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Prof. MOHAN KAMESWARAN - Managing Director


Professor Mohan Kameswaran, is the Managing Director & Senior Consultant of Madras ENT Research Foundation (P) Ltd, Honorary Professor, Department of ENT, SRM Medical College Hospital & Research Centre, Kattankulathur and Honorary Senior Lecturer, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, Lancashire, UK. He was formerly the Adjunct Professor of The Tamilnadu Dr. M.G.R Medical University, Chennai.

He has been a recipient of the ‘PADMA SHRI’ National Award from the Former President, His Excellency Late Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam, Government of India in recognition of his distinguished and exceptional service in the field of Medicine in 2006.

He has also been a recipient of the prestigious award from Medical Council of India ‘DR. B.C.ROY AWARD FOR THE YEAR 2008’ for the development of specialties in different branches in medicine from The President of India, His Excellency Shri. Pranab Mukherjee in 2016.

He was also awarded the prestigious ‘Indo-Australian Award’ for Meritorious Service by the Indo-Australian Association, and ‘For the sake of Honor Award’ by Rotary club of Madras Esplanade in 2006. He was the recipient of ‘Award for Excellence of Service’ in appreciation of contribution to Pioneering Cochlear Implant Program in Srilanka, by the President of Srilanka, in 2006, ‘Award for Service’ from Vidya Jyothi Sir Arthur C. Clarke, Srilanka in 2006 and Conferred ‘Award for Excellence’ in appreciation of outstanding contribution towards the Cochlear Implant Group of India, by His Excellency, the Governor of Kerala, in 2006. He was awarded the ‘Shri Shyam Lal Saxena Memorial Award 2005-2006’ by the National Academy of Medical Sciences for the best-published work in the field of bio-medical engineering by bio-medical scientists. He is the only Indian to be elected as a Member of the Governing Body-Asia-Pacific Cochlear Implant Board, in 2007. He was conferred the prestigious ‘Tamilnadu Scientist Award-2007’ by the Tamil Nadu State Council for Science and Technology, Government of Tamil Nadu in 2008 and was also conferred Two - ‘Doctor of Science (Honoris–Causa)’ awards by The Tamilnadu Dr. MGR Medical University in 2008 and Saveetha University in 2013. He has been elected as Member, Executive Board, International Federation of Otorhinolaryngological Societies (IFOS), Brazil & has been elected Board Member of the Politzer Society Inc.- The International Society for Otologic and Science held at London in 2009. He was the President of Asia Pacific Symposium on Cochlear Implants and its related science (APSCI). He was conferred the ‘Best Doctor Award’ in 2011 and ‘Scroll of Honour’ in 2012 by The Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R.Medical University. He was nominated as ‘Goodwill Ambassador for India’ from the Academy at 2013 Global Health Symposium at the AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO in Vancouver, Sept - Oct 2, 2013. Honored for the ‘Dedicated Services’ at the Upgraded Institute of Otorhinolaryngology, Madras Medical College, Chennai, October 2013. He received the ‘Appreciation Award’ for Excellent Organization of AOICON 2011 at the 66th Annual Conference of the Association of Otolaryngologists of India AOICON 2014, Mysore, January 2014. First Indian Otologist to appointed as a Visiting Professor in Otology 2015 by Journal of Laryngology & Otology (JLO) and Royal Society of Medicine, United Kingdom. He was conferred Honorary Fellow of Indian Academy of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery in August 2016. He received the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ at the 10th SAARC ENT Conference conducted at Dhaka, Bangladesh in November 2016.

He is one of the pioneers of Cochlear Implant Surgery in India and has Mentored and was responsible for starting Cochlear Implant surgery in 32 centers in India, and in 7 centers overseas including Sri Lanka, Armed Forces Hospital in Bangladesh, Nigeria & Nepal. He is the FIRST Surgeon in South and South East Asia to have performed the Auditory Brainstem Implant and the FIRST Pediatric Brainstem Implant in Asia, January 2009. He Mentored and was responsible to start Auditory Brainstem Implant surgery in Apollo Hospital Bangalore. He is also the FIRST surgeon in Asia Pacific region to have performed the Totally Implantable Hearing Device surgery. He is also the recipient of ‘Outstanding Leadership Award’ in recognition of his ‘Pioneering spirit in the field of Cochlear Implants’ at the 1st World Congress on Cochlear Implants in Emerging countries’ Dubai, 2016.

He graduated from Madras Medical College in 1978 with distinction and obtained his DLO and MS in 1981 from the same Institution. He received several Gold Medals including the Chipperfield Gold Medal for Surgery and Dr. P.V. Cherian Gold Medal for the best outgoing MS student in the University.

He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh), Fellow of the International College of Surgeons and Fellow of Tamilnadu Academy of Sciences. He is the youngest ENT Surgeon to become a Fellow of Academy of Medical Sciences. He is also a designated overseas Clinical tutor of the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh). He is also the Founder President of Cochlear Implant Group of India - an exclusive grouping of Cochlear Implant Surgeons and professionals in the country. He was formerly an Associate Professor of Otorhinolaryngology, King Saud University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

He has Edited a text book on ENT Diseases in a Tropical Environment & two operative manuals - one on Temporal Bone Surgery and the other on Skull Base Surgery. He is in the Editorial Board of several International & National Journals. He has written a FOREWORD in the American Journal of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Medicine and Surgery.

