Department of Bone Marrow Transplant

About the Department

Narayana Health has a State-of-the-Art Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) unit. The BMT unit has carried out more than 400 bone marrow transplants till date, which is the largest number in Karnataka and one of the largest in the country. This unit has emerged as a referral centre for national and international patients for both autologous and allogeneic stem cell transplants. Patients have been referred from Oman, Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan, Srilanka, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Nepal, Burma, Kenya and Pakistan for stem cell transplant procedures. A cord blood banking facility has been recently established in collaboration with Rotary International, which functions both as a public and private cord blood facility. With a large number of cord blood units being available in our country, cord blood transplants can be offered to a large number of patients who do not have HLA matched sibling donors.

Highlights of the Department

  • Personalized care
  • Faculty with high profiles
  • Quality Care
  • Protocol based treatment
  • Customised treatment for acute leukaemia
  • Characterisation of leukaemic stem cell for treatment interventions
  • Study of mesenchymal stem cell interactions in leukaemic cells
  • Haploidentical bone marrow transplant using newer modalities


Name :-Dr. Sharat Damodar

Designation :-Chief of Hematology and transplant services

Qualification :-MBBS, MD, DM (Haematology)

About Dr. Sharat Damodar

Dr. Sharat Damodar has a vast experience in treating patients with leukemia, lymphomas and stem cell transplantation. He is a graduate from St John’s Medical College, Bangalore where he was a first rank holder. He did his Masters in Internal Medicine from St John’s Medical College, Bangalore. He underwent training in Hematology and Stem Cell transplantation in Christian Medical College, Vellore. After finishing his advanced training from CMC Vellore he is working in Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Center as Chief Consultant Hemato Oncologist and Transplant Physician. He has multiple papers in peer reviewed journals and has been invited by multiple professional agencies in country for delivering lectures and sharing his experience. He is chairman of hospital transfusion committee and he is a member of multiple committees deciding guidelines in hospital.

Areas of expertise and interest

Bone Marrow & Stem Cell Transplant Cord Blood Transplantation Leukemia / Lymphoma (In Adults)



Name :-Dr. Nataraj KS

Designation :-Consultant and Transplant Physician

Qualification :-MBBS, MD, DM (Haematology)

About Dr.Nataraj KS

Dr.Nataraj KS MD DM is consultant Hemato Oncologist and transplant physician. He is a graduate from Sri DevarajUrs Medical College, Kolar where he was a Gold Medalist in Internal Medicine and Best Outgoing Student. He did MD in Internal Medicine from Kasturba Medical College, Manipal where he was Best Out going student and Gold Medalist. He then received his training in Clinical Hematology from Nil RatanSircar Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata. He underwent further training in blood and marrow stem cell transplantation from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. He then did a short term observership in Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation from Hadassah Medical Center, Jerusalem. He is currently taking care of predominantly adult patients with hematological diseases and adult patients undergoing stem cell transplantation. He has presented papers in professional meetings and has research papers in peer reviewed journals. He has authored chapters in hematology textbooks.

Areas of expertise and interest

Leukemia Lymphoma Multiple Myeloma Stem Cell Transplantation


Name :-Dr. Sunil Bhat

Designation :-

Consultant & Head of Paediatric Haematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation Service

Qualification :- MBBS, MD, FPMO, FRAH

About Dr. Sunil Bhat

Dr. Sunil Bhat is a Consultant & Head of Paediatric Haematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation Service at Mazumdar Shaw Medical Center of Narayana Health City, Bangalore. He is a graduate in Medicine and Paediatric Medicine from Jammu University and has undergone training in Paediatric Haematology, Oncology and BMT from Sir Ganga Ram Hospital at Delhi. He was further trained at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney Australia, in Paediatric Oncology and earned a specialisation in Bone Marrow Transplantation there in Sydney. He has published more than 50 papers and numerous book chapters. He is active member of many committees and has delivered lectures / presented papers in national & international conferences. He is recipient of Dr. Nanak Chand Gold Medal form his excellency The President of India. He is active member of many committees both in the hospital and at national level.

Areas of expertise and interest

Bone Marrow & Cord Blood Transplant in children Haploidentical Bone Marrow Transplant Pediatric Cancers Immunodeficiency Disorders


Name :-Dr. Shobha Badiger

Designation :-Consultant

Qualification :-MBBS, MD, DNB, FHO

About Dr.Shobha Badiger

Dr.Shobha Badiger MD, Fellowship in Comprehensive Hematology& Oncology is a Consultant PediatricHematologist and Oncologist. She has received her graduation from Karnataka Medical College, Hubli and then received Masters in Pediatric Medicine from Bangalore Medical College, Bangalore. She then underwent training in PediatricHematology and Oncology from Narayana Hrudyalaya Bangalore. Since then she is working as consultant in department and she manages pediatric patients with hematological diseases. She has been a guest speaker / faculty in numerous meetings.

Areas of expertise and interest

Paediatric Benign Haemotological Conditions Paediatric Malignancies Bone Marrow Transplant in Children

Name :-Dr. Prathip Kumar

Designation :-Head of Blood Bank and Stem Cell Laboratory

Qualification :-MBBS, MD

About Dr. Prathip Kumar

Dr. Prathip Kumar is the Head of Blood Bank and Stem Cell Laboratory at Narayana Health City, Bangalore. He completed his MD in Blood Transfusion Medicine from AFMC, Pune and is responsible for overseeing all activities of the blood bank and stem cell processing laboratory. He has enormous experience in peripheral stem cell collection and processing.

Areas of expertise and interest

Transfusion Medicine Stem cell processing newer apheresis techniques

Services and Facilities

  • Cord blood banking
  • Stem cell cryopreservation
  • HLA typing
  • Unrelated donor searches

Achievements of the Department

  • The department is one of the leading centers for Bone Marrow Transplant and has performed over 400 transplantations
  • Non-myeloblative or mini-transplants for older patients or patients with multiple health problems allows for transplants in patients otherwise not suitable
  • Cord blood transplants and haplo-identical transplants
  • Significant reduction in post transplant complication making way for increased survival rates
  • Capability to handle very small pediatric patients.