MBBS, MS ( AIIMS ), FRCS ( Edin ), FRCS ( Glas )
Chief Liver Transplant / HPB Surgeon & Director
CLBS , Indraprastha Apollo Hospital
E mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel : +91 9891052970
Dr Subash Gupta
has been the pioneer of Liver Transplantation in
the Indian subcontinent. It is largely due to his efforts through the last
decade that this specialty has become well established in this part of the
world. Liver Transplant today has given fresh lease of life to thousands of
patients with liver disease as a result of his endeavors.
Dr Gupta was born in the quiet town
of Asansol in the state of West Bengal in eastern India. He spent his childhood
years there and began an academically brilliant career at the St Patrick’
After schooling , he joined the All
India Institute of Medical Sciences ( AIIMS ), Delhi where he obtained his medical degree. He also
trained in General Surgery at the same institute before joining the Department
of G I Surgery & Experimental Liver Transplantation as Senior Resident.
Encouraged by Prof Samiran Nundy,
Dr Gupta proceeded to UK to train in Liver Transplantation. He trained at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in
Birmingham and at the St James University Hospital in Leeds between 1993 and
1998 , working closely with some of the stalwarts of Liver Transplantation including Paul McMaster, Elwin Elias &
During his stay in UK, Dr Gupta qualified for
Fellowships of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and of Glasgow. He
trained in all aspects of Liver Transplantation, was actively involved in
clinical and research work as well as in teaching / training junior doctors.
His research work in various aspects of transplantation has been published in
various journals, presented at numerous conferences and appreciated worldwide.
In 1998, Dr Gupta decided to return
to India to take up the mantel of liver transplantation in this part of the
world. He was offered the position of Consultant in Liver Transplantation &
G I Surgery at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital ( SGRH ) in New Delhi which he
There he played a pioneering role
in developing the first successful liver transplant program in the Indian
subcontinent. While he had trained in Liver Transplantation for a long time in
the UK, he also interacted with and visited several centres in Hongkong, Seoul
and Turkey to understand the innovations that were rapidly making Living Donor
Liver Transplant a successful procedure outside the western world.
The Liver Transplant program at
SGRH was the culmination of years of preparation, aided by a few key
innovations by Dr Gupta and his colleagues. And the encouraging results ensured
that the program had well and truly taken off !
After the initial years at SGRH, Dr
Gupta decided that the Apollo group of hospitals were better equipped to
provide the infrastructure needed to sustain a busy liver transplant & HPB
In 2006, Dr Subash Gupta joined
Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, Delhi and stared the Liver Transplant &
HPB program there.
Over the years, the Centre of Liver
& Biliary Sciences ( CLBS ) evolved to its present shape. Today CLBS is the
busiest Living Donor Liver Transplant program in the world. But Dr Gupta prides
over the fact that Liver Transplantation is today only a small part of the
gamut of activity that CLBS is involved in.
Although a surgeon at the core, Dr
Subash Gupta has always believed that Liver diseases need to be managed by
specialists who are equally experienced in the medical & surgical aspects
of treatment. The Liver Surgeon or the Medical Hepatologist in isolation cannot
always judge what is in the best interests of the patient. Over the years of
his vast experience, Dr Gupta has focused his clinical & research
activities towards the medical management of patients with liver diseases.
Liver Transplantation is the cure for only a select group of patients with
Acute Liver Failure is a disease
which needs Urgent Liver Transplant when the patient’s parameters meet certain
criteria. However, years of experience has demonstrated that some of these
patients can be salvaged without a transplant. Having saved some of them
without a transplant, Dr Gupta’s team is now focusing on validating new
criteria to predict better which group of patients will inevitably need a
This is just one example among many
paradigm changes in management that are the focus of his research interests.
At CLBS, Dr Gupta continues to
guide the treatment of a large number of patients with Acute or Chronic Liver
Diseases, patients with Hepatitic B or C infections, those admitted with
Alcoholic Steatohepatitis as well as patients with Autoimmune Hepatitis.
Children with liver diseases such as those with Neonatal hepatitis, Progressive
Familial Intrahepatic Cholestasis ( PFIC ) , Biliary atresia , Hyperoxaluria
and Wilson’s disease are also treated by the Pediatric Hepatology division at
Tumours of the liver often present
management dilemmas depending on the stage of presentation. Choosing the best
treatment option for a patient with Hepatocellular cancer ( HCC ) can be
tricky. Oral Sorafenib, simple ablation with RFA or Alcohol injection, TACE (
Trans Arterial Chemo Embolisation ),
TARE ( Trans Arterial Radio Embolisation ) , Liver Resection and Liver
Transplantation are among the many treatment options available. While all these
treatment modalities are available at CLBS, Dr Gupta takes a personal interest
in ensuring that the patient and his family are adequately counseled and
informed about the pros & cons before embarking on a particular therapy.
The common adage ‘ Treat the
patient , not the disease’ remains the guiding philosophy on which Dr Gupta
continues to train his team at CLBS.
In the field of Liver Transplant ,
CLBS continues to make giant strides not only in clinical care, but also leads
surgical innovations in this specialty, trains junior doctors in this high end
specialty and ensures that doctors in society become adept at treating
transplanted patients in the community.
As primarily a G I Surgeon, Dr
Gupta continues to treat a significant number of patients with Gastrointestinal
diseases and problems of the Liver, Biliary tract & Pancreas. Liver
resections, Pancreatic surgery, surgery for hydatid cyst & choledochal cyst
as well as surgery for Bile duct injuries are regularly performed at our centre.
While the team at CLBS continues to
excel, Dr Gupta remains a bedside clinician at the core. He ensures that he
sees all patients personally, leads the surgical team during operations and
remains directly in charge of the postoperative care.
Meticulous attention to detail, both inside the
Operating Room and outside on the ward / ICU, is perhaps the single most
important reason behind the excellence in clinical care that Dr Gupta & his
team continue to provide at CLBS.