Dr Selvakumar Malleeswaran

Dr Selvakumar Malleeswaran

Department: Institute of Liver Disease and Transplantation

Designation: Head of Department and Senior Consultant, Liver Transplant Anaesthesia and Critical Care

Qualification: MBBS, MD (PGI, Chandigarh), DNB (Anaesthesia), European Diploma in Intensive Care Medicine

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Dr Selvakumar Malleeswaran is currently heading the Liver Anaesthesia department and the 33 bedded Liver ICU in Gleneagles Global Health City, Chennai. He finished his undergraduate training at Madras medical college, followed by a Master’s degree in Anaesthesia at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, one of the country’s premier institutions. He is also a Diplomat of National Board of examinations in the field of Anaesthesia. He completed the European Degree in Intensive Care Medicine (EDIC, London, 2014), which defines the standards of Critical care management as set by the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine.

He has extensive experience in living and cadaver donor liver transplantation and managing acute liver failure and critically ill cirrhotic patients. He is strongly focused on providing comprehensive perioperative care, including preoperative optimization and critical management during and after surgery for critically ill patients undergoing major surgery. Over the last eleven years, he has managed the perioperative care of more than 1200 liver transplants.

He is actively involved in establishing and maintaining Quality Control initiatives in Operation Theatre and ICU, Infection control measures and Blood conservation/transfusion strategies. He designed the successful COVID-free protocol (published in the journal Liver Transplantation) for the safe conduct of liver and kidney transplantations in GGHC, Chennai. He has multiple peer-reviewed scientific publications to his credit and is a regular speaker at national and international conferences on liver disease & liver transplantation. His current research involves frailty in liver transplantation, viscoelastic monitoring in liver diseases and cardiac output monitoring during liver transplantation.


12+ years’ experience in Liver Transplantation


  • September 2018 – till date

Head of Department and Senior Consultant, Liver Transplant Anaesthesia & Critical Care -Institute of Liver disease and Transplantation, Gleneagles Global Health City, Chennai.

  • Sept 2017 – August 2018

Senior Consultant, Liver Anaesthesia and Intensive care

Intensivist in-charge, Liver ICU, Apollo Hospitals, Greams Road, Chennai.

  • Oct 2010 – Sept 2017

Consultant Anaesthesiologist and Intensivist – Institute of Liver diseases and transplantation, Gleneagles Global Health City, Chennai.

  • May 2009 – Sept 2010

Assistant professor, Anaesthesia & Critical care

Chettinad Hospitals and Research Institute, Chennai, India.

  • July 2008 – April 2009

Senior Resident, Anaesthesia & Intensive care

Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, India.

  • July 2005 – June 2008

Junior Resident, Anaesthesia & Intensive care

Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, India.

  • March 2004 to March 2005

House officer

Madras Medical College, Chennai.


  • Pediatric liver transplantation
  • Living donor liver transplantation
  • ABO-incompatible liver transplantation, Multi-organ transplantation
  • Acute Liver failure management
  • Critical care management of acute on chronic liver failure
  • Cardiac output and Viscoelastic coagulation monitoring
  • Quality assurance initiatives in the liver transplant unit


  • Living donor hepatectomy after proven SARS-CoV-2 infection – first report of 9 cases from three centres. Selvakumaran Malleeswaran, Mettu Srinivas Reddy, Ravi Mohanka et al. Transplantation (2021)  
  • A Multicentric Experience on Living Donor Liver Transplantation in COVID‐19 Hotspots in India. Varghese, Joy, Selvakumar Malleeswaran, Heaton, N.D et al. Liver Transplantation (2021)
  • Impact of intraoperative blood transfusion on outcome in infants undergoing orthotopic liver transplantation Selvakumar Malleeswaran S., Kaliamoorthy I., et al. International Liver Transplant Society Congress, Prague, 2017  
  • Anaesthesia and intensive care for simultaneous liver-kidney transplantation: A single-centre experience with 12 recipients. Akila Rajakumar, Shiwalika Gupta, Selvakumar Malleeswaran, Mohamed Rela, et al. Indian Journal of Anaesthesia 2016 60(7) 476-483 
  • Double‐blind randomized controlled trial of the routine perioperative use of terlipressin in adult living donor liver transplantation. Mettu Srinivas Reddy, Ilankumaran Kaliamoorthy, Akila Rajakumar, Selvakumar Malleeswaran et al Liver Transplantation 23 1007–1014 2017 

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