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216. Dr. Mohamed Rela

FieldsLiver transplantation, Pancreatic disease
InstitutionsKing's College Hospital, London
Global Hospital, Hyderabad
Global Hospital, Chennai
Alma materUniversity of Madras
Known forLiver transplantation
Split Liver Transplantation
Notable awardsGuinness Book of Records in 2000

Dr. Mohamed Rela, is an Indian surgeon known for his expertise on Liver transplantation, Hepatopancreatobiliary. He is one of the World's top liver transplant surgeons from the King's College Hospital, London. He made his name in the Guinness Book of Records in 2000. He is now the Head of the Department for Institute of Liver, Pancreas diseases and Transplantation, Global Hospitals & Health City Group in Chennai.


Rela was born in Mayiladuthurai, a small town in Tamil Nadu, India. He was a student from the Kalakshetra School, Chennai and got his MBBS (in 1980) and MS degree from the Stanley Medical College, Chennai. Later he went to the United Kingdom in 1986 and got another MS from Edinburgh and then became an Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1988.


After getting an FRCS, he has worked in various hospitals in UK before joining the King's College Hospital. In 1994, he joined the KCH (where the first liver transplant was done in 1989) and became actively involved in the liver transplant surgeries. At the KCH, he pioneered the split liver transplantation technique, which involves the division of a healthy donor organ to help transplant it to two patients. While he is now affiliated to Global Hospitals & Health City in Chennai, he still works at King's College Hospital, in UK.
He also has special interest towards Whipple procedure (also known as Pancreaticoduodenectomy) with PVR (Portal Vein Resection) which is usually done for patients with Pancreatic Cancer either in locally advanced stage or advanced stage. He has written a number of scientific articles and papers on his areas of interests which includes Liver transplantation, Complex Hepatobiliary, Pancreatic surgery and more.


  • Dr. Mohamed Rela has so far performed more than 1200 liver transplant surgeries.
  • In Dec 1997, a team led by him has done a successful liver transplantation for a five-day-old girl, which made him an entry into the Guinness Book of Records in 2000.
  • In Mar 1999, ha carried out the first living related Liver Transplant on a patient with acute Liver Failure in the UK. 18 Month old Luke Bettelley was given just 48 hours to live before the operation.
  • In Jun 2003, he has successfully done a liver transplant for a four-and-a-half-year-old girl from Ahmedabad, Pranali Bhat, suffering from a terminal stage liver disease, at the Global Hospital, Hyderabad.
  • In Aug 2003, he was a part of a team from King's College Hospital, London which did liver transplant(s) six times for a patient to save her life by performing a bone marrow transplant.
  • In Aug 2004, a team led by him has successfully conducted the liver transplantation for a five-year-old Pakistan girl, Batul Hasan, at the Global Hospital, Hyderabad.
  • In Sep 2009, a team led by him has successfully done the split liver transplantation (first of its kind in India), at the Global Hospital, Chennai. The liver was split during the retrieval operation into a smaller left lobe for transplanting a young girl and a larger right lobe for transplanting an older woman with end stage liver disease.
  • In May 2011, a team led by him has successfully done Swap liver transplantation on Adults (first of its kind in India), at Global Hospitals & Health city, Chennai.


  • In Scientific Commons
  • Results of Split Liver Transplantation in Children
  • Split Liver Transplantation: King's College Hospital Experience
  • Liver transplantation in children
  • Liver transplantation for alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency in children
  • Renal biopsy in liver transplant recipients
  • A complication of infrarenal arterial conduit following orthotopic liver transplant
  • Liver transplantation with monosegments
  • Auxiliary Partial Orthotopic Liver Transplantation for Crigler-Najjar Syndrome Type I
  • Biliary complications after orthotopic liver transplantation
  • Reducing Bile Leak Following Segmental Liver Transplantation: Understanding Biliary Anatomy of the Caudate Lobe
  • Overcoming the limitations of living donor and split liver transplantation: A proposal for adult recipients (the best of the east in the west)
  • Liver transplant for giant cell hepatitis with autoimmune haemolytic anaemia
  • Pretransplant MELD score and post Liver transplantation survival in the UK and Ireland
  • Liver resection in liver transplant recipients
  • Pancreaticoduodenectomy with radical lymphadenectomy is not contraindicated for patients with established chronic liver disease and portal hypertension
  • Managing Arterial Collaterals Due to Coeliac Axis Stenosis During Pancreaticoduodenectomy
Source : Wikipedia


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