Dr. Karthik Mathivanan - Best Liver Doctor in Chennai

Dr. Karthik Mathivanan is a medical stalwart with more than 15 years of experience as a multi-organ transplant surgery specialist specializing in liver, small bowel, kidney, and pancreatic transplantation and rehabilitation. He is one of the best liver doctor in Chennai. At MGM Healthcare, he is currently the Associate Director of Liver and Multi-organ Transplantation, as well as HPB surgery. He is a founding member of India’s illustrious Liver Transplant Society. He knows firsthand the myths, misinformation, and anxieties that people have concerning liver diseases as a liver specialist and surgeon.

Liverindia’s main objectives are:

  • To help spread awareness about all types of liver diseases.
  • Propagate great health practices to the general public like early liver screenings.
  • Guide patients to receive the necessary life-saving treatment.
Dr. Karthik Mathivanan


In his long and accomplished career, he has been part of many firsts in surgical excellence in Tamil Nadu and Chennai.

His notable laurels include:

  • “Most Trusted Liver transplant Surgeon Chennai” by the Golden Aim Conference & Awards for Excellence & Leadership in Healthcare – June 11, 2023.
  • Leading Asia’s first living-donor liver transplant and the world’s fourth living-donor liver transplant in a Covid Positive patient.
  • Being part of more than 2000 successful live liver donor transplants.
  • Performing states first combined cardiac bypass and transplant surgery.
  • Being part of a complex and innovative multimodal liver surgical miracle that saved a woman from stage 4 rectal cancer.
  • Providing emergency surgical care to a 73-year-old patient who underwent Whipple’s procedure for cholangiocarcinoma and was discounted by many hospitals for being advanced in age.
  • Dr. Karthik oversaw the first live donor liver swap translated under the state insurance health scheme for the poor. It required the collaboration of four operating rooms, as well as various transplant coordinators, surgeons, anaesthetists, and nurses.


Dr. Karthik has been recognized for his work many times.

  • He was felicitated recently by Bajaj Automobile Manufacturer for his work in providing essential life-altering emergency transplant-oriented surgical care for the public good.
  • Youngest transplant surgeon to receive the travel grant award from the International Liver Transplant Society held in Seoul, South Korea.
  • Was felicitated with the best paper award from The Association of Surgeons of India.
  • Special mention poster award at IASG(Indian Association of Surgical Gastroenterology)

Social Causes

Dr Karthik’s legacy is only amplified by his passion for social justice and activism. He has been part of many philanthropic campaigns and awareness programs throughout his career.

Notably, he has taken initiative in crafting many crowdfunded surgical procedures for transplant patients and emergency patients with liver failure.

  • He is the specialist transplant surgeon to initiate free liver clinics across Tamil Nadu spreading awareness even to very rural and remote areas with minimal access to quality healthcare.
  • As of February 2022, Liverindia has assisted over 10000 people in undergoing fibroscan, hepatitis B virus tests, and receiving free of charge treatment from these liver camps.
  • Dhaniya was admitted to the hospital all of a sudden, she is diagnosed with acute end-stage liver damage.

He has also been part of many awareness campaigns in both rural and urban areas of Tamil Nadu. Recently he was invited to an exclusive interview in Sun TV’s Vanakkam Tamizha and in Jaya TV to expand on the current covid omicron and liver health.


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MR MOHAMMED Consul – UAE Embassy

  • Organ Transplantation is a life-enhancing medical procedure by which we get to restore the function of several organs and thereby save lives. Our core responsibility is not just delivering care and cure but also in creating awareness about the diseases as well as the options available to treat them. Though we are living in the 21st century evidencing novel strategies by improving scientific insights, how many of us are aware about transplantation or say yes to organ donation? Dr. Karthik Mathivanan, a specialist in Liver transplants and Hepatobiliary surgeries has been pivotal in creating awareness by organizing various health awareness programs and camps across Tamil Nadu about the diseases associated with liver, kidney, pancreas and small bowel and that through Organ Transplantation we can restore the function of these organs and thereby save lives.


