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Mission and milestones of the hospital
“We strive to surround our patients with
compassion and dignity, and touch each mind,
body and spirit with caring hands – this is the
task we have set ourselves. This is our life’s
Mrs. Mallika Mohandas
Chairman – MIOT Hospitals
MIOT Hospitals is
now over 14 years old. The story of MIOT, however dates back
to 1974 when the founder (Prof PVA Mohandas) returned from
Prof. Dr. PVA. Mohandas is not an ordinary man. He went to
England in 1970 after completing his master’s degree in
Orthopaedics at Madras Medical College. After mastering the
art of total hip replacement and internal fixation of
fractures, he received the MCh (orth) degree from the
University of Liverpool. At that time, he was offered
jobs all over the world, from the USA to New Zealand. Unlike
most of his peers, he decided to return to a fledgling,
Our country, in the 1970s was still developing.
Infrastructure was basic. PVA Mohandas decided to return
with an aim to provide the best possible care for Indian
patients. He worked sixteen hours a day, toiling at the
University hospital and traveling the country to educate
surgeons. By the 1990s he had been awarded the Padmashree
and an honorary doctorate and was recognized as the father
of Modern Orthopaedics in India.
He could have sat back and retired. However, at the age of
65, he decided he needed a new challenge. To create a
hospital where the patient (not profit) was foremost in the
physician’s mind, became his latest ambition. He sold
everything he owned and started MIOT Hospitals on a 20 acre
site near Chennai airport.
The hospital today, is a reflection of its founder -
scrupulous in its cleanliness, aggressive in its development
and caring in its attitude to patients. From 100 beds, 5
operating theatres and one building, it has grown to 600
beds (shortly expanding to 1000bedded facility), 14
operation theatres and 3 buildings. Every single element
from the design of the building to the construct of the
operating rooms oozes class, cutting edge technology and
1996 – 1997
They say from a
small acorn grows a mighty oak and that’s true for MIOT too.
It grew from the seed in the mind of Prof Dr. P.V.A.
Mohandas. This was the year MIOT was being built at this 14
On February 12,
1999, MIOT Hospitals opened its doors to the public.
that MIOT was built on was very sound – and however tough
the going got, we never compromised on them. MIOT was a
hospital built by experienced physicians with a very clear
vision and we never lost sight of that. From day one MIOT
had all the necessary state of the art technology for the
surgeons, doctors, nurses and paramedics. We also set about
engaging full time professionals who could give their time
and commitment to their patients. “Putting Patients First”,
is very much a part of MIOT’s vision though we were yet to
coin the phrase.
2002 - 2003
MIOT expanded from Joint Replacement Surgery and
Trauma to Thoracic and Cardio Vascular Care, opened under
the reputed and experienced Cardio Thoracic surgeon Dr. V.V.
Bashi. MIOT also opened a state of the art Cath lab and
Department of Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology. The
bed strength increased from 70 to 200. We continued to
expand in 2003 – Departments for Neuro Surgery, Maxillo-Facial
Surgery, Lapro - Scopic and Endoscopic Surgeries, Plastic
Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Ophthalmology, ENT & Head & Neck
Surgery, Gynaecology and Diabetology were added. Our imaging
sciences department installed open MRI, Spiral CT and the
work station, including the whole body densitometry in
By 2004-2005 all our speciality departments were
fully equipped with high end instruments, and headed by top
flight specialists. By now the springboard was set to launch
the stream of innovations that would build our reputation.
In 2005 we
received national recognition for our efforts – I was
delighted to collect the “Niryat Shree” Gold award
for earning the most foreign exchange in the health sector
at an exclusive function in New Delhi. We were the first
hospital to get such an award in the category of health
MIOT became the First Hospital in Asia Pacific to launch
Computer Navigation in Joint Replacement Surgery. We
followed this up with our most well known innovation -
Keyhole Surgery - keyhole surgery for Hip, Knee, Spine
and Endoscopic surgeries. Keyhole surgery was launched with
a campaign to enlighten the public about the benefits of
minimally invasive surgery.
