Devi Prasad Shetty, MD, FRCS

2017, Boston, MA

Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty is the chairman and senior consultant cardiac surgeon at the Narayana Group of Hospitals in Bangalore, India. He received his MS in general surgery from Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, and is a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, England. He is the recipient of several high-profile and prestigious awards, including the Padma Bhusan, the third-highest civilian award conferred by the Indian government, in 2012. He performed India’s first heart surgery on a newborn 25 years ago, and built a large pediatric cardiac surgical program in India that performs approximately 30 major heart surgeries daily.

Dr. Shetty is recognized for his thought leadership in creating national health policies and developing ingenious solutions for affordable healthcare delivery in Third World countries. He conceptualized the idea of “Micro-Health Insurance,” which makes surgery affordable for rural farming families. Using his idea and guidance, Yeshaswini Micro Health Insurance was launched by the Government of Karnataka state. Farmers paid a premium of five cents per month to gain access to more than 800 surgeries at 400 hospitals across the state. Today, 3.5 million farmers are enrolled at a premium of 30 cents. Through this groundbreaking program, more than 580,000 surgeries have been performed, 70,000 of which were heart surgeries. Yeshaswini is now the largest micro health insurance program in the world.

Dr. Shetty leads the Narayana Group of Hospitals, which includes 29 hospitals in 17 cities, and has helped to implement the world’s largest telemedicine program, with more than 53,000 consultations completed thus far. His work in revolutionizing affordable health care for individuals in both urban and rural areas lead to his nomination to the Board of Governors, Medical Council of India, in 2010. He regularly provides innovation and solutions to policymakers, think-tanks, and more.