Dr. Anand Ramamurthy completed his basic medical and surgical training from Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi University, one of the top three institutions in India. He had a meritorious academic record being awarded the first prize for the best student in surgery by the college and Delhi administration. After obtaining his M.S. in General surgery, he worked as a Senior Resident in the Department of Surgery, Lok Nayak Hospital, during which he cleared and was awarded DNB in General Surgery and MRCS (Edinburgh). He went on to obtain specialty training in Surgical Gastroenterology at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Delhi where he worked with pioneers in the field of GI surgery and Liver Transplantation in India. On completion of specialty training he became the First Liver Transplant Fellow in India in what became the first, largest and most successful liver transplant programs in India.
He then worked at King’s College Hospital, London, where he gained experience in various aspects of deceased donor multi-organ retrieval and whole liver transplantation. He is a member of several prestigious professional organizations including the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Association of Surgeons of India, Indian Association of Surgical Gastroenterology, Indian Society of Organ Transplantation, Indian Medical Association, and National Academy of Medical Sciences, among others. He has several publications in peer-reviewed journals and textbooks.
Dr. Anand has been associated with the transplant program at Apollo Hospitals in Chennai since its inception in 2008. The team performed the first successful deceased donor liver transplant of the program at Apollo Chennai in March 2008 and followed it with the first successful live donor liver transplant in September 2008. They completed 1000 liver transplants in February 2019, a period of just over 10 years, making them the 4th largest liver transplant program in the country and the largest deceased donor transplant program. During this period, they achieved several firsts in India, including the first and only combined heart and liver transplant in India, the youngest and oldest donor organ retrieval, in situ split liver transplant, pancreatic and multivisceral transplant among many others. He was instrumental in setting up liver transplant programs in 15 centers across 6 states including Tier 2 metropolitan cities such as Madurai, Trichy, Coimbatore, Mysore, Vizag, and Pune. Patients from financially underprivileged sections of society were assisted through the TNCM insurance scheme as well as independent agencies such as Milaap, Ketto etc.
Besides transplant, Dr. Anand has been involved in successfully establishing hepatobiliary pancreatic surgery as a subspecialty in Tamilnadu. Complex surgeries such as liver and pancreatic resections, Whipple’s pancreaticoduodenectomy are achieved with near-zero mortality and low morbidity due to proper patient selection, preoperative optimization, meticulous surgical technique, and postoperative care. Gastrointestinal oncosurgery has evolved to become individualized treatment based on patient and tumor genetic makeup. A multidisciplinary team of experts involving surgeon, medical and radiation oncologists and interventional radiologist discuss the patient evaluation findings in a tumor board and arrive at the optimal therapeutic approach based on current evidence.
Dr. Anand has been closely associated with education and training of the next generation of surgeons. In 2012, Apollo Hospitals, Gream’s lane was accredited by the National Board of Examinations to conduct a 3-year training program in Surgical Gastroenterology DNB(SGE). Dr. Anand was the first coordinator of the Department of Surgical Gastroenterology between 2012-2014 and principal guide for eight theses from the DNB trainees who represent all parts of India. In 2014, The Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University accredited the Liver Transplant program at Apollo Chennai for a 2-year post-doctoral fellowship program. Dr. Anand was the course convener for the program and students passing out have gone on to establish and be vital part of successful liver transplant programs. He has also been helping countries in East Africa build capacity and expertise for hepatobiliary pancreatic surgery by mentoring surgeons and working with hospitals from Nairobi, Kenya and Kampala, Uganda. He and the transplant team performed the first successful combined liver and kidney transplant in Tunisia at the invitation of the government in Sousse.