on pediatric and neonatal cardiac surgery and traveling to cities across India and abroad to deliver lectures. He has been the founder President of Asia-Pacific Pediatric Cardiac Society and has been President of Pediatric Cardiac Society of India. He is currently Editor of the Indian Journal of Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery. He is a permanent member of the Steering Committee of the World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery, and governing councilor of the World Society of Congenital Heart Surgery and the Asian Society of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeons. He is an invited international member of the American Association of Thoracic Surgeons He is involved in many charities for underprivileged children, most notably the ‘Gift of Life’ program of Rotary International. During his academic career Dr. Iyer has won many awards. Some of these are the Institute Gold Medal for Best Graduate of the year at MBBS examination, Sorel Catherine Friemna Prize for proficiency in Pediatrics, Pfizer Postgraduate Medical Award, Gold Medal and Scroll of Honour, HiraLal Gold Medal for being the best postgraduate in General Surgery. He was awarded the Doppler award for best paper at the Sixth International Symposium on Echocardiography in Cardiac Surgery held in Washington D.C. in 1994. He has been designated Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary International Foundation for humanitarian services for children


  • 29 years


  • Faculty member in CTVS department of AIIMS, New Delhi and left as Additional Professor. Set up the pediatric cardiac program there and was involved in the training of several cardiac surgeons.


  • M.Ch. – December 1984

  • (Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery )- All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India )

  • M.S. – December 1981

  • (General Surgery) All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

  • M.B.B.S. – December 1978 All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

  • Inter Science – March 1972 University of Bombay, Bombay, India

  • Indian School Certificate – December 1970 St.Joseph’s Academy, Dehra Dun, India


  • Founder member of Pediatric Cardiac Society of India

  • Vice President of Pediatric Cardiac Society of India (2003-2005)

  • President of Pediatric Cardiac Society of India (2005-2007)

  • Founder President, Asia – Pacific Pediatric Cardiac Society (2005-2006)

  • Permanent Member, Steering Committee for World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery ( 2009 onwards )

  • Council member, ‘Asian Society of Cardiovascular&Thoracic Surgery’

  • Governing Council member of the ‘World Society of Congenital Heart Surgery’.

  • International member, “American Association of Thoracic Surgery”.

  • Editor-in-Chief, Indian Journal of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery

  • Member, Editorial Board – “Annals of Pediatric Cardiology”

  • Member, Speciality Board of National Board of Examinationscapture


  • Surgical treatment of all forms of congenital heart disease in newborns to adults, simple or complex. Expertise in surgery for complex transpositions, late presenting CHD, pulmonary hypertension and complex neonatal surgery


  • Over 100 publications, book chapters and reviews in national and international journals


  • First in India to successfully perform the Double Switch Operation in 1993 First in India to perform successful rapid Two Stage Arterial Switch operation in 1992 First in India to successfully repair Pentalogy of Cantrell in an infant in single stage