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11 Friends On A Mission…

Given the desperate need I see every day of greater awareness, better advice, higher quality of care, I gathered a group of my friends on a Sunday afternoon in 2014 and asked if they would be interested in joining a quiet campaign for liver patients. The rest as they say is history…

All trustees have other independent occupations / sources of income and derive NO financial benefit from this foundation in any way whatsoever. In fact the seed money for the initial activities came from personal & an equal contribution from each of these 11 friends. Their names and brief resume is listed here for complete transparency and insight into our mission.

Dr. Tom Cherian

Indira Parimi


Indira has a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering in India, did Masters in CS in US and worked there as a software professional for 4 plus yrs. Personal reasons propelled her to come back to India, after which she pursued a more interesting career ie., Media, as she felt it’s the right platform which will channelize her creative energy as well as give scope for her to fulfil her social responsibility.

Prof. Dr. P. Thomas Cherian FRCS; FRCS (IC)

Managing Trustee

Following medical qualification from Bangalore University, India, he completed 3 years of basic surgical training and passed his FRCS in Stoke on Trent (UK). He was then selected for higher specialist training in hepato-biliary and transplant surgery at Paul McMaster’s liver unit in Birmingham (UK) and obtained his sub speciality FRCS from the Royal college of Surgeons. In 2008 he received his Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training [CCT] from London. On finishing his training Dr. Cherian spent 4 years at King’s College hospital, London completing an advanced transplant fellowship. He is the Founder of the South Asian Liver Insititute.


  • Recipient of 8 Travel Grants/ Bursaries in the UK
  • Course Director. Basic Surgical Skills course 2002, Royal Cornwall Hospital, UK.
  • Research experience that includes over 70 Publications (39 Abstracts) and over 90 International Presentations
  • Faculty member for Advanced Laparoscopic surgery workshops and ACS accredited, course Instructor for Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS).
  • He is a Peer reviewer for international journals including Liver Transplantation.
  • British Journal of Surgery Prize paper session speaker (2007 & 2008).
  • Selected by the Educational committee of European Society for
    Organ Transplantation, for the international diploma in Advanced Training in Transplantation [HESPERIS], Switzerland, 2007-8.
  • Sub-investigator for two Phase III international multicenter randomised studies
  • Clinical tutor and MD Examiner for the Universita di Pisa, in Italy and has supervised candidates through a Doctorate in Medicine (MD) at King’s College Hospital, London.
  • Invited Key-note Speaker for several international conferences in Stockholm, Austria, Romania & India.
  • Holds certificate for Good Clinical Practice and the Medicines for Human use(clinical trials) regulations and Amendments. Joint clinical trials office 2009.

Surgical Experience

Dr Cherian has been in the field of Hepato-biliary surgery and transplantation for over 10 years and has completed his surgical training from both of the oldest and largest liver transplant units in Europe. He is well versed in all procedures in the field of liver and pancreatic pathology, both for cancer &benign disease. He has significant (>100 cases) experience in advanced pancreatic surgery including Whipples, Beugers and Frey resections; and major liver resections, which include extended trisegmentectomies. He is currently gaining further experience in laparoscopic anatomical liver resections. Moreover he has contributed a major role in over 400 Liver Transplants; 43 of which were in children and has over 3-4 years of experience in complex transplant procedures(over 80) including Split, Living Related, domino and auxiliary liver transplants. Most importantly he has personally trained many surgeons including consultants from other transplant units, advanced surgical procedures such as:

  • Orthotopic liver transplantation
  • Ex-situ Liver reduction & splitting
  • Cadaveric & Non heart beating multi-organ retrieval
  • Pancreatic & liver resections
  • Living related liver transplantation

Kaniza Yusuf Garari

Kaniza Yusuf Garari, works as a principal correspondent with Deccan Chronicle newspaper. Worked in newspaper industry since 15 years beginning with Asian Age in Mumbai and then shifted to Bombay Times, a group publication of The Times of India. She has also written a book – The September Revelation published in 2010. The book deals with the aspects of Indian society and how the changing society is yet to come to terms with issues which are surrounding our modern lives.

Dr. Srilekha Cherian MBBS; MRCP

Head – Medical Affairs

Dr. Srilekha completed her undergraduate medical training in India. Then after completing her MRCP, she went on to complete her higher specialist training in Gastroenterology and Therapeutic Endoscopy. Following this, she was appointed as Consultant Gastroenterologist at the Frimley Park hospital, Surrey (affiliated to Ministry of Defence). She has a keen interest in medical research and has published her work in peer reviewed journals.

Aveena Gudapati

Head – Events

Aveena is an entrepreneur and currently involved with businesses in IT, Telecom, Education, Agriculture and other sectors, both as investor and promoter, in India, USA and Singapore. In the past he was involved in several initiatives, including one in Cambodia and others in India and the US. In Cambodia he was part of a Georgetown University team, which setup that country’s first B-School with funding from USAID. In India he was a key part of a global team, which attempted to build the country’s first International University. He helped build and then sell an elearning venture to Satyam Infoway – India’s leading internet company in 1999-2000. Some of the companies he has been involved with as a consultant include, Infosys, Oracle, UBS, Deloitte, McKinsey, Satyam, Airtel, Tata Telecom, ISB, SBI, MBNA Corp, BAT (South East Asia), Singapore Telecom, etc.

Aveena Gudapati has a Bachelors degree in Engineering and a Masters degree in Philosophy from Osmania University (Gold Medallist), Hyderabad. He has an MBA from Columbia University, New York, one of the worlds leading Business Schools. He has a PhD in Finance from Osmania University. He was actively involved in developing a movie “Hope – I am for Change’- directed by Satish Kasetty. This movie received the “National Award”. Aveena, believes that societies, laws, policies, procedures, governments and social culture are for the people and should work for their benefit and not the other way around. “People are the solution, not the problem” is his common refrain.

Gujju Raja Sekhar MBBS; MD; LLB

Head – Legal Affairs

Dr. Sekhar is an accomplished senior healthcare executive with 16 years of overall experience in the Hospitals & Healthcare industry and over 10 years of experience in Healthcare Administration.

Julius Punnen MS; MCh

Head – International Relations

Julius is a Cardiac Surgeon with vast experience in adult and paediatric cardiac surgery also in heart and lung transplantation. His goals include promotion of heart and other organ transplantation and making cardiac surgery accessible to all, in partnership with government and non-government agencies and to make it all viable financially on the long term. He has many publications to his name.

Dr. Shomeshwar Singh MS; DLO; FRCS; MD

Dr. Shomeshwar is an Otolaryngologist, trained in India and UK, with a keen interest in deafness and its treatment with cochlear implants and hearing aids. He has research interests in implantation otology – surgery, devices, outcomes and electro physiological assessments.

R. Venkat Ramana

Venkat Ramana (Sunder) is a business man and has varied business interests, one of which is food and hospitality. He is currently the Managing Partner of the Hyderabad based Shree Venkateshwara Hotels.

Rajesh Pagadala

Mr. Pagadala is the Managing Director of the Aditya Group of Companies. The group is focused on developing luxurious gated communities and large scale residential developments.

Chacko George

Head – Technology

He is a passionate Technology Evangelist in the IP/Ethernet and Fiber Channel Networking Industry and has more than 15 years of industry experience in the areas of Data Center Networking, High Performance Computing and Enterprise Networking Solutions.