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  • MBBS - JIPMER, Pondicherry, 1976
  • MS (General Surgery) - AIIMS, New Delhi, 1980
  • M.Ch (Cardiothoracic Surgery) - KEM Hospital, University of Bombay, 1982


  • End- stage heart failure management (Heart Transplant & VAD implant)
  • Pediatric Cardiac Surgery
  • Lung Transplant
  • Heart & Lung Transplant

Research Presentation

  • Images in cardiovascular medicine. Role of inflammation in atherosclerosis: immunohistochemical and electron microscopic images of a coronary endarterectomy specimen. Balakrishnan KR, Kuruvilla S. Circulation. 2006 Jan 24;113(3):e41- 3. PMID: 16432060 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
  • Modified septosuperior approach for the repair of supracardiac total anomalous pulmonary venous return in infants, Balakrishnan KR, Parvathy U. Ann Thorac Surg. 2005 Sep;80(3):1140- 2. PMID: 16122518 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
  • Influence of lumen shape and vessel geometry on plaque stresses: possible role in the increased vulnerability of a remodelled vessel and the “shoulder” of a plaque. Kumar RK, Balakrishnan KR. Heart. 2005 Nov;91(11):1459- 65. Epub 2005 Mar 17. PMID: 15774611 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
  • Pseudoaneurysm of the popliteal artery. Surgical management of 3 cases. Parvathy U, Saldanha R, Balakrishnan KR. J Cardiovasc Surg (Torino). 2005 Feb;46(1):43- 6. PMID: 15758876 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Award and Recognition

  • World Tamil Chamber of Commerce confers medical excellence award in the field of Cardio thoracic surgery to Dr. K.R. Balakrishnan
  • Tamil Nadu Government honours Dr K R Balakrishnan with Best Performance Award
  • Prestigious Double Helical National Health award 2017 bestowed upon Dr. KR Balakrishnan
  • Awarded a distinction in M.Ch which was first ever awarded by Bombay University in Cardio Thoracic Speciality
  • Hiralal gold medal in surgery, AIIMS, New Delhi, 1980