Dr. AS Soin leads India’s largest and one of the world’s most successful liver transplant programs at Medanta, Dr A S Soin is recognized all over the world over for his pioneering work in establishing liver transplantation in India. From 2001 to mid-2010, he established a big liver transplant centre at Sir Gangaram Hospital. However, in June 2010, he moved with his entire team to Medanta-The Medicity, Gurgaon (Delhi-NCR). Medanta at the current bed strength of 925 (and soon to be 1500) is one of the largest and the most modern tertiary care hospitals in the country, where Dr. Soin has established a 150-bedded (including 36 Liver ICU beds) dedicated Liver Treatment facility, carrying out 250 liver transplants and hundreds of complex liver and biliary tract surgeries every year.
Medanta Liver Institute is a first of its kind dedicated Institute in Asia and one of the few in the world, which combines state-of the art facilities for Living donor, Cadaveric donor, pediatric and adult liver transplantation along with a large research programme for stem cell and liver cell transplantation. These are cutting edge technologies that can potentially treat liver failure without transplant.
Dr Soin has performed more than 2500 living donor liver transplants in India, which is the highest in the country, and the second highest in the world. He and his team currently perform 22-25 live donor liver transplants every month with 95% success – results which are at par with the world’s best centres. Apart from referrals from all over the country, he handles cases from the rest of South Asia, The Middle East and Africa.
Besides running their own highly successful programme, he and his team are also responsible for training most of the remaining liver transplant teams in India and neighbouring countries that have recently started performing this procedure. In disseminating expertise countrywide and beyond, building confidence in the procedure among patients and their referring physicians, and in moving it from experimental status to a highly successful life-saving procedure, he has in the true sense, pioneered the development of this speciality in India and the subcontinent in the last 15 years.
In his extensive experience of 21 years as a Liver Transplant Surgeon and Hepatobiliary surgeon, he has performed more than 1500 liver transplants and more than 12000 other complex liver, gall bladder and bile duct surgeries.
Dr Soin serves on the committees of all the important National and International Societies, as well as the National Advisory Board in Liver Transplantation. He is a regular Faculty member and speaker (often the only one from India) at most world fora in Liver Transplantation such as ILTS, AASLD, APDW, IHPBA, IASGO, APASL, Asian Living Donor Liver Transplant Group, Asia Pacific Organ Transplant Forum etc.
- MS (AIIMS),
- FRCS (Edin),
- FRCS (Glas),
- FRCS (Transplant Surgery)-Cambridge, UK
Achieved in transplantation in India
- In Liver Transplantation in India, I have the following FIRSTS TO MY CREDIT as the Chief Surgeon assisted by the other members of the team:
- First successful cadaveric liver transplant in India – 1998
- First successful left lobe liver transplant in India – 1999
- First successful right lobe liver transplant in India – 2000
- First successful long distance cadaveric Liver Transplant in which the liver was flown in from Chennai and transplanted in Delhi – 1999.
- First successful transplant at Apollo Hospital – 1998
- First successful transplant at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital – 2001
- First successful combined liver and kidney transplant in India – 1999
- First successful reduced cadaveric liver transplant in a child – 2003
- First successful transplant in India on a Pakistani patient – 2004
- First bloodless liver transplant in India – 2005
- First successful emergency liver transplant on a patient transported to Delhi by air ambulance in deep coma – 2005
- India’s youngest ever recipient (11 months) to receive successful liver transplant – 2008.
- India’s oldest recipient (70 years) of liver transplant – successful transplant in 2006.
- World’s first combined liver and kidney transplant in the same patient (with primary hyperoxaluria) using organs from two different live donors – 2007
- India’s first successful dual lobe liver transplant (double liver transplant in the same patient) – 2007
- India’s first successful re-transplant (on a patient a year and a half after the first) – 2008
- India’s first and world’s youngest Domino liver transplant – 2009
- India’s smallest liver transplant recipient – (6 kg) -2009
- India’s first (and the world’s first reported) successful swap liver transplant – 2009
- World’s first chain of three simultaneous liver transplants (combined domino and swap) 2012
- India’s first successful ABO-incompatible liver transplants 2012
- India’s first surgeon to complete 1000 liver transplants and 100 liver transplants in children 2012 and first to complete 1500 liver transplants in 2013, and 2000 in 2015.
