Dr Vivek Jawali on the board of Medical Council of India (MCI)
Shweta Venkatesh | 22 Nov 2013

In recognition of his contribution to heart-care treatment in India and other parts of the world, Dr Vivek Jawali is nominated as one of the members of the Medical Council of India, country’s premier body of medical professionals.


“I am happy over my nomination to the MCI. I hope I will be effectively instrumental in adding fresh dimensions in formulating new policy guidelines on Indian medical education and healthcare management improving lives of common citizens of the country,” says Dr Vivek Jawali, reacting to his nomination to the council.

Dr Jawali is currently serving as Director and Chief Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeon at the Fortis Hospital, in Bangalore. A pioneer in the minimally invasive surgery in India, he has so far performed over 18,000 heart surgeries, some of them complicated and difficult ones. Dr Jawali, in fact, performed India’s first minimally invasive bypass surgery in 1994.

Dr Jawali is the founder of some of the prestigious heart care institutions in Bangalore, which has turned into a hub of super-specially heart care hospitals and attracts a regular stream of patients from not only across India but also other parts of the globe. The two prominent heart institutions founded by him in Bangalore are: Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiology and Wockhardt Hospital and Heart Institute.

Dr Jawali stood first in Karnataka University during his MBBS from M R Medical College, Gulbarga, Karnataka, in 1974. He was adjudged the ‘best all-round outgoing student’ by the Karnataka University. He was an active participator in various extra curricular activities and proved his debating skills. He has so far presented more than 200 scientific papers and conducted demonstrations of new methods of heart surgeries in various hospitals in the country.

Dr Jawali has been a visiting lecturer at universities and institutions in USA, Europe. His excellence in undertaking heart surgery and use of new techniques has already won him print spaces at top newspapers of India and abroad. He has been featured in Time, Guardian, New York Times, Paris Match, Stern, etc papers. He has also been conferred the Harvard University Lifetime Achievement Award for medical excellence in India, in 2006.

Among the many feathers in his cap include the world’s first awake open heart surgery which Dr Jawali performed in July 2002.