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Dasari Prasada Rao – First Open Heart Surgeon in Andhra Pradesh who had a Zeal to Heal


Dasari Prasada Rao

Quick Facts

  • Name: Dasari Prasada Rao
  • Famous As: Cardio-thoracic Surgeon
  • Nationality: Indian
  • Birth Date: 21 January 1950 (Koppole, Madras Province)
  • Awards: Padma Shri (2001)


When it comes to the medical wonders in India, Dasari Prasada Rao is the guy who had successfully executed the first open heart surgery in Andhra Pradesh. He had also introduced cost-effective advanced medical care.

Personal Life

He was born in a normal working class in East Coast of India in a village Koppole, Madras Province. Leading his life with least luxuries, he demonstrates miracles to the medical world. He studied in the local elementary and high schools like anyone of us and later joined college at Vijayawada and Guntur of India. He married Prof. Vijayalakshmi Kodati (daughter of Health Minister, Rajamallu Kodati) in 1974 and soon was blessed with two daughters after that – Sunetri Priyanka Dasari and Manu Vidya Dasari.


He started his medical studies attending college in Vijayawada and Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India, completing General Surgery Residency in the same medical school & got his M.B.B.S & M.S. from there. He was an attractive personality among the then newly emerging cardiac surgeons in India. Later he worked as a resident (AIIMS) in Cardiac Surgery for M. Ch- in Cardio-thoracic Surgery in 1979. Until then he was all turned up for learning more and at that time, so he travelled to New Zealand and England for further training. In Auckland, New Zealand, he trained with Sir Brian Gerald Barratt-Boyes & Dr. Kirklin, in Cardio Vascular Thoracic Surgery in his Greenlane Hospital, Auckland.


In 1985, coming back to India, he was all set with new ideas. A Coronary Bypass Surgery Programme was introduced at NIMS Hyderabad at first. At that time, it turned on to a huge success in the Cardiac Surgery Programme which later charged them up to perform numerous types of cardiac surgery successfully in there. After training his team went over to various parts of Andhra Pradesh and started more programmes.

He also saw the need for public enterprise hospitals with similar technology to be developed in the public sector. So, a Company was formed by Dr. Dasari Prasada Rao himself as Director and Vice Chairman of the company later in 1997 – Quality Care India Ltd. and as obvious Cardiac Surgery was major part of this group. Later he became the Director of Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences in the fiscal year of 2004.

Being a Director, he developed NIMS Medical University Campus, at Bibinagar Mandal. The University has a campus of 160 acres situated away from this city campus. Also, hospitals were developed later on the same campus for accident and emergency and another speciality hospital. Mr. Rao’s zeal to heal kept him working seamlessly, he served as an M.Ch. examiner to an array of government universities as well as All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).


Research collaborations developing stem cell technologies & regenerative medicine were undertaken by him to have cell-based therapy for various diseases, publishing papers in various journals including The Annals of Thoracic Surgery and the Asian Cardiovascular and Thoracic Annals.


  • Director, Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad 2004-2010

  • Secretary, Indian Association of Cardiovascular Thoracic Surgeons 1998-2004

  • President, Indian Association of Cardiovascular Thoracic Surgeons 2006-2007

  • 2007 – Heart Transplantation in NIMS

  • 2004 – Heart Transplantation

  • 2001 – Left Ventricular Assist Devices

  • 1996 – Beating Heart Surgery

  • 1994 – Radial Artery Grafting in Coronary Bypass Surgery


Written By: Milan Bhardwaj


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