- India’s first successful Intestinal Transplant – 2013
- India’s youngest and smallest ever recipient (4 months, 4 kg) to receive successful liver transplant -2013
- Awarded Padma Shri by the President of India in 2010 for pioneering the development of Liver Transplantation in India.
- Awarded the RD Birla Outstanding Clinician of the Year Award for the year 2010
- Awarded the Zee TV – Swasth Bharat Samman Award for pioneering Liver Transplantation, 2011
- Medical Statesman of the Year – E-MEDINEWS AWARDS, 2012
- MSOSA Award for Excellence, 2014
Other Achievements and Awards
1. X standard (O-level) 1979: Ranked 15th in India in the National Borad Examination.
2. XII standard, (A-level) 1981: Ranked 17th in India in the National Board Exam.
3. National Talent Scholarship in 1981 for 9 years.
4. Best Student in Surgery medal in 1985 at AIIMS, New Delhi.
5. Best Postgraduate Student in Surgery medal in 1989 at AIIMS, New Delhi.
6. Ranked first in All India selection exam for Senior Resident in Surgery at AIIMS, New Delhi, 1990.
7. Awraded British Transplantation Society Bursary (1994) for research presentation at the Kyoto World Transplant Congress.
8. Awarded British Transplantation Society Bursary (1997) for Visiting Fellowship at the Kyoto Liver Transplant Unit.
9. Awarded research grant from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 1996.
10. DMA Distinguished Services Award on July 1, 2005 for outstanding contribution to and pioneering achievements in Liver Transplantation in India.
11. 2008 Medindia Oration and Medindia Award for pioneering contribution in Liver Transplantation, Chennai, 2008.
12. DMA Award for excellence in Organ Transplantation 2010.
- 2002, Organising member,and Secretary, Scientific Committee for Liver Transplant
7th Congress of the Asian Society of Organ Transplantation (CAST) at New Delhi, March 2002, and Incharge of the Scientific Committee for the Liver Transplant Programme in the above meeting 2006, Co-Chairperson, Organising Committee India’s First International Update on Adult Live Donor Liver Transplantation, 20 August 2006. India Habitat Centre, New Delhi 2008, Organising Chairman for the LICAGE International Symposium on Perioperative care in Liver Transplantation held at New Delhi from 7-9 November 2008. 2011, Organising Chairperson, International Liver Symposium I, Gurgaon, India. 2014, Organising Chairperson, International Liver Symposium II, Gurgaon, India.
- 2003, Organising Chairperson, India’s First National Consensus Symposium on “Liver Transplantation and Cadaveric Organ Donation” held in New Delhi on 2 Feb 2003. 2006, Organising Co-Chairperson, Committee, for the mid-term meeting on “Liver Transplantation”, Indian Association of the Study of Liver, held in New Delhi, October 2006. 2012, Course Director and Organising Chairman, Transplant Hepatology Course I, Medanta-The Medicity Hospital, Gurgaon, India. 2013, Course Director and Organising Chairman, Transplant Hepatology Course II, Medanta-The Medicity Hospital, Gurgaon, India.
Membership of Societies
- 1. Life member of Association of Surgeons of India
2. British Transplantation Society
3. Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
4. Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
5. Indian Society of Organ Transplantation
6. Indian Society of Gastroenterology
7. Indian Association of Surgical Gastroenterology
8. Indian Society of Nephrology
9. Asian Society of Organ Transplantation
10. International Society of Liver Transplantation
11. Founder Member and Trustee of the Human Organ Procurement and Education (HOPE) Trust
12. International Association of Surgeons, Gastroenterologists and Oncologists