Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty

Narayana Health (formerly known as Narayana Hrudayalaya) founded by Dr. Devi Shetty has its flagship hospital in Bangalore at NH Health City. In 2001, Dr. Devi Shetty, Chairman, Narayana Health stepped in to make a difference to the Indian healthcare and he put into place a dream hospital project called Narayana Hrudayalaya that started modestly with 300 beds in Bangalore and went on to become a Health City with 3000 beds currently.

Dr. Shetty decided to become a heart surgeon when he was in fifth grade at school after hearing about a South African surgeon who had just performed the world's first heart transplant. After completing his graduate degree in Medicine and post-graduate work in General Surgery from Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, he trained in cardiac surgery at Guy's Hospital in the United Kingdom. He returned to India in 1989 and initially worked at B.M. Birla Hospital in Kolkata. He performed the first neonatal heart surgery in the country on a 9-day-old baby named "Ronnie" in 1992 - a successful operation in medical history. In Kolkata he operated on Mother Teresa after she had a heart attack and subsequently served as her personal physician. After some time, he moved to Bangalore and started the Manipal Heart Foundation at Manipal Hospital, Bangalore. He has performed over 15,000 heart operations.

Dr. Devi Shetty is an Indian philanthropist and a cardiac surgeon. He has leveraged economies of scale to provide affordable healthcare. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan, third highest civilian award in India for his contribution to the field of affordable healthcare.