The department of 'Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery' (CTVS) was initially referred as the department of 'Thoracic Surgery' - and remained as the oldest super-specialty department of this institute. It has the uniqueness of its capacity in providing services in a broad spectrum inclusive of the three wings - Cardiac surgery (Operating on heart) including open heart surgeries, Thoracic surgery (Operating on lungs, chest wall, diaphragm & mediastinum) and Vascular surgery (Operating on blood vessels). Apart from the patient care services, the department is also involved in academic activities to train and create new cardiothoracic-vascular surgeons and perfusionists and it also continues with the research activities.
The CTVS department was initially started as Department of Thoracic surgery in 1966 by Dr. P.S.Narayanan and later headed by Dr. S.B.Sen in 1974 and by Dr. B.K.Gupta in 1976. From 1978 to May 2012, Dr. K.S.V.K. Subbarao had been the head of this department. Other faculty members including Dr. Amit Banerjee, Dr. Nachiappan and Dr. Abid Jeelani have also made marked contributions for the growth of the department in its formative period.
Though the first open heart operation was attempted in 1973, it was successfully performed in 1983. In 1986, the first valve replacement operation was done and in the same year regular Senior Residents were recruited.
In 1988, a symposium was organized on Bronchoscopy. In 1990, it attained the privilege of conducting clinical trials for the implantation of TTK-Chitra – Prosthetic heart valve as one among the six centers chosen across the country.
In 1992, the postdoctoral course (MCh) in the field of Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery was started. The department has also served as a centre for conducting the superspecialty DNB Examination for Cardio-thoracic Surgery. The department shifted its location to the new super specialty block (SSB) in 2009 equipped with facilities of state-of-art technolgy. The undergraduate allied medical course in Perfusion Technology (BSc) was started in 2010.
The department has a 26 bedded ward and 8 postoperative ICU beds and 2 operation rooms with state-of-art facilities. Currently facilities available to perform only 5 cases per week with standby theater for emergencies making the operative annual statistics of about 300 cases. Outpatient department runs for 2 days (tuesdays & thursdays) a week attending to about 150 to 200 patients per day. Apart from these about 10 emergency cases per day referred from various departments and emergency medical services (EMS) are being treated amounting to about 3000 emergency referral cases per yearfor opinion and management.The entire outpatient and inpatient departments are furnished with centralized airconditioning system with active smoke-detectors / fire alrams installed.
- MCh (Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery) - 3 year course - 4 seats per year
- BSc (Perfusion Technology) - 3 year course with 1 year optional internship - 4 seats per year.
Apart from these two courses which are exclusively run by the CTVS department, this department also takes part as co-faciltator for the following courses:
- BSc (Operation Theatre Technology)
- Other BSc (Allied Medical sciences) - for training in Basic Life Support (BLS)
- Post Basic Diploma in Nursing (PBDN) in Cardiothoracic Nursing
- Post Basic Diploma in Nursing (PBDN) in Operative Room Nursing
- MSc (Nursing)
- Medical Record Department Trainee