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Lifeline Hospitals- Adding value and delivering more for over 22 years.

Our Story

Lifeline Hospitals was first started in the year 1997 by Dr. J.S Rajkumar and Dr. Chitrakala Rajkumar, in the memory of Dr. Rajarathnam (late), with Dr. Sankaran as their mentor. Formerly known as RIGID Hospital, Lifeline has been providing cutting-edge medical and surgical care for the past 22 years, while being dedicated towards ensuring the overall wellbeing of the community. Dr. JSR makes full use of his charisma to develop a sense of belonging among the staff and patients alike.
All surgeries at Lifeline are performed by highly skilled and experienced surgical teams with the use of state-of-the-art technology. With the years, Lifeline Hospitals has developed into a tertiary care set up situated right at the heart of Chennai, providing the latest in healthcare at affordable costs.


To lead the evolution of healthcare, to enable everyone we serve enjoy a better, healthier life.
We will be an innovative, leading regional health system dedicated to advancing the health and transforming the lives of the people we serve through excellent clinical quality; accessible, patient-centered, caring service; and unmatched physician and employee commitment.
To provide compassionate, accessible, high quality healthcare to the community, and to enhance lives and preserve health by enabling access to a comprehensive, fully integrated network of the highest quality and most affordable care, delivered with kindness, integrity and respect.
Our ethics and principles are that which sets us apart from the other healthcare providers in the city:
1. Respect
We treat each individual with caring consideration and value every kind of perspective each one of them can bring.
2. Quality
By setting and surpassing higher standards, we will continue to build a smarter, faster, more efficient organization that delivers excellent, appropriate care in the right place at the right time.
3. Compassion
Our culture of caring will be unmistakable in every personal interaction as we treat individuals, families and colleagues with empathy, honesty and openness.
4. Kindness
Our staff members touch the lives of the patients and families in our care. We treat those we serve and each other with kindness and compassion and strive to better understand and respond to the needs of a diverse community.
5. Foresight
We will anticipate the challenges tomorrow may bring and develop new and innovative ways to inspire healthier communities.
6. Safety
Our first priority - and the rule of medicine - is to protect our patients from harm. We believe that maintaining the highest safety standard is critical to delivering high-quality care and that a safe workplace protects us all.
7. Excellence
We work as a team to bring experience, advanced technology and best practices to bear in providing the highest-quality care for our patients and families. We devote ourselves to continuous improvement, excellence, professionalism and innovation in our work.
8. Integrity
We act ethically and responsibly in everything we do and hold ourselves accountable for our behaviour. We bring respect, openness and honesty to our encounters with patients, families and co-workers and support the well-being of the communities we serve.
9. Equality
We believe that true service can only be possible without any form of discrimination based on gender, caste, socioeconomic statuses, etc, which is why we give the utmost importance to equality in everything we do.
10. Transparency
Our patients and their families have entrusted us with their lives. We uphold that faith by being transparent in every step of the process, always letting them know of the whole picture.

The Founder Chairman & Chief Surgeon

Dr. J.S. Rajkumar
Dr. J.S. Rajkumar is one of the pioneers in laparoscopic surgery with an experience of more than 26,000 surgeries, with special expertise in many highly complex procedures. A graduate from Madras Medical College with 32 gold medals to his name, he has also received four medical specializations from the Royal College of Surgeons in the United Kingdom.
Dr. J.S. Rajkumar is a leader with unstinted commitment and utmost dedication. Fondly known as Dr. JSR, he started his medical practice immediately after completing his academics and was one of the select few to be part of the First Indian Liver Transplant team at Apollo Hospitals in Chennai. In addition to being a leading laparoscopic surgeon in India, he is also a pioneer in stem cell therapy. He successfully carried out stem cell therapy on a paraplegic who is now walking - the first success story in India and the second in the world. One of India’s leading bariatric and laparoscopic surgeons, he is also a successful medical entrepreneur constantly working towards enriching and preserving human lives through his many healthcare initiatives. He has successfully treated 30,000 happy patients till date.
He is a visiting professor in many colleges, serves as an International examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons, and has authored several books in medicine. He was also the President of the Association of Surgeons of India (Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry chapters).