2005 saw us launch campaigns for Arthritic Awareness, War
on Weight and Cardiac Fitness. Slowly but surely
MIOT was being established. Brand MIOT gained recognition,
not only in chennai, but all over south, other parts of
India and outside the country. To serve the patients who
were now pouring in, we launched MIOT Retreat with
the same high standards. The retreat was an extended care
facility with 100 rooms and suites and deluxe amenities like
a restaurant, auditorium, gym, beauty salon and more. It
gave patients a calm and infection - free environment to
Nursing care is an important part of our vision of “Putting
Patients First”. Earlier in 2002 MIOT started the School of
Nursing. Further to maintain the high standards of nursing,
in September 2005, we launched the MIOT College of Nursing.
Its aim was to train nurses to the high caliber of nursing
required at MIOT.
In 2006, we
continued to stay on top of medical technology. The 64 Slice
CT, MRI 1.5 Tesla, top end Nuclear Scan with Dual Head Gama
camera - A next level digital Cath lab were added. With this
our imaging sciences department came of age.
We announced another breakthrough in modern
medicine – Pinhole Surgery. All this created an
inspiring and progressive culture in MIOT where all
departments began to vye for excellence. Pioneering
surgeries were performed with excellent outcomes. For the
First time in the World major Open Heart Surgery was
performed, which corrected seven abnormalities of the heart.
The patient was back at work within two months, hale and
March 2007 also saw us launch the MIOT Centre for
Children’s Cardiac Care. The well trained and talented
team under the able guidance of the well known cardiac
surgeon Dr. Robert Coelho and Interventional Cardiologist
Dr. Sivakumar immediately swung into action. The team
provided comprehensive Paediatric Cardiological and Cardiac
Surgical Care. Again, in keeping with the MIOT vision, the
children’s cardiac centre has been provided with the best of
equipment, to handle complex cardiac surgical procedures in
neonates, new borns, young infants & children of all age
groups, with excellent outcomes. Many children with cardiac
problems could not afford the high costs of surgery, so we
quickly launched the project that is closest to my heart – “CHIME”
(Children’s Heart Internationale MIOT). This is a trust fund
that collects donations to treat under-privileged Paediatric
heart patients free of cost. I am proud to state that in a
short while CHIME helped and treated over 300 children from
India, Africa and other parts of the world in this regard.
As part of its social responsibility, MIOT has performed
more than 150 free heart surgeries for children hailing from
poor socio economic status.
In the same year 2007 we also launched another very
significant department – the MIOT Institute of Research
(MIR). This state of the art tissue culture laboratory is a
collaborative venture between MIOT and the University of
Zurich and the Institute of Regenerative Medicine, and this
will give us a lead in the dynamic field of Stem Cell
In 2008, we
launched the “Global Centre for Ideal Joints” and the
“Joint for Life” campaign to empower patients in
India to get an artificial joint that matched them
Meanwhile our adult cardiac care department had made great
strides in the path breaking area of Endovascular Stenting
for Aortic Aneurysms. In February 2008 METAA (MIOT
Endovascular Training on Aortic Aneurysms) was launched, to
share our knowledge with other specialists. More than 25
procedures were performed by Dr. V.V Bashi, along with Dr.
Murali, our Interventional Radiologist. There are very few
centres in the world do this surgery – and I’m proud to say
that MIOT is one of the leading centres.
A few months later, the spotlight shifted to a new
department - MIOT Institute of Nephrology. Launched
in July 2008 this department headed by the renowned Dr.
Rajan Ravichandran quickly went on-stream and now around 50
patients per day are being treated with Dialysis and 5
patients per month with Kidney transplant procedure. Till
date more than 10,000 patients have been treated with
Dialysis and 31 patients are benefited with Kidney
transplants at this centre. We are expecting great things
from this department.
MIOT celebrated its 10year anniversary. Through it all, our
core values continue to be shaped around the belief that
our enterprise exists to serve society and profit is a means
rather than an end in itself. These values will always
be a part of MIOT - in 10 years, in 20 years in 100 years.
This year MIOT’s grow leap forwarded by laying the
foundation stone for “MIOT Hospitals International”.
