Dr. Balasubramoniam K R

Consultant Robotic and Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgeon

Dr. Balasubramoniam K R

Dr. Balasubramoniam K R

MS (General Surgery), MCh (CVTS)

Department: Heart & Lung Transplant, Robotic Sciences, Thoracic Surgery
Designation: Consultant Robotic and Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgeon
Years Of Experience: 14
Day time OPD: MON - SAT 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Location: Hitec City, Malakpet, Somajiguda
Languages: English, Hindi, Telugu
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Dr. Balasubramoniam K R completed his MBBS in 2001 and MS General Surgery in 2006 from Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram, following which he completed his MCh CVTS (Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery) program at the prestigious Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST), Trivandrum, in 2010. 

He subsequently worked as a Junior Cardiac Surgeon at the Southern Railway Hospital, Perambur, Chennai, till 2011. He rejoined SCTIMST, Trivandrum, in 2011 as an Assistant Professor in the Thoracic and Aortic Surgery Division, Department of CVTS. He was instrumental in starting the first Video Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) Program in Kerala in 2012.

In 2014, he joined as the Clinical Associate Professor, Head of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery Division, Department of CVTS, at the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS), Kochi. He established the VATS program at AIMS in 2014, followed by the first Robotic Thoracic Surgery Program in 2016. He was in charge of the VV ECMO Program and was actively involved in the Heart and Lung Transplant Program at AIMS from 2016. He was involved in complex surgical procedures that needed multidisciplinary planning, such as Allograft Tracheal Transplantation and Costoverterbral Angle Tumour Resections. He completed 600 VATS and 150 Robotic Procedures during his five-year tenure at AIMS.

In 2019, he joined as a Consultant Robotic and Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgeon at Yashoda Hospitals, Hyderabad, covering all four branches. He has completed 700 Thoracic Surgery Procedures at Yashoda Hospitals as of 2023, with 70% of them being done minimally invasively via VATS or Robotic Surgery. Since 2023, he has been leading the Lung Transplant Program at Yashoda Hospitals. He is also the program coordinator for the first IACTS-accredited VATS Training Program in the country, since 2022.