Dr. Chitrakala Rajkumar
Managing Director
A Doctor in General Medicine by profession, Dr. Chitrakala Rajkumar graduated from Madras Medical College and trained in Internal Medicine in the U.K for 5 years. She is a healthcare entrepreneur with nearly 20 years of operational experience in executing several health care projects as the Managing Director of Lifeline Group of Hospitals. She has an immense interest in functional and anti-aging medicine and is planning a new start-up vertical known as ‘REWIND’. She also plays a major role in Stem cell research and Therapy. As the Managing trustee of a charitable foundation run by the family, she has not only taken care of the medical and educational needs of HIV and cancer afflicted people but also provided educational support to many orphans and the ones in need.
Dr. Anirudh Rajkumar
Joint Managing Director
Advanced Laparoscopic & Bariatric Surgeon
Dr. Anirudh Rajkumar is one of the youngest Advanced Laparoscopic Surgeons and an active faculty at the Minimally Invasive Surgical Training Institute (MISTI), since 2015. He has trained nearly 500 surgeons as of December 2016. He is a certified Robotic Surgeon, who has performed more than 500 Laparoscopic surgeries.
Mr. M. S. Raman
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Raman oversees the finance and accounting department of the Lifeline group. He also handles the statutory compliance of the company. With over 33 years of experience managing finance, accounting and audit functions in a myriad of industries viz., consumer products manufacturing, Computer industry, FMCG, Building Equipment manufacturing, Electricity industry, Shipping industry (Logistics, Agent, Broker), and Healthcare, Raman has been actively involved in various mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, business valuations, and project start-ups both in India and abroad.
Prior to his current position as our CFO, Mr. Raman was Group CFO of a large international shipping group based at Dubai. Earlier he spent 10 years in senior auditing positions with public accounting firms. Mr. Raman has a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and is an Associate Member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
Dr. Natesh Bala
Vice President- Strategy & Growth
A dynamic professional with 24 years of outstanding cross-cultural experience in all phases of business operations - Dr. Natesh is responsible for the creation, administration, and implementation of business development strategies for the organization to help significantly accelerate its growth and profitability. He has been pivotal in promoting medical tourism in India for the last 10 years, helping and guiding patients from various African and Asian countries. He has also been a part of top management in diverse industries including healthcare & software. Dr. Natesh is currently the President of Global Strategy & Head of Asia and MEA operations of the Lifeline group.
Ms. Kundhavi Anirudh
Vice President- Branding
With a post graduation in Hospital Management and her technological expertise gained during her undergraduate, Ms Kundhavi adds strength to our Management Team. Further, she has gained her expertise by being closely associated with Hospital Administration for a considerable period. Having been a part of various cultural events where she honed her eye for detail & branding expertise, she now heads our branding team as a vice president of the department.
Dr. K.P. Dinakaran
Medical Administrator
A General Physician & Diabetologist by profession, Dr. Dinakaran has been associated with Lifeline since 2007. He has over 15 years of medical experience and plays the role of a medical administrator in the hospital making sure the hospital is up to date with state-of-the-art technologies and advance medical equipments among other things. He comes with previous experience as a medical administrator in various eminent hospitals in India and Maldives and repeatedly proves to be an asset to Lifeline.
Ms. Shalini Wadhwa
Senior Operations- Manager
Having graduated from Ethiraj College Chennai, Shalini Wadhwa started her career in the year 2000 at Rigid hospitals, now known as Lifeline Hospitals. Since then, she’s been playing a dynamic role as a Senior Manager in Operations making sure that the hospital runs with its fullest efficiency in every aspect. She also takes special care to ensure that good hospitality and genuine treatment is delivered to all the patients throughout their stay in the hospital.
Ms. Akila Prem
Senior Manager- Administration
Akila Prem, a home science graduate from Queen Mary’s, started her career with the then known Rigid Hospitals in the year 2002 and has played a significant role in the smooth and efficient administration of the hospital since then. As a senior manager of Administration, she takes keen interest in looking after patient care and staff management, ensuring the effortlessly smooth running of the hospital.


