He joins as the programme and surgical director of the Institute of Heart and Lung Transplantation
Yashoda Hospitals Hyderabad announced the joining of Dr Kumud Kumar Dhital, who will now lead the Institute of Heart and Lung Transplantation for the group. As a programme and surgical director of the Yashoda Institute of Heart & Lung Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support (MCS), Dr Dhital will be dedicating himself fully to the Yashoda Heart & Lung Transplant program with additional practice in pulmonary endarterectomy for patients with chronic thrombo-embolic pulmonary hypertension.
Dr Dhital is renowned for being the surgical pioneer of the world’s first Donation After Circulatory Death (DCD) or Dead Heart Transplantation, from distantly procured donor organ.
When asked as to why he moved to India, Dr Dhital cites the challenge and excitement of contributing to increasing the number of thoracic transplants in India where the current numbers total less than five per cent of what is required. He feels the talent amongst his multi-disciplinary colleagues, the enormous technical advances in the country and the necessary corporate support are the right mixes to foresee an exponential increase in heart and lung transplantation in India. He adds, “I wanted to give back to the region where I hail from and feel enormously privileged to serve my patients through their darkest time.”
He is of Nepalese origin, and born in Italy and educated in the UK, Dr Dhital brings 24 years of experience in cardiothoracic surgery. 18 years of experience in his career include heart and lung transplantation and MCS therapy in the UK, Italy and Australia. Dr Dhital will also be involved in complex heart and lung surgeries including repeat and corrective surgeries for heart and lung.