  • Keeping this in mind, we have extended hands to various foreign embassies on friendly grounds with a focus to have health tie-ups thereby enabling people across the globe to get scientific insights about the novel facilities that are available at an affordable cost for patients with chronic liver failure from all walks of life, enabling people to access advanced medical care and live longer and healthier.

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Dr Karthik Mathivanan, a proficient Liver Transplant Surgeon has been pivotal in spreading awareness about liver diseases and has performed over 2000 complex and high risk liver surgeries. In an effort to honour his significant contribution in the field of Liver Health and Transplant programs leading the way to serve humanity, he was conferred the Outstanding Community Awareness and Selfless Service Award in the field of Liver Health & Transplant during April 2022 by Dr. Sangeetha Health & Educational Group.

He received this award from Dr.K Jayanth Murali (IPS), DGP, Government of Tamil Nadu. This shows the depth of his passion and dedication towards his incredible and inspiring journey of healing and caring.

Practice at MGM

On March 10th, 2021, Dr Karthik officially opened the MGM Healthcare hospital’s Institute of Liver Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgery. Everyone is welcome to use the exclusive liver care services. With its world-class facility and expertise, the new institute will aid in the improved diagnosis and management of all gastrointestinal and liver problems, as well as providing comprehensive care for all diseases and disorders of the digestive system.

Pratibha LadiaPratibha Ladia
16:41 22 Apr 22
Dr Karthik is one of the most reliable liver surgeon in India. If you are looking for a specialist to take best care of your liver.A good doctor is also one who is attentive, analytical, calm, cooperative, decisive, energetic, ethical, friendly, gracious, humorous, investigative, knowledgeable, nurturing, observant, passionate, responsible, reassuring, selfless, skillful, trustworthy, and wise.All of the above qualities makes Dr.Karthik one of the finest doctor's in India.My mother was diagnoised with Acute Chronic Liver Disease and liver transplant had to be done within short span of time. It was Dr.Karthik who explained us the procedures very patiently and took care of all our queries. He also helped us to move forward with the decision at the right time. Now with his help my mother is doing fine and is having a speedy recovery. Even after the surgery he is always available for his patients and also motivates his patients for better recovery.I myself was a fatty liver case. He helped me with my condition and guaranteed me if I change my lifestyle along with his medications I can reverse this condition completely. And with his guidance I was able to achieve my goal.Thank you so much Dr. Karthik for giving my mother a new life and helping me being healthy than before.
Deekshikka AshokDeekshikka Ashok
15:53 05 Apr 22
Excellent service and timely followup. Precise medical terms easily understandable for patients too. Thank you DR
Susan KoshySusan Koshy
14:05 30 Mar 22
Dr.Karthik is a fantastic doctor. He is so good with his patients in fact he is more a friend than a doc to his patients. My mother in law consulted him recently and she was very happy. She also presented a book written by her to doc a picture of which was put up in Facebook.
Swetha GSwetha G
09:26 29 Mar 22
Dr. Karthik Mathivanan is one of the most talented surgeon our family ever met. Recently my father was diagnosed with Acute Chronic Liver Disease and needed liver transplant surgery. Dr. Karthik has been very supportive medically and morally to us, both Pre OP and Post OP.For past one month now, his constant support helped dad with his transplant. Thanks to doctor for working on his case study day and night and finding the best treatment for him. Never minding if it's weekday or weekend, he has been there for us for past 2 months now.His motivation and down to earth nature helps my dad very much till this day . As the days passes by, his care makes us feel like one big family.
Suganya SrinivasanSuganya Srinivasan
18:22 28 Nov 21
Google reviews helped us rightly identify Dr.Karthik to treat my dad's cirrhotic liver condition. He rightly diagnosed the condition, patiently explained the condition and treatment procedures in layman terms which brought in a feel of confidence and hope. Initially we were not ready by mind to let my dad undergo a transplant as it involves a high risk but then he helped us clear off all our queries and fear and we were in for the liver transplant. He was one of the senior doctors who lead the transplant team. They term it 'Responsibility' we term them 'Saviours'. It's been 2 months now post surgery and we are seeing a progression in my dad's health. We feel that we are in safe hands.