Dr Devi Prasad Shetty Chairman
Narayana Hrudayalaya Group of Hospitals
Dr Devi Prasad Shetty is a renowned cardiac surgeon and an Indian philanthropist, well known for providing pioneering quality of medical care at affordable prices for the masses living in the third world. He is known as the Henry Ford of the heart surgery business for bringing change to the 'hearts' of India. He is the Chairman of Narayana Hrudayalaya Group of Hospitals, Bangalore and Asia Heart Foundation, Kolkata.
Dr Shetty, the pioneer has several “firsts” to his credit. He is the first heart surgeon in India to perform heart surgeries on new born babies, using micro chip cameras. He has also pioneered operations for complex problems of the heart, such as, pulmonary endarterectomy, redo heart surgery, valve repairs in new born babies, and aortic aneurysm surgeries. Transforming the art of healthcare into a science. Healthcare excellence, at its best.
Dr Shetty and his team have performed over 70,000 major heart surgeries. Of these, 15,000 operations have been on children; several of them on new born babies from India as well as neighboring countries. For him, compassion is the biggest thing in his life. He has gone on record many times to say that, “If I am given a choice, I would like to treat only poor patients. But unfortunately the economic reality does not allow me to do that.” This simple quote speaks for itself.
Dr Shetty believes that if a solution is not affordable, then it is not a solution. He has a vision of providing every Indian child with the same medical care as to a child in US. Dr Shetty says, “Technology gives the rich what they already have but it gives the poor what they can never dream of having. Poor people in isolation are weak but together they are very strong.” This simple idea gave birth to the term “Micro Health Insurance” and spearheaded the launch of Yeshaswini, a health insurance for the farmers in Karnataka, in association with the State Government. At Rs 10 per month, Yeshaswini is the world’s cheapest comprehensive health insurance scheme. In the first 20 months of Yeshaswini, around 85,000 farmers benefited from the free medical treatment.
On all what he has done and he continues to do, Dr Shetty says, “We all have one life to live and you want to do as much as you can in that. So I decided to focus on making a difference in the lives of the poor.”
A man with a vision, Dr Shetty gives walk to his talk. A benchmark for healthcare excellence and good governance.
We salute Dr Devi Shetty, Chairman, Narayana Hrudayalaya Group of Hospitals, winner of the IMC Juran Quality Medal 2012.