Experience Highlights

  • Performed first successful aortic dissection repair in Manipal
  • Series of high risk operations including VSR repairs and aortic aneurysm and dissection repairs
  • Established a mitral repair programme in the region – one of very few in the country
  • Performed nearly 1000 cardiac surgeries after returning back from the UK with about 2% overall mortality which is upto international standards- the last 300 cases with 1 % mortality
  • Started the minimally invasive cardiac surgery programme in the region
  • Improved level of patient care by improving communication and setting up regular clinics as well as initiatives like the INR register for patients on oral anticoagulation

Research and Publications

Thesis & Research

  • Thesis during M.Ch. training – Controlled Reperfusion in Prolonged Acute Ischemia of Lower Limbs 2000- 2003
  • Thesis during M.S. training – Merits and demerits of laparoscopic cholecystectomy 1997-1999

Presentations at International Scientific Meetings

  • Pai VB, Kamath GS Aortic dissection repair – good results are possible with attention to detail- a case series. IACTSCON 2017, Bangalore
  • Pai VB, Kamath GS Lessons learnt while performing off pump CABG for Kawasaki Disease: a case report. IACTSCON 2017, Bangalore
  • Pai VB, Kamath GS Timing is crucial in surgery for endocarditis; lessons from a case series. IACTSCON 2017, Bangalore
  • Pai VB, Kamath GS Infradiaphragmatic Inferior Vena Cava ( IVC) Tear During Balloon Mitral Valvotomy ( BMV ) Needing Urgent Surgery. IACTSCON 2017, Bangalore
  • Pai VB Intraoperatively detected pericardial tuberculosis : a rare indication for beating heart surgery!  International Coronary Congress  Nov 2016
  • Pai VB, Kamath GS, Rai GD, Varma M.   Delayed repair for aortic root abscess – is it justified?   World Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons, Edinburgh  Sep 2015
  • Pai VB, Kamath GS, Shetty S, Patil NT.  Tuberculosis can cause anything in the world except pregnancy!  World Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons, Edinburgh  Sep 2015
  • Pai VB, Kamath GS. Repair of Congenital VSD with CABG in patient with moderate LV function IACTS 2014
  • Pai VB When should we not operate on patients with pleural effusions? Presentation at the annual meeting SCTS Manchester   Apr 2012
  • Pai VB Case presentation at Valve meeting chaired by Dr. Tirone David. Heart hospital Oct 2011
  • Pai VB Surgeons Interpretation of the one year results from the Syntax trial. Heart Hospital Audit meeting May 2009

Publications in Peer Reviewed Journals

TITLE Year
Surgery for mesothelioma: the evidence base and a pragmatic approach to surgical treatment

VB Pai, KS Rammohan, T Treasure
Indian Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, 1-7, 2018
2018
Effect of preoperative education on postoperative outcomes among patients undergoing cardiac surgery: A systematic review and meta-analysis

C Ramesh, BS Nayak, VB Pai, NT Patil, A George, LS George, ES Devi
Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing 32 (6), 518-529. e2, 2017
2017
Extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation for refractory cardiogenic shock after adult cardiac surgery: a systematic review and meta-analysis

M Khorsandi, S Dougherty, O Bouamra, V Pai, P Curry, S Tsui, S Clark, …
Journal of cardiothoracic surgery 12 (1), 55, 2017
2017
Effect of Complementary Therapies in Patients Following Cardiac Surgery

R Chandrababu, BS Nayak, VB Pai, NT Patil, A George, LS George, …
Holistic nursing practice 31 (5), 315-324, 2017
2017
Tracheal bronchus: a challenge for anaesthesiologists

NT Patil, VB Pai, GD Rai, GS Kamath
International Journal of Research in Medical Sciences 3 (9), 2456-2458, 2017
2017
Pre-operative anxiety in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass graft surgery–A cross-sectional study

C Ramesh, BS Nayak, VB Pai, A George, LS George, ES Devi
International journal of Africa nursing sciences 7, 31-36, 2017
2017
International Journal of Africa Nursing Sciences

C Ramesh, BS Nayak, VB Pai, A George, LS George, ES Devi
2017
Effect of complementary therapies in patients following cardiac surgery

C Ramesha, BS Nayak, VB Pai, N Patil, A George, LS George, ES Devi
Holistic Nursing Practice 31 (5), 315-324, 2017
2017
Tuberculosis can cause anything in the world except pregnancy!

VB Pai, GS Kamath, S Shetty, NT Patil
Journal of cardiothoracic surgery 10 (1), A233, 2015
2015
Delayed repair for aortic root abscess-is it justified?

VB Pai, GS Kamath, GD Rai, M Varma
Journal of cardiothoracic surgery 10 (S1), A234, 2015
2015
Effectiveness of massage therapy on post-operative outcomes among patients undergoing cardiac surgery: A systematic review

C Ramesh, VB Pai, N Patil, BS Nayak, A George, LS George, ES Devi
International Journal of Nursing Sciences 2 (3), 304-312, 2015
2015
Complementary therapies for patients undergoing cardiac surgery: an evidence based literature review

C Ramesha, BS Nayak, V Pai, N Patil, A George, LS George, ES Devi
Manipal Journal of Nursing and Health Sciences 1 (2), 112-117, 2015
2015
When images lie: a variant of suprascapular artery found incidentally

S Dinkar, GS Kamath, VB Pai
BMJ case reports 2015, 2015
2015
A giant ‘sausage’thrombus in the left ventricle in a patient with preserved ventricular function

H Kareem, T Devasia, VB Pai, K Minocha
BMJ case reports 2014, 2014
2014
Case Report: Left maxillary artery pseudoaneurysm: a rare and late postoperative complication after head and neck cancer treatment

G Kamath, R Naalla, VB Pai, R Narayanan
BMJ case reports 2014, 2014
2014
Should we use mechanical valves in patients with end-stage renal disease?