This international Hospital will be built and run on
International standards to cater to the growing demands for
world class health care facilities in India. MIOT Hospitals
International is the first of its kind in India being a
green building with 450 beds and 12 operation theatres and
with a spectrum of super-specialties
MIOT dedication towards the social welfare took a new shape
by launching “MODE” which brought together the Govt
and the people of Tamilnadu to a common platform. MODE,
(MIOT Organ DrivE) is an initiative of MIOT Hospitals
created to extend the reach of the Government of Tamil Nadu,
Organ Donor Programme. Infact Thiru. Stalin – Deputy
Chief Minister – Tamil Nadu, pledged to donate his
organs while inaugurating this MODE programme. This brought
huge awarness and reached every single corner of tamilnadu.
MODE‘s objectives include creating awareness and launching a
massive drive to sensitise the public for the need for organ
This year Children’s Day was very special to MIOT. A
joyful and fun filled Children’s Day Celebration was held at
MIOT Hospitals on 13 November 2009. This grand event brought
together the children who underwent successful heart
surgeries at MIOT, their parents, MIOT’s Paediatric doctor’s
team and the public.
World class surgeries:
• First of its kind in the
World: A team of doctors headed by Dr. V.V. Bashi at MIOT
Hospitals corrected seven
in the heart simultaneously through a hybrid procedure for a
54 years old patient.
• First Time in the World:
Unique Two-Stage Hybrid Surgery performed at MIOT Hospitals
for Aneurysm of the
Arch and Descending Thoracic Aorta in a patient with
previous Kidney Transplant.
Year 2010 was the year for education and sharing knowledge.
MIOT in association with IGOF conducted two Master’s courses
in the field of orthopaedics. This master’s course was
attended by almost 600 delegates, both national and
international. The programme had seminars, lectures and live
On May 2010, Federation of Indian Export Organization (FIEO)
awarded MIOT Hospitals with “Niryat Shree” Bronze Trophy
for the year 2009-2010 in the Service Provider Category for
generating highest foreign exchange. This prestigious award
was handed over by the Minister of State for Commerce and
Industry, Jyotiraditya Scindia on 16th May, 2010 in New
With the onset of an incessant knowledge explosion in
general, and, in scientific medicine in particular, a great
urgent need exists, for medical doctors to rely on and
get the help of other health professionals in the use of
the various highly sophisticated instrumentation available
for an early, prompt and specific diagnosis of disease, to
design the different forms of therapy necessary and then to
offer a convincing prognosis. In order to meet this
MIOT Hospitals on August 2010 launched the MIOT Academy
of Allied Health Sciences (MAAHS) that would generate
para professionals for employment in the hospital industry.
To start with, the Academy has rolled out six degree courses
with 75 seats in affiliation with the Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR
Medical University. The B.Sc. courses are in Accident and
Emergency Care Technology, Cardiac Pulmonary Care
Technology, Critical Care Technology, Operation Theatre and
Anaesthesia Technology, Physician assistant and Radiology
On October 2010, MAGICON 2010, an International CME meet was
held at MIOT on Gastroenterology and Hepatology. This meet
was organized by the Indian Society of Gastroenterology -
Tamilnadu chapter and MIOT Hospitals which focused on recent
technological developments as well as state-of-the-art
medical and surgical practice in this speciality.
March 2011 - Our cardiac team achieved a medical
breakthrough in the successful Surgical Treatment of acute
dissection of the aorta – The Frozen Elephant Trunk
Operation Using Hybrid Graft - a one stage surgery.
Under our aegis the Indo–German Orthopaedic Foundation
(IGOF) conducted courses like the Master’s course on Pelvic
fractures, Complex Revision Hip replacements and Revision
July 2011 – On World Hepatitis Day we launched “Liver
for Life” a massive programme to create awareness about the
deadly Hepatitis B virus and its resultant Cirrhosis of the
liver, liver cancer, etc. The campaign targeted hundreds of
school children and citizens of Chennai. More than 8000
people received free screening and immunization against
Hepatitis B virus on a single day. The programme received an
extra fillip with Dr. Vikram – Film Actor and Youth Envoy –
UN Habitat joining in to promote this worthy cause.
