Dr. Kavarana was born in Scotland and grew up in Bombay, India. He graduated from medical school in India in 1994 and received post graduate training in general surgery at New York Medical College. During this period, he spent a year at Columbia University in New York as a heart transplant and ventricular assist device research fellow. The time spent at Columbia helped him develop a strong interest in heart surgery and the surgical management of heart failure. Following this, he received cardiothoracic surgery training at Jewish Hospital at the University of Louisville in Kentucky where they implanted the first implantable total artificial heart. During this time he continued to conduct research on novel concepts for pediatric cardiac assist, which included direct external cardiac compression devices, and developed a deep clinical and research interest in pediatric cardiac disease, pediatric cardiac assist and thoracic organ transplantation. He went on to complete a congenital heart surgery fellowship at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor with Dr. Edward L. Bove.
In 2010 Dr. Kavarana joined the Division of Cardiothoracic surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina as a pediatric and congenital heart surgeon alongside Dr. Scott Bradley. Working closely with the Division of Pediatric Cardiology, they have produced outcomes equal to or better than the best centers in the world. The Children’s Heart Center of South Carolina at MUSC is the only one in the state and performs approximately 400 cardiac surgical cases a year.
Dr. Kavarana’s clinical interests include neonatal and infant heart surgery, adult congenital heart surgery, heart and lung transplant and mechanical circulatory support.
Dr. Kavarana is a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Southern Thoracic Surgical Association, American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Artificial Internal Organs. He is the author of multiple peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters (see CV).
Dr. Kavarana’s research interests include the development of models of congenital heart disease and the field of pediatric mechanical support.