Prof. Mohamed Rela


Chairman & Director, Dr. Rela Institute & Medical Centre in Chennai

Abdominal Trauma, HPB Surgery and Liver Transplantation

  • Prof. Mohamed Rela is a pioneer in liver transplantation with over 28 years of experience. He started the Institute of Liver Disease and Transplantation at Global Gleneagles Health City in 2009. It has quickly become the largest liver transplant program in India. Since its inception, over 1500 liver transplantation surgeries have been performed under this programme. He is also a professor of Liver Transplant Surgery at Kings College Hospital, London.
  • Prof. Mohamed Rela, moved from Global Gleneagles group of hospitals to start ‘Dr. Rela Institute & Medical Centre’. His vision is to address the health care concerns of the local population with international standards. He also aims to provide cost-effective high-end treatments like multi-organ transplantation.

RelaEducational Qualifications

  • M.B.B.S – 1982, University of Madras, India
  • M.S – 1987, University of Madras, India
  • FRCS – 1988, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • DSc (Honoris causa) – 2013, The Tamil Nadu Dr MGR Medical University, India

RelaPresent Position

  • Chairman & Managing Director, Dr. Rela Institute & Medical Centre, Chennai
  • Professor of Liver Surgery and Transplantation, Institute of Liver Disease, King’s College Hospital, NHS Trust, London
  • Course Director, Post MCh Fellowship in Liver Transplantation, Dr MGR Medical University, Tamil Nadu
  • President-Elect 2021 for the International Liver Transplant Society
  • Executive Council Member, Living Donor Liver Transplantation – Study Group


  • Prof. Mohamed Rela is one of the most accomplished surgeons in the world. He has published over 400 scientific articles and papers on liver transplantation, complex hepatobiliary pancreatic surgery and more.
  • He has performed over 4000 liver transplant surgeries.
  • In December 1997, a team led by him performed successful liver transplantation on a five-day-old girl, which gave him an entry into the Guinness Book of World Records in 2000. She is now a 20-year-old law student.
  • He has pioneered the technique of split liver transplantation where one cadaver liver is split into two and transplanted into two individuals.
  • As per an article published by ‘Top Masters in Healthcare Administration’, he is also one of the most Innovative Paediatric Surgeons alive.

Rela – Honors & Awards

  • Panchanna Chaterjee Oration and Gold Medal: Association of Surgeons of India. December, 1996
  • Senior Lecturer: King’s College, University of London, 2001
  • Recognised Teacher status and PhD Supervisor: University of London, 2001
  • Professor of Liver Surgery and Transplantation: King’s College, University of London, 2005
  • Scroll of Honour and Medal: Jawaharlal Institute of Post graduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Pondicherry, 2009
  • Dr Madhanagopal Oration and Medal: Madras Medical College, 2010
  • Scroll of Honour: The Tamilnadu Dr. MGR Medical University, 2012

Rela – Affiliations And Memberships

  • BMA: British Medical Association
  • RSM: Royal Society of Medicine
  • BTS: British Transplantation Society
  • ILTS: International liver transplant society
  • AUGIS: Association of Upper GI surgeons of Great Britain
  • ESOT: European Society of Organ Transplantation
  • BASL: British Association of Study of the Liver
  • IHPBA: International Hepato-Pancreato Biliary Association
  • APASL: The Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver
  • AST: American Society of Transplantation

RelaEditorial Work And Reviewer

  • Associate Editor – “Transplantation” – Official Journal of The Transplantation Society
  • Editor – Liver Transplant Forum – Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hepatology – Official journal of the Indian National Association for the Study of the Liver (INASL) 2010-2015
  • “Liver transplantation” official journal of American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
  • “British Journal of Surgery” Europe’s premier surgical journal
  • “Transplant International” official journal of European Society for Organ Transplantation
  • “Paediatric Transplantation” official journal of The International Paediatric Transplant Association
  • “HPB International” official journal of International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association
  • “Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hepatology” official journal of Indian Association for Study of the Liver
  • Hepatology International – Official journal of the Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver (APASL)
  • “Langenbeck’s Archives of Surgery”
  • Annals of Surgery
  • World Journal of Surgery
  • “Case Reports in Pathology”
  • “International Journal of Nephrology”


