Caritas Hospital

Dr. Rajesh M. Ramankutty

Senior Consultant Cardio Thoracic Surgery

Dr Rajesh M Ramankutty is one of the most acknowledged Cardio Thoracic Surgeon in Kerala, with more than 15 years of experience in Cardiothoracic Heart Transplant & Minimal Access (Key Hole) Cardiac Surgeries. He is the renowned second Heart Transplant Surgeon in the State and performed the First Heart Transplant in the Country in a non metro city at Caritas Heart Institute.

Dr Rajesh had given significant contribution to Caritas Heart Institute, acting as a team leader to establish the First Hybrid Cath Lab and Operating room in South India at Caritas Hospital. Through Caritas, he pioneered many cardiac interventions in Kerala including ECMO. He owns more than 5000 plus Cardiac Surgeries by which 300 plus is Minimal Invasive (Key-Hole) heart surgeries.

Dr Rajesh is currently the Chief Cardiothoracic Heart Transplant & Minimal Access (Key Hole) Cardiac Surgeon at Caritas Hospital.


Professional Qualification

ECMO and Heart Failure, Mechanical life support Fellowship from Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, USA

Aortic Surgery and Endovascular Surgery Fellowship from Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, USA

Advanced Cardiac Surgery Fellowship from Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, USA

MD from Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, USA

MCh in Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery, from AIIMS, Delhi

MS General Surgery from PGI, Chandigarh

MBBS from Govt. Medical College, Trivandrum


Achievements and Expertise

Pioneered the Minimal Access (key hole) Heart Surgery program in the state of Kerala with Caritas Heart Institute being the only hospital in the state doing key hole bypass surgery and has crossed over 300 cases

Dr Rajesh has Pioneered in the state of Kerala the technology of temporary artificial heart and lung support (ECMO) which could save many precious lives and lead Caritas Heart Institute to be the apex center for ECMO in Kerala

Awarded, Dr. Blackstone Annual Research Team Award from Cleveland Clinic USA

Received, Dr Charles H. Bryan Annual Clinical Excellence Award in Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery, Cleveland Clinic

Gold Medal (First Order) in, Cardiothoracic Residency. AIIMS New Delhi

Gold Medal Winner in, General Surgery Residency, PGIMER, Chandigarh

Selected for Gold Medal in Pathology, General Surgery, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical College Trivandrum


Clinical and Teaching Experience

Has multiple international publications and has been the part of national and international research projects

Former Clinical Assistant Professor, Cardiothoracic Vascular Surgery, Amrita Institute Medical Sciences, (AIMS), Cochin, Kerala, India

Was the Clinical Associate Staff Surgeon, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cleveland Clinic USA

Worked as Medical School Anatomy Instructor, Cleveland Clinic USA

Former Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Asian Heart Institute, Mumbai, India


He is proficient in Malayalam, English & Hindi.