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Name of the Department: Department of Cardiology
Department Email ID:
Department Phone No. : 044-25281351
History of Department of Cardiology, Stanley Medical College & Hospital Chennai


On May 6th 1979 Department of cardiology was started by Prof Dr. N. Sivarajan MD., FACC.,(cardio) at Govt. Stanley Medical College and Hospital. He was promoted from Madras Medical College and posted as Professor of cardiology in February 1979.
Earlier the cardiology OP was run by medical unit by Prof. Dr. P Krishnan Kutty and Dr.S.D.Jeyaraj.
Cardiology ward was in the form of few beds of a medical unit headed by Prof. G A Krishnan. Prof Dr. N. Sivarajan is credited for the initiation and development of department of cardiology of Govt. Stanley Medical College and Hospital. He was the chief architect for the development of the department to the present stage.
Dr. N. Sivakadaksham was posted as tutor in cardiology under Prof. N. Sivarajan he was the first tutor in cardiology, subsequently twenty beds were allotted to the male cardiology wards and ten to the female cardiology ward.
In 1981 Intensive coronary Unit was established with monitors, defibrillators and temporary pacemakers. At that time there were three more assistant professors (Dr.Rajinikanth, Dr. S Shanmugasundaram and Dr. Bharath kumar). Cardiology OP then was functioning on all days from Monday to Friday; Saturdays were dedicated to academic activities.
Prof Dr. N. Sivarajan was a brilliant clinician, who believed that a detailed clinical history and a complete clinical examination was mandatory for all patients and investigations only when necessary. His passion to maintain a detailed case sheet, documentation and record keeping facilitated publication in journals. In 1981 cardiology clinic was started on Thursdays between 2pm to 3pm at RSRM lying in maternity hospital. In 1980, 24 hours ECG was started by the department of cardiology.
In 1983 2-D ECHO was commissioned.
In 1984, the ICU attached with medicine ward was merged with cardiology ICU.
The faculty of department of cardiology increased from 4 to 10 in 1987.
In 1989 cath lab was installed in the department of cardiology.


In 1989 Prof. Dr. C. Laksmikanthan joined the department of cardiology as Head of the department, with his great effort; DM (cardiology) programme was started in 1989 with permitted intake of two students per year. This was a landmark step in the history of the department. During his period coronary angiogram and plain balloon angioplasty was done for the first time in Govt. Stanley Medical College and Hospital.

In 1990 Prof. Dr. C. Laksmikanthan was transferred back to Madras medical college.

Prof. Dr. Sivarajan again became the HOD of Department of cardiology at Govt. Stanley Medical College and Hospital. Prof. Dr. T. Subramanian joined Prof. Dr. Sivarajan in the department.

Prof. Dr. N. Sivarajan retired from Govt service on 31/12/1995 after superannuation.

Prof. V.Chokalingam joined the department of cardiology as HOD in 1996; He had a flair for teaching and conducted regular classes for UG, PG & DM students.

After Prof .V.Chokalingam, Prof .Dr. V. Jaganathan became HOD, he created a new outpatient department and merged it with ICU and cardiology ward as a single unit. The number of interventional procedures rapidly increased during his tenure.

Prof. Dr. V Jeganathan was succeeded by Prof. Dr.S. Elangovan who had a flair for Tamil language and participated actively in “Tamil mandram” programmes in the institution.

He was succeeded by Prof. Dr. R. Subramaniam, during his period the permanent recognition for DM Cardiology seats were obtained. He was instrumental in getting the Siemens cath lab installed on November 2007 and Philips ECHO machine (HD32).

He was succeeded by Prof. G. Karthikeyan, he was instrumental in starting the radial interventional programme in Stanley hospital. He also was instrumental in obtaining the bedside ECHO machine for the department.

He was succeeded by Prof.Dr. G.Ravishankar, The first Coronary Angioplasty with stenting was done during his tenure for a 54 years male on 20/07/2012, he procured the space for the department in the third floor of New Tower Block.

He was succeded by Prof. Dr.K.Kannan MD., DM., in November 2012. During his period Stanley Govt medical college became the only Govt. institution to take part in the STEMI India Programme.

