Praveen Kerala Varma
Praveen Kerala Varma MS, MCh
Vice President (International Relations)
Professor and Head
Field of Expertise
Mitral Valve Repair, Ischemic Mitral Regurgitation,Heart failure and Transplantation, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, Outcome Research
Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Reserach Centre, Kochi, Kerala
Dr Praveen Varma is currently working as Professor and Head of the department of Cardio-vascular and Thoracic Surgery in Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Kochi. His specific areas of interest are beating heart CABG, Ischemic Mitral Regurgitation correction, Mitral valve and Tricuspid valve repair, extended septal myectomy for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, surgery for infective endocarditis and heart transplantation. He has been actively involved in resident education. He completed his MBBS in 1992 and MS General Surgery in 1996 from Govt. Medical College, Calicut, Kerala. He completed MCh from Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST), Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala in 2000.
Then, he joined Govt. Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram as Lecturer in Cardiac Surgery. He worked as Assistant Professor in SCTIMST, Thiruvananthapuram till 2005. At BMC, he gained more experience in CABGs, Mitral Valve Repair and surgeries for Aortic Root. He worked as senior Clinical fellow in Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School for 2 years. At Brigham, he gained experience in Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Repair and AVR, complex re-operation surgeries, heart failure surgeries including transplantation and ventricular assist device placement. He was appointed as Additional Professor in SCTIMST, Thiruvananthapuram by the senior staff selection committee in 2010.