VB Pai, CK Tai, K Bhakri, S Kolvekar
Interactive cardiovascular and thoracic surgery 15 (2), 240-243, 2012
2012
Surgery and tuberculosis

I Cummings, J O’Grady, V Pai, S Kolvekar, A Zumla
Current opinion in pulmonary medicine 18 (3), 241-245, 2012
2012
Use of gentamicin–collagen sponges in closure of sternal wounds in cardiothoracic surgery to reduce wound infections

G Godbole, V Pai, S Kolvekar, APR Wilson
Interactive cardiovascular and thoracic surgery 14 (4), 390-394, 2012
2012
Are there any good treatments for keloid scarring after sternotomy?

VB Pai, I Cummings
Interactive cardiovascular and thoracic surgery 13 (4), 415-418, 2011
2011
Mammary steal: a case report in bypass grafting in a hemodialysis patient

VB Pai, S Kolvekar
Indian Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery 27 (3), 132, 2011
2011
Management of the pleural space early after pneumonectomy

KS Rammohan, VB Pai, T Treasure
Difficult Decisions in Thoracic Surgery, 161-164, 2011
2011
Efficacy of three different ablative procedures to treat atrial fibrillation in patients with valvular heart disease: a randomised trial

V Srivastava, S Kumar, S Javali, TR Rajesh, V Pai, J Khandekar, …
Heart, Lung and Circulation 17 (3), 232-240, 2008
2008
How best to manage the space after pneumonectomy? Theory and experience but no evidence

V Pai, S Gangoli, C Tan, S Rankin, M Utley, R Cameron, …
Heart, Lung and Circulation 16 (2), 103-106, 2007
2007
Radiofrequency modified maze procedure for chronic atrial fibrillation

AM Patwardhan, VS Lad, N Kumar, S Agarwala, C Binoy, NB Agrawal, …
Indian Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery 19 (3), 136-140, 2003
2003
Esophageal injury during radiofrequency ablation for atrial fibrillation: inherent safety of radiofrequency bipolar coagulation.

AM Patwardhan, VS Lad, V Pai
The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 124 (3), 642-3; author …, 2002
2002

Other Experience

Teaching Experience

  • Supervised Ph. D. Mr Ramesh C. Topic: Effectiveness of Comprehensive Nursing Interventions Programme (CNIP) on anxiety, fatigue, self-efficacy and quality of life (QOL) among patients undergoing coronary artery bypass graft surgery Completion June 2017
  • Examiner for BPT exam in Manipal University Jan 2017
  • Examiner for BPT exam in Manipal University June 2015
  • Examiner for BPT exam in Manipal University June 2014
  • Interview panel for selection for medical graduates University College London      Mar 2010
  • Interview panel for selection for medical graduates University College London      Feb 2008
  • Application scoring panel for ST 2 doctors for General surgery University College London   Nov 2007
  • OSCE examiner for medical graduates at University College London.            June 2007
  • Organised teaching programme for SHOs at Harefield Hospital August 2006- Dec 2006
  • OSCE examiner for medical graduates at King’s College, London            June 2005
  • Vascular rings: An overview. Paediatric Grand Rounds Teaching Programme, Guy’s & Thomas’ Hospital, London July 2005.
  • Regular teaching sessions for perfusion trainees in King Edward Memorial Hospital, Mumbai.  July 2000- August 2003
  • Teaching undergraduate medical students and nursing students as Lecturer in General Surgery using bedside teaching sessions, tutorials and lectures Feb 2000-July 2000

Management & Administrative Experience

  • Chief Cardiac Surgeon, KMC Manipal. Responsible for making KMC as the referral centre for major cardiac surgery in the region Jan 2013- till date
  • Teaching coordinator for cardiothoracic surgery at the Heart Hospital     Feb 2011- Oct 2012
  • Organizing teaching programme at Harefield Hospital Oct 2010- Feb 2011
  • Administrative SpR at The Heart Hospital Oct 2008 – Oct 2009
  • Secretary, Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors, India. Mar 2001-July 2002
  • Joint Secretary, Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors, India.  July 1997-June 1998
  • Assistant General Secretary, Students’ Association, B.J. Medical College, Pune   June 1993-July 1994

Work History

2020 – present

Senior Transplant Fellow

Royal Papworth Hospital Cambridge UK

2017 – 2019

Consultant Cardiac Surgeon

Mangaluru

2013 – 2017

Chief Cardiac Surgeon

KMC Manipal, Manipal

2007 – 2012

Clinical Fellow

Heart Hospital UCLH, London

2006 – 2007

Clinical Fellow

Harefield Hospital, London

2004 – 2005

Clinical Fellow

Guys and St Thomas Hospital, London

2000 – 2003

Senior Registrar

K.E.M. Hospital, Mumbai

Qualifications

2010

F.R.C.S. Cardiothoracic Surgery

Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, U.K.

2004

M.R.C.S.Ed

Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, U.K.

2003

D. N. B., Cardiothoracic Surgery

National Board of Examinations, NCERT, New Delhi, India.

2003

M. Ch. Thoracic Surgery

Seth G. S. Medical College, Mumbai University, India

2000

M.S.

B.J.Medical College, Pune University, India.

1996

M.B.B.S.

B.J.Medical College, Pune University, India.