GKNM Hospital,
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery

liveSURGE 2019

Repair and Restore

When & Where?

22nd and 23rd November, The Residency Towers

Focus Area

Repair and Restore

Value Additions

Inspiring talk by Mr Ramesh Ponnusamy on “Run for your life” and by a stand up comedy show by Mr Avinash Agarwal

Faculty of liveSURGE 2019

Dr. Joachim Schafers
Dr. Christopher Baird
Dr. Laurent De Kerchove
Dr. K Chandrasekaran

About the workshop..

The faculty included Dr. Hans Joachim Schafers from Homburg University, Dr Laurent de Kerchove from Brussels, Belgium, Dr. Christopher W Baird from Boston Children’s Hospital, USA and Prof. K Chandrasekaran from Mayo Clinic, USA. Eight cases were operated and live transmission was done to the venue, The Residency Towers. The 19th workshop drew interest from all over the country and abroad from countries like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Japan and Australia. We had them come, participate and learn during the two days of the academic feast.

We had the highest number of registered delegates – 256. The workshop saw active deliberations over 2 days. The highlight of the workshop was to create new aortic valve using the Ozaki technique which Dr. Christopher Baird from Boston demonstrated. There was also a breakfast session on the second day morning addressing the congenital surgeons where Dr. Christopher Baird talked about his Boston experience. A dry lab on Ozaki procedure was organised on the second day evening between 3pm – 5pm and saw 25 attendees.

The social night was well-attended and we had a talk by Mr. Ramesh Ponnusamy on “Run for your life” and by a stand-up comedy show by Mr. Avinash Agarwal. All the patients operated in the workshop did well. With the addition of the joint workshop that was done along with All India Institute of Medical Science in 2016 on CTEPH, we completed 20 workshops in 2020.

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Contact us

Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Ms. Rubha Priya


Mob: +91-63852 51581

Email: gknmlivesurge@gmail.com


Dr. Aayush Poddar

Conference Coordinator

Mob: +91-9994295646

Email: aayush100@gmail.com

About us

Dr. S Muralidharan
Founder, liveSURGE
Past President, IACTS
Founder - Cardiothoracic Surgery Department,
Dr. P Chandrasekar
Course Director, liveSURGE
Chairman, Cardiothoracic Surgery Department,

GKNM Hospital started as a mother and child Hospital in 1952 and has currently grown to a 630-bed multi-specialty center. It has as its core competence unit, cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery. The specialty of cardiac surgery was started in 1974 and became fully operational with open heart procedures in 1986. It is currently a tertiary referral center performing all complex cases. The unit performs close to 1600 open heart procedures a year.

This department has been conducting the Annual workshops since 1998 focusing on one aspect of cardiac surgery each year. This meeting is acclaimed as the best in the country in terms of scientific content and conduct. Each year we have about 225 delegates participating and the numbers keep growing each year. The program is fully focused on the academic content and experts in that specific area are invited to address and demonstrate the skills and advances. We are one of the very few centres in the world that does live workshops headed by the masters, which we believe is the best form of learning and teaching.

Dr Chandrasekar, Course Director, is the architect of GKNM liveSURGE and has conducted 20 such live workshops since 1998. The annual event helps shape and advance the academics in the field of Cardio-thoracic surgery in the country.

This workshop is conducted under the auspices of Cardiac Surgical Academic and Research Trust.