Education Qualifications

Education Qualifications

  • 2008-2010: MCh (CVTS), Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST), Thiruvananthapuram
  • 2003-2006: MS (General Surgery), Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram
  • 1995-2001: MBBS, Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram
  • July 2019-Present: Consultant Robotic, Minimally Invasive Thoracic and Lung Transplant Surgeon, Yashoda Hospitals, Secunderabad, Somajiguda, Malakpet, & Hitec City
  • Aug 2014-June 2019: Associate Professor, Department of CVTS and Heart Lung Transplantation, Head of Minimally Invasive and Robotic Thoracic Unit, VV ECMO Program, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi
  • Oct 2011-June 2014: Assistant Professor, Department of CVTS, Minimally Invasive Thoracic and Aortic Division, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST), Thiruvananthapuram
  • Feb 2011-Sep 2011: Junior Cardiac Surgeon, Southern Railway Hospital, Perambur, Chennai
  • Advanced Training Programs:
    • 2018: Uniportal VATS, Shanghai Pulmonary Hospital, Shanghai, China
    • 2017: Robotic Thoracic Surgery, University of Rouen, France
    • 2016: Robotic Thoracic Surgery, University of Alabama, USA
    • 2015: Lung Transplantation, University of Vienna, Austria
    • 2014: Advanced Aortic Surgery, Cleveland Clinic, USA
    • 2014: Video Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS), Cedar Sinai Hospital, Los Angeles, USA
    • 2013: Video Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS), National University Hospital, Singapore
  • Lung Transplant Experience:
    • Oct 2020-Present: Lung Transplant Surgeon, Heart & Lung Transplant Unit and ECMO Program, Yashoda Hospital, Secunderabad (Performed more than 35 Lung Transplants)
    • Tracheal Transplantation: Lead Thoracic Surgeon in the multidisciplinary team that performed India's first Tracheal Allotransplant using Autologous Prefabricated Tracheal Flap
    • 2015-2019: Lung Transplant Surgeon, Heart Lung Transplant Program, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences & In-Charge of VV ECMO, Head of Thoracic, Vascular and Aortic Surgery Unit
    • 2015: Advanced Training in Lung Transplantation, University of Vienna
Special Interest and ExpertiseSpecial Interest and Expertise
  • Lung Transplantation for End Stage Lung Failure
  • Minimally Invasive (Keyhole) Thoracic Surgery-VATS & Robotics
  • Comprehensive Management of Lung Cancer
  • Robotic Mediastinal Tumour Excision-Thymectomy & Lobectomy
  • Thoracic Surgery for High Risk Patients with Poor Lung Function
  • Lung Parenchymal Sparing Procedures-Sleeve Lobectomy
  • Chest Wall Tumours and Reconstruction Techniques
  • VATS Sympathectomy for Palmoplantar Hyperhidrosis (increased hand sweating)
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Sternal Osteomyelitis Management with Flap Reconstruction
  • Rib Fracture Fixation
Research & PublicationsResearch & Publications
  • Pulmonary Capillary Hemangiomatosis without Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Mimicking Interstitial Lung Disease. Vishnu Gopalakrishnan, Akhilesh Kunoor, Jyoti Sreekanth, Malini Eapen, Balasubramoniam KR. Indian Journal of Chest Diseases and Allied Sciences, Vol 64; Issue 4: Oct-Dec 2022
  • Tracheal Allotransplantation-Lessons Learned. Subramania Iyer, Narayana Subramaniam, Balasubramoniam KR et al. Indian J Plast Surg 2020;53: 306-308
  • Transforming nanofibres into woven nanotextiles for vascular application. Joseph J, Krishnan AG, Cherian AM , Rajagopalan B, Jose R, Varma P et al. ACS Appl Mater Interfaces: 2018:10:19449-58
  • Pulmonary adenocarcinoma masquerading as ILD. Akhilesh Kunoor, Balasubramoniam K.R., Deepu M, Sreeraj Nair, PT James. Pulmon: 2018: 20 (3) p117-120
