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Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty: A Doctor Par Excellence – HEARTSPEAK

Not just Information Technology, but Bangalore has been making strides in other sectors as well. However, these have not been acknowledged so well for the simple reason that they are not so high profile. Quietly, but quite significantly, the city has become the hub of heart medicine and treatment, and there is one person that we can thank for putting Bangalore on the world’s medical map. Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty deserves all the praise that Bangaloreans can give.

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I was lucky enough to catch up with Dr. Devi Shetty off late, had a brief talk with him for about half an hours time.  Real down to earth person i must say. I was waiting in his guest room for about an hour now, he comes walking in just finishing a major surgery. he walks in as cool as cucumber.  without a sign of stress on his  face.  Its just another day at Hospital for him. However this is my second meeting with the most respected citizen in Bangalore. Earlier had met him during college days for some Business Leadership Forum Summit. During MBA days we had even conducted few Video Conferences with Dr. Devi Shetty

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In the informal chat i had with him i got to know, His beginnings were humble enough. He was educated and trained in general surgery from the Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore (1982). He attained basic training in Cardiac Surgery at the West Midlands Cardiothoracic Rotation programme. This was followed by his appointment at the Guy’s Hospital London – Cardiothoracic Unit, between 1983 and 1989.  In 1989 Dr. Shetty and his team set up a 140-bed hospital Research Institute in Calcutta.

DrDevi shetty

It is in Calcutta that he hit big time and began making the country sit up and take notice of his work. He also has the distinction of being Mother Teresa’s doctor and treated her every time that she fell sick, especially before she breathed her last. But he was never the one to rest on his laurels.

But now, Bangalore can boast of his own brain child the Narayana Hrudalaya, a world renowned facility for heart treatment, which is famous in many other countries. In fact, patients from neighboring countries and even developed countries come to the facility for his expert treatment.

His list of achievements is incredible to say the least. He is the first heart surgeon in India to venture into neo-natal open-heart surgery. He performed the first open-heart surgery in the world to close a hole in the heart with the help of a microchip camera. He used an artificial heart for the first time in India and performed the first surgery in India using the blood vessels of the stomach to bypass the blocked arteries of the heart. He also performed Asia’s first dynamic cardiomyoplasty operation.

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The list is in fact endless.  Dr Shetty’s another claim to fame is his effort in reducing the cost of heart operations. The package pricing system devised by him has made heart surgery affordable to the common man. He is also responsible for introducing the concept of assembly line heart surgery, which aims at reducing the cost of surgery and achieving zero mortality.

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But everybody will agree that his greatest achievement has been his work with children. He operates free for kids under twelve, and of his 13000 operations in a 16 year career span, over 5000 operations were on children. For him, compassion is the biggest thing in life. He has gone on record many times to say that, “If I am given a choice I would like to treat only poor patients. But unfortunately the economic reality does not allow me to do that.” This simple quote speaks for itself. it shows the personality of the Wonder man.

Obviously, his personal mission is glaring clear – to make cardiac surgery affordable by creating a chain of heart hospitals in every state in India to serve the working class. “There are clever people and some people are cleverer than me. I like to associate with people cleverer than me” said  Shetty.

He won another feather in his already full cap when his hospital was appointed as the telemedicine center by some countries. With this Narayana Hrudayalaya is the biggest telemedicine center in the world, catering to some 19 countries, and exporting its expertise to wherever it is required. The hospital has made full use of Bangalore’s biggest asset,  IT,  in making heart treatment reachable and technologically viable.

But, why Bangalore? “This is where there is there is a lot of potential and expertise. I felt I had to give back something,’’ he said.

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Well, what can we Bangaloreans say, except carry on doctor, we are behind you every inch of the way.


April 15, 2009 - Posted by | Dedication, Personal, Uncategorized


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    Comment by Bill Bartmann | September 21, 2009 | Reply

  5. Hello dctr
    I am doing my post graduate in biomedical engg.
    I wanted to knw more about telemedicine.i wanted to do my final sem project in telemedicine field.As i knw ur hospital is the biggest telemedicine center i need some details.i dnt knw whom to approach

    Comment by Dhanalaxmi H R | October 4, 2009 | Reply

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    Comment by dinesh | March 8, 2010 | Reply

  8. Convey my pranam to Dr Shetti. What is his e mail i d ? Dr Dayal Bandhu Majumdar

    Comment by Dr Dayal Bandhu Majumdar | July 4, 2010 | Reply

  9. Nothing to speak about any more. He was doctor of Mother Terresa. Mother told him ” hands that serve is better than lips that pray.” Dr. D.P.S. has the serving hands. My head goes to his feet. I am not fit for that even. I am god seeker. If god wishes I must meet him one day, may be he will operate my heart. Narayan knows which way He blesses. Some time which we small people think a curse, may be it’s a blessing from the blue.

    Comment by Tarun Kumar Basu | August 3, 2010 | Reply

  10. Dr. Devi Shetty is a lanmark in entire health industry..People like him can only take indian scenario at par… best with to him…..

    Comment by sapna | March 29, 2011 | Reply

  11. this was really a good article on my icon Mr. Devi Shetty . He is really a figure of admiration for me and also asource of inspiration too. i am a student of class 12 appeared in exams in 2011 . i aspire to be a well renowned doctor of the world. it would be my extreame pleasure to meet u in my life . i adore u , u are my icon

    Comment by aditi mishra | April 10, 2011 | Reply

  12. This man is not a Doctor but agod for common man. I wish him all successs in his all endaveours.

    Comment by kusuma | April 11, 2011 | Reply

  13. The best Doctor in India,

    Comment by Dr Kusuma Kumari | August 15, 2011 | Reply

  14. thanks ………………. you are one of the best real hero in human beings

    Comment by uga | August 15, 2013 | Reply

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