During his period, the first primary angioplasty was done on 21/02/2013 for a 52years male, structural heart disease programme was strengthened with device closure for ASD, PDA and Valvotomies. The first dual chamber pacemaker in Govt Sector was implanted on 04/05/2019
The First RSOV device closure was done by Prof. Dr.G.Manohar on 20/11/2019
During his tenure DM cardiology seats were increased from Two to Four from the academic year 2017-18.

The Department is equipped with Seven Ventilators, Three Echo machines, Laminar flow ICU. New cardiac catheterisation laboratory (Philips Allura FD10) was commissioned on July 31, 2018.
The Department moved into the newly constructed higher speciality block from 2018 with OP situated in the ground floor and ICU, inpatients units and Cardiac Catheterisation Lab in third floor.

The Department caters to the poorest of the poor people in north Chennai.

  1. Faculty Details –
Name Designation Mail ID
Prof.Dr.K.Kannan MD., DM., Professor & HOD
Prof.Dr. G .Manohar MD., DM., Professor
Dr. C Elamaran MD., DM., Associate Professor
Dr. R. Sampath Kumar MD., DM., Assistant Professor(Registrar)
Dr. R. Arun MD., DM., Assistant Professor
Dr. N. Viswanathan MD., DM., Assistant Professor
Dr. A RudhrappaMD., DM., Assistant Professor
Dr. S. GopalakrishnanMD., DM., Assistant Professor
Dr. P. Ramachandran MD., DM., Assistant Professor
Dr. V. Mahadevan MD., DM., Assistant Professor
Dr. C.R. Srinivasan MD., DM., Assistant Professor
Dr. M Narendran MD., DM., Assistant Professor

HOD Mail ID:
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  1. Services Offered
    1. Academic Activities
S. no Name of course Course duration Sanctioned No. Of seats Date of starting of course Affliated university Selection procedure MCI recognised or not
1 D.M Cardiology M.D., (General Medicine/ paediatrics) 3 years 4 per year August TN.DR MGR Medical University  
2 BSc Cardiac technology Higher Secondary(10+2) 3 years 5 per year TN.DR MGR Medical University HSC marks Not applicable
3 Certificate course- ECG technician Higher Secondary(10+2) 1 year 20 per year   HSC marks Not applicable
4 Certificate course- ECHO technician Higher Secondary(10+2) 1 year 20 per year   HSC marks Not applicable
5 Certificate course- Cath Lab technician Higher Secondary(10+2) 1 year 10 per year   HSC marks Not applicable
  1. Academic Curriculum :

The department provides excellent environment for learning and is equipped with experienced staff to teach clinical, diagnostic and interventional cardiology.
ACADEMIC SCHEDULE The academic schedule for the coming week is posted at the department notice board signed by professor.
The department has daily ward rounds by the postgraduates, assistant professors and the professors. These rounds form the backbone of the teaching schedule and teach issues on patient management, treatment option and therapeutic debates.
All the postgraduates attend the ward rounds and discussions are actively encouraged and appreciated by the faculty.
This provides ample opportunities for the postgraduates to clarify their queries.


1 Cardiac catheterisation- discussion of Angiograms and PCI DM 2ndyear Post graduate
2 Journal/topic discussion DM1st year/ 2nd year Post graduate
3 ECG discussion DM 1st year Post graduate
Friday Clinical Case discussion DM 3rd year Post graduate
Saturday Echocardiogram discussion DM 2nd year Post graduate

Daily classes for B.Sc Cardiac technology students from 3pm to 4pm as per their syllabus

  1. Laboratory – attached to the central laboratory
  1. Research Publication (national and International )

Our department has published a number of papers in national journals.

