Meet our team of highly experienced professionals
Dr. Sonal Asthana
Dr. Sonal Asthana is a Senior Consultant in Hepatobiliary and Multi-Organ Transplantation Surgery associated with the Aster Integrated Liver Care Program at Aster CMI Hospital, Bangalore and Aster Medcity, Kochi. He completed his undergraduate medical training and postgraduate surgical degree from JIPMER, Pondicherry. He has trained in Hepatobiliary and Multi-Organ Transplant Surgery at St. James’s University Hospital in Leeds, UK, following which he has done an American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS) accredited fellowship in Multi-organ transplantation at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. He is an expert in complex liver, biliary, and pancreatic surgery as well as in liver, kidney, whole-organ pancreas, small bowel and clinical islet-cell transplantation.
Dr. Rajiv Lochan
Dr. Rajiv Lochan is a Senior Consultant in Hepatobiliary and Multi-Organ Transplantation Surgery associated with the Aster Integrated Liver Care Program at Aster CMI Hospital, Bangalore and Aster Medcity, Kochi. He completed his MBBS from JSS Medical College, Mysore University and his MS (General Surgery) from Bangalore Medical College (ASGBI Gold Medal and First Rank). He has done specialist training and a senior fellowship in Hepatobiliary Surgery and Transplantation at the University of Newcastle, UK following which he obtained his Certificate of completion of specialist training (CCT). He has done an Advanced Fellowship in Living Donor Liver Transplantation at the Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong. Dr. Rajiv Lochan is proficient at routine and complex liver, pancreatic and biliary (gall bladder and bile duct) surgeries. In addition he has a special interest and is skilled in surgical resections of complex retroperitoneal sarcomas. He is also adept at kidney, pancreas and liver transplantation techniques (both cadaveric and living donor transplantation).
Dr. Mathew Jacob
Dr. Mathew Jacob is a Senior Consultant in Hepatobiliary and Multi-Organ Transplantation Surgery associated with the Aster Integrated Liver Care Program at Aster Medcity, Kochi and Aster CMI Hospital, Bangalore. He graduated from the Armed Forces Medical College in Pune following which he spent thirteen years in the UK gaining valuable experience in Hepatobiliary and Transplantation surgery. He completed his basic surgical training at the Yorkshire School of Surgery in Leeds following which he has further specialised training in Hepatobiliary and Transplant Surgery and was awarded the Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training (CCT) by the General Medical Council (UK). He then moved to St. James Hospital in Leeds as a post CCT Royal College Transplant Fellow. He was also granted the HESPERIS Fellowship by the European society of Organ Transplantation (ESOT). Dr. Mathew is an expert in advanced surgical procedures for gall bladder, liver, bile duct, and pancreatic cancer. He is also experienced in laparoscopic liver surgery. He is an expert in liver transplantation and has experience in both cadaveric and living donor liver transplantation.
Dr. Kaiser Raja
Dr. Kaiser Raja is a Senior Consultant in Hepatology and Liver Transplantation associated with the Aster Integrated Liver Care Program at Aster CMI Hospital, Bangalore and Aster Medcity, Kochi. After completing his basic medical training (MBBS) from Gandhi Medical College in Bhopal, India in 1996, he has done his post-graduation in Internal Medicine (MD) and his specialization in Gastroenterology and Hepatology (DM) from the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh from 1996 to 2002. Following that he has done an ACGME accredited Advanced Fellowship in Liver Diseases and Transplant Hepatology from The Mount Sinai Medical Institute in New York, United States in 2008. Dr. Raja is an expert in the management of patients with chronic hepatitis B and C, autoimmune hepatitis, cirrhosis, liver cancer and post liver transplant patients.
Dr. Mallikarjun Sakpal
Dr. Mallikarjun Sakpal is a Consultant in Hepatology and Liver Transplantation. He is based at Aster CMI Hospital in Bangalore, India. Dr. Mallikarjun has done his basic medical training (MBBS) from Gulbarga Medical College following which he has done his post-graduation in Internal Medicine (MD) and his specialization in Hepatology (DM) from the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh from 2008 to 2014. Dr. Mallikarjun is adept in management of patients suffering from a wide variety of liver and biliary diseases, ICU care of critically ill patients as well as pre- and post-operative management of patients who undergo liver transplantation.
Dr. Charles Panackel
Dr. Charles Panackel is a Consultant in Hepatology and Liver Transplantation at Aster Medcity, Kochi. Dr. Panackel has done his basic medical training (MBBS) from Govt. Medical College Kottayam followed by specialization and post-graduate training in General Medicine (MD program) from Govt. Medical College, Trivandrum. Dr. Panackel did Advanced Training in Gastroenterology and Hepatology (DM program) from Govt. Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram in 2008. He pursued his interests in Liver Diseases and obtained a Clinical Fellowship in Hepatology from National University Hospital, Singapore. He is well trained in diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy. His areas of interest include complex liver disease, liver cancers and liver transplantation.
Dr. Arun V
Dr. Arun is an anaesthetist and a chronic pain management expert with two decades of experience to his credit. He is a Senior Consultant, Anaesthesia and Chronic Pain Management, associated with Aster Integrated Liver Care Program at Aster CMI Hospital, Bangalore. He specialises in transplant anaesthesia and is an expert in managing anaesthesia for high-risk surgical procedures and difficult airways. Dr. Arun has trained in some of the finest institutes in the United Kingdom and India. Dr. Arun is highly experienced in the management of chronic pain, especially interventional pain management of headaches, spinal, musculoskeletal and cancer pain. His areas of special interest include solid organ transplant, hepatobiliary surgery, oncosurgery, chronic pain in failed back surgeries, chronic headache and facial pain.
Dr. Prakash Doriaswamy
Dr. Prakash Doraiswamy is an expert in Anaesthesia and Critical Care. He is a Consultant in the Department of Critical Care at Aster CMI Hospital, Bangalore and is associated with the Aster Integrated Liver Care program. Dr. Prakash specialises in liver transplant anaesthesia and critical care of post-transplant patients. He has trained at some of the most renowned institutes in the United Kingdom and India. He has been an integral part of more than 300 transplant procedures, including dual organ (liver and kidney) transplantations with the Integrated Liver Care Team. He is also a trained cardiac anaesthetist, his fields of special interest include risk assessment/management and enhanced recovery programmes.