Chairman -CVTS
Institute of Heart, Vascular & Transplantation.
Minimally Invasive and Transplant surgeon.


Kunduparamba -Karaparamba bypass road
Kozhikode, Kerala, India- 673 005

Mobile: 91-8921057374

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Dr. Murali P Vettath is a new generation coronary surgeon – one of the handful of surgeons in the world, performing 100% of his coronary surgeries on beating heart (OPCAB – OFF PUMP CORONARY ARTERY BYPASS) Surgery, without the use of Heart Lung Machine. He has been a pioneer and protagonist of this “cutting edge technology” and has trained numerous surgeons and anaesthesiologists in this field of cardiac surgery around the world.    

He is the only cardiac surgeon in India and from around the world, who has invented and patented both….A proximal and a distal anastamotic device for performing CABG. VAO in 2004 & SIMS in 2018

VAO (‘Vettath’s Anastomotic Obturator‘) in 2004 & SIMS  (Simple Indian made stabilizer) in 2018.

Has published 4 chapters on beating heart surgery,  with three from international publications. 

Has given invited lectures in 25 countries. 

Has operated in eight  Countries. 

Has had  thirty plus International publications.


He has crossed 5800 plus OPCABs in Kozhikode city by July 2024, with a mortality of less than 1%. 

He has 33 years post MCh experience in Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery, including 24 years as Chief Cardiothoracic Surgeon. Has performed 9000 plus open-heart surgeries with more than 5800 of them on beating heart for coronary artery bypass surgery with a mortality of less than 1%. He has hardly any conversions on to the Pump in the last sixteen years

Performed the first MICS (minimally invasive cardiac surgery) in KERALA in July 2002. Right anterior mini thoracotomy for closure of ASD.

Performed the arterial revascularization AND FIRST OPCAB SURGERY (off pump coronary artery bypass) in first Total Dhaka in 1999 and in North Kerala in 2002 and has been performing the same ever since.

Performed the first MICS-OPCAB-TAR in at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital, Durban, South Africa in April 2018.

Performed the First OPCAB and conducted a workshop at Provincial hospital, Port Elizabeth, South Australia, from Nov 26th to 30th,2018 and trained the surgeons there.

We performed the first OPCAB in Kaserkod on 16th March 2021 at Meitra United heart centre. This was the first ever heart surgery in north Kerala.

Has performed the maximum number of Bentalls procedure (Aortic root replacement- MORE THAN 50) in north Kerala with lowest mortality since 2002.

He has been trained in coronary artery surgery from Australia, Holland and Paris and has transferred technology to Bangladesh in the year 1999. He stayed in Bangladesh for three years and set up two cardiac centers with a contingent of twenty doctors and a hundred nurses from India. Besides he also trained cardiac surgeons, cardiologists, cardiac anaesthesiologists, cardiac nurses and paramedical staff there.

After his stint in Dhaka, Bangladesh, he is now settled in Kozhikode, his home town SINCE 2002.

Here, he established the Dept. of Cardiac surgery and Transplantation at the Malabar Institute of Medical Sciences (MIMS), Kozhikode (2002-2017)

He came to Kozhikode at a time when all cardiac patients had to go to either Coimbatore or Kochi or even Chennai for their cardiac SURGERIES. After establishing this center and bringing both adult and pediatric cardiac surgery under one roof along with interventional cardiology, he has been instrumental in developing MIMS as a benchmark in Off Pump Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting in the world.

Various programs had been organized by him to make the public aware of the dangers of heart disease.  He organized public marches in 2006, 2007 & 2008 on World Heart Day.  More than 2000 participants from all walks of life took part in these marches.  Heart exhibitions were conducted in MIMS Calicut to make the people understand heart problems and prevent it. He had also started the “SAVE A HEART – SAVE A LIFE PROGRAMME’, where poor patients are provided hundred percent free CABG – bypass procedure. He has already operated on more than ninety such eligible patients with many more are to follow.

He has also been a keen researcher in cardiac surgery with many inventions and innovations to his credit. He has invented and developed numerous devices for performing beating heart surgery, which has been published in International journals.  He has also developed indigenous techniques for performing this procedure with excellent results.

Since June 2017 he has moved over as Chairman of Cardiac surgery, to establish the Cardiac surgical department in Meitra Hospital. Kozhikode, Kerala, India. This hospital is established as – A Center of excellence in Minimally Invasive cardiac surgery and OPCAB surgery. 

Some of his Inventions, Innovations, modifications and developments are as follows;

Ø  Has invented -The SIMS. (Simple Indian made stabilizer) … which has been sent for patenting-(June 2015)-Performed more than 1500 OPCABs with that so far. -This has been patented on 26th Dec 2022.

Ø  He had invented the “Vettath’s Anastomotic Obturator” (VAO) which is used for performing the proximal anastomosis of the vein graft to the aorta without using the side clamp. Performed more 600 top ends using this device.

This has been Patented on 2nd April 2008.

Vettath’s Technique of Performing Top End Anastomosis of vein Graft using VAO. 

Vettaths’s Blower and Blower Mister.

Vettath’s modification of Aorto-Coronary Shunt

Vettath’s –JP Cardioplegia Device

Vettath’s Technique of Long Mammary Patch Anastomosis.

Vettath’s modification of the use of IABP in OPCAB.

Has developed the “First Indian Re-engineered Stabilizer for Beating Heart Surgery”. 

Has developed totally indigenous instruments to perform the first MICS-TAR in India on 13th Nov 2017

Developed the following instrumentation for MICS (minimally invasive cardiac surgery)

MICS- IMA retractor.

MICS –chest spreader.

MICS –Stabilizer -SIMS.

MICS long instruments – forceps, liga clip applicator and scissors.

Developed the Vettaths Cannulating forceps, for holding the Pacifico cannula for SVC cannulation.

Developed the Vettaths modification of the Laryngoscope to perform SV harvesting under vision with small incisions.

Developed the Vettaths, cold cautery technique to perform the skeletonized dissection of IMA.

Performed the First successful Heart transplantation at MIMS on 2nd Nov 2015. That was the second successful Htx in North Kerala.

Have so far performed 5 Heart transplantations in Calicut.

One And one has survived more than 8yrs. Here at Meitra we have done two heart transplants. One is two years down the track and the other is three months old 

He has received numerous awards from different organizations in India and abroad for his contributions to cardiac surgery.

Has been conferred the FRCS (Glasgow) in Oct.2019.