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Chaithanya Eye Hospital & Research Institute - Kochi


Founder Chairman

Dr. K. G. Ramachandran Nair

MS, D.O, FRCS (Lond), FRCS (Glasg)

Dr. K. G. Ramachandran Nair. MS, D.O, FRCS (Lond), FRCS (Glasg), popularly known as Dr.K.G.R, the founder Chairman of Chaithanya Group of Eye Hospital who expired on 15th February 2015 was a unique visionary in the field of Ophthalmology.

After passing his MBBS from Medical College, Trivandrum he did his MS in Ophthalmology and served the Health Services in Kerala for a short stint. He then went to the U.K for further training, did his FRCS and worked in some premier eye hospitals there. He then served in the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia and the UAE, at Al-Ain, where he held a teaching post in the University.

Back in Trivandrum, he started the Chaithanya Eye Hospital in 1996, the first Eye hospital in the private sector, despite the apprehensions of his friends and well wishers about the viability of such a project. The growth of this institution into the present day Chaithanya Eye and Research Institute, an ultramodern Eye Hospice with almost all the latest equipment in eye care, manned by a carefully selected team of dedicated and experienced Ophthalmologists is a realization of the dream of Dr KGR. The Hospital has now got branches in Kollam, Haripad and Kochi and has done pioneering work in almost all sub specialties in Ophthalmology.

Apart from his role on the faculty of various State, National and local conferences, Dr KGR was a regular presence in the very first row at conferences and CMEs. He was always keen to interact with other experts in the field on such occasions. Another role that he loved to the end was that of a student and a teacher. He kept up to date and indiscriminately shared his knowledge with, and was loved and held in high regard by the tens of his post graduate (DNB) trainees and junior Ophthalmologists who have trained at Chaithanya.

Above all he was adored by his employees, popular with his patients, and respected by his colleagues and vast circle of friends. He leaves behind his wife, Mrs Sujatha Ramachandran, his sons Dr Unnikrishnan Nair and Dr Anil Krishnan Nair, and their families including 4 grandchildren to cope with the void left by his unexpected demise.

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