Dr. Harikumar R. Nair


Dr. Harikumar R. Nair


Dr. Harikumar R Nair is a Gastroenterologist, Hepatologist & Liver Transplant Physician in Kochi with over 2 decades of experience. With extensive training globally in Hepatology and Liver Transplant Medicine, Dr. Nair has worked in prestigious institutions in India and abroad.

Senior Consultant Gastroenterologist, Hepatologist & Liver Transplant Physician in Kochi, Kerala, India.

Gastrointestinal physician with more than two decades of experience, extensively trained globally in Hepatology and Liver Transplant Medicine. First Gastrointestinal physician in Kerala to undergo Transplant Hepatology (Liver transplant medicine) Training.

Underwent Transplant Hepatology Training at the Multi organ transplant Unit, University Health Network, Toronto, Canada, where he gained experience in all aspects of medical management of chronic liver disease in liver transplant setting- Pre liver transplant evaluation & post transplant follow up.

Unlike most surgical interventions, medical management after liver transplantation starts on day one after liver transplant surgery- transplant physician’s role in post transplant ICU , especially in tailoring/individualizing immunosuppression, close monitoring of post operative hepatic hemodynamics, watching out for systemic infections evolving in the background of immunosuppression are of utmost importance in terms of ensuring high survival post transplant. In this perspective, to get adept with immediate post operative care, Dr.Nair spent an additional month of training in Transplant Surgery& Post Operative Care at PENN transplant Institute, Philadelphia, USA.

Interest in End Stage Liver Disease and Transplant Hepatology facilitated his career progression into a formal training in portal hypertension. He has undergone training in Portal Hypertension as senior clinical fellow in Hepatology with hepatic hemodynamics as focus at INSELSPITAL, the university hospital of Bern, Switzerland. This training tenure centered round management of advanced /end stage liver disease with portal hypertension (increased liver pressure) with exposure on procedures done in this patient population namely, Hepatic venous pressure gradient measurement (HVPG), transjugular liver biopsies(TJLB) and transjugular intrahepatic portosytemic shunt(TIPS) placement.
Dr. Harikumar R. Nair has performed more than fifteen thousand diagnostic and therapeutic gastrointestinal endoscopic procedures with special interest in ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio Pancreatography) done for post liver transplant biliary complications.
He has served as faculty at tertiary care teaching hospitals in India and abroad-JIPMER Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education &Research), Puduchery as Assistant Professor of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, AIMS (Amrita Institute of Medical sciences), Kerala as Associate professor and consultant Transplant Hepatologist and has served the National health services, UK as Consultant Hepatologist at Queen Alexandra hospital, Portsmouth.


Areas of Expertise Includes

Hepatic Hemodynamics

Hepatic hemodynamics refers to the study of, the blood flow and pressure within the liver. The blood flow through the liver is crucial for the proper functioning of the liver, and abnormalities in hepatic hemodynamics can result in various liver disorders.

Transplant Hepatology.

Transplant Hepatology is a sub-specialty of gastroenterology that deals with advanced training in gastroenterology, and the management of patients who require liver transplantation or have undergone liver transplantation. It involves the evaluation, management, and follow-up care of chronic liver patients.

Advanced Liver Disease with Portal Hypertension.

Advanced liver disease with portal hypertension refers to a condition in which the liver has sustained significant damage, leading to the development of portal hypertension. Portal hypertension is a medical condition in which the blood pressure within the portal vein system that supplies blood to the liver is elevated. This can affect other organs and can cause serious internal bleeding and other problems.

Dr. Harikumar R Nair - Biography
Work Experience
University Hospital of Bern
Senior Clinical Fellowship in Hepatology with ‘Hepatic Hemodynamics’ as focus at INSELSPITAL, The University Hospital of Bern, Switzerland.
University Health Network
Toronto, Canada.
Trained in Transplant Hepatology at the Multiorgan Transplant Unit, University Health Network, Toronto, Canada.
PENN Transplant Institute
Philadelphia, USA.
Short term training on Transplant Peri Operative Care at the PENN Transplant Institute, Philadelphia, USA.
Puduchery, India.
Assistant Professor of Gastroenterology & Hepatology at JIPMER, Puduchery.
Amritha Institute of Medical sciences
Kerala, India.
Associate professor and Consultant Transplant Hepatologist at Amritha Institute of Medical sciences, Kerala.
Queen Alexandra Hospital
Potsmouth, National Health Services, UK.
Consultant Hepatologist at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Potsmouth, National Health Services, UK.
Membership in Professional Bodies
Indian Medical Association(IMA-2005)
Indian Society Of Gastroenterology(ISG-2007)
Royal College Of Physicians of the UK(RCP-2009)
American College Of Gastroenterology(ACG-2009)
Indian Association of Study of Liver diseases(INASL-2011)
Indian Virus Network(IVN-2013)
European Association of Study of Liver diseases(EASL-2014)
Liver transplant society of India(2018)
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