Dr. Rajiv enriches the vibrant Amrita Cardiology Team with his clinical acumen, advanced echocardiography skills and expertise in complex coronary and non-coronary interventions. He deals with patients with great care to ensure the best ethical treatment possible and is capable of bringing a smile back on to the most tense patients.
Dr. Rajiv received his MBBS degree in 1990 from T.D. Medical College, Alappuzha, Kerala University. Subsequently, he got his MD in General Medicine from Kottayam Medical College, MG University in 1994. He had his cardiology training in the Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and received his DM degree in Cardiology in 1998. In 1999, he joined the Department of Cardiology at the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences. During 2003 - 2004, he was selected for a one-year commonwealth fellowship in the United Kingdom by the British Council. During this fellowship, he was guided by Prof. Alan G. Fraser in the Wales Heart Research Institute and University Hospital of Wales. Further, he obtained accreditation of the European Association of Echocardiography in 2006. He had training in 3-D Echo in 2009 in Hongkong; IVUS and rotablation in 2010 in Miyasaki, Japan; renal denervation in Frankfurt, Germany in 2013 and percutaneous aortic valve replacement in Switzerland in 2013.
Dr. Rajiv has performed over 10,000 coronary angiograms (femoral/radial) and over 4000 angioplasty and stenting . He has performed a large number of complex coronary angioplasties including left main, complex bifurcations, calcified coronary lesions, chronic total occlusions and bypass graft angioplasties. He is also skillful in the use of coronary imaging (IVUS-intravascular ultrasound & OCT- Optical Coherence Tomography). He is well versed with the use of fractional flow reserve and rotablation for calcified coronary lesions. He has played a major part in carrying forward and expanding the aortic stent programme in the department started by its first chairman late Prof. K.K. Haridas. Sixty stent grafts including 10 hybrid procedures have been done so far (as in Dec 2013).
He has published papers in the Indian Heart Journal and international journals - Current Opinion in Cardiology and Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. He is a regular speaker in many of the national conferences. He has also lectured in international conferences.