  • Coarctation of aorta aneurysm with aberrant right subclavian artery and single carotid artery: Surgical and perfusion strategies. Balasubramoniam Kavumkal Rajagopalan, Rajesh Jose, Nazar Puthukudiyil Kader, Praveen Kerala Varma. JTCVS: 2019:157 (1): 17-19
  • Left sympathetic cardiac denervation in managing electrical storm: Acute outcome and long term follow up. Balasubramoniam K.R., Mukund. A. Prabhu, Srinivas B.V., Prasad, S.P. Abhilash, Anees Thajudeen, Narayanan Namboothiri, Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology, p1-8, June 2016
  • Superior venacava syndrome caused by pacemaker leads. Balasubramoniam K.R, Ashish. N. Madiaker, Neethu Krishna, Rajesh Jose, Murukan P, Luis Baquero, Praveen Kerala Varma. Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Vol 101, Issue 6, Pages 2358-2361, 2016
  • Primary primitive neuroectodermal tumour of lung: A case report. Amita RN, Sandhyamani S, Balasubramoniam KR. Indian J Pathol microbial 2013:56:479-480
  • Intact giant abdominal aneurysm due to Takayasu’s arteritis. Shasidhar KP, Nedounsejiane M, Kavumkal Rajagopalan Balasubramoniam, Neelima R, Sandhyamani S, M Unnikrishnan-Annals of Vascular Surgery, Vol 27, Issue 5, Pages 671, e11-671, e14, July 2013
  • Academic Research:
    • Electrospun small diameter vascular graft development-Animal experiments on abdominal aorta in rabbits [Animal Lab Research Activity]
    • Pericardial valve development for percutaneous implantation in post intracardiac repair tetrology patients with pulmonary regurgitation [Animal Lab Research Activity]
Awards and AchievementsAwards and Achievements
  • Currently serving as the Director of the Minimally Invasive Thoracic Program at all units of Yashoda Hospitals, Hyderabad
  • Established 3 Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery Units (VATS & Robotic Programs): (1.) VATS Unit at SCTIMST, Trivandrum 2011 (2.) Minimally Invasive and Robotic Unit, Amrita Institute 2014 (3.) Minimally Invasive and Robotic Unit, Yashoda Hospitals 2019
  • Started the first IACTS Accredited VATS Fellowship Program in India
  • Faculty for various National and International VATS and Robotic Training Programmes including the prestigious Asian Thoracoscopic Educational Program (ATEP-2016, 2017 & 2018)
  • Performed more than 1500 Video Assisted Thoracic Procedures & 200 Robotic Thoracic Procedures with experience on the Da Vinci Si & Xi Robots
  • Established the first Robotic Thoracic Surgery Unit in Kerala at AIMS, Kochi and performed the state’s first Robotic Thoracic Procedure in 2016
  • Academic Course Coordinator for National VATS and Robotic Workshops:
    • Cadaveric VATS Workshop 2016, Amrita Hospital
    • Ethicon VATS Workshop 2017, Ethicon Institute, Chennai
    • Ethicon VATS Workshop 2018, Ethicon Institute, Chennai
    • Medtronic PACE VATS Workshop 2022, Hyderabad
    • VATS & Robotic Workshop, Bronchocon 2023, Hyderabad
    • IACTS VATS Fellowship Program, Yashoda Hospital, Secunderabad
    • Academic Lectures (in 2023):
      • Anterior Cricoid Split for Tracheal Lumen Augmentation in Subglottic Tracheal Stenosis, Laryngotracheal Conference, Vienna, Austria, March 2023
      • Surgical Fixation of Non Flail Rib Fractures, IACTSCON, Coimbatore, Feb 2023
      • Left Lobar Torsion-Predisposing Factors and Preventive Strategies, IACTSCON, Coimbatore, Feb 2023
      • Video Presentation - Surgical Technique-Anterior Cricoid Split for Tracheal Lumen Augmentation in Subglottic Tracheal Stenosis, IACTSCON, Coimbatore, Feb 2023
      • Robotic Lobectomy-Lung Cancer Evolving Paradigms, Hyderabad, Feb 2023
      • VATS Surgical Procedures - Rarer Indications, VATS Workshop: Bronchocon 2023, Hyderabad
      • Robotic Lobectomy: How I do it - Robotic Workshop, Bronchocon 2023, Hyderabad
      • Surgical Proctor, VATS Live Surgery Workshop, Chest Hospital, Hyderabad, Jan 2023