  • M Rela, ND Heaton, P Muiesan, KC Tan. A technique for hepatic artery anastomosis during orthotopic liver transplantation. Transplant Int. 1995; 8:244-24521.
  • M Rela, P Muiesan, P Andreani, P Gibbs, G Mieli-Vergani, AP Mowat and ND Heaton. Auxiliary liver transplantation for metabolic diseases. Transpl Proc. 1997; 29: 444-445
  • M Rela, H Bonatti, P Muiesan, ND Heaton. Nonanatomical Reduction of Liver Allografts: A Promising Option for Neonates with Fulminant Hepatic Failure. Transpl Proc. 1997; 29: 446
  • M Rela, V Vougas, P Muiesan, H Vilca Melendez, V Smyrniotis, J Karani, Roger Williams, N Heaton. Split liver transplantation: King’s College Hospital experience. Ann Surg 1998; 227:282-8
  • M Rela, ND Heaton. Split liver transplantation. Leading Article. British Journal of Surgery 1998; 85: 881-883
  • M Rela, P Muiesan, H Vilca-Melendez A Dhawan, A Baker, G Mieli-Vergani, ND Heaton. Auxiliary orthotopic liver transplantation for Crigler Najjar Syndrome Type 1. Ann Surg 1999; 229:565-569
  • P Srinivasan, P Muiesan, H Vilca Melendez, ND Heaton, M Rela. Monosegmental Liver Transplantation. Surgery 1999;126:10-12
  • Deshpande RR, Bowles M, Vilca Melendez H, Srinivasan P, Girlanda R, Dhawan A, MieliVergani G, Muiesan P, Heaton N, Rela M. Results of split liver transplantation in children. Ann Surg. 2002; 236:248-53.
  • Deshpande RR, Heaton ND, Rela M. Surgical anatomy of segmental liver transplantation. Br J Surg. 2002 Sep;89(9):1078-88.
  • Review. Maguire D, Vilca-Melendez H, Heaton ND, Rela M. Is cholangiography required for ex situ splitting of cadaveric livers? Transpl Int. 2004 Jan;17(1):46-8.
  • Fusai G, Steinberg R, Prachalias A, Heaton ND, Spitz L, Rela M. Ex vivo liver surgery for extraadrenal pheochromocytoma. Pediatr Surg Int. 2006 Mar;22(3):282-5.
  • Tucker O, Prachalias A, Kane P, Rela M. Graft positioning at liver transplantation in situs inversus. Liver Transpl. 2006 Nov;12(11):1720-2.
  • Rela M, Battula N, Madanur M, Mieli-Vergani G, Dhawan A, Champion M, Raiman J, Heaton N. Auxiliary liver transplantation for propionic acidemia: a 10-year follow-up. Am J Transplant. 2007 Sep;7(9):2200-3.
  • Heaton N, Faraj W, Vilca Melendez H, Jassem W, Muiesan P, Mieli-Vergani G, Dhawan A, Rela M. Living related liver transplantation in children: A single centre experience. Accepted August 2007- BJS
  • Faraj W, Dar F, Bartlett A, Melendez HV, Marangoni G, Mukherji D, Vergani GM, Dhawan A, Heaton N, Rela M. Auxiliary liver transplantation for acute liver failure in children. Ann Surg. 2010 Feb;251(2):351-6
  • Rela M, Bharathan A, Palaniappan K, Cherian PT, Reddy MS. Portal flow modulation in auxiliary partial orthotopic liver transplantation. Pediatr Transplant. 2015 May;19(3):255-60.
  • Govil S, Shanmugam NP, Reddy MS, Narasimhan G, Rela M. A metabolic chimera: Two defective genotypes make a normal phenotype. Liver Transpl. 2015 Nov;21(11):1453-4.

Prof. Rela 3Decades in Liver Transplantion

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