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Profile of Dr. G. Bakthavathsalam, Chairman, KG Group of Institutions,& Awards and Honours received by him.

  • Dr. G. Bakthavathsalam, fondly known as "Dr GB," is a multifaceted personality---a visionary, a renowned surgeon of 50-year reputation, a philanthropist, an orator, a leading industrialist, a dedicated teacher, a successful professional, an entrepreneur and an ardent believer in social work.
  • As the founder and head of the renowned multi- super-specialty high-tech 500-bed KG Hospital, Dr GB has also established this Centre of Excellence as an Affordable and Advanced Healthcare Institution.
  • For Dr Bakthavathsalam quality is of paramount importance and this admirable trait in him has made KG Hospital one of the few hospitals in Tamil Nadu to be recertified for Quality by the NABH of Quality Council of India, New Delhi.
  • For the past 50 years, Dr. GB has been doing yeomen service in the healthcare sector, benefiting the society in general and the people of Coimbatore in particular. He has also established successful enterprises in the fields of Education, Information Technology, Infrastructure, Housing and Renewable Energy.
Dr.G.Bakthavathsalam

Dr.G.Bakthavathsalam

For a noble cause

Born on April 5, 1942 in Annur village, Coimbatore district, Dr G.Bakthavathsalam completed his graduation and post-graduation from Madras Medical College. After his postgraduate training in Surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital, Chicago, the US, he returned to India to set up KG Hospital which has now attained international reputation. The hospital has so far treated over 4.5 million patients.

He has also founded KG Eye Hospital which has restored eyesight to more than 85,000 poor and visually impaired patients, free of cost.

KG Hospital has given highly subsidized and free medical treatment and surgeries to over 2 lakh people, including 7,500 heart surgeries for adults and 450 free heart surgeries for children, 10,000 free dialyses and 1,300 life-saving surgeries for the poor.

His professional ethics is such that he never turns away any patient for want of money and in deserving cases he is magnanimous enough to extend concessions. It is noteworthy that he has provided liberal monetary concessions to the tune of Rs 149 crores to thousands of patients for various medical treatments.

Institutions of Excellence

KG Hospital is a recognized Designated Blood Bank for nearly 200 hospitals located in Coimbatore and the adjoining areas.


Dr.G.Bakthavathsalam

Corporate Social Responsibility


Dr.G.Bakthavathsalam

Corporate Social Responsibility

Institutions of Excellence

  • KG Hospital is a recognized Designated Blood Bank for nearly 200 hospitals located in Coimbatore and the adjoining areas.
  • Corporate Social Responsibility

  • Dr GB has generously contributed over Rs 50 crores towards Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities. These include giving treatment to Defence Service personnel at 25% concessional charges, and, to State and Central Government employees at reasonable charges and providing ambulance service to road accident victims to facilitate crucial "Golden Hour" treatment to save their lives.
  • Whenever disasters struck at any part of the country, Dr GB readily responded to ameliorate the sufferings of the victims. He arranged for deployment of medicines and doctors to the Tsunami affected areas; supplied blood along with financial help during the Kargil War; sent medicines and blood components worth several lakhs of rupees to Kumbakonam school fire accident victims, provided critical care to 250 victims of 1998 Coimbatore bomb blasts and donated Rs.15 lakhs for the rehabilitation of Thane Cyclone victims.
  • Dr GB has so far supplied 85,000 units of free blood to 200 hospitals in Coimbatore and other places. For 50 Thalassemia patients, he is giving free blood on a regular basis for life.
  • Under the Preventive Cardiology Programme, the Hospital has proposed to do free heart screening for 2 lakh children. So far, 20,000 children have been covered under this ongoing programme.
  • Dr GB has adopted the Saravanampatti village in Coimbatore and developed it under the concept of PURA (Providing Urban Amenities to Rural Areas).
  • Through print and electronic media Dr GB has so far conducted over 3,000 health awareness programmes, reaching out to millions of people; organized 2,500 medical education programmes for doctors to keep them abreast of the developments in the healthcare sector and distributed, free of cost, 5 lakh copies of his book "Healthy Heart for Life!" in 5 languages.
  • Dr. GB's other significant contributions.
  • Dr GB has also established the following iconic organizations

    Dr GB has also established the following iconic organizations:

    KGiSL Software Park of Excellence which provides outsourced support to some of the world's major Fortune 1000 companies and NASDAQ listed companies.

    Coimbatore Hi-Tech Infrastructure Private Limited (CHIL) which has created the First Special Economic Zone IT Park -- the largest operational IT/ITES Special Economic Zone in Tamil Nadu, outside Chennai--generating 50,000 direct and indirect jobs and achieving exports worth Rs. 2,500 crores.

    India’s first and largest Solar Thermal Power Research Institute set up to generate solar energy to supplement Government's efforts in tapping renewable energy sources and to provide employment opportunities to thousands of rural people.

    KG Design Services (Government of India recognized in-house R&D unit) has successfully set up the Solar Multi-Effect Distillation System, with an installed capacity to produce 36,000 kilolitres of desalinated potable water per hour, to meet the drinking water requirements in arid areas and that of over 7,000 coastal families. This innovative system has won FICCI's (Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry) first prize.

    Recognition of Doctors and Eminent Personalities

    Dr GB believes in recognizing doctors and other eminent personalities who have put in tireless efforts in saving lives and made valuable contributions to the society. So far he has conferred "Doctor of Excellence Award" on 400 doctors and "Teacher of Excellence Award" on 450 teachers. He has also bestowed the "Personality of the Decade Award" and "Dynamic Indian of the Millennium Award" upon 100 personalities for their significant contributions in various fields.

    Awards and Honours

    Dr. GB has won several awards for his meritorious and outstanding services rendered to the society in the field of healthcare. Some of these honours are:

    • Dr. B.C. Roy Award from Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi(1984)
    • Seva Ratna Award from The Centenarian Club (1999)
    • Vaidya Ratna Award from Sri Adichunchanagiri Math (2001)
    • Padma Shri Award from the President of India (2005)
    • PSG Distinguished Alumni Award (2005)
    • The Jewel of Coimbatore Award (2005)
    • Doctorate (Honoris Causa – D.Sc) from Tamil Nadu Dr M.G.R. Medical University, Chennai (2009)
    • Dr Rajammal P. Devadas Oration Award from Avinashilingam University for Women, Coimbatore (2010)
    • Life Time Achievement Award from Madras Medical College (2010)
    • Pro-Life Award from Life for All and Life International USA (2011)
    • Honorary Fellowship from Quality Council of India, New Delhi (2011)
    • Life Time Achievement Award from The Tamil Nadu Dr.MGR Medical University, Chennai (2011)
    • Shiksha Vibhushan—Educational Excellence the Highest Award from
    • Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University, Mount Abu (2015)
    • Dharma Veera Award from the Medical Fraternity of Coimbatore region (2016)
    • FICCI-TANCARE Life Time Achievement Award (2017)
    • TAMPA-LIMRA Excellence Award from the Tamil Nadu Medical Practitioners' Association (2017)
    • Vaidya Ratna Award
    • Seva Ratna Award
    • A number of Life Time Achievement Awards
    • Manithaneya Maruthuva Sigaram Award
    • Manithaneya Maruthuva Maadava Maamani Award
    • Maruthuva Dharma Semmal Award
    • Rotary Vocational Excellence Award
    • Jewel of Coimbatore Award
    • Good Samaritan Award

    Jewel of Coimbatore

    Jewel of Coimbatore


    Shiksha Vibhushan

    Shiksha Vibhushan