Among the 1st in the World
Google Glass assisted surgery
Diaphragmatic Plication in a Pregnant Woman
Lap Repair of 6 Hernias in a Single Patient, in a Single Sitting
Lap Neurolysis of Meralgia Paraesthetica
Thoraco-Lap Esophagectomy in a HIV +ve person
Usage of Amylopectin in a Major Surgery to stop bleeding
pH based Diet program for Acid Reflux (GERD & LPR)
Scarless Appendectomy in Situs Inversus
Ovarian Torsion with Contralateral Ectopic Pregnancy
Among the 1st in India
Gastric Bypass Surgery, from 2002
Scarless Cholecystectomy
STARR Procedure for Obstructive Defecation Syndrome (ODS)
Endoscopic Thyroidectomy for Scarless removal of faulty thyroid
Lap tubal recanalization for reversal of sterilization
Lap Burch Colposuspension for Urinary Stress Incontinence
Innovated several Painless Hemorrhoids Treatment
Morcellation and Natural Orifice Extraction of Fibroids
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery for herniated spinal disc
3D Laparoscope for better detection and removal of pathology in high-precision surgeries (e.g. Cancer)
Volume Leaders
Largest Volume of Bariatric Surgeries in Tamil Nadu
Largest Volume of Fundoplication (anti-reflux) surgeries in South India
Large Volume of Lap Gastrectomy for Stomach Cancer in Tamil Nadu
Largest Volume of Stapler Haemorrhoidectomy in Tamil Nadu
Largest Volume of Scarless Surgeries in India
Largest Volume of Lap Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome release
Largest Volume of Retro-peritoneoscopic Drainage of Psoas Abscess
Largest Volume of Extra Peritoneal Varicoceles
Artificial Anus or Graciloplasty Regional Leader
Widest Skills
Widest variety of Scarless Surgeries in Chennai
Widest range of Diabetic Surgeries in Tamil Nadu
One of the few specialty centers in India for lap Whipple’s
One of the few specialized centers in India for lap liver resection
Specialty Center for Total Lap Hysterectomy
Specialty Center for lap reversal of sterilization
Pioneers in Lap-Gastrectomy
Most Abdominal Cancers Operated Laparoscopically
Master Surgeons
National Mentor for Colorectal Training
Leading Training Institute for Lap Surgeons in South India
Conducted hundreds of live surgical work shops across Asia
Delivered thousands of technical lectures across Asia
Have several man years of combined teaching experience
Specialize in Conducting Corrective Surgeries
Leading Training Institute for Laparoscopic surgeons in South India
Specialty center for Laparoscopic Whipple surgeries
First South Indian Centre for CMR Robotic Surgeries.
Trained more than 200 Surgeons in performing lap hernia repair (considered a difficult lap technique)


We focus on a holistic approach in making our patients live a better, healthier life, with a subtle but effective nudge towards overall wellness. With Lifeline Hospitals, you don’t have to drive a long way for a tertiary-level, world-class facility. You no longer have to compromise on affordability, quality, care or service, because we are here for all your healthcare needs.
Our core competencies include:
  • Timely care
  • Affordable cost
  • State-of-the-art, world-class infrastructure and facilities
  • Multidisciplinary healthcare system
  • Compassionate, empathetic care
We are a one-of-a-kind, boutique medical facility unlike any 100-bedded facility in the city of Chennai, providing premium service at affordable costs.

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