  1. Epicardial adipose tissue thickness, carotid intima media thickness and total cholesterol/HDL ratio—A combined cut off for detecting coronary artery disease Vinodh Kumar Pa, Kannan K
  2. Comparison of tenecteplase vs streptokinase in patients with mitral valve thrombosis- tenecteplase as an alternative to surgery V Ram kumar, K Kannan
  3. Late presenters of myocardial infacrtion why do they present
  4. A System of Care for Patients With ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction in India The Tamil Nadu–ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction Program Thomas Alexander, MD; Ajit S. Mullasari, MD; George Joseph, MD; Kumaresan Kannan
  5. The impact pf systems of care on pharmaco-invasive management vs streptokinase: the subgroup analysis of TN STEMI programme
  6. A hitherto study of relationship between left atrial volumeand pressure in echocardiogram and length of left atrial branch of left circumflex artery in rheumatic heart disease R. Manikanda Kumaran *, K Kannan.
  7. Myocardial infarction in young adults:A smoldering epidemic – A study from south India RAnto Prabhu, K Kannan
  8. QRBBB in acute coronary syndrome:Does it matter in modern era? Angiographic correlation S. Ganesan *, K. Kannan,
  10. Value of recording V7-V9leads in acute myocardial infarction.
    Right Ventricular function in acute anterior wall myocardial infarction.
    Cardiac involvement in acute nephritic syndrome
    Artial function in acute myocardial infarction.
  1. Role of QT dispersion as a predictor of mortality in acute myocardial infarction.
  2. Prevalance of carotid and peripheral vascular diseases in patients with CAD.
  3. Clinical profile of premenopausal women with acute coronary syndrome.
  4. Cardio vascular changes In elderly.
  5. Genetic status status of primary pulmonary hypertension.
  6. Right ventricular involvement in acute anterior wall myocardial infarction.
  7. Does IV Nicorandil have adjunct role in improving the outlook of high risk patient with acute myocardial infarction undergoing thrombolysis?
  8. Admission blood glucose level as a predictor of early out come in acute myocardial infarction.
  9. Is LV Diastolic dysfulnction as independent predictor of in-hospital mortality and morbidity in acute myocardial infarction?
  10. A study of clinical efficacy of SILDENAFIL in patient with primary plulmonary hypertension.
  11. Echo changes in elderly.
  12. Diagnostic and prognostic of value of recording V7-V9 leads in acute myocardial infarction.
  13. QT dispersion and left ventricular muscle mass in malnourished children.
  14. Lp (a) as predictor of coronary artery disease in the young: A family study.
  15. Electrocardiograpihic changes in the Elderly.
  16. Lp (a) levels in acute myocardial infarction.
    Implication of extra coronary atherosclerosis in coronary artery disease.
  1. Ongoing research List 2019
  1. Study of thyroid dysfunctions among patients on amiodarone therapy in a tertiary care centre
  2. Echo assessment of LA volume in hypertensive patients
  3. Predictors of graft patency in post CABG patients
  4. Athens QRS score in TMT negative patients with chest pain
  5. Chronotropic incompetence in TMT negative patients and Angio correlation
  6. Factors influencing success of thrombolysis in patients in STEMI patients lysed with Streptokinase
  7. Cardiovascular risk assessment in autodrivers of age less than 40 years in a metropolitan city
  8. An observational study of coronary artery anatomy in patients with normal coronary angiogram
  9. Clinical Profile and outcome in QRBBB anterior wall MI
  10. Clinical profile and angiographic profile of coronary ectasia
  11. Quantitative coronary angiographic analysis pre and post PCI immediate and 6 months follow up.
  12. Study of thyroid dysfunctions among patients on amiodarone therapy in a tertiary hare centre
  13. Echo assessment of LA volume in hypertensive patients
  14. Predictors of graft patency in post CABG patients
  15. Athens QRS score in TMT negative patients with chest pain
  16. Incidence of Intra cerebral haemorrhage in patients undergoing thrombolysis with streptokinase for Acute Myocardial infarction
  17. Incidence of in-stent restenosis in post PCI patients
  1. Dissertation – list
Tissue Doppler Imaging for the diagnosis of Right Ventricular Myocardial Infarction and Identification of Infarct Related Artery in Acute Inferior Wall Myocardial Infarction Dr.Thirumurugan
