Designation Director - Hepatology & Transplant Hepatology
Degree MBBS, MD (General Medicine), DM (Medical Gastro), Fellowship in Liver Transplantation (Germany)

Dr. Joy Varghese

Dr. Joy Varghese is a Director in Hepatology & Transplant Hepatology, Institute of Liver Disease & Transplantation, Gleneagles Global Heath City, Perumbakkam, Chennai.

He is a visiting Consultant Hepatologist & Liver Transplant Physician and member of teaching faculty in Department of Hepatology and Institute of Liver Transplantation in Govt. Stanley Medical College Hospital, Chennai. He is also an Adjunct Professor in Department of Medical Gastroenterology –SRM Institute of Science & Technology, Chennai.

He has played a vital role for setting up cadaver liver transplant programs in various hospitals across Tamil Nadu and Kerala in the Government & Non-Government sector.

He has done his Fellowship in Transplant Hepatology at University Hospital, Essen, Germany. During his career, he worked as assistant professor in Amirta Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Centre, Kochi. Following which, he joined as Consultant Hepatologist & Liver Transplant Physician in Gleneagles Global Health City, Chennai.

In the space of more than a decade, Dr Joy Varghese has risen to become one of India's premier experts in the field of Transplantation Hepatology. His efforts have seen more than 1000 end-stage liver patients (adult and paediatric), who received a second chance of living a normal life after a transplant. In a field with its jaw-dropping share of world-renowned clinicians and surgeons, the most outstanding feature that sets Dr Joy apart from the pack is his 360-degree holistic apprehension of the patient's physical and mental ailments. This approach has aided him in addressing every single concern of the patient and leaving no stone unturned for their ultimate benefit.

Working hours are rendered meaningless due to the seemingly boundless energy that has driven him into the role of Director of Hepatology and Liver Transplantation program in Gleneagles Global Health City (GGHC), Chennai. He's leading a group of world-class liver critical care specialists and transplantation surgeons, propelling and ultimately establishing his unit as one of the leading transplant programs in the country in a short time.

Dr Joy Varghese is a pioneer in the esoteric field of transplantation, challenging the existing concepts of transplantation and pushing the boundaries to never-before-seen patient outcomes by meticulous research (that includes regenerative liver science and hepatic hemodynamic studies and immunosuppressant drugs). This research has yielded ground-breaking insight in transplant hepatology that encompasses 100 national and international papers, he has won multiple awards and accolades. This has undoubtedly deemed him as a well-respected figure on the international frontier in Transplantation. He has recently received the Best Doctor Award 2018 – 2019 – By Government of Tamil Nadu, and the Medical Excellence Award 2018 – 2019(received from Honourable Governor of Kerala). He has been serving as a respected editor for international journals that include the prestigious "World Journal of Hepatology".

He is a well-known examiner for the DNB super speciality course in Medical Gastroenterology. He has also served the role of Course Director in the sought-after Hepatology Fellowship in GGHC, mentoring and bringing out the best of several brilliant minds from all over the country.

In the treatment of advanced chronic liver disease with portal hypertension, he introduced the role of Therapeutic Plasma Exchange (TPE) in India. This has turned to be a game-changing tool for the management of Acute Liver Failure and Acute on Chronic Liver Failure patients, who have lived despite the poor prognosis of the advanced stage of the disease and have subsequently undergone transplantation as a result of TPE acting as a life saving bridge for the surgery. In short, his tireless dedication to his field has invariably enabled optimal survival rates for liver transplant recipients, and more often than not, ensuring that one can have the JOY of a normal life.


  • 1. Einthoven prize in Electro cardiology - First prize out of 70 M.D. postgraduate students and Association of Physician of India (A.P.I.) Medal in M.D. (Internal Medicine)
  • 2. Levy Thomson Award for clinical research work on “Understanding pathophysiology of hyperventilation in Cirrhosis” – Received at Canadian Digestive Disease Week, Banff, Canada in 2007
  • Indo – British “Young Investigator Award” – for clinical research work on “Hyper-Immune plasma in Post Liver Transplantation” at MIOT hospital, Chennai
  • 4. ISG 2012 – Om Prakash Award for outstanding research work in the field of Gastroenterology – Received at ISGCON 2012 at Jaipur
  • 5. Best Doctor Award 2018 – 2019 - By Government of Tamil Nadu.
  • 6. Medical Excellence Award 2018 – 2019 - Received from Honourable Governor of Kerala


  • 1. Association of Physician of India
  • 2. Indian Society of Gastroenterology
  • 3. Indian Association of Study of Liver Disease
  • 4. International Club of Ascites
  • 5. European Association of Study of Liver Disease
  • 6. International Liver Transplantation Society