August 2011 - A two-day Master’s course on Trauma and
Joint Replacement Surgery was conducted in collaboration
with the Bangalore Orthopaedic Society. In October, we
conducted a Master’s Course on Surgery of the Spine. These
workshops, courses and live telecast of surgeries helped in
training young Orthopaedic Surgeons.
September 2011 - Our Cardio Thoracic team
successfully operated on a 5 year old from Bangladesh who
had been already been operated upon 4 times for a Leaking
Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm in the lungs. This complex
procedure was the first of its kind. Today, the child is
hale and healthy and doing extremely well.
November 2011 - An innovative surgery by the
Interventional Radiologist at MIOT saved the life of a 35
year old engineer who suffered a massive brain stroke.
December 2011 - We launched Indo British Health
Initiative (IBHI) in association with the British Deputy
High Commission. IBHI brought together health professionals
in India and UK to work together, co-operate and form a long
and mutually beneficial relationship. The first symposium
under the IBHI banner was conducted on January 14th & 15th
2012 at MIOT Hospitals.
We performed free heart surgeries for 94 children from the
lower socio-economic group who were affected by congenital
heart diseases. This was made possible by the support of
CHIME – a Trust that was started in Sep 2007 and that has
benefitted 470 children to date.
Our department of Surgical Oncology performed path breaking
cancer surgeries like Pancreatic head resection with portal
vein resection on a 65 year old lady with a huge tumour who
has now completely recovered. A minimally invasive surgery
for oesophageal cancer was performed with excellent results
with keyhole incisions in the chest and abdomen. A massive
sarcoma measuring 20cms in size was completely removed from
the spine, neck and chest of a young man in a 6 hour surgery
with minimal blood loss.
March 2012 - We honoured five patients who had been
transplanted across blood groups. During World Kidney Day
celebrations, we felicitated the two patients and eight
others who underwent similar transplants.
April 2012 - Cardiac Surgeons treated two patients -
a 32 year-old woman from Vijayawada and a 50-year-old man
who was visiting Chennai - with Marfan’s syndrome resulting
in life-threatening conditions in a day. They complex
surgical procedures were successful.
May 2012 - A dedicated centre for Heart patients -
MIOT Heart Revive Centre was inaugurated on 18th May 2012 to
address heart revival. The centre is manned by a team of
cardiologists, who will be on call 24x7. The
State-of-the-art Cardiac CATH Lab with innovative OCT
(Optical Coherence Tomography) guidance system that is
superior to the conventional angiogram and a 3D Mapping
OCT – the latest imaging technology using light, is taking
Angioplasty to a new level.
High end equipment available for treatment includes a
750HDCT scan which gives 47 per cent more image clarity to
aid in a more accurate diagnosis
July 2012 : State of the art MIOT Institute for
Cancer Cure was opened with an advanced radiotherapy
machine, the TrueBeam STX. This machine uses radiation to
treat cancer without affecting the surrounding healthy
tissue at the tumour site and can perform procedures in a
shorter period of time compared to devices such as the
cyberknife. . It can target tumours in moving organs. It
also offers sub-millimetre accuracy which increases the
chances of a cure for cancer patients. We have also
installed top end 64 Slice PET CT, Brachetherapy and Digital
Mammography to take our cancer centre to a very high level.
July 2012 - A 14-year-old boy with Noonan syndrome
was saved after 5-hour surgery. The main aortic valve that
controls the pure blood flowing out of the heart was
leaking. The main blood vessel, the aorta, had ballooned
into a huge 59mm aneurysm. It was in danger of bursting at
any time, causing the boy to bleed to death. In addition, he
had a chest wall abnormality due to a depressed breastbone
pushing his heart completely to the left side of the chest
cavity. The successful surgery saved the boy and he is back
on his feet at School.
October 2012 - MIOT Hospitals bagged “Niryat Shree
– Gold Award” - Federation of Indian Export Organization
(FIEO) conferred MIOT Hospitals with “Niryat Shree” Gold
Trophy for the year 2009-2010 in the Service Provider
Category. This prestigious award was handed over by the
Hon’ble President of India, Shri. Pranab Mukherjee to Mrs.
Mallika Mohandas, Chairman – MIOT Hospitals, on October 05,
2012 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.
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