Prof. Mohamed Rela is the Director and Head of the Institute of Liver disease and
Transplantation, Global Health City, Chennai, and Professor of Liver Surgery and
Transplantation, King’s College Hospital, London. He has made an indelible mark in
the history of liver transplantation. He was born in Kiliyanur, a village near
Mayiladuthurai. He had his schooling from the Kalakshetra School, Chennai; and
obtained his MBBS and MS degrees from Stanley Medical College. He went to the
United Kingdom in 1986 and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons
(Edinburgh) in 1988.
Prof. Mohamed Rela worked in various hospitals in the UK before joining London’s Prestigious King’s College Hospital, Europe’s renowned Liver Transplant Centre, in 1991. He pioneered the split liver transplantation technique and has performed the largest number of auxiliary liver transplantations. He has great expertise in the field of hepatobiliary surgery, performing procedures such as Whipple’s surgery for pancreatic malignancy and liver resection for Hepatocellular carcinoma and Cholangiocarcinoma with high success rates. His area of interest is Pediatric Liver Transplantation. In 1997, his team carried out liver transplantation for a five day old girl, a feat which earned Prof. Rela a place in the Guinness Book of Records 2000. More than 1750 liver transplants have been performed by him. Throughout his distinguished career, he has dedicated his work to making liver transplantation safe and feasible for a large number of patients. In September 2009, a team led by him successfully carried out split liver transplantation, which was the first of its kind in India. 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, both of whom suffered from end stage liver disease. In May 2011, a team led by him successfully performed Swap liver transplantation on adults, which was also the first of its kind in India. He carries out more than 200 transplants per year - indeed an astonishing achievement.
Prof. Mohamed Rela is an avid researcher. His research interests lie in the field of liver regeneration and in developing animal models for hydrodynamic gene therapy. He has more than 275 publications to his credit in peer reviewed journals presented in numerous meetings and conferences and has delivered over several invited lectures.