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Dr. Johns Shaji Mathew

Dr. Johns Shaji Mathew

Consultant - GI, HPB and Multiorgan Transplant Surgery


MS (General Surgery)

MRCSEd (Member of the Royal college of Surgeons of Edinburgh)

MCh (Surgical Gastroenterology)

Dr. Johns Shaji Mathew completed his MBBS from Mahatma Gandhi University and subsequently went on to complete his MS in General Surgery from Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu. Following this he joined Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences for his MCh in Surgical Gastroenterology & for training in Solid Organ Transplantation.

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He gained experience in various aspects of patient care of liver, pancreas, small bowel and multi-visceral transplantation. He was further trained in robotic donor surgeries and was part of the team that has performed over 900 liver transplants including over 150 robotic donor hepatectomies. Dr Johns is a certified da Vinci® Xi robotic surgeon. 

Before joining Rajagiri hospital, he was working as Clinical Assistant Professor in GI, Robotic and Solid Organ Transplant Services at AIMS Kochi since 2017. He is an active researcher involved in multiple clinical research trials and has published more than 15 articles in international journals. He was awarded the prestigious International Liver Transplant Society’s Travel Scholar Award to work in Machine Perfusion of the liver at the Addenbrookes’s hospital, Cambridge University, UK. 

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1. Solid Organ Transplant 

  • Adult living donor liver transplantation (LDLT)
  • Paediatric liver transplantation 
  • Small bowel transplantation 
  • Pancreas transplantation


2. Hepato-Pancreatico-Biliary surgery

  • Bile duct tumours (Cholangiocarcinoma)
  • Liver tumours (eg: Hepatocellular cancers)
  • Pancreatic surgery (Benign and cancerous lesions)


3. Robotic surgery 

  • Donor robotic liver surgery 
  • Robotic liver tumour surgery



Original Articles (* - First/Corresponding)

  • Antegrade Hepatic Artery and Portal Vein Perfusion Versus Portal Vein Perfusion Alone in Living Donor Liver Transplantation: A Randomized Trial * 
     Liver Transplantation 2019
  • Dengue virus transmission from live donor liver graft
    American Journal of Transplantation 2019 *
  • Dengue virus transmission from live donor liver graft: Comments and clarifications
    American Journal of Transplantation 2019 *
  • Assessing Availability of Facilities, Infrastructure and Resources
    Book Chapter “Thesis Writing for Master's and Ph.D. Program” 
  • Biliary complications among live donors following live donor liver transplantation
    Surgeon 2017 *
  • Intraductal Transanastomotic Stenting in Duct-to-Duct Biliary Reconstruction after Living Donor Liver Transplantation: A Randomized Trial
    Journal of the American College of Surgeons 2017 *
  • Quality of life of liver donors following donor hepatectomy
    Indian Journal of Gastroenterology *
  • Pregnancy After Liver Transplantation: Outcomes from a Single-Center Experience
    Journal of clinical and experimental hepatology 2019 
  • Small Bowel Transplant—Observations from Initial Setback
    Indian Journal of Surgery 2020 *
  • Liver transplant in acute liver failure- Looking back 
    Journal of clinical and experimental hepatology 2019
  • Randomized trial of steroid free immunosuppression with basiliximab induction in adult live donor liver transplantation (LDLT)
    HPB 2020
  • Auxiliary Partial Orthotopic Liver Transplantation for Acute Liver Failure: Not Supportive Enough?
    Indian J Surg 2021 *
  • Quality of life 5 years following transplantation 
    Indian journal of gastroenterology 2021 *
  • Technique of robotic right donor hepatectomy 
    Journal of minimal access surgery 2021
  • Middle hepatic vein reconstruction in adult living donor liver transplantation: a randomized clinical trial
    British Journal of Surgery 2021 *
  • Extended criteria donors for Robotic Right Hepatectomy- A Propensity Score matched Analysis 
    Journal of Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Sciences 2022

Consensus Meetings

  • Liver Transplantation Society of India guidelines for the management of acute liver injury secondary to Yellow phosphorus containing rodenticide poisoning using the modified Delphi technique of consensus development
    Journal of clinical and experimental hepatology 2020


  • Robotic Donor Hepatectomy: Guts to Change a Winning Team?
    JCEH, May 2019 
  • Randomized Trial Between Histidine-Tryptophan-Ketoglutarate [HTK] and Institute of George Lopez (IGL-1] Perfusion Solutions in Living Donor Liver Transplantation
    JCEH, May 2019
  • Randomized study on steroid free immunosuppression with basiliximab induction vs standard triple drug immunosuppression in adult live donor liver transplantation (LDLT). 
    HPB, Sep 2018
  • Robotic donor right hepatectomy: Is it just flaunting the scar?
    Gastroenterology, May 2020 
  • Randomized Trial of Polytetrafluoroethylene Graft VS. Native Recipient Portal Vein Graft for Middle Hepatic Vein Reconstruction in Living Donor Liver Transplantation (LDLT)
    JCEH, May 2019

Reviewer for 

  • IHPBA World Congress 2020 and 2022
  • Clinical Transplantation 




  • International liver transplant society IILTS)
  • Liver transplant society of India – Founding member
  • International & national hepato-pancreatico-biliary society (IHPBA)
  • Association of surgeons of India – Life member 

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