Prof. Dr. A. S. Arunkumar

Clinical Lead, Intensive Care Unit
MBBS, MD (Anaesthesiology), EDIC (Belgium)
Critical Care
Chennai - Radial Road
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Dr Arunkumar

Brief Profile:

With over 25 years of exclusive experience in the field of multidisciplinary critical care, Dr. Arun is one of the senior most intensivists in India. Having established and led high volume critical care units in reputed academic centres of Chennai, Dr Arun has managed over 45,000 critically ill patients including over 17,000 mechanically ventilated patients over the years. He brings with him a wealth of expertise in managing complex critically ill patients on multiple organ support, including those on ECMO and CRRT.

His areas of focus include invasive and non-invasive mechanical ventilation, septic shock, multidrug resistant infections, perioperative and trauma critical care and obstetric critical care. In addition to this extensive clinical work, Dr Arun has the distinction of initiating and establishing one of the first two higher speciality Critical Care Medicine training programs (DM, Critical Care Medicine) in India in 2012 and has been instrumental in establishing two of the four such programs currently available in Tamil Nadu.

He is actively involved in research in Critical Care and has authored over 25 international paper presentations and published in reputed Critical Care and Anaesthesiology journals.

Educational Qualifications

  • MBBS, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore
  • MD – Anaesthesiology, Kasturba Medical College, (MAHE), Mangalore
  • European Diploma in Intensive Care (EDIC), Belgium


  • TOP 10 POSTERS at the 4th SG-ANZICS Intensive Care Forum. Singapore APRIL 2017. Nutritional practice in mechanically ventilated patients. What is prescribed and what is achieved?” Kalaiselvan M.S, Renuka M.K, A.S. Arunkumar.
  • Dr. T. Dhinakaran Gold Medal Award for Best Poster at the annual state conference of the API TN state chapter July 2016. Clinical Profile and outcomes of critically ill patients with Acute Kidney Injury. Siva Kumar Reddy.L, M.S. Kalaiselvan, M.K. Renuka, A.S. Arunkumar.
  • KOPS best paper award at the annual conference of the Indian society of anesthesiologists. Jaipur. December 2015. Profile and outcome of non-cardiac surgical patients admitted to a multidisciplinary ICU. Pradeep Kumar HG, M.K Renuka, M.S Kalaiselvan, A. S. Arunkumar.
  • Best paper award at the annual physicians conference APICON. Kochi, January 2008. Acute physiologic factors affecting outcome in aneurismal SAH. Jojo John, Arunkumar A S, S Prabhu, S Joseph and Vakamudi M.
  • The prestigious Hansraj Nayyar Best Paper Award at the International Critical Care Congress and 13TH Annual conference of the Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine. Kochi. February 2007. The impact of surviving sepsis campaign guideline “Bundles” on outcomes in a multidisciplinary ICU. Raymond D, Arunkumar A S, Vakamudi M and Kamat V.
  • The prestigious Hansraj Nayyar Best Paper at the International Critical Care Congress and 11th Annual Conference of the Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine. Nagpur. February 2005. Do Interventions make a difference in Infection Control. Vinodh T M, Arunkumar A S and Vijaylakshmi Kamat.
  • Best paper award at 2nd Asia Pacific Centre of Excellence on Critical Care Interventions. Hyderabad. August 2004. Decreasing the Incidence of Extended Spectrum Betalactamases in the Intensive Care Unit – A Multipronged Strategy. Vinodh T M, Arunkumar A S and Vijaylakshmi Kamat.
  • The prestigious Hansraj Nayyar Best Paper Award at the International Critical Care Congress and 8TH Annual conference of the Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine New Delhi, February 2002. Validation of APACHE II and SAPS II Scores in a Multidisciplinary ICU. Arunkumar. A.S, Rajaram M U and Vijaylakshmi Kamat.

Areas of specialization:

  • Mechanical ventilation
  • Prone ventilation
  • Haemodynamic monitoring
  • Perioperative critical care
  • Obstetric critical care
  • Sepsis and septic shock
  • Critical Care nutrition
  • Polytrauma
  • Infection control
  • Quality systems in critical care

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