ABOUT DR. RAMAIAH
Dr. Ramaiah grew up on a farm twenty miles north of Bangalore in southern India. He was accepted by Bangalore Medical College and received a scholarship to complete his medical school training. He graduated from medical school in 1989 and finished a one year rotating internship at the BMC Hospitals. After that he worked with a busy general and pediatric surgeon for a year before joining the All India Institute of Medical Sciences where he began an internship in Neurosurgery. He began a six-year General Surgery Residency in July 1993 and completed training in June 1999. In September 2002 he joined the University of Kentucky as a post-doctoral scholar in Neurosurgery.
He next completed a two-year Cardiothoracic Surgery residency from New England Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. He returned to the University of Kentucky as an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery. Several years ago he introduced endoscopic vein harvesting for Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Surgery (CABG), which now has become the standard of care. Dr. Ramaiah started endoscopic radial artery harvesting for the first time in Lexington and his division entered the new era of minimally invasive cardiac surgery with the introduction of the da Vinci Robot for Internal Mammary Artery (IMA) procurement. Currently, the Division offers the Robotic Surgery for IMA procurement and performs Beating Heart Bypass Surgery with a small chest incision instead of splitting the sternum.
As the Director of Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery, Dr. Ramaiah is proud to be part of the University of Kentucky's Center for Advanced Training & Simulation. Plans for the near future include the introduction of Robotic Mitral Valve Surgery and Endoscopic Bypass Surgery using the Robot.