Frequently asked questions   FAQ'S

  1. 1. Why do patients frequently visit Dr. Balasubramoniam K R?

    Patients visit Dr. Balasubramoniam K R for various Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgical Procedures.

  2. 2. What is Dr. Balasubramoniam K R's educational qualification?

    Dr. Balasubramoniam K R holds the following qualifications: MS (General Surgery), MCh (CVTS).

  3. 3. What does Dr. Balasubramoniam K R specialise in?

    Dr. Balasubramoniam K R is a Consultant Robotic and Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgeon who specialises in Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery (VATS & Robotics), Comprehensive Management of Lung Cancer, Robotic Mediastinal Tumour Excision (Thymectomy & Lobectomy), Lung Parenchymal Sparing Procedures, and Lung Transplantation, among others.

  4. 4. Where does Dr. Balasubramoniam K R practice?

    Dr. Balasubramoniam K R practices at Yashoda Hospitals, Secunderabad, Somajiguda, Malakpet & Hitec City.

  5. 5. How can I book Dr. Balasubramoniam K R’s appointment?

    You can schedule an appointment with Dr. Balasubramoniam K R for both an Online Video Consultation and an OPD Consultation by visiting his profile on Yashoda Hospitals.

  6. 6. How many years of experience does Dr. Balasubramoniam K R have?

    Dr. Balasubramoniam K R has over 12 years of experience as a Thoracic Surgeon.

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Blogs by Dr. Balasubramoniam K R

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robotic surgeries for lung diseases

ఛాతి సమస్యలకు మినిమల్లీ ఇన్వేసివ్ రోబోటిక్స్ సర్జరీస్

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రోబోటిక్ సర్జరీ అనగానే అది వైద్యులు స్వహస్తాలతో చేసే సర్జరీ కాదనీ, రోబోలు చేసే సర్జరీ కాబట్టి వాటి కదలికలను ఎలా నమ్మగలమనే అపోహలు అంతటా ఉంటున్నాయి. ప్రధానంగా ఇన్వేసివ్ సర్జరీలో రోబోటిక్స్ ఉపయోగం పెరిగింది.

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Can Air In Your Lungs Be Bad News?

Aug 21, 2019 18:36

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Vats & robotics for lung cancer

VATS and robotic surgery for lung cancer – Frequently asked questions

Jul 16, 2019 18:05

Devadas, a 45-year-old electrician and a heavy smoker had persistent cough from the past 1 month. Last week he was alarmed to see traces of blood in the sputum. He had early-stage lung cancer where surgery is the first treatment option.

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Case Studies by Dr. Balasubramoniam K R

Bullous Lung Disease with Spontaneous Right Sided Pneumothorax

B/l Bullous Lung Disease with Spontaneous Right Sided Pneumothorax

Oct 01, 2020 17:03
Background 66 years old female patient presented with symptoms of shortness of breath, grade II to grade III since 2-3 months exacerbated since day 1 (grade IV). Patient is a known hypertensive

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Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery of Solitary Fibrous Pleural TumorDr. BalasubramoniumMS (General Surgery), MCh(CVTS) Dr. Siva Prasad GoudMBBS, DNB (CVTS)Robotic & Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgeon,Yashoda Hospitals, SecunderabadBACKGROUNDDIAGNOSIS & TREATMENTA 51 years old male patient came with a history of dyspnoea on exertion and purulent cough since 6 months. Pleural fluid aspiration was performed -6 times over 2 months. (1 - 1.5 litres of hemorrhagic pleural fluid was aspirated)Routine Investigations – WNLPFT:FVC – 1.26 FEV1 – 1.1 FEV1/FVC – 87.1ECHO – normal LV function , No RWMA Pre procedure chest radiographs showingmassive right pleural effusionCT scan showing solitary fibrous right pleural tumor CTscanshowedtwolargeheterogenouslyenhancing pleural based soft tissue density lesions with neovascularity in right hemithorax measuring 14.3x13.4x11.5cm and 7.9x7.5x6.1cm.Surgery - Pleural aspiration was done and 2 litres of fluid was drained. Patient developed hemodynamic instability and was resuscitated in OT. Right posterolateral thoracotomy was performed and the tumor was removed under VATS.Post op chest X rayRight pleural tumorVideo-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery Uniportal Bullectomy

Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery Uniportal Bullectomy

Sep 28, 2020 16:02
Background A 21 year old male patient presented with a history of dyspnea on exertion. Diagnosis And Treatment CXR showed right sided pneumothorax. ICD was placed. CT scan showed apical

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Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery of Solitary Fibrous Pleural Tumor

Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery of Solitary Fibrous Pleural Tumor

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Intercostal Hernia Repair (Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery)

Intercostal Hernia Repair (Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery)

Aug 25, 2020 13:23
Background A 54 year old man presented with left flank ecchymosis (Grey turner sign) and left anterolateral chest wall tenderness. No history of trauma or recent major illness. Recent history of

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Robotic mediastinal tumor excision

Nov 14, 2019 12:11
Background  A 29-year-old male patient from Kerala was incidentally told about a left mediastinal tumor on a chest x-ray while undergoing screening for a job. Diagnosis and Treatment  There

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