He has over 125 publications in major National & International journals and has attended & presented papers in almost 450 National and International conferences and has been an invited lecturer in several of them. He has conducted & attended almost 300 workshops on Temporal Bone Surgery, Skull Base Surgery, Live Laser surgery and Audiology for Surgeons etc. He has conducted almost 210 Free ENT camps and has visited over 45 countries for various academic and professional meetings. He has delivered almost 80 Orations in major conferences. He is the only Indian to have been invited to give Guest Oration at the 12th British Academy Conference in Otolaryngology, United Kingdom in 2006 and has also been invited to give Instructional courses in World Congress of Otolaryngology, Sao Paulo and the American Academy of Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery 2009. He has been an Examiner in ENT for several Universities in the country and abroad.

He is a very simple and self-effacing human being with a deep empathy for the under privileged and a strong social commitment. In short, he is an embodiment of a dynamic surgeon, brilliant academician, great leader, good teacher and an emulation and inspiration for everyone to follow.

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Prof. Dr. S. KAMESWARAN - Patron

Prof. Dr. S. Kameswaran, MS, PhD, DSc, FRCS (Ed & G), FICS, DLO is one of the senior most ENT surgeons in India & the recipient of the prestigious 'Padmashri' award of the Government of India in 1991. Most of the present generation ENT surgeons have trained under him. He has completed over 50 years of ENT practice. Having obtained his MS & DLO from Madras Medical College, Chennai, he went to the U.K. to obtain his FRCS from the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Glasgow. As a keen teacher and guide he held many an academic post and has the honour of developing the Institute of Otorhinolaryngology at Madras Medical College where he was the longest serving director. He also has the distinction of being the first Ph.D holder in ENT in India and also received a Doctorate of Science (DSc) Honoris Causa given by the Dr.MGR Medical University in recognition of his long years of research and original contributions. He was awarded the Padmashri by the President of India, and also received the B.C.Roy award for his contribution to his specialty. He was the honorary surgeon to the President of India. He was the past President of the Association of Otolaryngologists of India. Internationally he has been recognized by many scientific bodies. He is a fellow of the Belgian Academy of Sciences and has authored 2 textbooks in ENT and contributed chapters in other international textbooks.

Mrs. INDIRA M. KAMESWARAN - Executive Director

Mrs. Indira M. Kameswaran, M.A is the inspiration behind MERF. The entire conception and execution of the institution was her brainchild. As the Executive Director, she is the face MERF presents to the corporate world. She supervises the day-to-day functioning of the hospital and also supports the conduct of various social and academic activities. . She is also the secretary of MERF Charitable Trust, which sponsors free treatment for needy and indigent patients. She heads the finance department of the hospital. She started the first University approved Degree Course in 'Post Graduate Diploma in Auditory Habilitation' in collaboration with leading centers in the United States of America and Australia.She also co-ordinates the Cochlear Implant program at MERF and is the Correspondent of MERF Institute of Speech & Hearing.


Dr. R. S. ANAND KUMAR - Academic Director

Dr. R. S. Anand Kumar, is Senior ENT consultant and Academic Director of Madras ENT Research Foundation (P) Ltd, Chennai & Senior Consultant ENT surgeon in the city of Chennai, since 1981 with nearly 32 years of experience in the field. He is the Coordinator for the Diploma in National Board of Examinations since 2001 and also for the Post Doctoral Fellowship in Implantation Otology recognized by The Tamilnadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University. He completed MBBS from Madras Medical College in 1977, with excellent academic record and received his M.S. ENT from Madras Medical College in 1981. From 1981 he was practicing as ENT Consultant till date. His special interest is in Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, Cochlear Implantation for Hearing impaired children and Laser Surgery in ENT. He was also in the Surgical Team to do "First Brainstem Implant" in South and South East Asia. He had specialized international training for Cochlear Implantation in Melbourne and Sydney in 1996 and in Laser Surgery in ENT in UK in 1999. He has over 15 publications in major Journals and has participated over 30 National & International Conferences. He has held the position of Founder Honorary Treasurer of Association of Otorhinolaryngology of India South Zone Branch and Tamil Nadu State Branch. He is a Doctor with deep social commitment and has participated in over 100 free camps to render service to people in rural areas. He was also awarded the Best Doctor Award from The Tamilnadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University Tamil Nadu. He has the Distinction of being awarded the MAMS from the National Academy of Medical Sciences .He is Fellow of the International College of Surgeons. More details


Dr. MADHAVAN JAGANNATH - Administrative Director

Dr. Madhavan Jagannath, MD, passed his MBBS from JNMC, Belgaum and MD from KMC, Hubli, has more than 40 years experience in the field of Anaesthesiology, and heads the Department of Anaesthesiology. His present interest is in the management of anaesthesia in patients for Cochlear Implants for deaf children and Laser surgeries. To his credit he has anaesthetized the maximum number of cases of Cochlear Implants, the highest in the country. He is also the first to anaesthetize the first Brain Stem Implant in Chennai, along with his team which was first of its kind in South East Asia.
He has taken part as a faculty member in many national and international conferences.
He has a vast exposure and knowledge regarding the management of anaesthesia for laser surgeries. He has been a mentor for many anaesthetists in India and abroad for to teach them the knowledge and art of anaesthesia technique for Laser Surgery.
His inputs in the field of Anaesthesia was recognized by The Tamil Nadu Dr.M.G.R.Medical University, which awarded him the "Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012".