Dr. Richard Saldanha - Cardiovascular Thoracic Surgery Expert at KLE Hospital

Dr. Richard Saldanha

Chief Cardiothoracic Surgeon
MS(General surgery), M.Ch., DNB (Cardio Vascular and Thoracic Surgery)


Cardio Vascular Thoracic Surgery


English, Hindi, Tamil, Kannada

I have been practicing cardio vascular and thoracic surgery for the last 40 years. I joined the profession in 1974 and completed my MBBS from St. John’s Medical college, Bangalore. After completing my MS in general surgery, I specialized in cardiothoracic surgery from CMC, Vellore and further trained in coronary artery bypass surgery and heart transplantation from St. Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, Australia. I have worked in busy cardiothoracic surgical centres like Railway Hospital & Ramachandra Hospital, Chennai. I have also worked overseas in Srilanka and been overseas for specialized training in Germany, Italy and USA. Most of my work in cardiothoracic surgery has been in south India and I have been heading the cardiothoracic team in KLES Dr. Prabhakar Kore Hospital for the last 7 years.

  • Coronary artery bypass grafting
  • Valve repairs and replacements
  • Aortic aneurysm surgeries
  • Vascular surgeries
  • Thoracic surgeries like decortications, lobectomies and tumors.
  • Neonatal and paediatric surgery.
  • Heart and lung transplants
  • Mechanical circulatory support like Left ventricular assist devices and ECMO.
  • Thoracic trauma

  • International & National publications – 50 in peer reviewed journals
  • Life member – Indian Association of Cardiothoracic surgeons
  • Member STS (Society of thoracic surgeons of America)
  • Life Member – Indian society for Heart and Lung transplantation