Top 10 Popular Doctors in India

You see, it is true that Indian doctors are famous for their efficiency and proficiency in the entire world. One reason for that could be the amount of cases they are exposed to compared to their Western counterparts. But, you can’t deny the fact that doctors in India are pretty good at what they do, especially the most experienced ones. And that is the very reason why we are here to talk about the top 10 popular doctors in India as of 2024. Alright, let’s get to this list and see what these doctors do, and why exactly they are famous in India. Here we go.

1. Dr. Devi Shetty

Dr. Devi Shetty

Imagine a world where the best cardiac care is available and affordable. That’s the world Dr. Devi Shetty is creating with his chain of hospitals, Narayana Health. He’s performed over 15,000 heart surgeries in his nearly 35 years of experience in the healthcare scene of the country. And we are not just talking about a normal or random cardiac surgeon in India, nah, he’s more of a pioneer. In operating theaters and in public and private policy discussions from one end of India to the other, he changed people’s lives, fighting for healthcare innovations that have now drawn attention from around the world.

2. Dr. Naresh Trehan

Dr. Naresh Trehan

One would not say “No” to a meeting with Dr. Naresh Trehan, who did complex heart surgeries and founded Medanta, The Medicity. He is the one who set the benchmarks in cardiac care right here in the country. With one of the household names in cardiac surgery in India, even film stars and leaders, by the score, would beat their hearts for a meeting with this trusted name. His achievements in sealing with high honors such as the Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri, on the behest of former President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, Dr. Naresh Trehan redefines the standards of medicine even today at Medanta.

3. Dr. Prathap C. Reddy

Dr. Prathap C. Reddy

Dr. Prathap C. Reddy, not only the founder of Apollo Hospitals, is the man who has taken Healthcare Technology in Asia to the next level. Driven by his vision, Apollo has made unprecedented achievements in bringing medical technologies within the reach of the multitude in India. Taking on greater leadership beyond the entities of the hospital walls, he has taken up and placed himself into strong and influential healthcare councils and committees, doing much to influence new Indian healthcare, and he is pretty successful at it too.

4. Dr. Abhay Bang

Dr. Abhay Bang

When we talk about the people who have really transformed the healthcare scene in rural parts of the country, we can’t just miss out on Dr. Abhay Bang and move past him. He’s one of the names who had worked tirelessly to fix the issues in the rural healthcare of the country. As of 2024, he is in a key role in the affairs of the organization SEARCH, which has contributed mainly to the field of community health care. That is said to be possible because of his model of ‘Home-based Newborn and Child Care’, which reduces infant mortality levels drastically.

5. Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee

Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee

Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, who won the Pulitzer Prize for his book “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer,” is a real popular name in the field of cancer research, not just in India though, but all around the globe. For Dr. Mukherjee, his laboratory work extends far beyond the nature of cancer cell behaviors and therapies to its effect on public policy and perception through his writings in key publications such as The New Yorker.

6. Dr. Sanjay Sachdeva

Dr. Sanjay Sachdeva

Then there is Dr. Sanjay Sachdeva, one of the best ENT surgeons around with a keen interest and passion for minimally invasive skull-based surgeries. He is internationally known for his precision and innovative ways. Dr. Sachdeva is an invited speaker to various national and international conferences. Besides being a very active surgical participant amongst the national and international faculty, he also trains young aspiring surgeons to pass on his great knowledge and expertise. And his 43+ years of experience speaks for itself and tells you why he deserves to be on this list.

7. Dr. H. S. Chhabra

Dr. H. S. Chhabra

Dr. H. S. Chhabra is one of the pioneers in spine surgery, largely owing to his place in laser and endoscopic disc surgery. He developed spinal implants and instruments also used all over the world. The operation he performs, which lets patients return to most normal activities only a day after their surgery, is a revolutionary methodology in regard to the standards for spinal care. Ultimately, Dr. H. S. Chhabra is never stopping and keeps exploring opportunities to enhance his contribution to improving spinal health.

8. Dr. Mohamed Rela

Dr. Mohamed Rela

Dr. Mohamed Rela is one of the supreme liver transplantation surgeons who has conducted over 3,000 liver transplant surgeries successfully and has achieved international fame in the same. They even set the world record in this discipline when they conducted a successful liver transplant for a five-day-old baby girl. Dr. Rela was a great thinker in the concept of the first living-related liver transplant for the acute liver failure case in India.

9. Dr. Gaurav Kharya

Dr. Gaurav Kharya

As the Head of Pediatric Hemato-oncology, Immunology, and Bone Marrow Transplant at Artemis Hospitals, Dr. Gaurav Kharya leads the management of blood and immunological disorders in children. He is behind the first haploidentical bone marrow transplant for sickle cell disease in India, with over 600 such transplants to his credit by 2024. His work on the youngest patients, including a significant procedure on a 4-month-old with severe immunodeficiency, has dramatically raised survival and life quality for children.

10. Dr. Soumya Swaminathan

Dr. Soumya Swaminathan

Dr. Soumya Swaminathan is an exceptional pediatrician and clinical scientist contributing to public health globally, with a focus on tuberculosis. Dr. Soumya was the WHO Chief Scientist from 2019 to 2022, pioneering health policy development at the worldwide level. Her works have positively impacted the management and treatment of infectious diseases at the global level. She is a fellow in many prestigious medical academies; hence, the inputs she makes in world health strategies are of immense value.


There you have it. These Indian doctors are pretty much the face of the Indian healthcare system, and they have made a name for themselves, not just in India though, but in the entire world. So, that’s it for today, we’ll see you in the next one.

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