Non Invasive assessment of Coronary Flow Velocity reserve with Transthoracic Colour Doppler Echocardiography to predict significant Left Anterior Descending Coronary Artery Stenosis Dr. Tamilselvan K
Myocardial Performance Index as a predictor of Angiographic Severity of Coronary Artery Disease in patients with Acute Myocardial Infarction Dr. Socrate Ss
A Comparative study of Myocardial performance index with Conventional Echo Cardiographic Parameters of Left Ventricular function in Acute ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction patients & Its role in predicting in Hospital Morbidity Dr. Nageswaran P M
A Study of Diastolic function in Type II Diabetic Mellitus patients by Conventional Echo Doppler and Tissue Doppler Imaging (TDI) Dr. Jayaboopathi S
A Comparative Study of Coronary Angiographic Profile with Positive Exercise Treadmill Test in Patients with Diabetes and Non-Diabetes Dr. Gunasekaran R
Risk Stratification after Myocardial Infarction using Dobutamine Stress Echocardiography Dr. Anand Gnanaraj
A Study on Carotid Arterial Remodeling in Patients with Obstructive Coronary Dr. Dinakaran M
Risk factor analysis and angiographic profile in young myocardial infarction Dr. Arunachalam E
High sensitive c-reactive protein (HS-CRP) and its correlation with clinical profile and angiographic severity of coronary artery disease Dr. Elamaran C
Clinical utility of tissue doppler imaging in patients with acute myocardial infarction complicated by cardiogenic shock Dr. Kannappan G
Left atrial volume index as a predictor of in hospital events in patients with acute myocardial infarction - by 2D and doppler echocardiography Dr. Tamilarasan K
Assessment of prothrombotic burden in patients with rheumatic heart disease using plasma D-dimer assay Dr. Sampthkumar P
Prevalence of vitamin d deficiency in cad patients (ACS and stable angina) and correlation with angiographic severity Dr. Arvind A
Diastolic stress test- novel marker to detect coronary artery disease - a tissue doppler echocardiographic study. Dr. Rajeshkumar S
A study of echocardiographic epicardial adipose tissue thickness and carotid intima media thickness to predict severity of coronary artery disease. Dr. Vinodhkumar P
Diastolic stress test- novel marker to detect coronary artery disease - a tissue doppler echocardiographic study. Dr. Rajeshkuma Rs
A study of echocardiographic epicardial adipose tissue thickness and carotid intima media thickness to predict severity of coronary artery disease. Dr. Vinodhkumar P
  1. Prizes and awards won last 2 years
    1. Best poster in TANCSI 2018- Dr Murugarajan
    2. ECG quiz winner- MIOT cardiology conference 2018- Dr Murugarajan, Dr.PV Karthik
    3. Best poster presentation – MMM arrthymia 2018- Dr Murugarajan
    4. ECG quiz winner – Indian society of cardiology 2018- Dr Murugarajan
    5. 3rd prize in TYSA 2019- Dr Murugarajan
    6. Best poster presentation in TANCSI 2019- Dr. PV Karthik
    7. 2nd prize in poster presentation in TANCSI - Dr. Devan
  2. CME/Conference/workshop conducted by the department (description with photos)
  1. Empower 2018
  2. Stancard 2018
  3. Empower 2019
  1. CME/ Conference/ Workshop attended by the department

The faculties and post graduates actively participate in various national and international conferences some of which are listed below

  1. CSI-Cardiological society of india- yearly
  2. ECHO India – Yearly
  3. NIC- Yearly
  4. TIC- yearly
  5. TAN CSI yearly
  6. ACC yearly
  7. EPIC
  9. ESC yearly
  1. Any work of excellence/ awards received by faculties (Academic or non-academic) description with photos

The faculties have received many awards and accolades
We have mentioned a few

  1. Prof Dr. K Kannan MD., DM., had received- Vocational excellence award in the field of cardiology by Rotary club of Chennai-2019
  2. Prof Dr. K Kannan MD., DM., had received – Tamilnadu Govt Best Doctor Award in the field of cardiology.
  1. Any other relevant information:

The Department of Cardiology actively participates in social activities and creates awareness among public in the prevention of heart disease
The Department of cardiology commemorates World heart day every year and organises a awareness rally and campaign, emphasising the current theme of the World heart day.