Originally from erstwhile South Kanara,he did his post-graduation in general surgery from Kasturba Medical College,Manipal.He did basic training in Cardiac Surgery at the West Midlands Cardiothoracic Rotation programme.
He worked at the Guy’s Hospital London – Cardiothoracic Unit, between 1983 and 1989.He returned to India in 1989 to work for B.M. Birla Hospital in Kolkata.To his credit he was known as Mother Teresa's personal doctor.In 1997 he moved to Bangalore where he set up Manipal Heart Foundation at Manipal Hospital as a gesture of giving back something to the Manipal group, where he did his education while in Manipal.
Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty set up his own speciality hospital for treating the poor.It is now the world known Narayana Hrudayalaya located at Bangalore.In his zeal to help the poor Dr. Shetty announced that any children under the age of 12 years shall be given treatment free of cost.Since then patients have flown in from different countries, they can't just stop admiring Dr. Shetty for his gesture towards the poor.
Dr Shetty has many firsts to his list of achievements.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.And the list goes on!
Thousands of heart surgeries have taken place(and counting) at Narayana Hrudayala.Currently the hospital infrastructure supports about 25 surgeries per day.Dr Shetty has plans to up the capacity to 75 surgeries per day.Also in-patient capacity upgradation from 500 beds currently to about 780 beds.
To help the poor farmers in Karnataka,to avail medical fecilities Shetty tied up with the Government of Karnataka for a group insurance scheme.The scheme namely Yashasvini is possibly the world's cheapest comprehensive health insurance scheme, at Rs.5 per month.As the name suggests the scheme is a great hit among the poor in Karnataka.
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