Dr. Murali Appukuttan

Consultant Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary and Liver Transplant Surgeon


A high qualified well trained Surgical Hepatologist, Surgical Pancreatologist, Surgical gastroenterologist, Surgical Oncologist, Minimally access and Liver transplant / Multi-visceral transplant surgeon with more than 15 years experience. First Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary and liver transplant surgeon in South India (Fifth in the country) holding the degree of MCh HPB surgery from the prestigious Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences, New Delhi (Largest liver university in the world).

Dr Murali is the first fully Indian trained Gastro/HPB surgeon to get Fellow of European Board of Surgery Degree (FEBS) in Surgical Oncology, General Surgery and Multivisceral Retrieval and Transplant surgery.

He is the first Liver Transplant surgeon from Central Travancore to start Live Donor Liver Transplantation and Paediatric Liver Resection programs.


Professional Qualification

MCh Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Surgery (HPB Surgery) from the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS), New Delhi (Deemed Medical University)-2015

DNB General Surgery from National Board of Examinations (New Delhi- 2012)

MS -General Surgery from Government Medical College, Trivandrum (Kerala University)-2008

MBBS - Government Medical College, Kottayam (Mahatma Gandhi University)-2003

FEBS- Fellow of European Board of Surgeons (SURGICAL ONCOLOGY- Degree awarded by ESSO- European Society of Surgical Oncology- HPB and GI surgery Sub-speciality)-2018

FEBS- Fellow of European Board of Surgeons- General Surgery- Ireland-2019

FEBS- Fellow of European Board of Surgeons -Multi-visceral Retrieval and Transplant surgery- Copenhagen-2019

MNAMS- National medical Board- 2017

FACS- Fellow of American College of Surgeons (Associate) - 2017

FAIS- Fellow of Associations of Surgeons of India-2018

FMAS- Fellow of Minimally Invasive surgeon-2018

FIAGES- Fellow of Indian Association of Gastrointestinal and Endo Surgeons-2018

FALS- Fellow of Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery (Colorectal Surgery)-2018


Achievements and Expertise

Multi-visceral Transplant training- University Hospital Network (UHN), Toronto University (Canada)-2018

Training in Multiorgan retrieval and donor optimization in Transplantation- European Society of Organ Transplantation (ESOT) - Leiden University, Netherlands-2018

Senior Resident/Registrar- Surgical Oncology- BR Ambedkhar Rotary Cancer Hospital (BRA-IRCH), All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi- 2008-2009

Fellow in HPB Surgery and Liver Transplantation- Apollo Hospital Chennai- 2010

Best outgoing student in General Surgery in MBBS – Gold medal (Dr Jayakumar Memorial award)
Fellowship in HPB and Liver Transplantation surgery – Apollo Hospital, Chennai (Largest Diseased donor liver transplant centre in India)

Senior Residency in Surgical Oncology- BR Ambedkar- Institute Rotary Cancer Centre (BRA- IRCH), All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi (2008-2009)

First MCh HPB surgeon from South India (Fifth of the type in India) from the world’s largest liver university – The Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS), New Delhi- Only (Government) Institute in India under Delhi NCR territory dedicated to liver, biliary and pancreatic disease (Only MCI recognised MCH HPB Surgery Course in India). 5 years of Intensive training in HPB and Liver Transplantation at ILBS (2010-2015)

First Keralite/South Indian to receive the Degree award from the prestigious President of India- (Pranab Mukherjee)

First Indian Gastro and HPB surgeon to hold European Board Fellowship degree in Surgical Oncology (with special expertise in sub-specialities- HPB Surgery and Gastro/Colorectal Surgery) - conferred by the European Society of Surgical Oncology (ESSO). Only Indian HPB/Gastro surgeon to hold this degree in Surgical Oncology

One of the few Indian trained surgeons to hold the European Board Fellowship degree (FEBS) in General surgery

One of the few Indian Transplant surgeons to hold the European Board Degree (FEBS) in Multi-visceral retrieval and Transplant surgery

Short term multi-visceral Organ transplant training in University Hospital Network (UHN) - Toronto University- Canada (Largest Multi-visceral transplant Unit in North America,under Dr David Grant who did the world’s First Combined Liver and Intestinal Transplantation)

First Indian trained transplant surgeon to get eligibility for training in UHN, Toronto University

Training in Multi-visceral cadaver retrieval and Donor optimization – Leiden University, Netherlands (under European Society of Organ Transplantation)

First Transplant surgeon in Central Kerala to do Live Donor Liver Transplantation successfully (2019, March 12)

First Liver surgeon to do paediatric liver resection in central Travancore for Paediatric Liver Tumour (2020) - started paediatric liver surgery program at Caritas Hospital

Started a new HPB and Gastro surgery/onco-surgery centre at central Kerala at Caritas Hospital- with a dedicated liver unit- CCLD- Caritas Centre for Liver Diseases with facilities available for all liver diseases including Liver Transplantation, currently handling one of the largest numbers of liver tumours (adult and paediatric tumours) and maximum HPB and Gastro related interventions (Radiologic) in the state including- TIPS, DIPS, BRTO, TACE, TAE, RFA, Microwave ablation, Embolizations/ portal flow modulation procedures like splenic artery embolization, Trans-jugular liver/kidney biopsies, celiac plexus block, etc. (CCLD fully supported by dedicated Medical Hepatology / Gastroenterology department)

Presented papers and posters in national and international conferences with award winning presentations

Won prizes in quizzes conducted at various conferences (General surgery/gastro surgery/HPB surgery conferences- national level/state level)

Published articles in national and international peer reviewed journals (on areas of interest like live donor liver transplantation, hemodynamics in transplantation, donor hepatectomies, HPB Oncosurgeries, infectious diseases after transplant surgery,Endotoxemia in transplant surgery, EHPVO, etc.)

Faculty in DNB training in General Surgery at Caritas Hospital


He is proficient in Malayalam, English and Hindi.

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